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Backstage Whispers overheard by Richard Andrews

Last updated : 9th December 2013

It's Official! As previously forecast here, Terrence McNally's Mothers And Sons, in which, 20 years after her son's death, a mother turns up at the door of his former lover, now married to someone else, and they struggle to reconcile their vastly different worlds, with Tyne Daly, directed by Sheryl Kaller, will preview from February 23rd at the Golden Theatre, with an official opening on March 24th. The producers are Tom Kirdahy, Paula Wagner and Debbie Bisno, Barbara Freitag and Loraine Alterman Boyle, and Roy Furman.

Eric Dufault's Year Of The Rooster, a comedy about the subculture of American cockfighting, with Denny Dale Bess, Delphi Harrington, Thomas Lyons, Bobby Moreno and Megan Tusing playing human and/or animal characters, directed by John Giampietro, will return to the Ensemble Studio Theatre from January 9th. It is a co-production with the Alfred P Sloan Foundation. The Ensemble Studio Theatre is located at 549 West 52nd Street, between 10th and 11th Avenues.

Matt Murphy and Jim Brochu's Sex Tips For Straight Women From A Gay Man, adapted from the book by Dan Anderson and Maggie Berman, set at a university discussion where the author encourages the moderator to try out his tips, with Jason Michael Snow, Lindsay Nicole Chambers and Andrew Brewer, directed by Tim Drucker, will preview from January 22nd at the 777 Theatre, opening on February 9th. The 777 Theatre is located at 777 Eighth Avenue, between 47th and 48th Streets.

On The Casting Couch: Darien Battle, Ernest Bentley, Jacqueline Correa, Ian Gould, Robert David Grant, Angela Janas, Joshua Johnston, Suzy Kohane, Patrick Lane, Andy Nogasky, Grant Fletcher Prewitt and John Skelley will feature in Shakespeare's Hamlet and Tom Stoppard's Rosencrantz And Guildenstern Are Dead, playing in repertoire at the Pearl Theatre from January 9th; Gerrard Lobo, Morgan DeTogne, Sara Hymes, Colin Fisher, Kimberly Rogers, Kelly Reader, Orlando Iriarte, Laurie Sammeth and Julian Goza will feature in Ferenc Molnar's Liliom, opening at the Celebration of Whimsy on February 26th; Kelli O'Hara and Steven Pasquale will be joined by Hunter Foster, Cass Morgan, Michael X Martin, Derek Klena and Caitlin Kinnunen in the Marsha Norman-Jason Robert Brown musical The Bridges Of Madison County, opening at the Schonfeld Theatre on February 27th; Alexandra Silber will perform the Victor Lodato-Polly Pen solo musical Arlington, opening at the Vinyard Theatre on March 2nd; Zach Braff, Brooks Ashmanskas, Betsy Wolfe, Lenny Wolpe, Helene Yorke and Vincent Pastore will be joined by Marin Mazzie and Nick Cordero in Woody Allen's musical Bullets Over Broadway, opening at the St James Theatre on April 10th: and Santino Fontana and Tony Shalhoub will head the cast of Moss Hart's Act One, adapted by James Lapine, opening at the Vivian Beaumont Theater a Lincoln Center on April 17th.

The Irish Repertory Theatre will stage the premiere of the musical Transport, book by Thomas Keneally, music and lyrics by Larry Kirwan, about the ocean voyage of Irish women who were sentenced to transportation to the relatively uninhabited south coast of Australia in the mid 19th century, with Bride Riordan, Kate O'Hare, Polly Cantwell and Maggie Carroll, directed by Tony Walton, with choreography is by Barry McNabb, previewing from February 7th, opening on February 16th. The Irish Repertory Theatre is located at 132 West 22nd Street, between 6th and 7th Avenues.

She Is King, a multi-media work about tennis player Billie Jean King, re-enacting three television interviews from pivotal moments in her career, conceived and created by and featuring Laryssa Husiak, with Louisa Bradshaw, Toni Tennille and Joshua William Gelb, directed by Katherine Brook, at The Incubator Arts Project, in St Mark's Church in the Bowery, from January 10th. St Mark's Church in the Bowery is located at 131 East 10th Street, at 2nd Avenue.

WorkShop Theater Company will stage William Shakespeare's The Winter's Tale, in which suspicion destroys a royal marriage, but redemption is finally found (and then there's the bear), directed by Ryan Lee, from February 20th. WorkShop Theater Company is located at 312 West 36th Street, between 8th and 9th Avenues.

The Untold Stories Of Broadway: Tales From The World's Most Famous Theaters, Volume 1 by Ashley Tepper, recently published by Dress Circle Publishing, brings together some of Broadway's best backstage stories from its greatest theatres. From opening nights to closing nights, from secret passageways to ghostly encounters, and from Broadway debuts to landmark productions, Tepper has assembled stories from interviews with over 200 actors, directors, producers, stage hands, writers, musicians, company managers, dressers, designers, ushers, and door men who bring The Great White Way to life each night. The first in a series of books offers a behind the scenes view of the Al Hirschfeld, August Wilson, Lyceum, Mark Hellinger, Marquis, Neil Simon, Richard Rodgers, and Winter Garden theatres, capturing a slice of Broadway's untold history.

Forthcoming productions at Theater For The New City will include Dick Brukenfeld's Blind Angels, in which a Jewish news reporter is taken prisoner by terrorists, one of whom is his ex-fiancee and another was his college roommate, directed by Melissa Attebery, from February 6th; and Douglas Lackey's Daylight Precision, about the evolution of U.S. precision bombing strategies and the issues that shaped them, directed by Stephan Morrow, from February 20th. Theater For The New City is located at 155 1st Avenue between 9th and 10th Streets.

Manhattan Theatre Works will stage the premiere of David Stallings's Dark Water, about the ramifications of the Gulf oil spill, taking place mostly underwater with animals as the primary characters, with Susan G Bob, Lily Drexler, Emily Hartford, Dianna Martin, Antonio Minino, Stephen Conrad Moore, Kathleen O'Neill, Lori E Parquet and Brian Silliman, directed by Heather Cohn, previewing from March 14th at The Theater at the 14th Street Y, opening on March 17th. The Theater at the 14th Street Y is located at 344 East 14th Street at 1st Avenue.