NEW YORK From Shirley Feeney of TV's "Laverne & Shirley" to Mrs. Tottendale, the ditsy dowager in the Broadway company of "The Drowsy Chaperone."
On Dec. 11, Cindy Williams joins the cast of the merry musical about a theater buff who remembers his favorite show a 1928 confection called "The Drowsy Chaperone" and the venerable production comes to life.
Bob Saget portrays the fan, known only as Man in Chair, in this Tony Award-winning show, which has a book by Bob Martin and Don McKellar and a score by Lisa Lambert and Greg Morrison.
Williams replaces JoAnne Worley (whose last performance is today) in the musical at the Marquis Theatre. For tickets to "The Drowsy Chaperone," call Ticketmaster, 212-307-4100, or go online at www.ticketmaster.com. For more information, visit the Web site, www.DrowsyChaperone.com.
Broadway ticket availability and capsule reviews of shows as of Dec. 3. Unless otherwise noted, tickets are available at the theaters' box offices for the shows listed. Details about how to obtain tickets appear above, right.
"A Bronx Tale." Chazz Palminteri stars in a revival of his entertaining one-man show about the residents of a particular street in the Bronx in the 1960s. Walter Kerr. Telecharge.
"A Chorus Line." Michael Bennett's classic musical about dancers auditioning for a big Broadway show is back. Gerald Schoenfeld. Telecharge.
"August: Osage County." Tracy Letts' drama, a hit for Chicago's Steppenwolf Theatre Company, concerns a venomous mother and her dealings with three daughters. Imperial. Telecharge.
"Avenue Q.'' Love blossoms among the 20-something set a group that includes puppets in this very funny, adult musical comedy. Golden. Telecharge.
"Chicago." This Kander and Ebb-Bob Fosse creation is Broadway's longest running musical revival and deservedly so. Ambassador. Telecharge.
"Curtains." A murder-mystery musical comedy with a score by John Kander and Fred Ebb. David Hyde Pierce and Debra Monk star. Al Hirschfeld. Telecharge.
"Cymbeline." Mark Lamos directs this late Shakespeare romance for Lincoln Center Theater. The cast includes John Cullum, Phylicia Rashad, Jonathan Cake, Michael Cerveris and Martha Plimpton. Vivian Beaumont. Telecharge.
"Cyrano de Bergerac." Kevin Kline, Jennifer Garner and Daniel Sunjata star in a revival of Edmond Rostand's classic love story. Richard Rodgers. Ticketmaster. Closes Jan. 6.
"Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas." The green meanie is back for another holiday run. St. James. Telecharge. Closes Jan. 6.
"Grease." A revival of the venerable musical celebrating 1950s high school and featuring stars chosen during the recent NBC television reality series. Brooks Atkinson. Ticketmaster.
"Hairspray." The cult John Waters movie set in 1960s Baltimore has been turned into a hilarious, tuneful musical. Neil Simon. Ticketmaster.
"Is He Dead?" David Ives has adapted a farce by Mark Twain about a painter who fakes his death in order to increase the price of his artwork. Norbert Leo Butz stars. Lyceum. Telecharge.
"Jersey Boys." The musical story of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons. Winner of four 2006 Tony Awards including best musical. August Wilson. Telecharge. Difficult.
"Legally Blonde." Laura Bell Bundy stars in this musical version of the Reese Witherspoon movie about a determined young woman who goes to Harvard Law School. Palace. Ticketmaster.
"Les Miserables." The epic musical version of Victor Hugo's sprawling novel is back for another run. Broadhurst. Telecharge. Closes Jan. 6.
"Mamma Mia!" The London musical sensation featuring the pop songs of ABBA makes it to Broadway. Die-hard ABBA fans will like it best. Winter Garden. Telecharge.
"Mary Poppins." The world's most famous nanny comes to the stage after her great success as a P.L. Travers book and a Disney movie. New Amsterdam. Ticketmaster, a special Disney hot line, 212-307-4747.
