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Backstage Whispers overheard by Richard Andrews

Last updated : 5th December 2011

It's Official! As previously forecast here, the Roundabout Theatre Company will stage Mary Chase's Harvey, a comedy in which a man befriends a 6ft 3in rabbit that only he can see, with Jim Parsons, Jessica Hecht and Charles Kimbrough, directed by Scott Ellis, previewing from May 18th at Studio 54, with an official opening on June 14th, produced in association with Don Gregory.

It's Official! As previously forecast here, Arthur Miller's Death Of A Salesman, the story of a small time travelling salesman with a blind belief in the American Dream, who, despite his lack of success, tries to force his failed ambitions and values onto his unwilling sons, with Philip Seymour Hoffman, Linda Emond, Andrew Garfield, Finn Wittrock, Fran Kranz, Bill Camp, John Glover, Glenn Fleshler and Stephanie Janssen, directed by Mike Nicholls, will preview from February 13th at the Barrymore Theatre, with an official opening on March 15th. The design team comprises a re-creation of the original scenery by Jo Mielziner, costumes by Ann Roth, lighting by Brian MacDevitt, and sound by Scott Lehrer.

The New York Times's 11th Annual Arts & Leisure Weekend will take place from January 5th to 8th, featuring a range of activities, including interviews between Times journalists and guests from theatre, dance, music, film, television, art, literature, media and politics. Among those taking part will be Alison Krauss, David Cross, Julianna Margulies, Christine Baranski, Josh Charles, Robert and Michelle King, Patricia Cornwell, Philip Glass, Michael Shannon, Errol Morris and Clive Davis. Events will be held at The Times Center, in the Times building at 242 West 41st Street, between 7th and 8th Avenues. Further information can be found on the Arts & Leisure Weekend web site, via the link from Festivals & Events in the Links section of New York TheatreNet.

On The Casting Couch: Cynthia Nixon will be joined by Pun Bandhu, Suzanne Bertish, Michael Countryman, Jessica Dickey, Chike Johnson, Greg Keller, Carra Patterson and Zachary Spicer in Margaret Edson's Wit, opening at the Friedman Theatre on January 26th; Sierra Boggess will be joined by Tam Mutu, Karen Mason, James Barbour, John Dossett, Donna English and Nick Wyman in the Michael Kunze-Sylvester Levay-Christopher Hampton musical Rebecca, opening at the Broadhurst Theatre on April 22nd; and Richard Fleeshman and Caissie Levy will reprise their performances when the London production of the Bruce Joel Rubin-Dave Stewart-Glen Ballard's Ghost The Musical opens at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre on April 23rd

The Agony And The Ecstasy Of Steve Jobs, created and performed by Mike Daisey, a personal take on America's technology icon, directed by Jean-Michele Gregory, which has just ended an extended run at the Public Theater, will return to for a further 5 week season from January 31st. The Public Theater is located at 425 Lafayette Street, between Astor Place and West 4th Street.

Playbill has launched The Playbill Vault, the most comprehensive searchable database of Broadway history on the web, including information on over 10,000 shows and 120,000 actors, creative teams and crew members, who have or are currently working on Broadway, with further content being added on a daily basis. Information includes cast histories of long-running shows, with principal replacements, understudies, and swings; a history of productions in each Broadway theatre; cast, creative team, production and theatre photos and videos; winners and nominees of all major awards; and comparative analysis and charts of Broadway grosses by season and show; with all productions searchable by title, person, theatre or season from 1930/1931 onwards. Find a link to the Playbill Vault via Organisations & Information in the Links section of New York TheatreNet.

Forthcoming productions by the Mint Theater Company will include Githa Sowerby's Rutherford & Son, set in the industrial north of England in the early 20th century, the story of a man determined to do whatever it takes to ensure the success and succession of his family business, with Robert Hogan, Dale Soules, David Van Pelt, Eli James, Allison Mclemore, James Patrick Nelson, Sandra Shipley and Sara Surrey, directed by Richard Corley, previewing from February 4th, opening on February 27th; and Martha Gellhorn and Virginia Cowles's Love Goes To Press, a comedy set in a press camp on the Italian front during the World War II, where two women war correspondents struggle to balance their professional lives with their love lives, directed by Jerry Ruiz, from May 26th. The Mint Theatre is located at 311 West 43rd Street, between 8th and 9th Avenues.

Vineyard Theatre and Naked Angels will stage Zayd Dohrn's Outside People, a dark comedy set in contemporary Beijing, about an American man who falls in love with a Chinese woman, and the subtle social, political and economic forces that impinge on their relationship, with Matthew Dellapina, Nelson Lee, Li Jun Li and Sonequa Martin-Green, directed Evan Cabnet, previewing from December 21st, opening on January 10th. The Vineyard Theatre is located at 108 East 15th Street, between Union Square East and Irving Place.

Lifebeat's annual Bid 2 Beat AIDS auction of signed and rare celebrity memorabilia and exclusive one-of-a-kind experiences is now live for interested parties to place bids. Among the things on offer are VIP tickets to concerts and Broadway shows, with backstage visits with the stars, 'Lend-a-Hand' celebrity original artwork, invitations to celebrity parties, and signed guitars, Remo drumheads, posters, photographs, playbills, books, CDs and stage props. The auction runs until December 10th. Further information can be found on the Lifebeat web site, via the link from Organisations & Information in the Links section of New York TheatreNet.

The Theatre Project will stage Sean Pomposello's B*tch, a rapid-fire, provocative, urban crime comedy that centres on three brothers who enlist the mob in a seemingly perfect get-rich-quick scheme, with Michael Neithardt, Benjamin Weaver, Gina Lemoine, Brian Cheng and Arthur Aulisi, directed by Christian Amato, at The Players Theatre, from January 5th. The Players Theater is located at 115 MacDougal Street at Minetta Lane.