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Backstage Whispers overheard by Richard Andrews

Last updated : 8th March 2010

Roundabout Theatre Company will restage last year's Stratford Shakespeare Festival production of Oscar Wilde's The Importance Of Being Earnest, characterised by Wilde as 'a trivial comedy for serious people', about mistaken and assumed identities, directed by Brian Bedford, who also plays Lady Bracknell, featuring members of the original cast, at the American Airlines Theatre in winter 2011.

Forthcoming productions at Theatre Row will include the premieres of the musical The Kid, book by Michael Zam, music by Andy Monroe, lyrics by Jack Lechner, based on the memoir by sex columnist Dan Savage, about what happened when he and his boyfriend decided to start a family, with Kevin Anthony, Susan Blackwell, Jill Eikenberry, Jeannine Frumess, Ann Harada, Tyler Maynard, Brooke Sunny Morbier, Justin Patterson, Christopher Sieber, Lucas Steele and Michael Wartella, directed by Scott Elliott, with choreography by Josh Prince, at the Acorn Theatre, from April 10th, a New Group production; and Kate Moira Ryan's Bass For Picasso a comic look at contemporary gay and lesbian life through the extravagantly drawn characters at a media related dinner party, directed by Ike Schambelan, previewing from April 17th at the Kirk Theatre, opening on May 2nd, a Theater Breaking Through Barriers production. Theatre Row is located at 410 West 42nd Street, between 8th and 9th Avenues.

On The Casting Couch: Gregory Itzin, Marin Mazzie, Norbert Leo Butz and Stephen Kunken will head the cast of Lucy Prebble's Enron opening at the Broadhurst Theatre, on April 27th; and Marin Hinkle, Matt McGrath, David Gelles Hurwitz, Brian Kerwin and Polly Lee will feature in Ellen Fairey's Graceland, opening at the Duke on 42nd Street on May 17th.

A Night In Vegas, written and directed by Joe Marshall, with Jonathan Craig, Ree Davis, Jay DeYonker, Joe Fanelli, Alex Hamblet, Denis Hawkins, Lauren Hennessy, Ben Jones, Dana Pelevine, Nicholas Pierro, Gerald Prosser Jr, Bill Purdy, Kelly Riley, Jason Romas, Drew Stark, Minna Taylor, Chris von Hoffman and Rachel Wright, will preview from March 26th at the Actors' Playhouse, opening on April 11th. The comedy features six vignettes that cover 'everything from male prostitutes to anonymous sex to gay marriage to bickering, closet, smoking lesbians'. It is a co-production by the Actors' Playhouse and the Alternative Theater Company. The Actors' Playhouse is located at 100 7th Avenue South, between Christopher and Grove Streets.

The Public Theater and Old Vic in London have announced a US/UK exchange programme that will see 100 young theatre practitioners swap places across the Atlantic. This April, 50 actors, writers, directors and producers, aged between 18 and 30, will travel from London to New York for a week long placement in The Public Theatre. In May, 50 American artists will take part in a similar programme at the Old Vic. Each programme will provide master classes, networking events, rehearsals and theatre outings, culminating in a showcase performance for an invited audience. Applicants will be judged on their talent, commitment to theatre and their understanding of the potential professional and personal rewards of participating in the project by a panel of theatre experts.

The Cardinal Group will stage Bill Corbett and Kira Obolnesky's Hate Mail, with Dana Brooke and D H Johnson, directed by Richard Pepenella, at the 45th Street Theatre from March 16th. The play comprises the increasingly crazed correspondence of two people, after one sends a complaint letter that gets the other fired from her job, charting a move from hate to love, and back again.The 45th Street Theatre is located at 354 West 45th Street, between 8th and 9th Avenues.

PREMIERES in association with Primary Stages will stage Inner Voices: Solo Musicals, a double bill of new solo musicals, both directed by Jonathan Butterell, previewing from April 2nd at 59E59 Theaters, opening on April 6th. The shows are: Mosaic, book and lyrics by Cheri Steinkellner, music and lyrics by Georgia Stitt, described as 'a multi-media, real-time half hour in the life a woman blogging at the crossroads of birth, death, love and Diet Coke', performed by Heidi Blickenstaff; and Whida Peru: Resurrection Tangle, book and lyrics by David Simpatico, music by Josh Schmidt, about a woman forced to evaluate the quality of life, death and what lies in between, performed by Judith Blazer. 59E59 Theaters is located at 59 East 59th Street, between Park and Madison Avenues.

Charles Addams's New York, an exhibition featuring more than 80 of Charles Addams's drawings, cartoons, watercolors and pencil sketches (many of which served as inspiration for the currently previewing Broadway musical The Addams Family) is running at The Museum of the City of New York until May 16th. The charmingly morbid Addams Family began life in The New Yorker magazine, running as a series of single-panel cartoons between 1938 and Addams's death in 1988, totalling some 250 cartoons in all.

The Rumour Machine says: that the current Classic Stage Company production of David Ives's Venus In Fur, which goes behind the scenes at an audition for a play adapted from the infamous erotic novel, where the lines between fantasy and reality blur, with Wes Bentley and Nina Arianda, directed by Walter Bobbie, may transfer to Broadway courtesy of British producer Robert Fox; and that the next Broadway production by Disney Theatricals may be a musical based on the 1941 movie Dumbo, possibly directed by Stephen Daldry. The Rumour Machine grinds on.