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Backstage Whispers overheard by Richard Andrews

Last updated : 6th August 2012

TACT/The Actors Company Theatre's 20th anniversary 2012/2013 season at the Beckett Theatre at Theatre Row will comprise Brian Friel's Lovers, a story of two very different couples in contemporary Ireland, directed by Drew Barr, from September 18th; and Anita Loos's Happy Birthday, a brash American comedy from the golden age of Broadway, directed by Scott Alan Evans, from March 12th. Theatre Row is located at 410 West 42nd Street, between 9th and 10th Avenues.

Theatre East will stage Bennett Windheim's Normalcy, looking at transracial adoption, from the point of view of white prospective parents and their circle of family and friends, with Aleisha Force, Judson Jones, Harvey Guion, Mary Ann Hay, Darlene Hope, Sarah Joyce and Lisha Mckoy, directed by Benard Cummings, previewing from August 31st at the Peter Jay Sharp Theatre at Playwrights Horizons, opening on September 5th. Playwrights Horizons is located at 416 West 42nd Street, between 9th and 10th Avenues.

The annual Broadway On Broadway event, the free outdoor concert in Times Square celebrating the start of the new Broadway season, will be held at 11.30am on September 9th. It will feature performances from almost every musical current and upcoming on Broadway, backed by a 30 piece orchestra. The event is presented by the Broadway League and the Times Square Alliance. Further information can be found on the Broadway On Broadway web site via the link from Festivals & Events in the Links section of New York TheatreNet.

SoHo Playhouse's 2012/2013 season will comprise The Old Man And The Old Moon, created by PigPen Theatre Company, a fable about an old man who abandons his duties of filling up the moon every month to cross the seas in search of his missing wife, previewing from September 26th at the Gym at Judson Memorial Church, opening on October 4th, a co-production with Britt Lafield and BKL Productions; Ingenious Nature, written and performed by Baba Brinkman, with music and turntablism by Mr Simmonds, an investigation into the new science of sexual choice, directed by Darren Lee Cole, previewing from November 20th at the SoHo Playhouse, opening on December 2nd; and Michael Laurence's Hamlet In Bed, about what it means to live a life in the theatre, both a generation ago and now, directed by Lisa Peterson, opening at the SoHo Playhouse in January. The Gym at Judson Memorial Church is located at 55 Washington Square South, at Thompson Street; and SoHo Playhouse is located 15 Vandam Street, between 6th and Varick Street.

According to the World Cities Culture Report 2012, New York is one of the highest ranking cities for outputs of theatre, dance and music performances. The survey, which compares 12 international destinations, finds that New York comes 1st for both the number of theatre performances and dance performances per year. New York puts on just over 43,000 theatre shows, while London is 2nd with nearly 32,500, and New York hosts over 6,000 annual dance performances, while again London is 2nd with just under 3,000. New York comes 2nd for the number of music performances per year with around 22,000, after Paris with around 33,000. New York has the highest number of theatres at 420, with Paris 2nd at 353.

On The Casting Couch: Boyd Gaines and Richard Thomas will be joined by Maite Alina, Gerry Bamman, Kathleen McNenny, Randall Newsome, John Procaccino, Michael Siberry and James Waterston in Henrik Ibsen's An Enemy Of The People, opening at the Samuel J Friedman Theatre on September 27th; and David Wilson Barnes, Michael Cristofer and Jennifer Mudge will feature in Stephen Belber's Don't Go Gentle, at the Lucille Lortel Theatre from September 27th

Theatre for a New Audience's 2012/2013 season will comprise William Shakespeare's middle aged rom-com Much Ado About Nothing, with Maggie Siff, directed by Arin Arbus, at The Duke on 42nd Street from February 2nd; the Young Vic London production of Kafka's Monkey, adapted by Colin Teevan from Franz Kafka's short story in which a monkey charts his evolution into a man, performed by Kathryn Hunter, directed by Walter Meierjohann, at the Baryshnikov Arts Center from April 3rd; the return of the C.I.C.T./Theatre des Bouffes du Nord production of Samuel Beckett's Fragments, comprising the short plays Rough For Theatre I, Rockaby, Act Without Words II, Neither and Come And Go, with Jos Houben, Kathryn Hunter and Marcello Magni, directed by Peter Brook and Marie-Helene Estienne, at the Baryshnikov Arts Center from April 21st; Wallace Shawn's The Designated Mourner, three monologues in which artist-intellectuals describe their experiences as their once liberal country sinks into totalitarianism, performed by Wallace Shawn, Deborah Eisenberg and Larry Pine, directed by Andre Gregory, at the Public Theater from June 21st; and Wallace Shawn's Grasses Of A Thousand Colors, encompassing almost every imaginable form of sexual expression and a dystopian fantasy about ecological disaster, with Wallace Shawn, Emily McDonnell and Jennifer Tilly, directed by Andre Gregory, at the Public Theater from October 8th. The Duke on 42nd Street is located at 229 West 42nd Street, between 7th and 8th Avenues; the Baryshnikov Arts Center is located at 450 West 37th Street, between 9th and 10th Avenues; and the Public Theatre is located at 425 Lafayette Street, between Astor Place and West 4th Street.

The Best Of Everything, adapted and directed by Julie Kramer, developed with Amy Wilson, from novel by Rona Jaffe, about the adventures of 5 young and impressionable secretaries in a New York publishing company, will play at HERE Art Center from September 29th. The producer is 95 WordsPerMinute. HERE Art Center is located at 145 6th Avenue, between Spring and Dominick Streets.

Zootopia Theatre Company will stage the premiere of Adam Szymkowicz's The Why Overhead, a comedy about a group of office workers left to their own devices when their boss stops showing up to work, with Susan Louise O'Connor, Matthew Murumba, Scott Thomas, Jeffrey Emerson, Alexandra Hellquist, Heather Hollingsworth, Larry Phillips, David Bennett, Rowan Michael Meyer, Cotton Wright, Britney Burgess and Ken Glick, directed by Matthew J Nichols, previewing from September 6th at Access Theater, opening on September 9th. Access Theater is located at 380 Broadway at White Street.