"Monty Python's Spamalot." A musical inspired by that demented film comedy, "Monty Python and the Holy Grail." Shubert. Telecharge.
"Pygmalion." Jefferson Mays is Henry Higgins and Claire Danes plays Eliza Doolittle in the Roundabout Theatre Company revival of George Bernard Shaw's comedy about a professor who wants to turn a Cockney flower girl into a lady. American Airlines. 212-719-1300. Closes Dec. 16.
"Rent." Jonathan Larson's touching and now nostalgic look at struggling artists in New York's East Village. Loosely based on Puccini's opera "La Boheme." Nederlander. Ticketmaster.
"Rock 'n' Roll." Tom Stoppard's play takes place over several decades, from 1968 to 1990, and juxtaposes events in Czechoslovakia during the Soviet occupation with the lives and loves of three generations of an academic family in Cambridge, England. Bernard B. Jacobs.
"Spring Awakening." A striking rock musical based on Frank Wedekind's classic drama about a dozen young people discovering their sexual identities. Music by Duncan Sheik. Book and lyrics by Steven Sater. Winner of the 2007 Tony Award for best musical. Eugene O'Neill. Telecharge.
"The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee." A sweet-tempered, often hilarious new musical by William Finn and Rachel Sheinkin about youngsters competing in a local spelling bee. Circle in the Square. Telecharge.
"The Color Purple." A musical version of Alice Walker's novel, now starring Fantasia, about one woman's triumph over adversity. Broadway. Telecharge.
"The Farnsworth Invention." Aaron Sorkin's play deals with the invention of television and the battle between a young inventor and David Sarnoff, head of the Radio Corporation of America. Hank Azaria and Jimmi Simpson star. Music Box. Telecharge.
"The Homecoming." A revival of Harold Pinter's Tony-winning play about a most unusual family. The cast includes Ian McShane, Eve Best and Raul Esparza. Now in previews. Opens Dec. 16. Cort. Telecharge.
"The Lion King." Director Julie Taymor is a modern-day Merlin, creating a stage version of the Disney animated hit that makes you truly believe in the magic of theater. Minskoff. Ticketmaster, a special Disney hot line, 212-307-4747. Difficult on weekends.
"The Little Mermaid." Disney's stage version of its popular animated film about a sea maiden who longs to live on land. Now in previews. Opens Jan. 10. Lunt-Fontanne. Ticketmaster, a special Disney hot line, 212-307-4747.
"The Phantom of the Opera." The one with the chandelier. The Andrew Lloyd Webber musical about a deformed composer who haunts the Paris Opera House is the prime, Grade A example of big Brit musical excess. But all the lavishness does have a purpose in Harold Prince's intelligent production, now the longest running show in Broadway history. Majestic. Telecharge.
"The Ritz." A revival of Terrence McNally's 1975 comedy about a Cleveland garbage collector on the run from his Mafia brother-in-law. He finds sanctuary in a gay bathhouse in Manhattan. Kevin Chamberlin and Rosie Perez star. A Roundabout Theatre Company production. Studio 54. 212-719-1300. Closes Dec. 9.
"The Seafarer." Conor McPherson's play about two brothers and a couple of their buddies, whose boozy card game is interrupted by the arrival of a mysterious, vaguely satanic stranger. The cast includes Jim Norton and David Morse. Booth. Telecharge.
"Wicked." An ambitious, wildly popular musical about the witches in "The Wizard of Oz" as young women. Based on the novel by Gregory Maguire. Gershwin. Ticketmaster. Difficult.
"Xanadu." A fast, funny roller-disco musical loosely adapted from the cult 1980s film. The cast features Kerry Butler, Cheyenne Jackson and Tony Roberts. Helen Hayes. Telecharge.
"Young Frankenstein." Mel Brooks transfers his comedic monster mash of a movie from screen to stage only with more song and dance. Hilton. Ticketmaster.