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Backstage Whispers overheard by Richard Andrews

Last updated : 6th June 2011

Once, a musical adaptation of John Carney's 2006 film about a struggling Irish street musician, book by Enda Walsh, score by Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova, directed by John Tiffany, with musical staging by Steven Hoggett, will premiere at New York Theatre Workshop in the fall, rather than on Broadway as originally announced. The producers are John N Hart, Patrick Milling Smith, Fred Zollo, Barbara Broccoli and Michael G Wilson. New York Theatre Workshop is located at 79 East 4th Street, between 2nd Avenue and The Bowery.

Rattlestick Playwrights Theater has announced its 2011/2012 season, comprising the premieres of Dan Klores's The Wood, a bioplay about the larger than life newspaper columnist Mike McAlary and his missionary zeal to ferret out the truth, directed by David Bar Katz, opening on September 8th; Asuncion, written by and featuring Jesse Eisenberg, in which two flatmates who find their prized 'non racism' harder to maintain than they expect, directed by Kip Fagan, from October 12th at The Cherry Lane Theatre; Dael Orlandersmith's Horsedreams, which explores the breakdown of the family unit as a result of addiction, directed by Gordon Edelstein, opening on November 17th; Daniel Talbott's Yosemite, the story of three siblings who are sent out into the Sierra Nevada foothills to dig a hole deep enough to bury a family secret, directed by Pedro Pascal, from January 18th; Jose Rivera's Massacre (Sing To The Children), in which seven friends in a small town conspire to murder their mysterious neighbor, directed by Brian Mertes, opening on April 12th; and David Adjmi's 3C, a comedy about an unusual domestic arrangement struck by a returning Vietnam veteran, directed by Jackson Gay, a co-production with Piece by Piece Productions and Rising Phoenix Repertory, opening on June 14th. Rattlestick Playwrights Theater is located at 224 Waverly Place, between West 11th and Perry Streets. The Cherry Lane Theatre is located at 38 Commerce Street, between Barrow and Bedford Streets.

The Broadway League has announced that Broadway shows grossed a record breaking $1.08bn during the 2010/2011 theatre season (a 53 week period running fromn May 24th 2010 to May 29th 2011), up 5.9% from $1.02bn in 2009/2010, with 12.53m paid attendances, up 5.4% from 11.89m the previous year. In 2010/2011 there were 42 new productions, comprising 14 musicals, 25 plays, and 3 special events.

The Boomerang Theatre Company will stage free performances of William Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing, the comedy about the failings and triumphs of the human condition in the never ending search for perfect love, with Sara Thigpen, Nate Miller, Edward Carnevale, Colby Chambers, Jon Dykstra, John Egan, Alex Engquist, Brad Lewandowski, Ralph Petrarca, Maria Peyramaure, Laura Ramadei, Erik Sherr, Sid Solomon, Mark Souza and Jelena Stupljanin, directed by Daniel Talbott, in Central Park on Saturdays and Sundays at 2pm from June 18th to July 17th. Performances will take place near the entrance at 69th Street and Central Park West

Playwrights Horizons has added a further production to its 2010/2011 season. Jordan Harrison's Maple & Vine, in which a couple forsake 21st century life for a 1950s re-inaction community are surprised at what they and their new neighbours are willing to sacrifice for happiness, directed by Anne Kauffman, will open in late 2011.

Roundabout Theatre Company's Underground program of new works will continue with Andrew Hinderaker's Suicide, Incorporated, a dark comedy about an unorthodox writing service that specializes in crafting perfect suicide notes, where a subversive new employee is suspected of encouraging clients find happiness, directed by Jason Moore, previewing from October 14th at the Black Box Theatre at the Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre, opening on November 6th. The Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre is located at 111 West 46th Street, between 6th and 7th Avenues.

On The Casting Couch: Justin Bartha, David Wilson Barnes, Anna Camp and Krysten Ritter will feature in Zach Braff's All New People, opening at Second Stage Theatre on July 25th.

MCC Theater has announced its 2011/2012 season at the Lucille Lortel Theatre, comprising the premieres of Jeff Talbott's The Submission, a dark comedy about a young American playwright who hatches a desperate scheme to get his play noticed, directed by Walter Bobbie, from September 8th; Thomas Higgins's Wild Animals You Should Know, about two friends with very different personalities on trip to a wilderness scout camp, directed by Trip Cullman, from November 3rd; and a revised version of the musical Carrie, book by Lawrence D Cohen, music by Michael Gore, lyrics by Dean Pitchford, adapted from the Stephen King novel and subsequent movie, the story of a shy teenage girl, raised by a fanatic Christian fundamentalist mother in a small Maine town, who discovers she has telekinetic powers, which she uses to take revenge on the classmates who have taunted and humiliated her, with Marin Mazzie and Molly Ranson, directed by Stafford Arima, with choreography by Matt Williams, from January 31st. The Lucille Lortel Theatre is located at 121 Christopher Street, between Bleecker and Hudson Streets.

Nicu's Spoon Theatre Company will stage the premiere of John Langan's How The Day Runs Down, which tells what happens when a small town is overrun by the undead, with Mark Armstrong, Elizabeth Bell, Tim Romero, Matt Derogatis, Sammy Mena, Katie Labahn, Alexis Stowers, Sophie Farcas, Jon Rios, Rafael Rosados, Mandy Beltran, Sean Cameron and Rebecca Lee Lerman, directed by S Barton-Farcas, previewing from July 6th, opening on July 9th. The Spoon Theatre is located at 38 West 38th Street, 5th Floor, between 5th and 6th Avenues.