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Coming to the stage in 2006 -- Read about ''Three Days of Rain,'' ''The Lord of the Rings,'' and other shows debuting this year

THREE DAYS OF RAIN
(APRIL)

Richard Greenberg must be the happiest playwright in town. He has a Tony on the mantel (thanks to 2002's out-and-proud baseball drama, Take Me Out); his beloved New York Yankees nabbed hotshot outfielder Johnny Damon; and — oh, yeah — Julia Roberts is headlining his time-traveling drama on Broadway. ''My agent said, 'Julia has the script and she's reading it now,''' recalls Greenberg. ''I actually said, 'Julia who?''' Once she signed on, ''there was suddenly a world of opportunity.'' Enter Kitchen Confidential star Bradley Cooper and stage/film vet Paul Rudd (The 40 Year-Old Virgin), whose involvement has Greenberg equally excited. Just don't hit him up for tickets. ''It's only a 12-week run. I'm not going to have infinite access,'' he says. ''And I think she's going to be something of a draw.''

The Lord of the Rings
MARCH

''You start taking out extraordinary things because you think you can't do them on stage, and it's not Tolkien's world,'' says director Matthew Warchus of the Toronto-bound musical (Canada-phobes looking to see the precious will have to wait until '08). ''So I immediately put them back in and said, 'We'll worry about that later.''' Which is how you get a 55-person, three-and-a-half-hour, $23 million show that's like the love child of The Dark Crystal, Julie Taymor's Lion King, and Cirque du Soleil. ''There are occasions where there's no acting required because huge things are shooting out of the set,'' says James Loye, who plays Frodo. ''It's not difficult to look boggle-eyed, you know?''

BROADWAY

Lestat
APRIL
Elton John and Bernie Taupin reteam for an Anne Rice-based vampire tuner.

The Threepenny Opera
APRIL
Alan Cumming croons ''Mack the Knife'' and trysts with Cyndi Lauper in the shadowy Brecht-Weill work.

The Wedding Singer
APRIL
The Adam Sandler pic is stagebound — sans Sandler.

Tarzan
MAY
Disney adds another animated movie-turned-musical to its arsenal.

The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial
MAY
Former Friend David Schwimmer reports for duty in this World War II-set trial drama.

Mary Poppins
NOVEMBER
Another screen-to-stage show. Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious!

OFF BROADWAY

Defiance
FEBRUARY
After pitting a priest against a nun in Doubt, John Patrick Shanley puts two Marines in racially charged crossfire.

Entertaining Mr. Sloane
MARCH
Joe Orton's sexed-up comedy stars Alec Baldwin.

Hedda Gabler
MARCH
Cate Blanchett plays with pistols and pianos.

Satellites
MAY
Sandra Oh (Grey's Anatomy) swaps her scalpel for this Diana Son drama.

Originally posted Jan 20, 2006 Published in issue #860 Jan 27, 2006 Order article reprints
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