News Archive

Backstage Whispers overheard by Richard Andrews

Last updated : 9th June 2014

In this year's Tony Awards the honours were headed by A Gentleman's Guide To Love And Murder with 4, including Musical and Director - Darko Tresnjak; Hedwig And The Angry Inch with 4, including Musical Revival and Leading Actor (Musical ) - Neil Patrick Harris; A Raisin In The Sun with 3, including Play Revival and Director - Kenny Leon; and All The Way with Play and Leading Actor (Play) - Bryan Cranston. Audra McDonald took Leading Actress (Play) for Lady Day At Emerson's Bar And Grill, and Jessie Mueller took Leading Actress (Musical) for Beautiful - The Carole King Musical. The full list of winners can be found on the Tony Awards web site, via the link from Organisations in the Links section of New York TheatreNet.

It has been confirmed that a revised version of Terrence McNally's It's Only A Play, a satire of backstage Broadway set at a disastrous opening night party, with Nathan Lane, Matthew Broderick, F Murray Abraham, Stockard Channing, Megan Mullally and Micah Stock, directed by Jack O'Brien, will open at the Schoenfeld Theatre on October 9th. The producers are Tom Kirdahy, Roy Furman and Ken Davenport.

It has been confirmed that Bernard Pomerance's The Elephant Man, telling the story of a man disfigured by disease who rose from a Victorian travelling freak show to become the toast of London society, with Bradley Cooper, Patricia Clarkson, Alessandro Nivola, Anthony Heald, Scott Lowell, Kathryn Meisle and Henry Stram, directed by Scott Ellis, will preview from October 18th at the Booth Theatre, with an official opening on November 13th. The design team comprises scenery and projection by Timothy R Mackabee, costumes by Clint Ramos, lighting by Philip S Rosenberg, and sound by Drew Levy. The producer is producer James L Nederlander.

On The Casting Couch: Victor Almanzar, Elizabeth Canavan, Rosal Colon, Liza Colon-Zayas, Stephen McKinley Henderson, Michael Rispoli and Ray Anthony Thomas will feature in Stephen Adly Guirgis's Between Riverside And Crazy..., opening at the Atlantic Theater Company on 31st July; James Earl Jones will be joined by Kristine Nielsen in Moss Hart and George S Kaufman's You Can't Take It With You, opening at the Longacre Theatre on September 28th; and John Hawkes and Tracie Thoms will feature in David Auburn's Lost Lake, opening at New York City Center - Stage I on November 11th

The 2014/2015 season at Atlantic Stage 2 will include the premiere of Halley Feiffer's I'm Gonna Pray For You So Hard, about the complicated relationship of an actress and her playwright father as they debate whether to read her latest reviews, directed by Trip Cullman; and a David Mamet double bill comprising The Shawl, the story of bereaved woman who consults a small time mystic for guidance; and Prairie Du Chen, in which a friendly card game in a railroad car explodes into a moment of menace. Atlantic Stage 2 is located at 330 West 16th Street, between 8th and 9th Avenues.

According to the Broadway League's report Broadway's Economic Contribution To New York City 2012/2013, the full economic impact of spending by Broadway production companies, theatre operators and those visitors drawn to the city by Broadway theatre, contributed $11.9bn to the New York economy, up from $11.2bn two years earlier. This comprises spending by producers to mount and run productions; spending by theatre owners to maintain and renovate venues; and ancillary purchases by visitors who said that Broadway was an important reason in their coming to the city. The contribution of Broadway tourists amounted to $9.6bn, shows contributed $2.2bn, and theatres $17m. Broadway supports 87,000 jobs and generates $500m in New York City taxes.

The play with music This Will All Be Yours, by Laura Pedersen, music and lyrics by Charles Bloom, about how a family copes with the transformation of agriculture from family farms to factory farming in the 1970s, directed by Ludovica Villar-Hauser, will play at the TGB Theatre in Abingdon Theatre Complex from July 17th. The producer is Brierpatch Productions. The Abingdon Theatre Complex is located at 312 West 36th Street, between 8th and 9th Avenues.

3-Legged Dog will stage Play/Date, a immersive theatrical experience featuring stories of New York City dating dramas, comprising one act plays by Greg Kotis, Chad Beckim, Matthew Cleaver, Ashlin Halfnight, Claire Kiechel, Clay Mcleod Chapman, Isaac Oliver, Joe Salvatore, Emily Weiss, Elle Anhorn, Kelly Claunch, Jennie Gruber, Emily Kaczmarek, Catherine Lacey, Blake McCarty, Jamie Roach and Sara Jo Wyllie, conceived by Blake McCarty, directed by Michael Counts, previewing from June 18th at Fat Baby, a multilevel bar and lounge, opening on July 16th. The ensemble cast will include Samantha Amaral, Elle Anhorn, Matthew Cleaver, Jacqueline Guillen, Tim Haber, Stevi Incremona, Nick Lewis, Ben Maters, Penny Middleton, Lee Anne Mitchell, Dara Swisher, Tarion Taylor, Sharon Counts, Laura Delhauer, John Del Vecchio, Salvador Garcia, Ryan Rickenbach, and Ilana Warner. Fat Baby is located at 112 Rivington Street, between Ludlow and Essex Streets.

Scott Organ's Phoenix, a dark comedy two hander about two people meeting again a month after an uncharacteristic one-night stand, with Julia Stiles and James Wirt, directed by Jennifer DeLia, will preview from July 28th at the Cherry Lane Theatre, opening on August 7th. The producers are Julie Pacino, Poverty Row Entertainment, Rian Patrick Durham and Rattlestick Playwrights Theater. The Cherry Lane Theatre is located at 38 Commerce Street, between Barrow and Bedford Streets.

The Rumour Machine says: that Lincoln Center Theater will stage the Rodgers and Hamerstein musical The King And I, based on the life of Anna Leonowens and Margaret Landon's novel Anna And The King Of Siam, possibly featuring Kelli O'Hara, directed by Bartlett Sher at the Vivian Beaumont Theater in spring 2015. The Rumour Machine grinds on.