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Backstage Whispers overheard by Richard Andrews

Last updated : 4th February 2013

It's Official! As previously forecast here, the current Lincoln Center Theater production of Christopher Durang's Vanya And Sonia And Masha And Spike, a satire that takes characters and themes from Chekhov and transports them to contemporary Pennsylvania, with Sigourney Weaver, Kristine Nielsen, David Hyde Pierce, Shalita Grant, Billy Magnussen and Genevieve Angelson, directed by Nicholas Martin, will transfer to Broadway, previewing from March 5th at the Golden Theatre, with an official opening on March 14th. The design team comprises scenery by David Korins, costumes by Emily Rebholz, lighting by Justin Townsend, and sound by Mark Bennett. The producers are Joey Parnes, Larry Hirschhorn, and John O'Boyle, in association with McCarter Theatre and Lincoln Center Theater.

The National Theatre of Scotland production of Alan Cumming performing a contemporary one man version of William Shakespeare's Macbeth, the tale of bloody ambition, directed by John Tiffany, with movement by Christine Devaney, will be remounted on Broadway, previewing from April 7th at the Barrymore Theatre, with an official opening on April 21st. The design team comprises scenery and costumes by Merle Hensel, lighting by Natasha Chivers, projection by Ian William Galloway, and sound by Fergus O'Hare. The producer is Ken Davenport.

Meanwhile, Shakespeare O P, which produces William Shakespeare's plays as faithfully as possible in Original Pronunciation, will stage Macbeth, at the American Theatre of Actors, from February 7th. The American Theatre of Actors is located at 314 West 54th Street, between 8th and 9th Avenues.

Roundabout Theatre Company's recent Black Box Theatre production of Joshua Elias Harmon's Bad Jews, a viciously comic brawl over family, faith and legacy, with Tracee Chimo, Philip Ettinger, Molly Ranson and Michael Zegen, directed by Daniel Aukin, will move upstairs to the Laura Pels Theatre at the Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre,from September 20th. The Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre is located at 111 West 46th Street, between 6th and 7th Avenues.

New York City Opera's upcoming season at the Howard Gilman Opera House at Brooklyn Academy of Music from February 15th, will comprise Thomas Ades's Powder Her Face, libretto by Philip Hensher, inspired by a 1960's British sex scandal, with Allison Cook, Nili Riemer, Matt Boehler, Jon Morris and Kaneza Schaal, directed by Jay Scheib; and Benjamin Britten's The Turn Of The Screw, libretto by Myfanwy Piper, adapted from the Henry James novella, with Sara Jakubiak, Dominic Armstrong, Lauren Worsham, Benjamin P Wenzelberg, Sharmay Musacchio and Jennifer Goode Cooper, directed by Sam Buntrock. Brooklyn Academy of Music is located at 30 Lafayette Avenue, between Ashland Place and St Felix Street, in Fort Greene, Brooklyn.

It has been confirmed that Bette Midler will perform John Logan's new one person play I'll Eat You Last: A Chat With Sue Mengers, as the legendary, larger than life, tough and witty Hollywood 'superagent', directed by Joe Mantello, previewing from April 5th at the Booth Theatre, with an official opening on April 24th. The producers are Graydon Carter, Arielle Tepper Madover, James L Nederlander, The Shubert Organization, Terry Allen Kramer, Stephanie P McClelland, Jeffrey Finn, Ruth Hendel, Larry Magid, Jon B Platt, and Scott and Brian Zeilinger.

On The Casting Couch: Nathan Lane will be joined by Cady Huffman, Jenni Barber and Andrea Burns in Douglas Carter Beane's The Nance, opening at the Lyceum Theatre on March 21st.

Forthcoming productions at 59E59 Theaters will include Mark Rigney's Bears, in which 3 bears escape from a zoo to the wilderness where they each must define for themselves what it truly means to be a bear, directed by Kristin McCarthy Parker, from March 14th, produced by Sans A Productions; Christoph Willibald Gluck's 18th century opera The Reformed Drunkard, directed by Philip Shneidman, from March 16th, produced by the little OPERA theatre of ny; and the Brits Off Broadway Festival, featuring work by companies all over the U.K., from March 26th. 59E59 Theaters is located at 59 East 59th Street, between Park and Madison Avenues.

The annual Broadway Backwards concert, which features male singers performing songs traditionally sung by women and women singing tunes written for men, will take place at the Palace Theatre on March 18th, directed and choreographed by Robert Bartley. Those so far announced for the benefit for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS and New York's Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Community, include Estelle Parsons, Judy Kaye, Bruce Vilanch, Daniel Breaker, Anita Gillette, Tony Sheldon, Jose Llana, Jim Brochu, Ward Billeisen, Stephanie J. Block, Tituss Burgess, Robert Creighton and Kyle Dean Massey, with additional performers to be added in the coming weeks. Last year's show raised a record breaking $329,000.

Forthcoming productions at Theater For The New City will include the musical American Star!!!, written by William Electric Black and Gary Schreiner, about a teenager and her journey to become the next Idol-like celebrity, directed by William Electric Black, from April 11th; The Upper Lip, adapted and directed by David Willinger from William Saroyan's novel, Rock Wagram, the story of an Armenian-American bartender who finds fame as a film star but becomes disillusioned, from May 2nd; the Yangtze Repertory Theatre's 20th anniversary production The Empress Dowager, written and directed by Joanna Chan, an epic spanning 40 years of the reign of the Manchu empress who ruled China from behind the throne, in Mandarin Chinese with English subtitles, from May 31st; and Tom Block's White Noise, probing the psyche of a tormented artist, with Michael Mack, directed by Roselie Vasquez-Yetter, from June 26th. Theater For The New City is located at 155 1st Avenue, between 9th and 10th Streets.