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Backstage Whispers overheard by Richard Andrews

Last updated : 5th April 2010

Everyday Rapture, 'a semi-autobiographical story of a young woman's psycho-sexual-spiritual journey from Kansas to Manhattan', written by and featuring Sherie Rene Scott, created in collaboration with Dick Scanlan, using an eclectic mix of existing songs, with backing singers Eamon Foley, Lindsay Mendez and Betsy Wolfe, directed by Michael Mayer, with choreography by Michele Lynch, seen at Second Stage Theatre last year, will preview from April 19th at the American Airlines Theatre, opening on April 19th. Roundabout Theatre Company has drafted the show in to replace its cancelled production of Lips Together, Teeth Apart.

The 23rd Annual Easter Bonnet Competition benefit for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, will take place at the Minskoff Theatre on April 26th and 27th. The event will feature the companies of Broadway, Off Broadway and touring productions, performing sketches, songs and/or dances as well as a parade of bonnets created specially for the competition. It is the culmination of a 6 week fundraising campaign by each of the companies. The 1st prize goes to the company that raises the most money, with a 2nd prize for the company with the best bonnet design and presentation, and additional prizes for the Broadway play, national tour and Off Broadway production raising the most money. Last year's event raised a record breaking $3,402,147, with 33 Variations taking both the top prize with $183,546 and Best Bonnet. Total donations to date exceed $42m. Further information and online booking can be found on the Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS web site, via the link from Organisations in the Links section of New York TheatreNet.

Second Stage Theatre has announced the final play in its 2009/2010 season. Paul Weitz's Trust, which explores the corrosive effect of power on relationships, directed by Peter DuBois, will play from July 23rd. Second Stage Theatre is located at 307 West 43rd Street, at 8th Avenue

Yangtze Repertory Theatre of America will stage Laughing In The Wind: A Cautionary Tale In Martial Arts, based on one of the Chinese speaking world's best known martial arts novels by Jin Yong, adapted and directed by Joanna Chan, with choreography by David ChienHui Shen, previewing from 30th April at Theater For The New City, opening on May 2nd. The play is an epic tale about friendship and love, deception and betrayal, ambition and lust for power with a fighting/kicking ensemble of 18 actors. Theater for the New City is located at 155 1st Avenue, between 9th and 10th Streets.

A musical adaptation of Emily Bronte's Wuthering Heights, the story of an obsessive, ardent and doomed love love affair in Victorian England, book, music and lyrics by Paul Dick, directed by Matt Gutschick, will play at The Mint Theatre from June 11th. The producer is Passajj Productions. The Mint Theatre is located at 311 West 43rd Street, between 8th and 9th Avenues.

Sony Masterworks has launched a specialist website that exploits its catalogue of more than 400 cast recordings and related albums, aimed at providing a comprehensive experience for the Broadway community and its fans. MasterworksBroadway.com offers fans streaming music, archival photos, podcasts with major names in musical theatre, track listings, liner notes, a weekly blog by journalist and critic Peter Filichia, prize draws and more. The Masterworks Broadway catalogue includes some of the best known musicals, including South Pacific, Anything Goes, The Sound Of Music, My Fair Lady, Sweet Charity, Annie, Hello, Dolly!, Fiddler On The Roof, A Little Night Music, Hair, Sweeney Todd, A Chorus Line, Hairspray, Cabaret, Avenue Q, 1776, Camelot, Nine, Gypsy, Chicago, Oliver!, The Producers, and La Cage Aux Folles. There is a link to the MB web site from The Emporium in the Links section of New York TheatreNet.

David Mamet's A Life In The Theatre, a two hander tracing the relationship of a veteran actor and an aspiring newcomer who share a dressing room in a tatty regional theatre, with Patrick Stewart, directed by Neil Pepe, will open at a Broadway theatre yet to be announced in September. Stewart played the same role in a London production in 2005. The producers are Jeffrey Richards, Jerry Frankel and Steve Traxler.

New Georges and New Feet Productions will stage the world premiere of Emily DeVoti's Milk, with Carolyn Baeumler, Jordan Baker, Peter Bradbury, Jon Krupp, Anna Kull and Noah Robbins, directed by Jessica Bauman, previewing from April 26th at the HERE Arst Center, opening on April 29th. A couple whose farm is about to be repossessed are saved by a businessman who wants to experience 'the simple life', but who finds that the reality is not what he expected. The HERE Arts Center is located at 145 6th Avenue, between Spring and Broome Streets, entrance on Dominick Street.

The Rumour Machine says: that the current Vineyard Theatre production of the David Thompson-John Kander-Fred Ebb musical The Scottsboro Boys, about the 1930s Scottsboro Case, in which a group of innocent African American teenagers in Alabama were unjustly accused of attacking two white women, directed and choreographed by Susan Stroman, will be restaged on Broadway next season; that John Cameron Mitchell and Stephen Trask's cult concert musical Hedwig And The Angry Inch, the story of an obscure and tortured German-American transsexual rock singer, may arrive on Broadway in the fall, directed by Peter Askin, courtesy of producer David Binder; and that the recently closed York Theatre production of David and Joseph Zellnik's musical Yank!, about gays in the military in World War II, directed by Igor Goldin, will also be restaged on Broadway next season. The Rumour Machine grinds on.