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Backstage Whispers overheard by Richard Andrews

Last updated : 8th November 2010

Jason Miller's That Championship Season, about the reunion of a retired high school basketball coach and members of the team that he guided to the state championship 20 years earlier, during which secrets and recriminations emerge, with Brian Cox, Jim Gaffigan, Chris Noth, Jason Patric and Kiefer Sutherland directed by Gregory Mosher, will open at a Shubert theatre yet to be announced in March. The producers are Robert Cole and Frederick Zollo.

Naked Angels Theatre Company's 25th anniversary season will comprise Footprints: An Issues Project, a festival of new works exploring themes of sustainability and personal responsibility, at Comix from March 24th to April 2nd; and at the Peter Jay Sharp Theatre, the premieres of Bekah Brunstetter's A Long And Happy Life, in which a tragic freak accident sends shockwaves through the personal and professional life of a Bronx schoolteacher, directed by Pippin Parker, previewing from June 14th, opening June 23rd; and Zayd Dohrn's comedy Outside People, which examines the cultural differences between the U.S. and China through the developing relationship of young expat American man and a local girl in Beijing, next fall. Comix is located at 353 West 14th Street, at 9th Avenue, and the Peter Jay Sharp Theatre is located at Playwrights Horizons, at 416 West 42nd Street, between 9th and 10th Avenues.

Bread and Puppet Theater will perform two new works: a 'respectfully truncated' version of Monteverdi's opera, The Return Of Ulysses, for adults, and The Decapitalization Circus, which 'demonstrates in numerous death-defying stunts the phantastic effects of the capitalization of life in the U.S. and citizens' courageous efforts of decapitalization', for family audiences, created and directed by Peter Schumann, at Theater for the New City, from December 2nd. Theater for the New City is located at 155 1st Avenue, between 9th and 10th Streets.

Pass The Blutwurst, Bitte, conceived and directed by John Kelly, using dance, film, and music to depict the life and process of the Viennese expressionist artist Egon Schiele, will preview from December 2nd at the Ellen Stewart Theater, opening on December 5th. The Ellen Stewart Theater is located at 74A East 4th Street, between The Bowery and 2nd Avenue.

On The Casting Couch: Michele Pawk, Reed Birney, Celia Keenan-Bolger and Victor Williams will feature in Adam Bock's A Small Fire, opening at Playwrights Horizons on January 6th; Andre Braugher will head the cast of Matthew Lopez's The Whipping Man, opening at Manhattan Theatre Club Stage 1 at New York City Center on February 1st; and Patina Miller will reprise her London performance in the Cheri and Bill Steinkellner-Alan Menken-Glenn Slater musical Sister Act, opening at the Broadway Theatre on April 20th.

The latest exhibition at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts is Alwin Nikolaus' Total Theater Of Motion, running until January 15th. It examines the career of the choreographer Alwin Nikolaus, one of the most versatile, innovative and influential artists of the 20th century, showcasing the innovative mixture of theatre and dance he pioneered. The exhibition gives visitors an opportunity to experience lighting effects Nikolais created, hear sound he composed, examine costumes he designed, and see videos of his stage dances and ground breaking works for television. New York Public Library for the Performing Arts is located at 40 Lincoln Center Plaza.

The Mint Theatre Company's 2011 season will include Arnold Bennett's What The Public Wants, a satire on tabloid journalism, charting the efforts of a media mogul to boost both circulation and his social standing, directed by Matthew Arbour, from January 11th; Rachel Crotherss A Little Journey, about a young woman whose money and luck have run out who boards a train where she finds an unexpected chance at redemption, from May 5th; and Teresa Deevy's Temporal Powers, in which couple find a stash of money that the wife wants to keep, but the husband asks what good it will do them if in keeping it they face eternal damnation. The Mint Theatre is located at 311 West 43rd Street, between 8th and 9th Avenues.

Forthcoming productions at Theatre Row will include: United Solo, a festival of 47 one person shows, embracing puppetry, dance, multimedia, improv, stand-up, magic, drama: tragedy and comedy, from November 8th to 21st; and the return of NEWSical The Musical, the topical satirical revue show 'all the news that is fit to spoof' - by composer and lyricist Rick Crom, with Christine Pedi, Christina Bianco, Michael West, Amy Griffen and Tommy Walker, directed by Mark Waldrop, previewing from December 13th at the Kirk Theatre, opening on December 24th. Theatre Row is located at 410 West 42nd Street, between 9th and 10th Avenues.

A family musical version of Charles Dickens's A Christmas Carol, book and lyrics any Brenda Bell, music by Michael Sgouros, will play daytime performances at the Players Theater from November 27th. The Players Theater is located at 115 MacDougal Street at Minetta Lane.

The Rumour Machine says: that producer Daryl Roth is seeking to bring a production of Larry Kramer's The Normal Heart, about the early days of the AIDS crisis, to Broadway next spring, based on the recent all star reading that featured Joe Mantello, Victor Garber, Jason Butler Harner, John Benjamin Hickey, Jack McBrayer, Michael Stuhlbarg, Patrick Wilson and Glenn Close, directed by Joel Grey; and that a new production of the musical Rent, Jonathan Larson's contemporary reworking of La Boheme, which relocates the action to the East Village in the early 1990s, with AIDS standing in for consumption, directed by Michael Greif, who directed the original Broadway production, will open Off Broadway at New World Stages in June. The Rumour Machine grinds on.