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Backstage Whispers overheard by Richard Andrews

Last updated : 4th October 2010

It has been confirmed that the musical Catch Me If You Can, book by Terrence McNally, music and lyrics by Scott Wittman and Marc Shaiman, adapted from the 2002 movie telling the true story of a young and successful con man who is pursued by an FBI agent, directed by Jack O'Brien, with choreography by Jerry Mitchell, will preview from March 7th at the Neil Simon Theatre, with an official opening on April 10th. The leading producers are Hal Luftig and Margo Lion.

The Public Theater has announced the 2010/2011 Public LAB season, comprising: That Hopey Changey Thing, written and directed by Richard Nelson, in which a family discusses memory, manners, and politics as they await the election results, from October 26th; Mona Mansour's Urge For Going, about a Palestinian girl desperate to escape from a Lebanese refugee camp whose greatest source of inspiration may prove to be her biggest obstacle, directed by Hal Brooks, from March 25th; and Jonathan Marc Sherman's Knickerbocker, charting a man's ill preparedness for fatherhood at the approaching birth of his child, directed by Pippin Parker, from May 6th.

Girl Talk: The Musical, conceived by Tim Flaherty, written by Louise Roche, with Sonya Carter, Renee Colvert, Priscilla Fernandez and Berty Jay, directed by Sonya Carter, will preview from November 3rd at the Times Square Arts Center, opening on November 14th. Featuring songs by contemporary female recording artists, it is set during the final broadcast of a radio show, where the two sparing hosts, their favorite sex therapist guest and the neurotic producer learn that men and jobs can come and go, but girlfriends are forever. Times Square Arts Center is located at 303 West 42nd Street at 8th Avenue.

Playwrights Horizons will stage its annual Stories On 5 Stories benefit event, an evening of short new plays in unconventional spaces within the company's headquarters, on November 1st. It will feature works by Kate Fodor, Melissa James Gibson, Jack Herrick, James Lapine, Marlane Meyer, Peter Parnell and Michael Cyril Creighton, on the theme of 'The Devil You Know'. Playwrights Horizons is located at 416 West 42nd Street, between 9th and 10th Avenues.

The names of this year's thespians to be inducted into the Theater Hall of Fame have been announced. They are actors Brian Dennehy, Linda Lavin and Fritz Weaver, director Michael Blekemore, writer Caryl Churchill, conductor/musical director Paul Gemignani and director/writer James Lapine, with director/writer Joseph Chaikin inducted posthumously. The 40th annual ceremony will be held at the Gershwin Theatre on 24th January. The Hall of Fame was created to honour performers and creatives who have made a lasting impression in American theatre. To be eligible for induction, a candidate must have a career that spans 25 years, with at least 5 major stage credits. They are chosen by 350 voting members of the Theater Hall of Fame and the American Theater Critics Association. Membership is marked by a plaque in the North Rotunda in the lobby of the Gershwin Theatre.

WorkShop Theater Company will stage the premiere of Ken Jaworowski's Interchange, about 5 disperate individuals whose lives unexpectedly connect, with Liz Amberly, Cecily Benjamin, Riley Jones-Cohen, Daniel Damiano, Gerry Goodstein, Wende O'Reilly, Jeff Paul, David M Pincus, Sean Singer and Shaun Bennet Wilson, directed by Thomas Cote, opening on October 7th. The WorkShop Theater Company is located at 312 West 36th Street, 4th Floor, between 8th and 9th Avenues.

Buddy Thomas and Kenneth Elliott's The Devil Boys From Beyond, a science fiction spoof set in 1950s Florida (with men playing the female roles), featuring Everett Quinton, Andy Halliday, Paul Pecorino, Chris Dell'Armo, Peter Cormican, Robert Berliner, Jacques Mitchell and Jeff Riberdy, directed by Kenneth Elliott, will preview from November 3rd at New World Stages, opening on November 13th. New World Stages is located at 340 West 50th Street, between 8th and 9th Avenues.

The Rumour Machine says: that Ben Stiller and Edie Falco will star in John Guare's The House Of Blue Leaves, the dark comedy about American dreamers in Sunnyside, Queens, directed by David Cromer, at the Walter Kerr Theatre next spring, courtesy of producer Scott Rudin; that Nicole Kidman will star in Tennessee Williams's Sweet Bird Of Youth, directed by David Cromer, on Broadway next fall, also produced by Scott Rudin; that Global Creatures, the company behind Walking With Dinosaurs - The Arena Spectacular, is working on a new show King Kong - Live On Stage, written by Craig Lucas, with music by Marius de Vries, directed by Daniel Kramer, with the aim of a Broadway debut in 2013; and that Billy Crudup will return to Broadway early next year in Tom Stoppard's Arcadia (in which he appeared in the 1995 premiere). The Rumour Machine grinds on.