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Backstage Whispers overheard by Richard Andrews

Last updated : 8th June 2009

The big winners in this year's Tony Awards were the British imports, with Billy Elliot taking 10 awards, including Best Musical, David Alvarez, Trent Kowalik, and Kiril Kulish - Best Actor Musical, Stephen Daldry - Best Director Musical and Peter Darling - Best Choreography; God Of Carnage with 3: Best Play, Marcia Gay Harden - Best Actress Play and Matthew Warchus - Best Director Play; and The Norman Conquests with Best Play Revival. Next To Normal took 3 awards, including Alice Ripley - Best Actress Musical and Best Score; with other shows winning 1 each. The full list of winners can be found on the Tony Awards web site, via the link from Organisations in the Links section of New York TheatreNet.

Second Stage Theatre has announced further plays in its 2009/2010 season. Douglas Carter Beane's Mr And Mrs Fitch, a comedy about two gossip columnists who, when celebrity news is thin, invent some, directed by Scott Ellis, will open next winter. Trust, written and directed by Paul Weitz, about a rich married man who is dissatisfied with his life, will open next spring. Second Stage Theatre is located at 307 West 43rd Street, at 8th Avenue

The 11th annual Broadway Barks fundraising event, with artists from Broadway shows taking part, will be held in Shubert Alley on July 11th from 3.30pm to 6.30pm, produced by Broadway Care/Equity Fights AIDS. Co-hosted by Bernadette Peters and Mary Tyler Moore, the dog and cat adopt-a-thon benefits New York City animal shelters and adoption agencies, and includes celebrity presentations of pets from animal shelters throughout the city. Bernadette Peters will autograph copies of her book Broadway Barks, created with illustrator Liz Murphy, from 1pm. Celebrity participants will include Elizabeth Ashley, Bill Berloni, Matt Cavanaugh, Michael Cerveris, Gavin Creel, Hope Davis, Christine Ebersole, Rupert Everett, Sutton Foster, John Glover, Lauren Graham, Kate Jennings Grant, Haydn Gwynne, Allison Janney, Gregory Jbara, Andy Karl, Marc Kudisch, Angela Lansbury, Michael Mastro, Judy McLane, Constantine Maroulis, Karen Olivo, David Hyde Pierce, Alice Ripley, Bryce Ryness, Christopher Sieber, J Robert Spencer, John Tartaglia, Harriet Walter and Chandler Williams. Shubert Alley is located alongside the Shubert and Booth Theatres between 44th and 45th Streets, between Broadway and 8th Avenue. Further information can be found on the BB web site, via the link from Festivals & Events in the Links section of New York TheatreNet.

The Boychick Affair - The Bar Mitzvah Of Harry Boychick, a new audience interactive event, including a buffet dinner and dancing, set within the guise of dysfunctional bar mitzvah, created by Amy Lord, will begin Saturday and Sunday performances at the Times Square Arts Center on July 4th. The company will comprise Greg Mikurak, Amy Lord, Herb Walsh, Eileen Fireman, Ina Marie Smith, Adam Hocherman, Gloria Jung, Joseph Long, Constance Reese, Janice Markham, Benny Solmor, Bill Blechingberg, Bryana R Servedio, Elisa Rodriguez, Katherine Mesa, Lisa Perla, Lauren Kairella, Nicholas Troilo and Jeff Campanella. The Times Square Arts Center is located at 669 8th Avenue at 42nd Street.

Playwrights Horizons has announced the final production in its 2009/2010 season, which will be the world premiere of Kia Corthron's A Cool Dip In The Barren Saharan Crick, directed by Chay Yew, opening at Peter Jay Sharp Theater next spring, a co-production with The Play Company and Culture Project. When an African preacher-in-training is taken in by a family in the American South, he finds his calling in the broken lives around him. Playwrights Horizons is located at 416 West 42nd Street, between 9th and 10th Avenues.

The next exhibition at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts will be Katharine Hepburn: In Her Own Files, the first time Hepburn's personal effects have been on public view, opening on June 10th. It will include scripts used by the actress, candid and publicity photos, and over 60 years of correspondence in the form of fan letters, telegrams, cards and personal notes from other Hollywood stars, including Judy Garland, Spencer Tracy, Richard Burton, John Ford, Vivien Leigh, Peter O'Toole, Cary Grant and Humphrey Bogart. The exhibition will be accompanied by a series of free screenings of Hepburn's films based on stage plays, on Saturdays from July 11th, including The Philadelphia Story, Morning Glory, Holiday, State Of The Union, Summertime, Suddenly, Last Summer, Trojan Women and A Delicate Balance. The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts is located at 40 Lincoln Center Plaza.

Roundabout Theatre Company will stage the musical Ordinary Days, by Adam Gwon, the story of four young New Yorkers whose lives are unexpectedly interconnected by circumstance, directed by Marc Bruni, as the third Roundabout Underground project, its initiative to introduce and cultivate artists, previewing from October 2nd, opening on October 25th. Roundabout Underground is in the Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre, located at 111 West 46th Street, between 6th and 7th Avenues.

Hungry Hill will stage the premiere of Carole Gaunt's Dance Of The Seven Headed Mouse, about how the members of a picture-perfect 5th Avenue family deals with the death of a daughter/sister, with Joseph Adams, Laura Bonarrigo, Molly Ephraim and Lauren Currie Lewis, directed by Christopher McElroen, previewing from June 17th at the Beckett Theatre at Theatre Row, opening on June 23rd. Theatre Row is located at 410 West 42nd Street, between 9th and 10th Avenues.

Judith Ivey will portray the late advice columnist Ann Landers in David Rambo's one person play The Lady With All the Answers, drawn from Landers's life and letters, directed by B J Jones, previewing from October 7th at the Cherry Lane Theatre, opening on October 14th, produced in association with Northlight Theatre. The Cherry Lane Theatre is located at 38 Commerce Street, between Barrow and Bedford Streets.

The Vital Theatre Company will stage the children's musical The Bully, book by David L Williams, music and lyrics by John Gregor, exploring bullying at school, with Josh Beyers, Sara Churchill, Patti Dematteo, Ashley Hannon, Greg Kalafatas, John Malgalhaes, Frank Paiva, George E Salazar, Stephen Stocking, Abigail Taylor and Jesse R Tendler, directed and choreographed by Troy Miller, opening at the Bleecker Street Theatre - Downstairs on 11th July. The Bleecker Street Theatre is located at 45 Bleecker Street, between Broadway and Lafayette Street.

The Ordinary Theater will stage The Joys Of Fantasy, written and directed by Mitchell Polin, a contemporary reinterpretation of Thornton Wilder's 1938 drama of a woman's search for independence, with Kim Brandt, Michael Cross Burke, Caroline Gart, Teri Incampo, Claire Kavanah and Scott Troost, opening at Twelve21 on 8th July. Twelve21 is located at 12 West 21st Street, between 5th and 6th Avenues.