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Backstage Whispers overheard by Richard Andrews

Last updated : 7th May 2012

The big hitters in this year's Tony Awards nominations are led by Once with 11, including Musical, Steve Kazee - Actor (Musical) and Cristin Milioti - Actress (Musical); Porgy And Bess with 10, including Musical Revival, Norm Lewis - Actor (Musical) and Audra McDonald - Actress (Musical); Nice Work If You Can Get It with 10, including Musical and Kelli O'Hara - Actress (Musical); Peter And The Starcatcher with 9, including Play; Follies with 8, including Musical Revival, Danny Burstein and Ron Raines - Actor (Musical) and Jan Maxwell - Actress (Musical); Newsies with 8, including Musical and Jeremy Jordan - Actor (Musical); Arthur Miller's Death Of A Salesman with 7, including Play Revival and Philip Seymour Hoffman - Actor (Play); and One Man, Two Guvnors with 7, including James Cordon - Actor (Play). The winners will be announced at the 66th Tony Awards ceremony at the Beacon Theatre on 10th June.

Roundabout Theatre Company has added a further production to its 2012/2013 season. Clifford Odets's The Big Knife, a classic tale about keeping your integrity in the face of success, set in Hollywood in the golden age of cinema, with Bobby Cannavale, directed by Doug Hughes, will preview from March 22nd at the American Airlines Theatre, with an official opening in April.

Alex Webb's Amelia, a two person Civil War drama about a wife disguising herself as a Union soldier to find her missing husband, performed by Webb and Shirleyann Kaladjian, directed by Bill Largess, will play in a site-specific production in the Fort Jay Powder Magazine on Governors Island, at 3pm Thursdays through Sundays from May 26th to June 17th. Tickets are free, but reservations must be made as seating is limited. Further information can be found on the Amelia web site, via the link from Shows in the Links Section of New York TheatreNet.

Signature Theatre has announced its 2012/2013 season, which will include David Henry Hwang's Golden Child, depicting a 19th century Chinese family being faced with Westernisation, directed by Leigh Silverman; The Dance And The Railroad, set during the Chinese railroad workers' strike of 1867, directed by May Adrales; Kung Fu, about a martial artist who comes to America from Hong Kong in the 1960s with a dream as of becoming a movie star, directed by Leigh Silverman; Sam Shepard's Heartless, in which a visitor threatens the seemingly perfect life of a Los Angeles wife, directed by Daniel Aukin; a new work from clowns Bill Irwin and David Shiner; August Wilson's The Piano Lesson, about a family coping with the aftermath of the Great Depression, directed by Ruben Santiago-Hudson; Lanford Wilson's The Mound Builders, dramatising a confrontation of Native American traditions with the demands of 20th century society, directed by Jo Bonney; and Regina Taylor's ---- and Potatoes, in which a publisher faces the challenge of how to adapt his business in the rapidly changing digital age. The Pershing Square Signature Center is located at 480 West 42nd Street, between 9th and 10th Avenues.

Triassic Parq The Musical, by Marshall Pailet, Bryce Norbitz and Steve Wargo, which claims to 'vividly bring together music, sex and singing dinosaurs in ways hitherto unimagined', with Lindsay Nicole Chambers, Brandon Espinoza, Wade McCollum, Claire Neumann, Lee Seymour, Shelley Thomas and Alex Wyse, directed by Marshall Pailet, with choreography by Kyle Mullins, will preview from June 12th at the Soho Playhouse, opening on June 27th. SoHo Playhouse is located 15 Vandam Street, between 6th and Varick Street. The producers are Amas Musical Theatre, Flying Squirrels Productions, RD Productions, Bulldog Theatrical and P2 Creations.

The Beautiful Soup Theater Collective's 2012/2013 season will include Arthur Bicknell's Moose Murders, a mystery farce in a hotel in the in the Adirondack Mountains, co-directed by and featuring Steven Carl McCasland and Mallory Berlin, with Anna Kirkland, Jordan Tierney and Orlando Iriarte; Arthur Miller's The Crucible, which equates the 17th century Salem witch trials to the activities of Senator Joseph McCarthy's investigation into communist activity in the 1950s, directed by McCasland; the musical Henry, Sweet Henry, book by Nunnally Johnson, music and lyrics by Bob Merrill, in which a pair of teenage girls persue their crush and follow a concert pianist around New York, directed by McCasland; and the world premiere of Peter And Wendy, McCasland's new adaptation of J M Barrie's Peter Pan.

It has been confirmed that the musical Rebecca, adapted from the novel by Daphne du Maurier, in which a man brings his second wife to the house where the shadow of his first wife still remains, original book and lyrics by Michael Kunze, music by Sylvester Levay, English book and lyrics by Christopher Hampton, directed by Michael Blakemore and Francesca Zambello, with choreography by Graciela Daniele, will preview from October 20th at the Broadhurst Theatre, with an official opening on November 18th. The cast will include Karen Mason, Howard McGillin, James Barbour, Donna English, Nick Wyman and Henry Stram. The design team comprises scenery by Peter J Davidson, costumes by Jane Greenwood, lighting by Mark McCullough, sound by Peter Fitzgerald, special effects by Gregory Meeh and projections by Sven Ortel. The producers are Ben Sprecher and Louise Forlenza; with The Shubert Organization, DC Tours Pty Ltd, Manderley Partners, Julian Spencer, Paul Abrams, Tony Fusco, Nanda Anand, Peter Bogyo, Peter Bezemes and Dennis Grimaldi, in association with David Mirvish, Stage Entertainment and Larry Feinman, presented by arrangement with and based on the production by Vereinigte Buhnen Vienna.

I Am A Tree, a one person show about a women searching for her mother, who discovers she has three family members she never knew existed, who have three very different perspectives on what her mother was like, written and performed by Dulcy Rogers, directed by Allan Miller, will play at the Theatre at St Clement's from May 25th. The Theatre at St Clement's is located at 423 West 46th Street, between 8th and 9th Avenues.

Pan Asian Repertory Theatre will stage the premiere of Mayank Keshaviah's Rangoon, in which a family of Indian emigres must deal with seductions of American life while trying to keep its heritage alive, with Faizul Khan, Adeel Ahmed, Kylie Delre, Sunita S. Mukhi, Krishen Mehta, James Rana, Anita Sabherwal, Martin Sola and Daniel Robert Sullivan, directed by Raul Aranas, previewing from May 25th at the Clurman Theatre at Theatre Row, opening on May 31st. Theatre Row is located at 410 West 42nd Street, between 9th and 10th Avenues.

Musically Human Theatre Productions will stage NightOfTheLivingDead The Musical, book by Stephen Gregory Smith, music by Matt Conner, lyrics by Stephen Gregory Smith and Matt Conner, re-imagining George Romero's iconic film and examining the relationships between the six doomed individuals, who are themselves, living dead, with Angelo Rios, Aaron Ramey, Ashley Picciallo, Melissa Carlile-Price, Sean Maclaughlin and Yvonne Campbell, directed by David Norwood, previewing from May 31st at the Richmond Shepard Theatre, opening on June 2nd. The Richmond Shepard Theatre is located at 309 East 26th Street, at 2nd Avenue.