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Backstage Whispers overheard by Richard Andrews

Last updated : 1st February 2010

It's Official! As previously forecast here, John Logan's Red, a bioplay about the abstract artist Mark Rothko's struggle to accept his success, with Alfred Molina and Eddie Redmayne, directed by Michael Grandage, which is currently receiving its world premiere at the Donmar Warehouse in London, will transfer to Broadway, previewing from March 11th at the Golden Theatre, with an official opening on April 1st. The design team comprises scenery and costumes by Christopher Oram, lighting by Neil Austin, and sound by Adam Cork. The producer is Arielle Tepper Madover.

The Public Theater will stage Suzan-Lori Parks's The Book Of Grace, in which a family is shattered by issues of rage, revenge, power and betrayal, with Elizabeth Marvel, Amari Cheatom and John Doman, directed by James Macdonald, previewing from March 2nd, opening on March 16th. The Public Theater is located at 425 Lafayette Street, between Astor Place and East 4th Street.

Adam Bertocci's Two Gentleman Of Lebowski, a parody of Shakespeare's Two Gentleman Of Verona, and the 1998 movie The Big Lebowski, with Brianna Tyson, Josh Mertz, Matthew Gray, Becky Byers and Craig Kelton Peterson, designed and directed by Frank Cwiklik, with choreography by Becky Byers, will play at the Kraine Theatre from March 18th. The producers are The Horse Trade Theater Group and DMTheatrics. The Kraine Theatre is located at 85 East 4th Street, between 2nd Avenue and Bowery.

It's Official! As previously forecast here, Ben Andron's White's Lies, in which a womaniser is faced with some life changing decisions that he is determined to duck, with Peter Scolari, directed by Bob Cline, will preview from March 8th at New World Stages, opening on March 22nd. The producers are Aaron Grant, Jana Robbins and Jeremy Handelman, with associate producer Carl Moellenberg. New World Stages is located at 340 West 50th Street, between 8th and 9th Avenues.

Forthcoming productions at Theatre Row will include The Actors Company Theatre's production of T S Eliot's The Cocktail Party, an exploration of self-deception and redemption, set at a fashionable 1950s cocktail party, where the hostess is absent, but a strange man, who knows no one, seems perfectly at home, with Cynthia Harris and Simon Jones, directed by Scott Alan Evans, previewing from March 7th at the Beckett Theatre, opening on March 17th; Looking For Billy Haines, a biocomedy with dance about the silent film star, written by Suzanne Brockmann and Will McCabe, music by Barry Singer, with Jason T Gaffney, with Jason Michael Butler, Apolonia Davalos, Annie Kerins, Eric Ruben, and Joseph Cullinane, directed by Suzanne Brockmann, with choreography by Joseph Cullinane, at the Lion Theatre from March 11th; and Modotti, written and directed by Wendy Beckett, the story of a young European woman who falls in love with an American photographer, and together they run off to Mexico to join the cultural revolution, at the Acorn Theatre from June 3rd, produced by Pascal Productions. Theatre Row is located at 410 West 42nd Street, between 8th and 9th Avenues.

The 35th annual Samuel French Off Off Broadway Original Short Play Festival, Manhattan's oldest short play festival, will take place from July 13th to 18th, at the Lion Theatre at Theatre Row. Participants are selected based on a rating system developed by Samuel French and Love Creek Productions. The 40 selected plays are performed for a panel of judges, who select 6 finalists to be performed on the last day, with members of Samuel French's editorial department attending, to offer publication contracts to authors of selected plays. Over 360 companies and schools from the U.S. and abroad have participated in the festival through the years, and Samuel French has published 181 of the submitted plays. The closing date for submissions is March 12th. Further information and an application form can be found on the Samuel French web site, via the link from The Emporium in the Links section of New York TheatreNet.

The 101 Dalmatians Musical, book and lyrics by B T McNicholl, music and lyrics by Dennis DeYoung, adapted from the book by Dodie Smith about a woman who wants to turn puppies into a fur coat, featuring Sara Gettelfinger, directed by Jerry Zacks, with choreography by Warren Carlyle, will play at the Theater at Madison Square Garden from April 7th to 25th. The producers are Magic Arts & Entertainment, Troika Entertainment and Luis Alvarez.

The Wooster Group will begin a 3 year residency at the new Jerome Robbins Theater at the Baryshnikov Arts Center, with James Strahs's North Atlantic, a satiric look at the role of the military and the growing influence of technology in American culture during the late Cold War period, set on an aircraft carrier in the North Atlantic, with Steve Cuiffo, Ari Fliakos, Koosil-ja Hwang, Paul Lazar, Frances McDormand, Zachary Oberzan, Jenny Seastone Stern, Scott Shepherd, Maura Tierney and Kate Valk, directed by Elizabeth LeCompte, from March 10th. The Baryshnikov Arts Center (formerly the 37 Arts) is located at 450 West 37th Street, between 9th and 10th Avenues.

Zero Hour, a one man play written and performed by Jim Brochu, in which a reporter attempts to interview the famously volatile Zero Mostel, prompting an explosion of memory, humor, outrage, and backstage lore, directed by Piper Laurie, which has just completed a run at the Theatre at St Clement's will transfer to the DR2 Theatre from February 24th. The producers are Kurt Peterson and Edmund Gaynes in association with The Peccadillo Theater Company. The DR2 Theatre is located at 103 East 15th Street, between Union Square East and Irving Place.

Babel Theatre will stage the premiere of Sam Marks's Brack's Last Bachelor Party, with Alexander Alioto, Michael Crane and Crystal Finn, directed by Geordie Broadwater, previewing from February 25th at 59E59 Theatres, opening on March 3rd. The comedy features the three male characters from Hedda Gabler at a bachelor party, which devolves into drunkenness and debauchery as they confront a dark vision of the future. 59E59 Theaters is located at 59 East 59th Street, between Park and Madison Avenues.

The New Voice Project will stage the premiere of Charles L Mee's Limonade Tous les Jours, a romantic comedy telling the story of an American man who meets a French woman in a cafe, with Austin Pendleton and Eleanor Handley, directed by Diana Basmajian, at the Cell Theatre, from April 3rd. The Cell Theatre is located at 338 West 23rd Street, between 8th and 9th Avenues.

The Rumour Machine says: that the Australian musical The Adventures Of Priscilla, Queen Of The Desert, adapted by Stephan Elliott and Allan Scott, from the 1994 film about three drag queens on a road trip to Alice Springs, using existing disco songs, currently playing in London, will open on Broadway in early next year, following a season in Toronto beginning in October. The Rumour Machine grinds on.