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Backstage Whispers overheard by Richard Andrews

Last updated : 10th April 2012

The Public Theater's 20112/2013 season will include Colman Domingo's Wild With Happy, which explores the comedy that lies in dealing with death and healing, directed by Robert O'Hara, from October 9th; the musical Giant, book by Sybille Pearson, music and lyrics by Michael John LaChiusa, adapted from the 'Dallas' style novel by Edna Ferber, directed by Michael Greif, with choreography by Alex Sanchez, a co-production with Dallas Theater Center, from October 26th; Sorry, written and directed by Richard Nelson, featuring the family from his plays Sweet And Sad and That Hopey Changey Thing, examining the Presidential Election, with Jon DeVries, Maryann Plunkett, Laila Robins, Jay O Sanders and J Smith-Cameron, from October 30th; Nathan Englander's The Twenty-Seventh Man, adapted from his short story about a group of writers in a Soviet prison camp, directed by Barry Edelstein, from November 7th; Dominique Morisseau's Detroit 67, set amid the riots, directed by Kwame Kwei-Armah, from February 26th, a co-production with the Classical Theatre of Harlem; Neva, written and directed by Guillermo Calderon, examining theatre and the revolutionary impulse, centring on Anton Chekhov's widow, from March 1st; the musical Here Lies Love, music by David Byrne and Fatboy Slim, lyrics by David Byrne, about the life of Imelda Marcos, directed by Alex Timbers, with choreography by Annie-B Parson, from April 2nd; and Old Fashioned Prostitutes (A True Romance), written and directed by Richard Foreman, an expressionistic fairy tale, from April 30th.

It's Official! As previously forecast here, that the British show Potted Potter - The Unauthorised Harry Experience, which condenses all the J K Rowling books to 70 minutes, written and performed by Daniel Clarkson and Jefferson Turner, directed by Richard Hurst, will preview from May 19th at the Little Shubert Theatre, opening on June 3rd. The producers are Starvox Entertainment and Potted Productions. The Little Shubert Theater is located at 422 West 42nd Street, between 9th and 10th Avenues.

New Worlds Theatre Project will stage Welcome To America, by H Leivick, translated and adapted by Ellen Perecman, about the tensions within a newly arrived Jewish immigrant family in 1920s New York City, with Alice Cannon, Donald Warfield, Dathan B Williams, Josh Odsess-Rubin, Jessica DiSalvo, Claire Kennedy, Alvin Keith and Anthony Peeples, directed by Stephen Fried, from May 2nd at the 45th Street Theatre. The 45th Street Theatre is located at 312 West 36th Street, between 8th and 9th Avenues.

Help! Help! I Know This Title Is Long But Somebody's Trying To Kill Me, created and performed by Drew Richardson, as the sole surviving member of a vaudeville variety show, forced to attempt every act on the bill (from juggling 36 balls to sawing a woman in half) in order to survive, directed by Avner the Eccentric, playing at the Canal Park Playhouse from April 20th. The Canal Park Playhouse is located at 508 Canal Street, between Washington and Greenwich Streets.

A Jew Grows In Brooklyn, a comedy and musical memoir written and performed by Jake Ehrenreich, recalling events and music from his childhood, will return to New York, at the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Theater from May 2nd. The Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Theater is located at 120 West 46th Street, between 6th and 7th Avenues.

On The Casting Couch: Lily Rabe will be joined by MacIntyre Dixon, David Furr, Renee Elise Goldsberry, Robert Joy, Omar Metwally, Oliver Platt and Stephen Spinella in Shakespeare's As You Like It; and Amy Adams, Jack Broderick, Gideon Glick, Cooper Grodin, Ivan Hernandez, Tina Johnson, Josh Lamon, Jessie Mueller, Laura Shoop, and Tess Soltau will feature in the James Lapine-Stephen Sondheim musical Into The Woods, in the Public Theater's Shakespeare in the Park season at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park.

WorkShop Theatre Company will stage Timothy Scott Harris's Protected, in which a man in a witness protection program tries to connect with the people around him but is held back by his secrets, with Dee Dee Friedman, Cam Kornman, Jeff Paul, Bill Tatum and Matt Walker, directed by Thomas Cote, from April 26th. WorkShop Theater is located at 312 West 36th Street, between 8th and 9th Avenues.

Medicine Show Theatre Ensemble will stage John Gay's The Beggar's Opera, the satirical 18th century play with music of the time about a highwayman and the London criminal class, with Harrison Beck, Mark J Dempsey, Sarah Engelke, Howah Hung, Eva Nicole, Richard Gross, James Harter, Richard Keyser, Joyce Laoagan, Eva Mastrangelo, Justin Quackenbush, Nishi Rajan, Heather Rui and Barbara Vann, directed by Barbara Vann, from April 27th. Medicine Show Theatre Ensemble is located at 549 West 52nd Street, between 10th and 11th Avenues.

Storm Theatre will stage Ferenc Molnar's The President, adapted by Morwyn Brebner, a comedy in which a bank president learns that the young heiress under his care has married a Communist taxi driver, whom he tries to turn into a well-bred, well-dressed, well-spoken son-in-law in an hour, with Spencer Aste, David Bodenschatz, Brian J Carter, Laura Michelle Cleary, Brian J Coffey, Gregory Couba, David Crabb, Ashton Crosby, Joe Danbusky, Meaghan Bloom Fluitt, Cheri Paige Fogleman, Robert Ierardi, Benjamin Jones, Hugh Brandon Kelly, Jessica Levesque, Ted Mcguinness, Yukiko Miyawaki, Becca Pesce, Edward Prostak and Matthew Waterson, directed by Peter Dobbins, from April 27th. Storm Theatre is located at 405 West 114th Street at Morningside Drive.