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Backstage Whispers overheard by Richard Andrews

Last updated : 3rd February 2014

Broken Moments: A Bar Musical, written and directed by Leo Rodriguez, in which the regulars at a bar meet to pay their respects to the recently deceased owner, performed in an immersive bar setting, with Emily Battles, Benjamin Horen, Karen Schleifer, Jasmine Spiess, Leo Rodriguez, Mike Longo, Jeffrey Aiken, Noah Fleischaker, Elizabeth Pryce Davies, Sean Griffin, John Matson, Nathan Riehl and Katherine Sulenski, will open at Tammany Hall on February 14th. The producers are Becky Randazzo, Dave Delzio and Lisa Taibi. Tammany Hall is located at 152 Orchard Street, between Stanton and Rivington Streets.

Manhattan Theatre Club will stage The Lion, an autobiographical solo musical written and performed by Benjamin Scheuer, a story of love, loss, family loyalty, and the redemptive power of music, directed by Sean Daniels, previewing from June 10th at New York City Center - Stage II, opening on June 26th. New York City Center is located 131 West 55th Street, between 6th and 7th Avenues.

On The Casting Couch: Scott Richard Foster, Marcus Stevens, Erica Dorfler and Carter Calvert will feature in Forbidden Broadway: Still Alive And Kicking, at the Davenport Theatre from February 27th; and John Cullum and Patrick Page will head the cast of Harvey Fierstein's Casa Valentina, opening at the Samuel J Friedman Theatre on April 23rd.

Good Egg will stage Johnna Adams's Gidion's Knot, in which an emotionally overwhelmed elementary school teacher and an anguished mother meet at a fraught parent-teacher conference, with Karen Leiner and Dara O'Brien, directed by Austin Pendleton previewing from February 20th at 59E59 Theaters, opening on February 26th. 59E59 Theaters is located at 59 East 59th Street, between Park and Madison Avenues.

Red Fern Theatre Company will stage Mia McCullough's Since Africa, which follows a young man trying to make a new life in Chicago after being displaced from his home during the Sudanese Civil War, with Elton Beckett, Kristin D Carpenter, Matthew Murumba, Jenny Vallencourt and Jennifer Dorr White, directed by Nancy Robillard, previewing from February 20th at Theater at the New 14th Street Y, opening on February 23rd. The New 14th Street Y is located at 344 East 14th Street, between 1st and 2nd Avenues

Terry Teachout's Satchmo At The Waldorf, a solo show exploring the life of singer Louis Armstrong as he approaches his final set of shows in 1971, performed by John Douglas Thompson, directed by Gordon Edelstein, will preview from February 15th at the Westside Theatre, opening on March 4th. The Westside Theatre is located at 407 West 43rd Street, between 9th and 10th Avenues.

Tony 'n' Tina's Wedding, the long running interactive show in which audience members join a wedding party, will celebrate its 25th anniversary by returning to a new venue on March 5th. The ceremony will be held at the Chapel at Jacqueline Onassis High School on West 46th Street, with the reception at Guy's American Kitchen & Bar, on West 44th Street, where guests will enjoy an Italian style buffet dinner, as well as cocktails and dancing.

A prospective pre Broadway production of the musical Titanic, book by Peter Stone, music and lyrics by Maury Yeston, based on real people who travelled on the ill fated voyage, directed by Thom Southerland, with musical staging by Cressida Carre, will play at the Royal Alexandra Theatre in Toronto from July 22nd to August 31st, prior to a prospective Broadway transfer in the fall. The producers are Barry and Fran Weissler and David Mirvish. Meanwhile, there will be a concert staging of Titanic, featuring the members of original Broadway cast, a 250 member chorus and the New York City Chamber Orchestra, at Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center on February 17th.

The Abingdon Theatre Company will stage the premiere of Brian Richard Mori's Hellman v McCarthy, about the literary feud between Lillian Hellman and Mary McCarthy, following McCarthy's remarks during an appearance on The Dick Cavett Show, with Dick Cavett, Roberta Maxwell, Marcia Rodd, Peter Brouwer, Rowan Michael Meyer and Jeff Woodman, directed by Jan Buttram, previewing from March 14th at the June Havoc Theatre, opening on March 26th. The June Havoc Theatre is located at 312 West 36th Street, between 8th and 9th Avenues.

The Rumour Machine says: that the Australian musical spectacular King Kong, book by Craig Lucas, with a score mixing period, contemporary and new songs, adapted from the novella of the original film by Merian C Cooper and Edgar Wallace, which features a 1 ton 18 foot puppet as Kong, directed by Daniel Kramer, with choreography John O'Connell, which is currently playing in Melbourne, is aiming to open at the Foxwoods Theatre on December 12th, courtesy of producer Global Creatures. The Rumour Machine grinds on.