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Backstage Whispers overheard by Richard Andrews

Last updated : 11th April 2011

The Flea Theater will stage the premiere of Just Cause, a subversive comedy about a group of revolutionaries in Brooklyn, armed with iPhones, handguns, and inherited ideals, written and directed by Zack Russell, with Brett Aresco, Crystal Arnette, Allison Buck, Tommy Crawford, Greg Engbrecht, Katherine Folk-Sullivan, Eric Folks, Alex Herrald, Raśl Sigmund Julia, Georgia X Lifsher, Betsy Lippitt, Sean McIntyre, Kate Michaud, Briana Pozner, Ian Quinlan, Cynthia Whalen and Wilton Yeung, previewing from May 6th, opening on May 19th. The Flea Theater is located at 41 White Street, between Church Street and Broadway.

The Sphinx Winx, a musical comedy misinterpretation of the love triangle between Cleopatra, Julius Caesar and Marc Antony, book and lyrics by Philip Capice, Anne Hitchner and Robert Keuch, music by Kenneth Hitchner Jr, with Jim Walton, Bret Shuford, Erika Amato, Rebecca Riker, Beth Cheryl Tarnow and Ryan Williams, directed by Matthew Hamel, with choreography by Tara Jeanne Vallee, will preview from May 3rd at the Beckett Theatre at Theatre Row, opening on May 18th. The producers are Tifft Productions and La Vie Productions. Theatre Row is located at 410 West 42nd Street, between 9th and 10th Avenues.

AnimalParts Theatre will stage the premiere of Miranda Huba's Dirty Little Machine, about a young couple who turn to making pornography in order to make ends meet, at The Red Room, from May 19th. The Red Room is located at 85 East 4th Street, 3rd floor, between The Bowery and 2nd Avenue.

The latest exhibition at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts is Turning Realism Into Design: The Posters Of James McMullan, running until June 11th. It features the work of the graphic artist James McMullan, who, over 3 decades, has designed the iconic posters for such Lincoln Center Theater productions as Anything Goes, South Pacific and Carousel, as well as operas at the Met next door. In addition to showcasing McMullan's numerous posters, the exhibition includes preliminary sketches, photographs and watercolor or gouche renderings, which trace his steps from concept to completion. The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts is located at 40 Lincoln Center Plaza.

Folksbiene National Yiddish Theatre will stage the musical The Adventures Of Hershele Ostropolyer, about the folk hero who battles injustice armed only with his wits, often referred to as the Jewish Robin Hood, written, directed and choreographed by Eleanor Reissa, music compiled by Chana Mlotek with Zalmen Mlotek, featuring Mike Burstyn, Shane Baker, I W Firestone, Edward Furs, Dani Marcus, Daniella Rabbani, Steve Sterner, Nimmy Weisbrod and Lori Wilner, previewing from May 15th at The Baruch Performing Arts Center, opening on May 22nd. It will be performed entirely in Yiddish, with English and Russian supertitles. The Baruch Performing Arts Center is located at 55 Lexington Avenue, entrance on 25th Street, between Lexington and 3rd Avenues.

On The Casting Couch: Peter Bartlett, Sean Dugan, Amanda Quaid, Lois Smith, Henry Stram, Merritt Wever and Finn Wittrock will comprise the cast of Tony Kushner's The Illusionist, opening at the Peter Norton Space on June 5th.

Mind the Gap Theatre will stage David Eldridge's Under The Blue Sky, a darkly comic play about a group of teachers revealing secrets about the nature of love and friendship, both true and unrequited, with Richard Hollis, Elizabeth Jasicki, Sarah Manton, Christine Rendel, Victor Villar-Hauser, Stuart Williams, directed by Paula D'Alessandris, at the Kraine Theatre from May 19th. The Kraine Theatre is located at 85 East 4th Street, between The Bowery and 2nd Avenue.

A new musical Tearing Down The Walls, book, music and lyrics Daniel Beaty, music by Jamal Joseph and Charles Mack, telling the story of the residents of a tight knit Harlem community pushed to the limit by life's challenges, but who find hope in the most unusual places, with Dietrice Bolden, Umi Shakti, Adrienne C. Moore, Rumando Kelley, Jevon McFerrin and Kelechi Ezie, choreographed by Wendell Howlett, will preview from May 6th at the Riverside Theatre, opening May 12th. The producers are the Riverside Theatre, Voza Rivers/New Heritage Theatre Group, and Walk Tall Girl Productions. The Riverside Theatre is located at 91 Claremont Avenue, between 120th and 122nd Streets.

FringeNYC, the New York International Fringe Festival will look back on its 15 year history with full stagings, concert presentations and staged readings of some its most well received productions, in a 15 week season at the Laurie Beechman Theatre, on Wednesdays from May 5th. Highlights will include the musical Urinetown, book and lyrics by Greg Kotis, music and lyrics by Mark Hollmann, a parody about a futuristic society where people have pay to use the bathroom; Williamsburg: The Musical, book by Will Brumley, music by Kurt Gellersted and Brooke Fox, lyrics by Brooke Fox, additional material by Nicola Barber, a satire on Brooklyn's over-hyped hipster 'hood'; and Bert V Royal's Dog Sees God, a comedy about the rocky adolescence of the Peanuts gang. The Laurie Beechman Theatre is located at 407 West 42nd Street, between 9th and 10th Avenues.