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Broadway Tickets/What's on stage in the Big Apple

Broadway ticket availability and capsule reviews of shows as of Oct. 25. Unless otherwise noted, tickets are available at the theaters' box offices for the shows listed. The Telecharge number is (212) 239-6200 unless otherwise indicated. Ticketmaster is (212) 307-4100.

Avenue Q. Love blossoms among the twentysomething set -- a group that includes puppets -- in this very funny, adult musical comedy that has transferred from off-Broadway. Winner of the 2004 Tony Award for best musical. Golden. Telecharge.

Beauty and the Beast. For those who want a lavish, literal, live-action version of the delightful Disney animated feature, this is the ticket. Others may be content to rent the film. Lunt-Fontanne. (212) 307-4747.

Bombay Dreams. A bland version of the lavish London success that celebrates India's Bollywood musicals. Broadway. Telecharge.

Brooklyn the Musical. A young French woman comes to America in search of her father in what has been described as an urban fairy tale. Plymouth. Telecharge

Chicago. A potent revival of the 1975 Bob Fosse musical with a sassy Kander and Ebb score. Broadway's longest running musical revival -- and deservedly so. Ambassador. Telecharge.

Dame Edna: Back With a Vengeance! Possums, beware. Australia's most exotic import has returned with a new show. Now in previews. Opens Nov. 21. Music Box. Telecharge.

Democracy. Michael Frayn's play about West German chancellor Willy Brandt and his trusted assistant, who is spying for the East Germans. James Naughton and Richard Thomas star. Now in previews. Opens Nov. 18. Brooks Atkinson. Ticketmaster.

Dracula, the Musical. The old neck-biter is back, this time with songs by Frank Wildhorn, composer of "Jekyll & Hyde." Tom Hewitt plays Dracula. Belasco. Telecharge.

Fiddler on the Roof. A lovely revival of the classic Bock-Harnick and Robbins musical, starring Alfred Molina as Tevye and Randy Graff as Golde. Minskoff. Ticketmaster.

Forever Tango. The tango extravaganza from Argentina returns for one more visit. Shubert. Telecharge. Closes Nov. 28.

42nd Street. Those tapping feet are back. A loud, relentless revival of one of the biggest musical hits of the 1980s. Ford Center for the Performing Arts. Ticketmaster. Closes Jan. 2.

Gem of the Ocean. Phylicia Rashad heads the cast of August Wilson's play about one man's spiritual journey. Opens Tuesday. Walter Kerr. Telecharge.

Golda's Balcony. A forceful Tovah Feldshuh, who received a Tony nomination for best actress, is the legendary Israeli prime minister in a fascinating one-woman show written by William Gibson. Helen Hayes. Telecharge. Closes Jan. 2.

Hairspray. The cult John Waters movie set in 1960s Baltimore has been turned into a hilarious, tuneful musical. Bruce Vilanch plays full-figured Edna Turnblad, mother of young Tracy Turnblad (Carly Jibson) whose life's desire is to appear on a television dance show. Neil Simon. Ticketmaster.

Laugh Whore. Comedian Mario Cantone's acerbic and hilarious one-man show. Cort. Telecharge. Closes Jan. 2.

Mamma Mia! The London musical sensation featuring the pop songs of ABBA makes it to Broadway. Die-hard ABBA fans will like it best; others may be puzzled. A special "Mamma Mia!" Telecharge number (212) 563-5544.

Marc Salem's Mind Games on Broadway. Marc Salem knows what you are thinking -- before you do. Monday and Tuesday evenings. Lyceum. Telecharge

Movin' Out. Songs by Billy Joel. Choreography by Twyla Tharp. A dance musical about good friends, taking them from the 1960s onward. The dancing is exuberant; the story less so. Richard Rodgers. Ticketmaster.

" 'night, Mother. Marsha Norman's mother-daughter drama of despair. The stars are Brenda Blethyn and Edie Falco. Now in previews. Opens Nov. 14. Royale. Telecharge. Closes Feb. 27.

Reckless. Mary-Louise Parker stars in a Manhattan Theatre Club revival of Craig Lucas' dark comedy about one woman's adventures across America. Biltmore. Telecharge. Closes Dec. 19.

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.

The Good Body. Eve Ensler, author of "The Vagina Monologues," looks at women's image issues. Now in previews. Opens Nov. 15. Booth. 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. New Amsterdam. (212) 307-4747. Difficult on weekends.

The Phantom of the Opera. 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. Majestic. Telecharge.

The Producers. Brad Oscar and Hunter Foster star in this riotous stage version of the Mel Brooks movie. The musical is even better than the film, which is saying something. St. James. (212) 239-5800.

Twelve Angry Men. Reginald Rose's drama of jury deliberations. Philip Bosco and Boyd Gaines are in the fine cast of this Roundabout Theatre Company production. American Airlines. (212) 719-1300. Closes Jan. 2.

Whoopi. Whoopi Goldberg is back on Broadway with her one-woman show. Now in previews. Opens Nov. 17. Lyceum. Telecharge. Closes Jan. 30.

Wicked. An ambitious if problematic new musical about the witches in "The Wizard of Oz." Based on the novel by Gregory Maguire. Gershwin. Ticketmaster. Difficult on weekends.

Wonderful Town. Brooke Shields stars in a buoyant revival of the Leonard Bernstein, Betty Comden and Adolph Green musical based on "My Sister Eileen." Al Hirschfeld. Telecharge.

Michael Kuchwara - Associated Press