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Backstage Whispers overheard by Richard Andrews

Last updated : 9th January 2012

A new musical, Tokio Confidential, book, music and lyrics by Eric Schorr, in which a young Victorian American war widow goes to Japan, where she falls in love with a renowned tattoo artist and enters a different world, with Jeff Kready, Austin Ku, Mel Maghuyop, Benjamin McHugh, Manna Nichols, Mike O'Carroll and Jill Paice, directed by Johanna McKeon, with choreography by Tricia Brouk, will open at Atlantic Theater's Stage 2 on February 5th. The producer is Scandal Productions. Atlantic Theater Stage 2 is located at 330 West 16th Street, between 9th and 10th Avenues.

UnsungMusicalsCo will stage a revised version of the 1948 Broadway revue Make Mine Manhattan, sketches and lyrics by Arnold B Horwitt, music by Richard Lewine, a loving send up of New York City's most infamous borough, with struggling actors, disgruntled theatre critics and hapless out-of-towners, directed by Ben West, with choreography by Rommy Sandhu, opening at the Connelly Theatre on March 1st. The Connelly Theater is located at 220 East 4th Street, between Avenues A and B.

On The Casting Couch: Paul Binotto, Samuel Cohen, David Edwards, Leo Ash Evens, Susan J Jacks and Tina Stafford will feature in the 'musical vaudeville' Ionescopade, opening at The York Theatre at Saint Peter's on February 2nd; F Murray Abraham will be joined by Jon DeVries, Robert Dorfman, Aaron Himelstein, Andy Phelan, Amanda Quaid, Steve Rattazzi, Steven Skybell and Nick Westrate in Bertolt Brecht's Galileo, opening at the Classic Stage Company on February 12th; and Larry Bryggman, Peter Jay Fernandez, Tim Hopper, Arliss Howard, Kobi Libii, David Pittu, Steve Rosen and Sheila Tapia will head the cast of Gabe McKinley's CQ/CX, opening at Signature Theatre Company's Peter Norton Space on February 15th.

Maieutic Theatre Works and Martha Goode will stage the premiere of Riti Sachdeva's Parts Of Parts & Stitches, charting the effects on a newly married couple of events following the establishment of the state of Parkistan in 1947, directed by Cat Parker, previewing from March 15th at the Theater at 14th Street, opening on March 20th. Theater at 14th Street is located at the 14th Street YMCA, 334 East 14th Street, between 6th and 7th Avenues.

Qui Nguyen's The Inexplicable Redemption of Agent G: The Unrated Version, in which Agent G returns to Vietnam 10 years after his family and friends were viciously killed intent on revenge, but mysterious forces are at hand trying to stop him, with Neimah Djourabchi, Jon Hoche, Brooke Ishibashi, Bonnie Sherman, Temar Underwood, directed by Robert Ross Parker, opening at the Beckett Theatre at Theatre Row on February 6th, produced by Vampire Cowboys Theatre Company and Ma-Yi Theater. Theatre Row is located at 410 West 42nd Street, between 9th and 10th Avenues.

Goodspeed Musicals' 49th season will comprise Mame, book by Jerome Lawrence and Robert E Lee, adapted from their play based on Patrick Dennis's novel Auntie Mame, about the eccentric aunt of a young orphan, music and lyrics by Jerry Herman, directed by Ray Roderick, with choreography by Vince Pesce, from April 20th; Carousel, music by Richard Rodgers, book and lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein, the doomed love story of a naive mill worker and a glamorous but unreliable roustabout, directed by Rob Ruggiero, with choreography by Parker Esse, from July 13th; and Something's Afoot, book, music and lyrics by James McDonald, David Vos and Robert Gerlach, a spoof Agatha Chrsitie style whodunit, from October 5th. Goodspeed Opera House is located at 6 Main Street, East Haddam, Connecticut.

Apollo's Angels: A History Of Ballet by Jennifer Homans, published by Granta, is a definitive history of classical ballet. The story moves from the 16th century courts of Europe, where ballet was an aspect of aristocratic etiquette and a political event as much as it was an art, through to today, from Italy and France to Britain, Denmark, Russia and contemporary America. Homans reveals how ballet reflected political and cultural upheavals, how dance and dancers were influenced by the Renaissance and French Classicism, by Revolution and Romanticism, by Expressionism and Bolshevism, Modernism and the Cold War. She looks into the lives of dancers and traces the formal evolution of technique, choreography and performance. The book ends by looking at the contemporary crisis in ballet now that 'the masters are dead and gone', and offers a passionate plea for the centrality of classical dance in our civilization. Beautifully written and illustrated, the book is essential reading for anyone interested in history, culture and art.

Theater for the New City will stage Open Rehearsal, a Pirandello style farce, in which a play about a chaotic family is portrayed as just a chaotic rehearsal where everything goes wrong, written and directed by Lazarre Seymour Simckes, with Victoria Guthrie, Maria Silverman, Sheila Mart, Marilyn Oran, Justin Rodriguez, Josh Black, David Zen Mansley, Robert Homeyer and Primy L Rivera, opening on January 19th. Theater for the New City is located at 155 1st Avenue, between 9th and 10th Streets.

Growing Up Gonzales, written and directed by Felix Rojas, a bittersweet comedy of two brothers growing up the Puerto Rican section of the Bronx in the 1970s, whose coming of age is marked by the untimely death of their father, performed by Andres Chulizi Rodrigues, will play at the Jan Hus Playhouse from January 26th. The producers are Reel Players and Poets Club, Inc. The Jan Hus Playhouse is located at 351 E 74th Street, between 1st and 2nd Avenues.

The Rumour Machine says: that Hugh Jackman will return to Broadway during the 2013/2014 season in a new musical Houdini, about the early 20th century illusionist and escapologist, book by Aaron Sorkin, music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz, directed by Jack O'Brien, courtesy of producers Scott Sanders and David Rockwell; and that the current Kennedy Center Washington production of Ann, a bioplay about late Texas Governor Ann Richards, written and performed by Holland Taylor, directed by Benjamin Klein, will transfer to Broadway in the spring, courtesy of producer Bob Boyett. The Rumour Machine grinds on.