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Backstage Whispers overheard by Richard Andrews

Last updated : 8th December 2008

It's Official! As previously forecast here, the premiere of 33 Variations, written and directed by Moises Kaufman, about a contemporary musicologist who sets out to discover the root of Beethoven's obsession with a trivial waltz, featuring Jane Fonda, will preview from February 9th the Eugene O'Neill Theatre, with an official opening on March 9th. David Binder presents the Tectonic Theatre Project production.

Manhattan Theatre Club has announced the final production in its 2008/2009 season. The world premiere of Humor Abuse, a one man show written and performed by Lorenzo Pisoni, telling the story of his upbringing as the youngest member of the Pickle Family Circus, in San Francisco, directed by Erica Schmidt, will preview from February 19th at MTC City Center Stage II, opening March 10th.

MCC also announced that Charles Kimbrough and David Hyde Pierce will be joined by Lisa Banes, Mary Catherine Garrison and Byron Jennings in Samson Raphaelson's Accent On Youth, opening at the Samuel J. Friedman Theater on April 29th.

The postponed world premiere of Dan LeFranc's Sixty Miles To Silver Lake, which covers seven years in the relationship of a boy and his father, with Joseph Adams and Dane DeHaan, directed by Anne Kauffman, will now preview from January 15th at Soho Rep, opening on January 22nd. Soho Rep is located at 46 Walker Street, between Broadway and Church Street.

The 2009 season at Cherry Lane Theatre will open with Jakob Holder's Housebreaking, directed by Daniella Topol, from March 24th; and will include Deirdre O'Connor's Jailbait, directed by Suzanne Agins, opening in the spring; Sheila Callaghan's Lascivious Something, directed by Daniella Topol, opening in August; and David Rambo's The Lady With All The Answers, a one woman show about the life of columnist Ann Landers, performed by Judith Ivey, directed by B J Jones, opening in October. The Cherry Lane Theatre is located at 38 Commerce Street, between Barrow and Bedford Streets.

Lincoln Center Theater has announced the second production of LCT3, its initiative dedicated to presenting the work of emerging playwrights, directors and designers. David Adjmi's Stunning, with Charlayne Woodard, directed by Anne Kauffmann, will play at the Duke on 42nd Street from July 1st. Set in a Syrian-Jewish community in Brooklyn, it is the story of a teenager newly married to a much older man, whose sheltered life is disrupted when an African-American housekeeper enters her life. The Duke on 42nd Street is located at 229 West 42nd Street, between 7th and 8th Avenues.

On The Casting Couch: Oliver Platt will be joined by Lauren Graham, Craig Bierko and Kate Jennings Grant in the Frank Loesser-Abe Burrows-Jo Swerlin musical Guys And Dolls, previewing from February 3rd at the Nederlander Theatre, opening on March 1st; and Jeremy Irons and Joan Allen will be joined by Marsha Mason, Andre De Shields, Michael T Weiss, Aaron Lazar and Margarita Levieva, in Michael Jacobs's Impressionism, previewing from February 28th at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theater, opening on March 12th.

The New York premiere of Edmund White's Terre Haute, which portrays an imaginary meeting between author Gore Vidal and Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh, with Peter Eyre and Nick Westrate, directed by George Perin, will play from January 13th at 59E59 Theaters. Unsurprisingly, 59E59 Theaters is located at 59 East 59th Street, between Park and Madison Avenues.

The Actors' Fund of America's annual Auction Of 1000 Stars is running until 11th December, for interested parties to place bids on the host of theatrical memorabilia and once in a lifetime experiences on offer. Among these are: a vocal coaching session with Barbara Cook, a visit to the set of Desperate Housewives; a ticket to the 2009 Grammy Awards and post party; a VIP New Year's Eve Time Square experience; the chance to conduct a Broadway show orchestra; plus walk on roles in Chicago, Mamma Mia!, and The Phantom Of The Opera. The Actors' Fund is a non profit organization that provides for the social welfare of all entertainment professionals. Further information can be found on the Auction Of 1000 Stars web site, via the link from Festivals & Events in the Links section of New York TheatreNet.

Apothecary Theater Company will stage An Evening Of Don Nigro, comprising four one act plays, Fair Rosamund And Her Murderer, a humorous look at an X-rated fairytale about capture, rapture and sex, The Sin Eater, a comic twist on necrophilia and true love, Something In The Basement, what happens when a couple discover the consequences of fear and loathing in the bedroom, and Wonders Of The Invisible World Revealed, an encounter between two people, filled with self hate, irony and deceit, directed by Shawn Renfro, previewing from December 9th at Theatre 54 at Shelter Studios, opening on December 11th. The cast will be Tom Pelphrey, Kate Russell, Jonathan Karp, Samantha Ivers, Katya Campbell and Dennis Flanagan. Shelter Studios is located at 244 West 54th Street, between Broadway and 8th Avenue.

The Rumour Machine says: that Roundabout Theatre Company may stage Cole Porter-Guy Bolton-P G Wodehouse-Howard Lindsay-Russel Crouse musical Anything Goes, featuring Reba McEntire, directed by Kathleen Marshall, at Studio 55 during its next season; and that writer Marco Pennette, composer Jeff Marx and lyricist Jake Anthony are working on a Broadway aimed musical about the characters from the animated TV series The Flintstones The Rumour Machine grinds on.