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Backstage Whispers overheard by Richard Andrews

Last updated : 8th January 2007

Susan Louise O'Connor, Drew Hirshfield and Julian Stetkevych will star in Alejandro Morales's The Silent Concerto, which follows the tangled relationship between three lifelong friends, directed by Scott Ebersold, previewing from January 25th at the 14th Street Theater, opening on January 29th. The producers are Packawallop Productions and The Hypothetical Theater Company. The 14th Street Theater (formerly the 14th Street Y) is located at 344 East 14th Street, between 1st and 2nd Avenue.

It's Official! As previously forecast here, Craig Lucas's Prelude To A Kiss, with Annie Parisse, Alan Tudyk, John Mahoney and Robin Bartlett, directed by Daniel Sullivan, will begin previews on February 16th at the American Airlines Theatre, ahead of an official opening on March 8th. The comedy tells the story of a young couple who have a whirlwind romance, but at their wedding, when an old man kisses the bride, his soul and personality is exchanged with hers. Roundabout Theater Company production features set design by Santo Loquasto, costume design by Jane Greenwood, lighting design by Donald Holder and sound design by John Gromada.

The Midtown International Theatre Festival is expanding with the Next Step MITF Developmental Series, Equity showcase productions at the Where Eagles Dare Theatre, comprising: Tony Sportiello's Star Power, in which a struggling Off Off Broadway theatre company is offered funding if it casts a washed up Hollywood actor, directed by Tom Herman, produced by Algonquin Theatre Productions, January 15th to February 7th; Monica Bauer's Diet Monologues, The Musical, a comedy revue about dieting, directed by Heather Guthrie, February 12th to March 7th; Stanton Wood's Nosferatu: Land Of The Undead, adapted from the classic silent film Nosferatu: A Symphony Of Horror, directed by Edward Elefterion, produced by Rabbit Hole Ensemble, March 12th to 21st; Debbie Williams's What Fools We Lovers Be, a romantic tragicomedy combining five stories of looking for love, produced by Real Arts, April 2nd to 25th; Duncan Pflaster's Admit Impediments, a musical about gay rights, April 30th to May 23rd; and Christine Evans's Mothergun, in which three people who speak different languages are detained together in a refugee camp, directed by Joya Scott, produced by Emergency Theater Project, June 4th to 28th. Where Eagles Dare Theatre is located at 347 West 36th Street, between 8th and 9th Avenues.

Gutenberg! The Musical!, book, music and lyrics by Anthony King and Scott Brown, directed by Alex Timbers, an award winner at the 2006 New York Musical Theatre Festival, will transfer again to The Actors' Playhouse from 21st January. Christopher Fitzgerald and Jeremy Shamos star as two musical theatre writers performing a backers' audition, to try to sell their musical about the inventor of the printing press, revealing some of the secrets in the journey from page to stage. The producers are by Trevor Brown, Ron Kastner, Terry Allen Kramer and Joseph Smith in association with the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre. The Actors' Playhouse is located at 100 Seventh Avenue South, between Bleecker and Christopher Streets.

Thirteenth Night Theatre presents Estimated Time Of Arrival, vignettes about the complexity of modern relationships, with Ethan James Duff, Reese Madigan, Jamie Proctor and Sarah Megan Thomas, directed by Drew DeCorleto, previewing January 19th at Urban Stages, opening on January 20th. It comprises Anthony Minghella's Hang Up, about long distance relationships; Amy Fox's Hatshop, in which two strangers meet in a coffee shop, and Double Click, a look at finding love online; Michael Weller's Split: Part One, centering on the effects of small details on a long term relationship; and Lisa Ebersole's Me Thinks, in which a former couple meet up at a reunion. Urban Stages is located at 259 West 30th Street, between 7th and 8th Avenues.

Theater By The Blind will present a contemporary production of William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream, with George Ashiotis, Nick Cordileone, Jon Levenson, Ann Marie Morelli, Erin O'Leary, Andrew Rein and Nicholas Viselli, directed by Ike Schambelan, previewing from January 27th at the Barrow Group Theater, opening on February 3rd. Theater By The Blind is a company made up of both visually impaired and sighted theatre professionals. The Barrow Group Theater is at 312 West 36th Street at 8th Avenue.

Daniel J Travanti and Adam Green will star in Oren Safdie's The Last Word…, about friendship, loyalty, dreams, and coming to terms with the past (and present), directed by Alex Lippard, from January 30th at Theatre at St Clement's, 423 West 46th Street, between 9th and 10th Avenues. The producers are Les Gutman and Elizabeth Cockrell in association with Friendly Fire.

The Pod Project is an interactive theatrical experience that will be staged at 20 Greene Gallery from 31st January to 11th February. Inspired by elevator rides, it comprises 13 scenes that take place inside a cylindrical pod. Each audience member enters a pod by him/herself, takes part in a private one on one performance, and is then guided to the next pod. No two viewers will have the same experience. The performers will be Debra Winger, Bob Moss, Marc Kenison, Stephanie Liapis, Risa Steinberg, Arnie Apostol, Keith Johnson, Megan Brunsvold, Tricia Nelson, Jennifer Gillespie, Rick Meese, Jose Souto, Netta Yerushalmy, Ryan Corriston and Lily Fischer. The work was created and directed by Nancy Bannon, and produced by Bannon. 20 Greene Gallery is located at 20 Greene Street, between Canal and Grand Streets.

The White Horse Theater Company will present Tennessee Williams's rarely performed experimental play In The Bar Of A Tokyo Hotel, with Laura Siner, Toshiji Takeshima, Niall O'Hegarty, Greg Homison and Larissa Laurel, directed by Cyndy A Marion, at the Abingdon Theater Arts Complex, from February 2nd to 18th. It charts demise of a fictional American painter and his wife in the watering hole of the title. The Abingdon Theatre Arts Complex is located at 312 West 36th Street, between 8th and 9th Avenues

The New Victory Theater will present the New York premiere of Lookingglass Alice, an interpretation of Lewis Carroll's books Alice In Wonderland and Through The Looking Glass, featuring Larry DiStasi, Tony Hernandez, Doug Hara and Anthony Fleming III, directed by David Catlin, from February 9th to 25th. The show includes physical theatre and circus, and is produced by Chicago's Lookingglass Theatre Company, in association with the Actors Gymnasium. The New Victory is located at 209 West 42nd Street between Broadway and 8th Avenue.