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Backstage Whispers overheard by Richard Andrews

Last updated : 9th May 2011

The big hitters in this year's Tony Awards nominations are led by The Book Of Mormon with 14, including Musical, Actor Musical (Leading) - Josh Gad and Andrew Rannells, Director Musical - Casey Nicholaw and Trey Parker and Choreographer - Casey Nicholaw; The Scottsboro Boys, with 12, including Musical, Actor Musical (Leading) - Joshua Henry and Director (Musical) and Choreographer - Susan Stroman; Anything Goes with 9, including Musical Revival, Actress Musical (Leading) - Sutton Foster, Director (Musical) and Choreographer - Kathleen Marshall; How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying with 8, including Musical Revival and Director (Musical) and Choreographer - Rob Ashford; The Merchant Of Venice with 7, including Play Revival, Actor Play (Leading) - Al Pacino, Actress Play (Leading) - Lily Rabe and Director (Play) - Daniel Sullivan; Jerusalem with 6, including Play and Actor Play (Leading) - Mark Rylance; The Mother****** With The Hat with 6, including Play, Actor Play (Leading) - Bobby Cannavale and Director (Play) - Anna D Shapiro. The winners will be announced at the 65th Tony Awards ceremony at the Beacon Theatre on 12th June. The full list of nominees, and further information about the live webcast of the event, can be found on the Tony Awards web site, via the link from Organisations section of New York TheatreNet.

It's Official! As previously forecast here, Roundabout Theatre Company will stage Terrence Rattigan's Man And Boy, a confrontation between a father and his estranged son, against a backdrop of love, betrayal and high finance, with Frank Langella, directed by Maria Aitken, previewing from September 9th at the American Airlines Theatre, opening on October 9th.

Tennessee Williams's unproduced screenplay One Arm, adapted and directed by Moises Kaufman, the story of a young boxing champ who loses his arm and turns to hustling to survive, with Noah Bean, K C Comeaux, Claybourne Elder, Steven Hauck, Todd Lawson, Christopher McCann, Greg Pierotti and Larisa Polonsky, will preview from May 19th at the Acorn Theatre at Theatre Row, opening on June 9th. The producers are The New Group and the Tectonic Theater Project. Theatre Row is located at 410 West 42nd Street, between 9th and 10th Avenues.

Janozak Productions will stage Paul Manuel Kane's Sam's Romance, a comedy about people making and failing to make connections, with Oni Brown, Lee Anne Hutchison, Ed Kershen, Todd Licea and Neva Small, directed by Hillary Spector, previewing from May 11th at the Actors Temple Theatre, opening on June 5th. The Actors Temple Theater is located at 339 West 47th Street, between 8th and 9th Avenues.

Broadway Musicals: The Biggest Hit & The Biggest Flop Of The Season, 1959-2009 by Peter Filichia, published by Applause Theatre And Cinema Books, looks at shows that met either the most glorious or the most ignominious fates. The hits are obvious, but the selection of flops is of course subjective: shows that flopped on Broadway, before reaching Broadway, or even before leaving the rehearsal hall. The mantra that in musical theatre 'nobody knows anything' is reinforced by the shows that seemed destined to succeed but didn't, such as Breakfast At Tiffany's and 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, weren't expected to have a chance, but did, such as Man Of La Mancha and Grease, and that sounded terrible when they were announced, such as Via Galactica and Carrie, and turned out to be even worse than anyone expected. Perhaps the most interesting aspect to the book are the 'hits' that have not been heard of since, and the 'flops' that have subsequently found new life. In addition to the 100 chosen ones, Filichia touches on any number of additional shows in passing, and the book is full of surprising and interesting information.

My Sinatra, written and performed by Cary Hoffman, relating his obsession with the life and music of Frank Sinatra, co-written and directed by Paul Linke, which has previously played at the Triad Theatre will play at the Midtown Theatre from June 4th. The Midtown Theatre is located at 163 West 46th Street, between 6th and 7th Avenues.

Voca People, 'an intergalactic musical' that combines vocal sounds, a capella singing, comedy and beat box, created by Lior Kalfo and Shai Fishman, will preview from June 23rd at the Westside Theatre, opening on July 12th. The producers are Doron Lida, Revital Kalfo, Leeorna Solomons and Eva Price. The Westside Theatre is located at 407 West 43rd Street, between 9th and 10th Avenues.

Victoria E Calderon's Manipulation, telling of a woman's struggle for freedom and self-discovery, with Robert Bogue, Mark Ethan, Gabriel Furman, Jeremy Stiles Holm, Mihaela Mihut, Robert Mobley and Saundra Santiago, directed by Marilyn Fried, will preview from May 14th at the Cherry Lane Theatre, opening on June 16th. The Cherry Lane Theatre is located at 38 Commerce Street, between Barrow and Bedford Streets.

The York Theatre Company's Musicals In Mufti series of semi-staged performances with begin with I'm Getting My Act Together And Taking It On The Road, book and lyrics by Gretchen Cryer, music by Nancy Ford, about a cabaret singer as she evolves her traditional act of romantic pop tunes into one of emancipating, feminist pieces, in repertoire with the premiere of its sequel Still Getting My Act Together, telling the story of the singer's following career, featuring the original cast of Gretchen Cryer, Betty Aberlin and Margot Rose, directed by West Hyler, playing from June 18th to 26th. The York Theatre Company's Theatre at Saint Peter's is on 54th Street, between Lexington and 3rd Avenues.

The Rumour Machine says: that Kristen Chenoweth will return to Broadway in the Betty Comden-Adolph Green-Cy Coleman musical On The 20th Century, adapted from the Ben Hecht-Charles MacArthur backstage comedy about show folk onboard the famous train; and that the New York Theatre Workshop production of the Rick Elice-Wayne Barker play with music Peter And The Starcatcher, adapted from Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson's 'prequel' to J M Barrie's Peter Pan, directed by Roger Rees and Alex Timbers may be remounted on Broadway. The Rumour Machine grinds on.