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Backstage Whispers overheard by Richard Andrews

Last updated : 7th September 2009

Lemon Andersen will perform his one man show County Of Kings: The Beautiful Struggle, painting a portrait of his difficult and sometimes humorous experiences growing up during the birth of hip-hop, directed by Elise Thoron, previewing from September 29th at the Public Theater, opening on October 12th. It is a co-production with Spike Lee, Culture Project, Steve Colman, Tom Wirtshafter and Jayson Jackson. The Public Theater is located at 425 Lafayette Street, between Astor Place and East 4th Street.

The Broadway League and the Coalition of Broadway Unions and Guilds will present Broadway Salutes, a celebration of those who have made Broadway great for decades, with special recognition for those who have worked 25, 35, and 50 years in their respective theatrical craft, at 4pm on September 22nd at a soon-to-be-announced location in the theatre district. The event is created to honor a wide range of theatre professionals - including stagehands, actors, producers, casting directors, general managers, theatre owners, publicists, ushers, designers, directors, choreographers, musicians - who have dedicated their careers to the Broadway theatre industry, which generates an income of over $5bn to New York every year.

The Rock Garden will stage Richard Dresser's Below The Belt, a comedy about three inhabitants of a soulless workplace, with Chad Brigockas, Ara Shehigian and Larry Preston, who also directs, previewing from October 1st at Access Theater, opening on October 4th. Access Theater is located at 380 Broadway, at White Street.

The 23rd Annual Broadway Flea Market and Grand Auction, the outdoor fundraiser for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, will be held on September 27th, from 10am to 7pm, in Shubert Alley. It will feature stalls with a host of theatrical memorabilia donated by the theatrical community, a Celebrity Table where autographs or photos with stars from Broadway, Off Broadway and television can be purchased, and over a dozen one off theatrical experiences, such as house seats for a show plus a walkon part, visit with the star in their dressing room or dinner afterwards, a backstage tour, or chance to conduct the exit music in the orchestra pit, in the Live Auction at 4.30pm. Last year's Flea Market raised $496,380. Since its inception in 1987 the annual event has raised a total of $7,758,752. Online and phone bids for the auction can be placed until September 26th. Shubert Alley is located between 44th and 45th Streets, at the side of the Shubert and Booth Theatres. Further information can be found on the BC/EFA web site via the link from Organisations in the Links section of New York TheatreNet.

After several extensions at Performance Space 122, The Amoralists's production of The Pied Pipers Of The Lower East Side, written and directed by Derek Ahonen, about a group of young idealists who live as a modern day urban tribe above a vegan restaurant in New York, with James Kautz, Nick Lawson, Sarah Lemp, Charles Meola, Mandy Moore and Matthew Pilieci, will transfer to Theatre 80 from September 10th. Theatre 80 is located at 80 St Marks Place, between 1st and 2nd Avenues.

The York Theatre Company's Developmental Reading Series will continue with Garbo And Me, book and lyrics by Joanne Sydney Lessner, music and lyrics by Joshua Rosenblum, a biomusical about the actress Greta Garbo, on September 17th; Paradise Tossed, book by Joe DiPietro, music by Bret Simmons, lyrics by David Howard, adapted from Howard's play Adam Alone, set in the Garden of Eden, where Adam doesn't eat the apple, on September 24th; Falling To Earth, book and lyrics by Tom Gualtieri and David Sisco, music by Sisco, a serio-comic contemporary interpretation of the myth of Pygmalion and Galatea, on September 29th; and That's Andy, conceived by Bobby Cronin, book and lyrics by Crystal Skillman, music and additional lyrics by Kevin Carter, about a young boy who dreams of playing the lead in Annie, on October 6th. The York Theatre Company's Theatre at Saint Peter's is located in Citigroup Center on 54th Street, between Lexington and 3rd Avenues.

The Rumour Machine says: that the Goodman Theatre Chicago production of the musical Million Dollar Quartet, inspired by the 1956 recording session that brought together Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins and Elvis Presley, book by Colin Escott and Floyd Mutrux, featuring the singers' hit songs, directed by Eric Schaeffer, will transfer to Broadway next spring; and that following a concert production at the Royal Albert Hall in London starring Josh Groban and Idina Menzel, the musical Chess, music by Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus, lyrics by Tim Rice, a mixture U.S./Russian chess and romantic rivalry, may return to Broadway next year; that the British Chichester Festival Theatre production of Lucy Prebble's Enron, based on the scandal surrounding the fraudulent activities of the U.S. energy company, directed by Rupert Goold, soon to transfer the Royal Court in London, will reach Broadway in April, although it is not known if the current cast of Peter Caulfield, Amanda Drew, Tom Godwin, Tom Goodman-Hill, Tim Pigott-Smith, Orion Lee, Eleanor Matsuura and Samuel West, will transfer with it; and that Lincoln Center will stage a musical Women On The Verge, book by Jeffrey Lane, music and lyrics David Yazbeck, adapted from Pedro Almodovar's 1988 Spanish comedy film Women On The Verge Of A Nervous Breakdown, directed by Bartlett Sher, also in April. The Rumour Machine grinds on.