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Backstage Whispers overheard by Richard Andrews

Last updated : 3rd November 2008

David Auburn's adaptation of Ketti Frings's Look Homeward, Angel, based on the novel by Thomas Wolfe, the story of a teenager desperate to escape his loving but deeply embattled family, directed by Daniel Sullivan, will open on Broadway at a yet to be announced Shubert theatre in fall 2009. The producers will be Jeffrey Richards, Jerry Frankel and Steve Traxler.

Metropolitan Playhouse will stage Eugene O'Neill's Anna Christie, with Sam Tsoutsouvas, Jenne Vath, Roger Clark, Joe Atack, Nick Delany, Ian Campbell Dunn, Zakary Spicer, Rob Sulaver, Karen Christie-Ward, Zachary Spicer and Rob Sulaver, directed by Robert Kalfin, previewing from November 14th, opening November 21st. A 'ruined' daughter comes East to find her estranged father, who is both less and more than she hoped. Metropolitan Playhouse is located at 220 East 4th Street, between Avenues A and B.

The next exhibition at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts will be Curtain Call: Celebrating A Century Of Women Designing For Live Performance, running from November 17th to May 2nd. Presented in association with the League of Professional Theatre Women, it will trace the influence of female designers from 1890 to present day, showcasing the work of 140 women whose designs have been an integral part of Broadway, opera and dance. Highlights will include Caroline Siedle's 1897 costume illustrations for The Belle Of New York; design sketches for the lavish revues at the Hippodrome and the Roxy; Constance Towers's costume from The King And I, Richard Burton's Hamlet costume and Hume Cronyn's ass's head from A Midsummer Night's Dream; and set models and designs for Spring Awakening, In The Heights and Avenue Q. The multimedia show will also feature video interviews with the designers, lighting plots, research notes, costume bibles, production photographs, props, correspondence and performance videos. The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts is located at 40 Lincoln Center Plaza.

MCC Theater has announced a change to its current season schedule. Neil LaBute's The Break Of Noon, which was originally set for a January opening, has been bumped to September, in order not to detract from the upcoming Broadway transfer of MCC's production of LaBute's Reasons To Be Pretty in February. In its place, MCC will present the New York premiere of The Third Story, written by and featuring Charles Busch, directed by Carl Andress, at the Lucille Lortel Theatre, from January 14th. The comedy comprises three interconnected stories of a mother and son screenwriting team in the 1940s, an uneasy alliance between a mob queen and a frosty lady scientist, and a Russian fairy tale in which a shy Princess makes a pact with a witch. The Lucille Lortel Theatre is located at 121 Christopher Street, between Bleecker and Hudson Streets.

New Georges will stage the world premiere of Wendy Weiner's Hillary: A Modern Greek Tragedy With A (Somewhat) Happy Ending, which mixes Hillary and Bill Clinton with figures from Greek mythology, featuring Mia Barron, Darren Pettie, Heidi Armbruster, Victoire Charles, Jorge Cordova, Charlie Hudson III, Jenny Mercein and Josie Whittlesey, directed by Julie Kramer, previewing from November 22nd at The Living Theatre, opening on November 24th. The Living Theater is located at 21 Clinton Street, between East Houston and Stanton Streets

On The Casting Couch: Mary-Louise Parker will be joined by Michael Cerveris and Paul Sparks in Henrik Ibsen's Hedda Gabler, opening at the American Airlines Theatre on January 25th; and Matt Cavenaugh, Karen Olivo, Cody Green, George Akram and Josefina Scaglione will head the cast of the Arthur Laurents-Leonard Bernstein-Stephen Sondheim musical West Side Story, opening at the Palace Theatre on March 19th.

Horizon Theatre Rep will stage Scottish playwright David Greig's adaptation of Albert Camus's Caligula, with Gustav Bodor, Jeff Campanella, Rafael De Mussa, Ben Gougeon, Israel Gutierrez, Quester D Hannah, Tabetha Lorina-Baker, Romy Nordlinger, Chris Triana, Jordan Turchin, Miles Warner and Brandon Wood, directed by Rafael De Mussa, previewing from December 4th at the Kirk Theatre at Theatre Row, opening on December 7th. Set in an unspecified 20th century country, it is the story of a man given absolute freedom to challenge social convention in pursuit of personal obsession. Theatre Row is located at 410 West 42nd Street, between 9th and 10th Avenues.

The Flea Theater has announced further shows in its 2008/2009 season, the world premieres of A R Gurney's A Light Lunch, a post Bush cautionary tale about the price paid for legacy, directed by Jim Simpson, from December 12th; Itamar Moses's But You Will Get Used To It, five linked one-act plays that explore contemporary relationships of people in the theatre, from January 29th; and the opera Kaspar Hauser, libretto by Elizabeth Swados and Erin Courtney, music and direction by Elizabeth Swados, the tale of the feral child who appeared in Nuremburg, Germany in 1828, having lived his entire life in a dungeon, never learning how to speak or be human, from February 12th. The Flea Theater is located at 41 White Street, between Broadway and Church Street.

The Rumour Machine says: that Promises, Promises, the Neil Simon-Burt Bacharach-Hal David musical adapted from the movie The Apartment, may return to Broadway next year courtesy of producers John Gore, Beth Williams and Harvey and Bob Weinstein; and that John Waters, Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman are working on a film sequel to the musical version of Hairspray, to be filmed next year, which producers hope will reunite the previous cast, although John Travolta is unlikely to feature. The Rumour Machine grinds on.