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Backstage Whispers overheard by Richard Andrews

Last updated : 5th September 2011

It had been confirmed that a 'new' Gershwin musical, Nice Work If You Can Get It, book by Joe DiPietro, score from the George and Ira Gershwin back catalogue, a comedy about a Long Island playboy and his entanglements with bootleggers and golddiggers, featuring Matthew Broderick and Kelli O'Hara, directed and choreographed by Kathleen Marshall, will open at a Broadway theatre yet to be announced in April. The producers are Roger Berlind, Sonia Friedman, Roy Furman and Scott Landis

The 25th Annual Broadway Flea Market and Grand Auction, the outdoor fundraiser for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, will be held on September 25th, from 10am to 7pm, spreading along the entire block of West 44th Street between 7th and 8th Avenues, and into Times Square between 43rd and 44th Streets. It will feature stalls with a host of theatrical memorabilia donated by the theatrical community, a Celebrity Table where autographs or photos with stars from Broadway, Off Broadway and television can be purchased, and over a dozen one off theatrical experiences, such as house seats for a show plus a walkon part, visit with the star in their dressing room or dinner afterwards, a backstage tour, or chance to conduct the exit music in the orchestra pit, and tickets to the opening night of Follies and the after-party in the Live Auction at 4.30pm. Last year's Flea Market raised $476,917. Online and phone bids for the auction can be placed until September 24th. Further information can be found on the BC/EFA web site via the link from Organisations in the Links section of New York TheatreNet.

Peace Belt Productions will stage the premiere of The Love Letter You've Been Meaning To Write New York, a multimedia performance, combining video, movement, puppetry, live music and scripted performance, conceived and directed by Jonathan Solari, in which a 51 member ensemble performs in the street while an audience looks on from inside the theatre, will preview from September 21st at the 3LD Art & Technology Center, opening on September 24th. The piece follows a disillusioned young man on a day of reckoning as he has decides to leave New York for good. The 3LD Art & Technology Center is located at 80 Greenwich Street, at Rector Street.

Broadway Week, a promotion organised by NYC & Company, will offer 'twofers' for Broadway shows from September 18th to 30th. Among the shows participating, both long running and new, are The Addams Family, Billy Elliot, Chicago, Jersey Boys, The Lion King, Mamma Mia!, Man And Boy, Mary Poppins, Memphis, The Mountaintop, The Phantom Of The Opera, Priscilla Queen Of The Desert, Relatively Speaking, Rock Of Ages, Sister Act and Wicked. In addition, a sweepstakes offers the chance to win two Broadway tickets a month for an entire year. Further information and booking can be found on the Broadway Week web site, via the link from Festivals & Events in the Links section of New York TheatreNet.

Horizon Theatre Rep will stage Robert Lowell's Benito Cereno, based on the novel by Herman Melville, depicting the mysterious events that occur when an American merchant vessel comes upon a battered Spanish ship with its nearly all black crew and a white captain, with Reynaldo Piniella, Frank Mayers, Mutiyat Ade-Salu, Jaymes Jorsling, Arthur Bartow, Benjamin Thys, Abdi Ismail, Pedro Rezende, Steven Alexander, Ama Birch, Uchenna Onyia, Akintunde Sogunro, Rafael de Mussa and Sean Christian Taylor, directed by Woodie King Jr, previewing from September 22nd at the Flea Theater, opening on September 25th. The Flea Theater is located at 41 White Street between Church and Broadway.

On The Casting Couch: Larry Zhang, Jennifer Lim, Stephen Pucci, Christine Lin, Angela Lin and Johnny Wu will be joined by Gary Wilmes in David Henry Hwang's Chinglish, opening at the Longacre Theatre on October 27th.

Medicine Show Theatre Ensemble will stage Paris, a 'lost' musical comedy about life in the French capital in the 1920s, book by Martin Brown, music and lyrics by Cole Porter, with Aron Bederson, Sarah Engelke, Jason Alan Griffin, Renee Hermiz, Eva Nicole, John Russell, Peter Tedeschi and Barbara Vann, directed by Barbara Vann, from September 16th. Medicine Show Theatre is located at 549 West 52nd Street, between 10th and 11th Avenues.

Frances Ya-Chu Cowhig's Lidless, about an interrogator whose past at Guantanamo Bay comes back to haunt her, with Danielle Skraastad, Laith Nakli, Thom Rivera, Maha Chehlaoui and Emma Galvin directed by Tea Alagic, will preview from September 20th at WalkerSpace, opening September 28th. The producer is Page 73 Productions. Walkerspace is located at 46 Walker Street, between Church Street and Broadway.

EndTimes Productions will stage the premiere of Robert Fieldsteel's Smart, based on the murders of two professors at Dartmouth College in 2001 by two students, with Alessandro Colla, Kiersten Armstrong, Kelly Riley, Matthew Glogowski, Anthony Mead and Becky Sterling, directed by Russell Dobular, opening at the Kraine Theatre on September 19th. The Kraine Theatre is located at 85 East 4th Street, between The Bowery and 2nd Avenue.

Pascal Productions will stage A Charity Case, written and directed by Wendy Beckett, examining the adoption triangle between a birth mother, the relinquishing mother and a 17 year old daughter, with Alysia Reiner, previewing from October 28th at the Clurman Theatre at Theatre Row, opening on November 2nd. Theatre Row is located at 410 West 42nd Street, between 9th and 10th Avenues.

The Rumour Machine says: that The Toxic Avenger, the musical adaptation of Lloyd Kaufman's 1985 movie, in which a scientist who falls into a vat of radioactive goo emerges as a 7ft mutant with superhuman strength, who is determined to save New Jersey, end global warming and woo a blind librarian, book and lyrics by Joe DiPietro, music by David Bryan, directed by John Rando, which played Off Broadway in 2009 may be Broadway Bound next spring; and that the current Donmar Warehouse London production of Eugene O'Neill's Anna Christie, in which an abused young woman struggles to make a fresh start after finding love, with Jude Law and Ruth Wilson, directed by Rob Ashford, may transfer to Broadway courtesy of producer Ariel Tepper Madover. The Rumour Machine grinds on.