'Sally & Tom' huge hit at Castillo

Charles E. Rogers | 3/2/2012, 4:47 p.m.

"SALLY & TOM (THE AMERICAN WAY)" IS A HUGE CASTILLO THEATRE HIT: Running at the Castillo Theatre for six weeks, from Feb. 17 through March 25, the Fred Newman-Annie Roboff musical revival "Sally and Tom (The American Way)" examines the 30-year relationship between Thomas Jefferson and his slave Sally Hemings, a relationship that produced five children and embodies the wrenching conflict between democracy and slavery and its legacy of racism that continues to shape America to this day. In this polarizing presidential election year, the meaning of the American way is itself being hotly contested.

Under the direction of Gabrielle L. Kurlander, the play is performed on three stages in its own surreal "history museum." The audience is seated throughout the performance space and among the exhibits and is encouraged to interact with the conflicted history of our nation.

The Manhattan-based Castillo Theatre (Dan Friedman, artistic director; Diane Stiles, managing director) is located at 543 W. 42nd St., between 10th and 11th avenues. Performances are Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. Tickets are $35 for adults and $10 for students and seniors; group rates are available. Tickets can be purchased by calling (212) 941-1234 or visiting www.castillo.org.

Be sure to see "Sally and Tom (The American Way)."

THE H.A.D.L.E.Y PLAYERS' "ARYE" MAKES ITS HIT DEBUT AT H.S.O.T.A.: Gertrude Jeannette and the H.A.D.L.E.Y. Players are proud to present, in honor of Black History and Women's History months, their wonderful winter production of Louise Mike's dynamic play, "Arye," directed by Ward Nixon and featuring the award-winning actress Kimberlee Monroe.

This incredible historical drama, with original music and songs, traces the roots of a young Black woman's ancestry, focusing on three generations...from the coasts of Africa to the plantation days in this country up to the present day.

A drama for the whole family that's sure to strengthen, enlighten, motivate, educate and inspire, it's a play you don't want to miss! "Arye" is running now through March 11 at the Harlem School of the Arts Theater, located at 647 St. Nicholas Ave., at 142nd Street in Harlem.

The show dates and times are Tuesdays through Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2:30 p.m.

General admission ticket prices are $20 or two for $30; $15 for seniors, students or groups of five or more; and $8 for children under 12.

Dinner theater will take place on Sunday, March 4 at 2:30 p.m. The ticket price will be $25 for everyone. This includes a dinner reception and refreshments immediately following the show.

Please make your reservations now! Tickets will go fast! This is a show you will definitely want to see! For advance ticket sales and reservations, please call (646) 323-0223.

Please note that the H.A.D.L.E.Y. Players now present six shows per week for a consecutive two-week period. Again, Tuesday through Sunday (six shows) for week 1 and Tuesday through Sunday (six shows) for week 2. This new schedule replaces their previous weekend-only schedule.

Trust me, you, your family and friends will totally enjoy the wonderful "Arye," so please make your reservations now!

GLADYS KNIGHT, SHERRI SHEPHERD, JALEEL WHITE & DONALD DRIVER SET TO DEBUT ON "DWTS": Singer Gladys Knight, "The View" co-host Sherri Shepherd, "Family Matters" actor Jaleel White and Green Bay Packers star Donald Driver will be among the 12 celebrity contestants on the next season of ABC's "Dancing With the Stars."

The new cast, announced Tuesday on "Good Morning America," also includes tennis player Martina Navratilova, opera singer Katherine Jenkins, singer-songwriter Gavin DeGraw, "Little House on the Prairie" actress Melissa Gilbert, Disney Channel star Roshon Fegan, "The Bold and the Beautiful" actor Jack Wagner, telenovela star William Levy and "Extra" co-host Maria Menounos.

The new season will premiere March 19. Hosts Tom Bergeron and Brooke Burke Charvet joined "GMA" co-anchor Robin Roberts at the El Capitan Theater in Los Angeles for the live announcement of the contestants.

The stars also met their professional partners, with whom they will begin training right away. Defending pro champion Karina Smirnoff, who won her first mirror ball trophy last season with celeb J.R. Martinez, is partnered up this time with DeGraw. Pro Cheryl Burke, who sambaed with Rob Kardashian into the finals during season 13, will team up with Levy for this round, and three-time champ Derek Hough will dance with Menounos.

Here's wishing you a wonderful week ahead.