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Backstage Whispers overheard by Richard Andrews

Last updated : 3rd March 2008

The British Chichester Festival Theatre production of William Shakespeare's Macbeth, with Patrick Stewart, Kate Fleetwood, Suzanne Burden, Michael Feast, Scot Handy, Paul Shelly and Martin Turner, directed by Rupert Goold, is Broadway bound. The bloody tale of ambition and revenge, which is currently playing a sold out season at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, will transfer to the Lyceum Theatre for an 8 week run from 29th March. It features scenic and costume design by Anthony Ward, lighting by Howard Harrison, video and projection by Lorna Heavey and sound by Adam Cork.

Maxine Linehan will perform Tell Me On A Sunday, the one person song cycle about the emotional travails of British girl living in New York, music by Andrew Lloyd Webber, lyrics by Don Black and Richard Maltby Jr, directed by Jeff Talbott, at the Laurie Beechman Theatre, on Sundays from March 30th to April 27th. The producer is The Alloy Theatre Company. The Laurie Beechman Theatre is located within the West Bank Cafe at 407 West 42nd Street, at 9th Avenue.

Ground UP Productions will stage the world premiere of Jason Chimonides's comedy The Optimist, with Matt Burns, Caitlin FitzGerald and Chris Thorn, directed by Jace Alexander, previewing from March 20th at the Abingdon Theatre, opening on March 26th. Events unfold between twin brothers and one of their ex-girlfriends, on the eve of a friend's funeral, and their father's marriage to his long time mistress. The Abingdon Theatre is located at 312 West 36th Street, between 8th and 9th Avenues.

Writing To Character: Songwriters And The Tony Awards, is a multi-media tribute Broadway's Tony winning songwriters, featuring manuscripts, posters, photographs, designs, letters, original cast recordings, videos, and other memorabilia, at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts until June 14th. It aims to provide insights into the collaborative process - both the tragedies and the truimphs - of creating such shows as Rodgers and Hammerstein's South Pacific, Frank Loesser's Guys And Dolls, Bock and Harnick's Fiddler On The Roof, Kander and Ebb's Cabaret and Stephen Sondheim's Company. The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts is located at 40 Lincoln Center Plaza.

The world premiere of Edward Albee's Occupant, a portrait of the sculptor Louise Nevelson and a quest to capture a complex artist and persona, with Mercedes Ruehl and Larry Bryggman, directed by Pam MacKinnon, will preview from May 6th in The Peter Norton Space at Signature Theatre, opening on June 5th. Signature Theatre is located at 555 West 42nd Street, between 10th and 11th Avenues.

The York Theatre Company's next Musicals In Mufti series of semi-staged performances will feature Minnie's Boys, music by Larry Grossman, lyrics by Hal Hackady, book by Arthur Marx and Robert Fisher, which tells of the early life of the Marx Brothers and their mother, from May 30th to June 1st; Grind, original book by Fay Kanin, music by Larry Grossman, lyrics by Ellen Fitzhugh, with a new book by Brad Rouse, set in a Chicago burlesque house during the Great Depression, from June 13th to 15th; and Goodtime Charley, book by Sidney Michaels, music by Larry Grossman, lyrics by Hal Hackady, about the relationship of King Charles VII of France and Joan of Arc, from June 27th to 29th. The York Theatre Company's Theatre at Saint Peter's is on 54th Street, between Lexington and 3rd Avenues.

Transport Group will stage the world premiere of Marcy In The Galaxy, music and lyrics by Nancy Shayne, book by Michael Patrick King and Shayne, a self examination by a woman whose dream of being a New York artist has failed to come true, exploring dreams, disappointment, family and first love, directed by Jack Cummings III, previewing from March 28th at The Connelly Theatre, opening on April 6th. The cast comprises Donna Lynne Champlin, Teri Ralston, Janet Carroll, Mary-Pat Green, Jenny Fellner and Jonathan Hammond. The Connelly Theatre is located at 220 East 4th Street, between Avenues A and B.

Early One Morning, a solo song cycle relating the experiences of Mary Magdalene, music and lyrics by Ron Melrose, performed by Cindy Marchionda, directed by Andy Gale, will play a free performance on Easter Sunday, March 23rd, at Calvary Baptist Church, 123 West 57th Street, between 6th and 7th Avenues.

The Play Company will stage Simon Farquhar's Rainbow Kiss, with Michael Cates, Robert Hogan, Charlotte Parry and Peter Scanavino, directed by Will Frears, previewing from March 12th at 59E59 Theaters, opening on March 22nd. Set in Aberdeen, Scotland, it is the story of single parent father in dead end job, who stakes his future on a one night stand with an upwardly mobile beautician he meets at a club. 59E59 Theaters are (unsurprisingly) located at 59 East 59th Street, between Park and Madison Avenues.

The inaugural production by the Jouissance Theater Company will be Emma Sheanshang's Every Girl Gets Her Man, a dark 'Sex And The City' style comedy about five young women on the prowl for the perfect man, with Danny Bernardy, Cass Bugge, Amy Flanagan, Anna Margaret Hollyman, Chloe Whiteford and Sarah Wilson, directed by Michael Melamedoff, previewing from March 3rd at the Huron Club at the SoHo Playhouse, opening on March 9th. The SoHo Playhouse is located at 15 Van Dam Street, between 6th Avenue and Varrick Street.

The Theatre for a New Audience production of William Shakespeare's Antony And Cleopatra, the greatest love story ever told, directed by Darko Tresnjak, will preview from March 22nd at The Duke at Theatre Row, opening on April 3rd. The company comprises Marton Csokas, Laila Robins, Jeffrey Carlson, Randy Harrison, Nathan Blew, Christine Corpuz, Greg Derelian, Grant Goodman, James Knight, George Morfogen, Ryan Quinn, Michael Rogers, Christian Rummel, Matthew Schneck, Christen Simon, Erik Singer, John Douglas Thompson and Lisa Velten. Theatre Row is located at 410 West 42nd Street, between 9th and 10th Avenues.