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Broadway's theater schedule for August

Here's what's playing on Broadway through the end of August. Note that although some of these shows' official opening dates aren't until September or later, preview performances are offered.

-- Avital Binshtock

"A Chorus Line": This lively exploration of what it takes for performers to make it to Broadway has won Tonys and a Pulitzer. Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre, 236 W. 45th St.

"A Tale of Two Cities": Charles Dickens' engaging plot plays out in Paris and London and tells of a love triangle during the French Revolution. Al Hirschfeld Theatre, 302 W. 45th St.

"August: Osage County":A family drama that has won five Tonys, including best play, as well as a Pulitzer. Music Box Theatre, 239 W. 45th St.

"Avenue Q": This well-reviewed production is about young adults trying to get started in their lives; it's performed by people and puppets. John Golden Theatre, 252 W. 45th St.

"Boeing-Boeing": A Tony winner about a womanizing architect and his bevy of stewardess mistresses. Longacre Theatre, 220 W. 48th St.

"Chicago": Sinfulness in 1920s Chicago takes center stage in a production that has won six Tonys, two Laurence Olivier awards and a Grammy. Ambassador Theatre, 219 W. 49th St.

"Cirque Dreams: Jungle Fantasy": Impressive acrobats and other circus-type entertainers come together in a family-friendly, jungle-themed explosion of sight and sound. Broadway Theatre, 1681 Broadway.

"Grease": This rock-'n'-roll-inspired production stars the winners of NBC's reality show about casting the leads. Brooks Atkinson Theatre, 256 W. 47th St.

"Gypsy": Patti LuPone won a Tony for her role as a stage mother whose overbearing presence turns her daughter into a stripper. St. James Theater, 246 W. 44th St.

"Hairspray": The chronicle of an overweight girl's dream of becoming a dancer in 1962 Baltimore. "Hairspray" has won eight Tonys, including one for best musical. Neil Simon Theatre, 250 W. 52nd St.

"In the Heights": A vibrant, Tony-winning musical about life in Washington Heights, a Latin-infused community in Upper Manhattan. Richard Rodgers Theatre, 226 W. 46th St.

"Jersey Boys": The compellingly told, Tony-winning story of how four troublemaking kids from New Jersey became Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons. August Wilson Theatre, 245 W. 52nd St.

"Legally Blonde": A seemingly ditsy blond waltzes her way through Harvard Law School. Palace Theatre, 1564 Broadway.

"The Lion King": With African beats and elaborate costumes, Disney's tale of a lion with a royal destiny evokes a jungle dreamscape. Minskoff Theatre, 200 W. 45th.

"The Little Mermaid": Disney's musical version of Hans Christian Andersen's classic fairy tale starts with a mermaid's desire to be more than she is. Lunt-Fontanne Theatre, 205 W. 46th St.

"Mamma Mia!": ABBA's music pervades this upbeat story of a bride trying to figure out who her father is. Cadillac Winter Garden Theatre, 1634 Broadway.

"Mary Poppins": Disney songs bring to life the whimsical adventures of two London children and their magical nanny. New Amsterdam Theatre, 214 W. 42nd St.

"The Phantom of the Opera": Broadway's longest-running production, with unforgettable music by Andrew Lloyd Webber, is about a masked recluse who trains and tries to seduce an ingénue soprano. Majestic Theatre, 247 W. 44th St.

"Rent": After 12 years on Broadway, this Pulitzer-winning rock version of "La Bohème" gets evicted Sept. 7; see it while you can. Nederlander Theatre, 208 W. 41st St.

"South Pacific": The Broadway revival of this tropical-themed Rodgers and Hammerstein musical set in World War II has won seven Tonys. Lincoln Center, Vivian Beaumont Theatre, 150 W. 65th St.

"Spamalot": Monty Python aficionados cheer at this King Arthur tale chock-full of idiots, bumblers and quintessentially British humor. Shubert Theatre, 225 W. 44th St.

"Spring Awakening": An explor- ation of the beginnings of sexual awareness through rock music and a setting that recalls 1800s Germany. Eugene O'Neill Theatre, 230 W. 49th St.

"The 39 Steps": Four actors play 139 parts in this comedic retelling of Hitchcock's spy thriller. Cort Theatre, 138 W. 48th St.

"Thurgood": Laurence Fishburne's one-man show about how U.S. Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall overcame the odds to achieve greatness. Booth Theatre, 222 W. 45th St.

"[title of show]": A popular new meta-musical about the making of a musical. Lyceum Theatre, 149 W. 45th St.

"Wicked": A poignant musical story of the two witches of Oz. Gershwin Theatre, 222 W. 51st St.

"Xanadu": This spoof of a 1980 Olivia Newton-John movie of the same name tells of a painter and his muse, whom he met at a roller rink. Helen Hayes Theatre, 240 W. 44th St.

"Young Frankenstein": Three-time Tony winner Mel Brooks adapted his film to stage, adding a few new numbers to his comedic rendition of Mary Shelley's classic in which Dr. Frankenstein attempts to reanimate the dead. Hilton Theatre, 214 W. 42nd St.

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