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Backstage Whispers overheard by Richard Andrews

Last updated : 1st October 2007

Following in the footsteps of Kids' Night On Broadway, and Singles' Night On Broadway, comes Ladies Night Out On Broadway, The League of American Theatres and Producers' new initiative celebrating 'Broadway's most loyal group of theatregoers', which is scheduled for October 24th. The event will offer females a 20% discount on tickets at 14 participating Broadway and Off Broadway shows, a free cocktail party with food and drink, karaoke, a charity raffle, a Women In Theatre panel and gift bags at Spotlight Live, from 5pm to 7.30pm, plus discounts to Theatre District restaurants and parking. Further information can be found at the LNOOB web site, via the link from Festivals & Events in the Links section of New York TheatreNet.

The Pan Asian Repertory Theatre will stage Susan Kim's The Joy Luck Club, adapted from Amy Tan's novel, set in San Francisco in the 1980s, following four Mahjong playing mothers from different provinces in China and their relationships with their American born daughters, directed by Tisa Chang, previewing from October 28th at the Julia Miles Theatre, opening on November 7th. The cast will comprise Pan Asian veterans Lydia Gaston, Wai Ching Ho, Dian Kobayashi and Virginia Wing as the mothers, with Tina Chilip, Sacha Iskra, Han Nah Kim and Kathleen Kwan as the next generation, and Carol Honda, Scott Klavan, Ming Lee, Rosanne Ma, Tom Matsusaka, Les J N Mau and Hanh T Thuc Tran. The Julia Miles Theatre is located at 424 West 55th Street, between 9th and 10th Avenues.

A new musical Cry-Baby, book by Mark O'Donnell and Thomas Meehan, music and lyrics by David Javerbaum and Adam Schlesinger, directed by Mark Brokaw, with choreography by Rob Ashford, opens a prospective pre Broadway season at La Jolla Playhouse in California on November 6th. The show is adapted from the John Waters film about 'the baddest boy in town' who falls for a good girl in Baltimore in 1954. The cast features James Snyder, Harriet Harris, Elizabeth Stanley, Carly Jibson, Chester Gregory II, Christopher Hanke. Lacey Kohl, Alli Mauzey, Cristen Page and Richard Poe. The show is aiming for a Broadway opening in April.

Political Idol: A New Musical Revue, a spoof of the upcoming Primary Elections, with sketches and musical parodies by Marc Emory and Robert Yarnall, with Lara Buck, Enga Davis, Joseph DiSalle and Robert Yarnall, directed by Julie Blanciak, will preview from October 30th at the Triad Theatre, opening on Election Day, November 6th. The political candidates audition for the role of President at each performance, and audience members cast their vote for their favorite candidate. The Triad Theater is located at 158 West 72nd Street, between Columbus and Amsterdam Avenues.

Martin Sherman's Bent, about the persecution of homosexuals in Nazi Germany, with Ryan Nicholoff, Ed Davis, Jim Halloran, Chris Worley, Ronald Hornsby, Chris Layton and Richard Kirkwood, directed by Joshua Chase Gold, will preview from October 10th at the 13th Street Repertory Company, opening on October 17th. The limited run, on Wednesdays and Thursdays until November 29th, is being presented as a fundraising effort to help save the 13th Street Repertory Company, which was founded in 1972 as a place to develop new writing. It is produced in association with Blue asphalt productions and Counting Squares Theatre. The 13th Street Repertory Company is located at 50 West 13th Street, between 5th and 6th Avenues.

A revival of Benjamin A Baker's 1848 vaudeville melodrama A Glance At New York, with Regina Betancourt, Ian Tooley, Brian Barnhart, David Crabb, George Demas, Laurie Kilmartin, Marlene Berner, Edgar Oliver, Britt Genelin, Jim Sterling and Marc Palmieri, directed by Randy Sharp, will preview from October 12th at the Axis Theatre, opening on October 19th. Set during a particularly dangerous and raw period in New York City history, it is a 'conglomeration of vulgarity and illiteracy' following the adventures of a burly firefighter known as the toughest man in the nation's toughest city, who beats down whoever is in his path, before rushing off to rescue a screaming innocent from a burning tenement. Axis Theatre is located at 1 Sheridan Square, at the corner of Barrow Street.

StageStruck: The Magic Of Theatre Design, an exhibition featuring some 150 original sketches, props and models items from the worlds of ballet, opera and Broadway from 1940 to 2007, will run at the Leslie/Lohman Gay Art Foundation Gallery from November 14th to December 22nd. It will include the work of over 60 designers, including David Hockney, Oliver Smith, Cecil Beaton, John Lee Beatty, Santo Loquasto, Rouben Ter-Arutunian, William Ivey Long, Martin Pakledinaz, Oliver Messel, Desmond Heeley, Ed Wittstein and Paul Cadmus, with shows ranging from historic productions of Fancy Free, Hello, Dolly!, Boys In The Band and A Delicate Balance, to Grey Gardens, The Fantasticks and Curtains!. The Leslie/Lohman Gay Art Foundation Gallery is located at 26 Wooster Street, between Grand and Canal Streets.

Nicu's Spoon in association with New York Deaf Theatre will present Nick Grosso's Kosher Harry, a dark comedy set in a kosher deli revealing the casual racism that abounds in daily life, directed by Stephanie Barton-Farcas and Aaron Kubey, previewing from October 10th at the Spoon Theater, opening on October 12th. The company comprises Andrew Hutcheson, Michael DiMartin, Wynne Anders, Shira Grabelsky, Alvaro Sena, Darren Fudenske, Sherrie Morgan and Jennifer Giroux. The Spoon Theater is located at 38 West 38th Street, 5th Floor, between 5th and 6th Avenues.