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Backstage Whispers overheard by Richard Andrews

Last updated : 10th August 2009

It's Official! As previously forecast here, the current Oliver Award winning London production of the musical La Cage Aux Folles, book by Harvey Fierstein, music and lyrics by Jerry Herman, with its original star Douglas Hodge, directed by Terry Johnson, with choreography by Lynne Page, which originated at the Menier Chocolate Factory, will open at a Shubert theatre yet to be announced on April 18th. It is an adaptation of the French play, centred on a gay couple starring in and producing a drag show in a Saint-Tropez nightclub. The producers are Sonia Friedman Productions, Menier Chocolate Factory, Fran and Barry Weissler and Robert Bartner/Norman Tulchin.

The 5th Annual Broadway Cabaret Festival, created and hosted by Scott Siegel, will run at The Town Hall, from October 16th to 18th. It will repeat the previous format, of a compilation, A Tribute To David Merrick, featuring songs and reminiscences of the shows of the legendary producer, with a cast including Lee Roy Reams, Emily Skinner, Robert Cuccioli, Jim Caruso and Stephen Bogardus; a solo showcase, Linda Eder: All Of Me; and Broadway Originals!, an afternoon show featuring the original stars of Broadway shows re-creating their performances, including Sharon McNight, Alexander Gemignani, Julia Murney and Kerry O'Malley. The Town Hall is located at 123 West 43rd Street, between 6th and 7th Avenues.

The fall season at the Joyce Theatre will include visits by Groovaloo, with a hip hop dance show chronicling the struggles, hopes and triumphs of the cast; Dutch company Emio Greco|PC with the New York premiere of [purgatorio] Popopera, melding dance with rock concert; Lucinda Childs Dance Company with their classic Dance, featuring Philip Glass music and a Sol LeWitt film with which the dancers interact; Balletto Teatro di Torino with Matteo Levaggi's Primo Toccare, in which dancers perform among art installations by Corpicrudi; Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet with Orbo Novo, a new work by Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, set to an original score by Szymon Brzoska; Garth Fagan Dance with a world premiere and the classic Landscape For 10, set to the Brahms Violin Concerto; the Han Tang Yuefu Music and Dance Ensemble bringing to life the painting The Feast Of Han Xizai, with traditional Nanguan music and Liyuan dance of the Tang Dynasty; the Bill T Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company with the New York premiere of Serenade/The Proposition, a rumination on the nature of history, through a collage of text, video projections and deconstructed costumes; Complexions Contemporary Ballet performing works new and old, set to music ranging from gospel, Chopin, 80's pop and U2, to an original jazz score by David Rozenblatt; Ballet Hispanico with premieres by Andrea Miller and Annabelle Lopez Ochoa exploring the essence of Latino-infused dance; and Rasta Thomas's Bad Boys of Dance performing Rock The Ballet, fusing musical theater, hip-hop, contemporary and tap. The Joyce Theatre is located at 175 8th Avenue, at the corner of 19th Street.

A new rock musical Lizzie Borden, music by Steven Cheslik-DeMeyer and Alan Stevens Hewitt, additional music by Tim Maner, lyrics by Steven Cheslik-DeMeyer and Tim Maner, book and direction by Tim Maner, with Jenny Fellner, Lisa Birnbaum, Marie-France Arcilla and Carrie Cimma, will play at the Living Theatre from September 10th. It explores the background to the murder in 1892 of Andrew and Abby Borden, father and stepmother to 32 year old Lizzie Borden, who was acquitted of murdering them with a hatchet in their home. The Living Theatre is located at 21 Clinton Street, between Houston and Stanton Streets.

Theatre A L'Orange will stage the world premiere of Ilya Sapiroe's The Diary Of Anne Frankenstein, an absurdist re-imagining of the Mary Shelley classic, with Mimi Imfurst, Lavinia Co-Op, Joseph Beuerlein, Geoffery Borman and Jessica Caplan, directed by Elizabeth Elkins, previewing from October 1st at 13th Street Rep, opening on October 4th. It is the story of a lowly hermaphroditic Franken-girl with big dreams and an even bigger diary, as she comes of age in the attic of an abandoned genetics laboratory in Bavaria in 1945, when her cruel and twisted creator returns to with an eye toward his most fiendish experiment yet - the resurrection of Adolf Hitler. The 13th Street Rep is located at 50 West 13th Street, between 5th and 6th Avenues.

On The Casting Couch: Jerry Springer will join the Broadway production of Chicago at the Ambassador Theatre from August 18th to September 6th; and Kate Baldwin, Jim Norton, Christopher Fitzgerald and Chuck Cooper, will be joined by Cheyenne Jackson, Guy Davis, Alina Faye, Brian Reddy, David Schramm, Terri White and William Youmans in Finian's Rainbow, opening at the St James Theatre on October 29th.

Choice Theatricals and Vital Theatre Company will stage the world premiere of Tony Glazer's In The Daylight, a darkly comic tale about a well known writer and his homecoming to a family he has been avoiding for many years, with Sharon Maguire, Ashley Austin Morris, Jay Patterson, Concetta Tomei and Joe Urla, directed by John Gould Rubin, previewing from September 8th at the McGinn Cazale Theatre, opening on September 20th. The McGinn Cazale Theatre is located at 2162 Broadway at 76th Street.

Diverse City Theater Company will stage Warren Bodow's Race Music, in which six characters of varying colors and ancestral origins struggle to come to terms with the changing racial landscape of America in 1999, with Chris Ceraso, Brandon Jones, Penelope Lowder, Daniel Pollack and Teresa Stephenson, directed by Victor Lirio, previewing from September 3rd at The Beckett Theatre at Theatre Row, opening on September 5th. Theatre Row is located at 410 West 42nd Street, between 9th and 10th Avenues.

The world premiere Temar Underwood's The Brokenhearteds, about a political blogger who is subject to innumerable leaks and pressures during a contentious Presidential election, with Jon Hoche, Mike Mihm, Andrea Marie Smith, Paco Tolson and Temar Underwood, directed by Pete Boisvert, will preview from September 10th at The Wings Theatre, opening on September 11th. The Wings Theatre is located at 154 Christopher Street, between Greenwich and Washington Streets.