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Backstage Whispers overheard by Richard Andrews

Last updated : 11th February 2013

The musical entertainment Mama And Her Boys, created by and featuring Ethan Paulini, Christopher Sidoli and Wendy Watson, exploring the dynamic relationship between mothers, sons and families, through a mix of songs from all styles and genres, with Linda Kline as script consultant, directed and choreographed by Paulini, will play at the new Underground Theatre from February 18th. The producers are CEW Productions in association with JD Productions. The Underground Theatre is located at 955 West End Avenue, at West 107th Street and Broadway.

Strangemen & Co will stage On The Head Of A Pin, written and directed by Frank Winters, a political thriller exploring who watches the watchers, and what happens when they look away, with Marcus Callender, Devin Dunne Cannon, Emily Fleischer, Will Gallacher, Sofia Lauwers, Jennifer Loring, James Ortiz, Jason Ralph and Jen Tullock, at 59E59 Theaters from February 21st. 59E59 Theaters is located at 59 East 59th Street, between Park and Madison Avenues.

On The Casting Couch: Patina Miller, Matthew James Thomas, Andrea Martin, Terrence Mann, Charlotte d'Amboise and Rachel Bay Jones will reprise their roles when American Repertory Theater production of the Roger O Hirson-Stephen Schwartz musical Pippin transfers to the Music Box Theatre, opening on April 25th; and Betsy Aidem, Blair Brown, Michael Cerveris, Anthony Cochrane, Lauren Culpepper, Alvin Epstein, Kathryn Erbe and John Glover will head the cast of Richard Nelson's Nikolai And The Others, opening at the Mitzi E Newhouse Theater at Lincoln Center on May 6th.

WorkShop Theater Company in association with JEM Theatricals will stage the premiere of the musical My Mom Is Trying To Ruin My Life, book by Kate Feiffer and M J Bruder-Munafo, music by Paul Jacobs, lyrics by Sarah Durkee, adapted from the children's book by Kate Feiffer, illustrated by Diane Goode, with Michael Bernardi, Maddie Glass, Andrew Hubacher, Kayla King, Claire Kwon, Noah Marlowe, Shelly McPherson, Sydney Ryan Robles, Madisyn Shipman, Garielle Smith-Goldson, Ryan Bauer Walsh, Lauren Weintraub and Ashton Woerz, directed by Debbi Katz, with choreography by Danyelle Demchock, from February 16th. WorkShop Theater is located at 312 West 36th Street, between 8th and 9th Avenues.

The Red Fern Theatre Company will stage Shirley Lauro's The Radiant, telling of tempestuous life of Marie Curie, as she became involved with her young married assistant, nearly ruining both her career and her life, directed by Melanie Moyer Williams, at the Theater at the 14th Street Y, from 21st February. The 14th Street Y is located at 344 East 14th Street, between 1st and 2nd Avenues

Forthcoming productions at the Abingdon Theater Arts Compex will include Anthem, adapted from Ayn Rand's dystopian novella, a nightmare of complicit collectivism where individual identity is a death sentence, which is challenged when two inhabitants of the soulless city fall in love, with Daniel Burns, Tom Carman, Amanda Donelan, Laura King and Rachel Riendeau, directed by Jennifer Sandella, at the Dorothy Streslin Theatre, from February 20th, produced by Random Access Theatre. The Abingdon Theater Arts Compex is located at 312 West 36th Street, between 8th and 9th Avenues.

Craig Lucas's The Lying Lesson, in which a woman who may or may not be a legendary movie star shows up to buy a house that she claims has a link with her past, with Carol Kane, Mickey Sumner and Craig Lucas, directed by Pam Mackinnin, will premiere at the Linda Gross Theater from February 20th, produced by Atlantic Theater Company. The Linda Gross Theater is located at 336 West 20th Street, between 8th and 9th Avenues.

Intar will stage Migdalia Cruz's Lucy Loves Me, in which three unconnected people with dreams are suddenly connected, and wonder if their dreams will come true, with Annie Henk, Gerrado Rodriguez and Bertha Leal, directed by Lou Moreno, from 22nd February. The Intar Theatre is located at 500 West 52nd Street, 4th Floor, between 10th and 11th Avenues.

Theater Reconstruction Ensemble will stage the premiere of Jaclyn Backhaus's Set In The Living Room Of A Small Town American Play, in which a family has gathered to welcome home their former golden boy after tragedy has forced him to retreat to the living room of his youth, with Harlan Alford, Jaclyn Backhaus, Mikey Barringer, Andrew Butler, Nick Fesette, Nick Lehane, Emily Marro, Sydney Matthews, Anastasia Olowin, Patrick Scheid, Tina Shepard and Lauren Swan-Potras, directed by John Kurzynowski, at Walkerspace, from February 21st. Walkerspace is located at 46 Walker Street, between Broadway and Church Street.

Hans Christian Andersen's The Snow Queen, adapted and directed by Ryan Gilliam, with Chasity Santiago Crespa, Mae Hardman-Hill, Sarah Macken, Miles McKinley, Phoebe McKinley, Olivia Grace Michel, Ilana Peterson, Saige Rodriguez and Zachary Zamsky, will play at Downtown Art from 22nd February. Downtown Art is located at 61 East 4th Street, between Bowery and 2nd Avenue.

The Rumour Machine says: that talks are in progress about a Broadway production of Harold Pinter's Betrayal, the semi autobiographical play about adultery, whose story unfolds backwards, with Daniel Craig and Rachel Weisz, directed by Mike Nichols; that the back catalogue musical Always... Patsy Cline, book by Ted Swindley, about the friendship that developed between Cline and her most devoted fan, with Crystal Bowersox, is aiming for Broadway this summer; and that the Nederlander Organization is working with Gloria Estefan and her musician-producer-entrepreneur husband, Emilio Estefan on a biomusical featuring their back catalogue. The Rumour Machine grinds on.