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Backstage Whispers overheard by Richard Andrews

Last updated : 7th October 2013

Atlantic Theater Company will present the Donmar Warehouse London premiere production of The Night Alive, written and directed by Conor McPherson, about two of life's losers who try to make something better together, with Jim Norton, Ciaran Hinds, Caoilfhionn Dunne, Brian Gleeson and Michael McElhatton, previewing from November 30th at the Linda Gross Theater, opening on December 12th. The Linda Gross Theater is located at 336 West 20th Street, between 8th and 9th Avenues.

The 11th Open House New York, the annual scheme to allow the public into architecturally interesting but usually private buildings across the capital, takes place on October 12th and 13th. Over 200 locations will include places of theatrical interest such as the Pershing Square Signature Center, DiMenna Center for Classical Music, New York City Center, Brooklyn Academy of Music, BRIC Arts Media House, Museum Of The Moving Image, Louis Armstrong House Museum and the St George Theatre on Staten Island. There will also be talks, conducted walks and other accompanying special events taking place at various locations over the course of the weekend. Entrance is free, but because of limited access, a few of the buildings require prebooking. Further information can be found on the OHNY web site via the link from Festivals in the Links section of New York TheatreNet.

Big Apple Circus returns for its 36th season at Lincoln Center's Damrosch Park with its latest show Luminocity, featuring acrobats, jugglers and clowns from around the world, including favourite Jenny Vidbel presenting Arabian horses and dogs, with Ringmaster John Kennedy Kane, directed by Michel Barette, with choreography by Vicki Davis, from October 25th to January 12th.

Goodspeed Musicals' 2014 season will comprise Damn Yankees - The Red Sox Version, book by George Abbott and Douglass Wallop, adapted by Joe DiPietro, music by Richard Adler and Jerry Ross, about a baseball fan who sells his soul to the Devil to help his team win, directed by Daniel Goldstein, from April 11th; Fiddler On The Roof, book by Joseph Stein, music by Jerry Bock, and lyrics by Sheldon Harnick, based on the stories of Sholem Aleichem, about a milkman and his family in a rural Russian village during the turbulent times at the turn of the 20th century, directed by Rob Ruggiero, from June 27th; and the premiere of Holiday Inn, book by Gordon Greenberg and Chad Hodge, music and lyrics by Irving Berlin, adapted from the 1942 film about the romantic entanglements of performers at an entertainment venue that opens only on national holidays, directed by Gordon Greenberg, from September 19th. Goodspeed Opera House is located at 6 Main Street, East Haddam, Connecticut.

La Soiree, a mixture of cabaret, new burlesque, circus sideshow and contemporary variety, played in the round, will preview from October 29th at the Union Square Theatre, opening on November 7th. The producers are Brett Haylock, Mark Rubinstein, and Mick Perrin. The Union Square Theatre is located at 100 East 17th Street, between Park and Lexington Avenues.

The names of this year's thespians to be inducted into the Theater Hall of Fame have been announced. They are producer Cameron Mackintosh, actors Ellen Burstyn and Cherry Jones, directors Lynne Meadow, George C Wolfe and Jerry Zaks, and designer David Hays, with playwright Lorraine Hansberry inducted posthumously. The 43rd annual ceremony will be held at the Gershwin Theatre on January 27th. The Hall of Fame was created to honour performers and creatives who have made a lasting impression in American theatre. To be eligible for induction, a candidate must have a career that spans 25 years, with at least 5 major stage credits. They are chosen by 350 voting members of the Theater Hall of Fame and the American Theater Critics Association. Membership is marked by a plaque in the North Rotunda in the lobby of the Gershwin Theatre.

Forthcoming productions at 59E59 Theaters will include The Anderson's Play Le Hot Jazz, written and performed by Peter and Will Anderson, featuring their jazz quintet playing French jazz standards popularised by Django Reinhardt, Sidney Bechet, and Josephine Baker, from December 3rd; and Sqounk Opera's Mayhem And Majesty, created by Jackie Dempsey and Steve O'Hearn, a celebration of musical sound and what that sound does to the soul, with Jackie Dempsey, Anna Elder, Kevin Kornicki, Steve O'Hearn, David Wallace and Heidi Nagle, from December 10th. 59E59 Theaters is located at 59 East 59th Street, between Park and Madison Avenues.

New York City Players will stage the premiere of House Of Dance, written and directed by Tina Satter, in which 4 people in a tap dance studio in a small town prepare for a competition, with Jess Barbagallo, Jim Fletcher, Elizabeth DeMent and Paul Pontrelli, opening on October 23rd at Abrons Art Center, produced in collaboration with Half Straddle. The Abrons Arts Center is located at 466 Grand Street, at Pitt Street.

The Rumour Machine says: that the John Kander and Fred Ebb musical The Visit, adapted from the play by Friedrich Durrenmatt may finally be Broadway bound after an appearance in the Williamstown Theatre Festival next summer, with Chita Rivera as the millionaire determined to get revenge on every person from her hometown who did her wrong when she was a young girl. The Rumour Machine grinds on.