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Backstage Whispers overheard by Richard Andrews

Last updated : 8th September 2008

It has now been confirmed that the 2005 Donmar Warehouse London production Friedrich Schiller's Mary Stuart, in a new version by Peter Oswald, with Harriet Walter and Janet McTeer reprising their performances, directed by Phyllida Lloyd, will preview from March 30th at the Broadhurst Theatre, with an official opening on April 19th. The play is about the relationship of Queen Elizabeth I and her cousin Mary Queen of Scots, who was beheaded for treason following an attempt to seize the English throne. The design team comprises scenery and costumes by Anthony Ward, lighting by Hugh Vanstone and sound by Paul Arditti. The producers are Arielle Tepper Madover and Debra Black.

Lincoln Center Theater has confirmed the inaugural production of LCT3 initiative dedicated to presenting the work of emerging playwrights, directors and designers. It will be the hip-hop musical Clay, a coming of age story of a suburban boy who escapes his fractured family and finds a mentor in a master of the spoken word, written and performed by Matt Sax, directed by Eric Rosen, previewing from October 6th at The Duke on 42nd Street, opening on October 15th. The Duke on 42nd Street is located at 229 West 42nd Street, between 7th and 8th Avenues.

Garden Of Earthly Delights, conceived and directed by Martha Clarke, music by Richard Peaslee, with Kurt Froman, General McArthur Hambrick, Marjorie Folkman, Jennifer Nugent, Jenny Sandler, Isadora Wolfe, Benjamin G Bowman, Sophie Bortolusi, Gabrielle Malone, Whitney V Hunter and Matt Rivera, will preview from October 8th at the Minetta Lane Theatre, opening on October 21st. The show brings to life Hieronymus Bosch's triptych, an apocalyptic vision depicting the progression of sin from creation to hell, and man's journey from innocence to chaos, featuring movement, music and aerial effects. The Minetta Lane Theatre is located at 18 Minetta Lane, between 6th Avenue and MacDougal Street.

The second production in the Roundabout Underground program, which fosters new writing, will be Steven Levenson's The Language Of Trees, with Maggie Burke, Natalie Gold, Michael Hayden, Gio Perez and Michael Warner, directed by Alex Timbers, previewing from October 4th at Black Box Theatre in the Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre, opening on October 29th. The play deals with the upset in the lives of a translator sent to a Middle East war zone, and his wife and son (and a caring neighbor) back home. The Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre is located at 111 West 46th Street, between 6th and 7th Avenues.

Third Eye Theatre Company will stage Notes On New York, a musical revue celebrating Manhattan, inspired by the life of Walt Whitman and Irving Berlin's As Thousands Cheer, compiled and accompanied by Tim Di Pasqua, with Natalie Venetia Belcon, Vicky Devany, Keithon Gipson, Lennie Watts and Jennifer Zimmerman, directed by Andrew Glant-Linden, on Mondays in October at the Metropolitan Room. The song cycle reflects everyday life and situations as seen through the eyes of one captivated observer. The Metropolitan Room is located at 32 West 22nd Street, between 5th and 6th Avenues.

Naked Angels will now open its new season with the premiere of Stephen Belber's Fault Lines, with Noah Emmerich, Dominic Fumusa, Josh Lucas and Jennifer Mudge, directed by David Schwimmer, previewing from September 22nd at the Cherry Lane Theatre, opening on September 20th. It is a dark comedy, in which a seemingly ordinary boys' night out turns sour for two friends when a stranger forces them to delineate the boundaries between loyalty, conviction and betrayal. The producers are Dark Harbor Stories and Olympus Theatricals in association with The Araca Group and New York Stage & Film. The Cherry Lane Theatre is located at 38 Commerce Street, near 7th Avenue, between Bedford and Barrow Streets.

Basic Training, an biographical one man show written and performed by Kahlil Ashanti, in which he plays 23 characters telling the story of his life in the U.S. Air Force entertainment troupe, will preview from September 26th at the Barrow Street Theatre, opening on October 13th. The producers are Barry Josephson, Erich Jungwirth and Richard Jordan. The Barrow Street Theatre is located at 27 Barrow Street at 7th Avenue South.

The Rumour Machine says: that Noel Coward's Blithe Spirit, in which a seance summons up the ghost of a novelist's first wife, who is determined to cause trouble for him and her replacement, directed by Michael Blakemore, will open on Broadway next March, courtesy of producers Jeffrey Richards, Jerry Frankel and Steve Traxler; and that Paradise Found, a new musical with book by Richard Nelson, music by Johann Strauss II and Jonathan Tunick, and lyrics by Ellen Fitzhugh, inspired by Joseph Roth's novel, The Tale Of The 1002nd Night, about a Persian monarch in fin de siecle Vienna, possibly featuring Shuler Hensley, John Cullum, Mandy Patinkin and Judy Kaye, directed by Hal Prince, will also be Broadway bound next year. The Rumour Machine grinds on.