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Backstage Whispers overheard by Richard Andrews

Last updated : 6th December 2010

It's Official! As previously forecast here, John Guare's The House Of Blue Leaves, a dark comedy about a disperate group of dreamers in Sunnyside, Queens, on a day in the 1960s, with Jennifer Jason Leigh, Ben Stiller and Edie Falco, directed by David Cromer, will preview from April 4th at the Walter Kerr Theatre, with an official opening on April 25th. The producer is Scott Rudin.

It has been confirmed that Jason Miller's That Championship Season, about the reunion of a retired high school basketball coach and members of the team that he guided to the state championship 20 years earlier, during which secrets and recriminations emerge, with Brian Cox, Jim Gaffigan, Chris Noth, Jason Patric and Kiefer Sutherland, directed by Gregory Mosher, will preview from February 9th at the Jacobs Theatre, with an official opening on March 6th. The design team comprises scenery by Michael Yeargan, costumes by Jane Greenwood, lighting by Peter Kaczorowski, and sound by Scott Lehrer. The producers are Robert Cole, Frederick Zollo, Shelter Island Enterprises, The Shubert Organization, James MacGilvray, Orin Wolf, The Weinstein Company, Redefined Entertainment and Brannon Wiles.

Horse Trade will present the RadioTheatre production of H G Well's The Time Machine, the classic Victorian science fiction story, adapted and directed by Dan Bianchi, with Frank Zilinyi and Kate Siepert, opening at The Red Room on December 12th. The Red Room is located at 85 East 4th Street, between the Bowery and 2nd Avenue.

The York Theatre Company's latest Developmental Reading Series of new musicals will include Mr & Mrs Broadway, book, music and lyrics by Michael E Dansicker, in which two lyricists in their twilight years team up with a recently graduated composer in an attempt to write a final hit show, with Nancy Opel, Mark Price and Tom Alan Robbins, directed by David Zippel, on December 7th; 9 Day Wonder, book, music and lyrics by Stephen Temperley, in which a contemporary Shakespeare academic has a stroke and imagines himself to be Will Kemp, the clown from Shakespeare's theatre company, directed by Vivian Metalon, on December 14th; and Amazing Sex, a revue exploring adult human sexuality, music by Keith Herrmann, lyrics by Barry Harman, who also directs, with Danette Holden, Howard Kaye, Michael Marcotte and Laiona Michelle, on December 16th. The York Theatre Company's Theatre at Saint Peter's is on 54th Street, between Lexington and 3rd Avenues.

The Living Theatre will stage Korach, written and directed by Judith Malina, which integrates live action and film to examine anarchists from Biblical time to the present day, with Tom Walker, Carlo Altomare, Jerry Goralnick and Sheila Dabney heading a cast of 30, previewing from December 8th, opening on December 16th. The Living Theatre is located at 21 Clinton Street, between Stanton and Houston Streets.

Mark St Germain's Freud's Last Session, about an imagined meeting of Sigmund Freud and author C S Lewis at the outbreak of World War II, at which they clash on the existence of God, love, sex and the meaning of life, adapted from Armand Nicholi's The Question Of God, with Martin Rayner and Mark H Dold, directed by Tyler Marchant, which closed last week due to a previously booked show, will reopen at the Marjorie S Deane Little Theatre, on January 14th. The producers are Carolyn Rossi Copeland, Robert Stillman and Jack Thomas.

On The Casting Couch: Maggie Gyllenhaal, Peter Sarsgaard and Josh Hamilton will be joined by Jessica Hecht, Marin Ireland and Juliet Rylance in Anton Chekov's Three Sisters, opening at the Classic Stage Company Theatre on February 3rd; and Frances McDormand and Tate Donovan will be joined by Becky Ann Baker, Estelle Parsons and Renee Goldsberry in David Lindsay-Abaire's Good People, opening at the Friedman Theatre on March 3rd

PS 122 will stage Tennessee Williams's Green Eyes, a two hander that reveals the effects of war through the sexual fantasies of a couple honeymooning in New Orleans, with Erin Markey and Adam Couperthwaite, directed by Travis Chamberlain, to audiences of 20 in a suite at the Hudson Hotel, from January 5th. The Hudson Hotel is located at 356 West 58th Street, between 8th and 9th Avenues.

Richard Skipper As Carol Channing In Concert, celebrating the career and persona of Carol Channing, combining songs for which she is known with original material, directed by Mark Robert Gordon, will preview from December 22nd at St Luke's Theatre opening on January 12th. St Luke's Theatre is located at 308 West 46th Street, between 8th and 9th Avenues.

The Women's Project will stage Lynn Rosen's Apple Cove, a comedy in which newlyweds move to a gated community, where all is not what it seems, with Cassie Beck, Paul Carlin, Erin Gann, Allison Mack and Dion Mucciacito, directed by Giovanna Sardelli, previewing from January 29th at the Julia Miles Theater, opening on February 6th. The Julia Miles Theater is located at 424 West 55th Street, between 9th and 10th Avenues.

The family show A Wonderfully Flat Thing, book and lyrics by Valerie Work, Manju Shandler and Basmat Hazan, music by Tamar Muskal, additional lyrics by Stephen Hazan Arnoff, adapted from the fable by Mark Twain, a story of self discovery and magic, told with puppets, dance, music, and interactive video projections, featuring Sarae Garcia, Jake Goodman, Emily Hartford, Sarah Painter and Shawn Shafner, directed by David Winitsky, with choreography by Jesse Zaritt, will open at the LABA Theatre on December 18th. The LABA Theatre is located at the 14th Street Y, 344 East 14th Street, between 1st and 2nd Avenues.

The Rumour Machine says: that James Franco will join Nicole Kidman in Tennessee Williams's Sweet Bird Of Youth, directed by David Cromer, on Broadway next fall, produced by Scott Rudin. The Rumour Machine grinds on.