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Backstage Whispers overheard by Richard Andrews

Last updated : 6th October 2008

Louis LaRusso's Lamppost Reunion will reunite former Sopranos stars Vincent Pastore, Frank Pellegrino, Robert Funaro, Anthony Ribustello and Ricky Aiello, directed by Frank Licato, at the Arclight Theatre from November 7th. The play speculates what would have happened if, at the height of his fame, Frank Sinatra had returned to his old neighborhood for a reunion with his former signing group, the Hoboken Four. The producers are VP Productions in association with Padrino Productions. The Arclight Theatre is located at 152 West 71st Street, between Broadway and Columbus Avenue.

The 18th season of the Food For Thought series of lunchtime readings of double bills of one act plays by Broadway performers at the Players Club will include A R Gurney's Ancestral Voices, with A R Gurney, Marian Seldes, Anne McDonough and Jack Gilpin; Moss Hart's Light Up The Sky with Elaine Stritch, directed by Christopher Hart; Tom Stoppard's The Fifteen Minute Hamlet, and a new play by Susan Charlotte; Tennessee Williams's This Property Is Condemned and Thornton Wilder's Childhood; Christopher Durang's Titanic and Edgar Allan Poe's MS. Found In A Bottle with Tony Roberts; Noel Coward's Fumed Oak; Harold Pinter's The Collection and Oscar Wilde's A Florentine Tragedy; Elmore Leonard's When The Women Come Out To Dance and Henry James's The Two Faces; George Bernard Shaw's The Shewing-Up of Blanco Posnet and O Henry's Masters Of Arts; Tom Fontana's This Is On Me: The Life Of Dorothy Parker; and Arthur Miller's The American Clock and Steve Martin's WASP. Lunch begins at 12.30pm, the performance begins at 1.30pm, and a question and answer session follows. The Players Club is located at 16 Gramercy Park South, on East 20th Street, between Park Avenue and Irving Place.

Jay Christopher's The Affair In 22B, about the relationship of two people who share their lives in a rundown New York apartment, with John Halbach and Renee Rakel, directed by Marc Eardley, will preview from October 13th at the Producer's Club, opening on October 16th. The producer is 3S Theatre Collective. The Producer's Club is located at 358 West 44th Street, between 8th and 9th Avenues.

The Commercial Theater Institute, created by the Theatre Development Fund and the League of American Theatres and Producers, has announced a new Creative Development Intensive for prospective producers, running on six Monday nights from November 3rd to December 8th. Participants will meet with Broadway producers and creative teams, who will present in depth case studies detailing the process, problem solving and best methods for producing commercial theatre. During the final two sessions participants will present their projects to a panel of established theatre professionals for critique and feedback. The program is limited to 12 to 15 advanced participants, who must have completed either the 3 day prospective producer seminar, or the 14 week advanced intensive for commercial theatre production. The Commercial Theater Institute is dedicated to training the next generation of commercial theatre producers by offering workshops and training programs featuring industry professionals. Further information and application forms can be found on the CTI web site, via the link from Organisations, in the Links section of New York TheatreNet.

New York City Opera has commissioned Philip Glass to compose an opera based on the life of Walt Disney, to be titled The Perfect American, adapted from Peter Stephan Jungk's book of the same name, which offers a 'factionalised' account of the final months of Disney's life, as well as an image of the mid 20th century American Dream. It will be staged in collaboration with the London theatre company Improbable, who worked on the recent English National Opera production of Glass's Satyagraha, and should form part of NYCO's 2012/2013 season.

Zombie Joes Underground Theatre will stage Urban Death, a late night Halloween horror spectacular, with Denise Devin, Amanda Dieli, Mark Hein, Russell Lewis, Brian Morgan, Geoff Parish, Jonica Patella, Erikka Walsh, Lisa Warternberg and Jana Wimer, created and directed by Zombie Joe, with music by Christopher Reiner, previewing on October 9th at the Players Theatre, opening on October 10th. The Players Theatre is located at 115 MacDougal Street, West 3rd and Bleecker Streets.

92YTribeca, the 92nd Street Y's new downtown home, which aims to be a cultural hub for a new younger audience, featuring music performances, film screenings, discussions and social events, will open its doors on October 18th. Among the highlights of its launch season will be: director Jack Hofsiss discussing his forthcoming one man show Jack From Above, inspired by a trip to China; a Wicked evening with novelist Gregory Maguire, producer David Stone and members of the cast; Jayne Amelia Larson performing her one woman show Driving The Saudis, based on her experience as a chauffer for a family of Saudi royals; and a discussion with the creators and cast of [title of show]. The 92YTribeca is located at 200 Hudson Street at the corner of Canal Street. Further information can be found on the 92YTribeca web site, via the link from Off Broadway Venues & Companies in the Links section of New York TheatreNet.

The Rumour Machine says: that Slava's Snowshow, Russian clown Slava Polunin's wordless show that sees a group of clowns overcoming various physical obstacles, culminating in the coup de theatre of a blizzard, will make its Broadway debut at the Helen Hayes Theatre in November; and that Christine Ebersole will play the ghost of a novelist's first wife, who is determined to cause trouble for him and her replacement, when she is summoned up in a seance, in the new Broadway production of Noel Coward's Blithe Spirit, directed by Michael Blakemore, next March. The Rumour Machine grinds on.