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Backstage Whispers overheard by Richard Andrews

Last updated : 11th June 2007

The big winners in this year's Tony Awards were Spring Awakening with 8 awards, including Best Musical, Michael Mayer - Best Director Musical, Duncan Sheik - Best Score and Best Orchestration, Steven Sater - Best Score and Best Book and Bill T Jones - Best Choreography; and The Coast Of Utopia with 7 (the most of any non-musical in Tony Awards history) including Tom Stoppard - Best Play, Jack O'Brien - Best Director Play, Jennifer Ehle - Best Actress Play (Featured) and Billy Crudup - Best Actor Play (Featured). Best Actress and Actor Musical went to Christine Ebersole for Grey Gardens and David Hyde Pierce for Curtains, while Best Actress and Actor Play went to Julie White for The Little Dog Laughed and Frank Langella for Frost/Nixon. Bob Crowley took Best Scenic Design Musical and Play for Mary Poppins and The Coast Of Utopia (with Scott Pask). The full list of winners can be found on the Tony Awards web site, via the link from Organisations in the Links section of New York TheatreNet.

It has now been confirmed that the musical Young Frankenstein, adapted from the 1974 film, music and lyrics by Mel Brooks, book by Brooks and Thomas Meehan, directed and choreographed by Susan Stroman, will preview from October 11th at the Hilton Theatre, with an official opening November 8th. The cast will be headed by Roger Bart, Megan Mullally, Sutton Foster, Christopher Fitzgerald and Shuler Hensley. It features scenic design by Robin Wagner, costume design by William Ivey Long, and lighting design by Peter Kaczorowski. The show will play a pre-Broadway season at the Paramount Theatre in Seattle from August 4th to September 1st.

A free dance concert, Dancing At The Crossroads, will be held in Times Square at Military Island on June 24th from 4.30pm to dusk, to celebrate the arrival of summer. Over 30 dance companies, including over 200 dancers, will offer classic and contemporary ballet, hip hop, jazz, modern and tap. The event will be hosted by Broadway and dance stars, including Kate Shindle, Stephanie J Block, Orion Duckstein, Rob Kleinendorst, Denis Jones, Judine Somerville and Karine Plantadit. It is being presented by The Times Square Alliance and Dancers Responding to AIDS. Military Island is located at the intersection of Broadway and 7th Avenue, between 43rd and 44th Streets. Further information can be found on the Times Square Information Center web site, via the link from Guides in the Links section of New York TheatreNet.

Nathan Lane will star in David Mamet's latest comedy November, directed by Joe Mantello, which will preview from December 21st at a Shubert theatre yet to be announced, ahead of an official opening on January 17th. The action takes place over one day in the White House, as the incumbent President's re-election campaign crumbles, under the assault of various pressure groups, and revelations of personal and financial improprieties. It features scenic design by Scott Pask, costume design by Laura Bauer, and lighting design by Paul Gallo. The producers are Jeffrey Richards and Jerry Frankel.

Jason Schafer's i google myself, with Reed Prescott, Tim Cusack and John Gardner, directed by Jason Jacobs, will preview from June 14th at Under St Marks, opening on June 21st. It is the story of three very different men with the same name, whose worlds collide when one man Googles his own name to find others who share his moniker. Under St Marks is located at 94 St Marks Place, between 1st Avenue and Avenue A.

Celia Cruz: The Musical, based on the life of the late Cuban singer Celia Cruz, by Carmen Rivera and Candido Tirado, directed by Jaime Azpilicueta, will receive its world premiere at New World Stages, previewing from August 28th. All shows will be performed in Spanish, except for Saturday matinees and Sunday evenings. The producer is David Maldonado. New World Stages is located at 340 West 50th Street, between 8th and 9th Avenues.

Rosie Perez, Kevin Chamberlin and Brooks Ashmanskas will star in the Roundabout Theatre Company's production of Terrence McNally's The Ritz, directed by Joe Mantello, which will preview from September 14th at Studio 54, with an official opening on October 11th. The broad comedy is set in a gay bathhouse in Manhattan, where a man hiding out from a mobster pretends to be Broadway producer to avoid being discovered. It will feature scenic design by Scott Pask and costume design by William Ivey Long.

The Peccadillo Theater Company's production of Sylvia Regan's Morning Star, with Peter J Coriaty, Matthew DeCapua, Susan Greenhill, Lena Kaminsky, David Lavine, Geany Masai, Allan Mirchin, Steve Sterner, Caroline Tamas, Darcy Yellin and Josh Philip Weinstein, directed by Dan Wackerman, will preview from June 28th at the Bank Street Theatre, opening on July 2nd. The play tells the story of the hopes and struggles of an immigrant Jewish family on the Lower East Side of New York in the early years of 20th century. The Bank Street Theatre is located at 155 Bank Street, between Washington and West Streets.

The New Group has announced its 2007/2008 season at Theatre Row. It comprises Jonathan Marc Sherman's Things We Want, about a lovelorn cooking school dropout returning home, directed by Ethan Hawke; Mike Leigh's National Theatre London hit Two Thousand Years, exploring the lives and relationships of three generations in a contemporary London Jewish middle class family, directed by Scott Elliott; and Kevin Elyot's Royal Court Theatre London success Mouth To Mouth, in which a homecoming party for a teenage son is the setting for tragi-comic revelations of secrets from the past, directed by Mark Brokaw. Theatre Row is located at 410 West 42nd Street, between 9th and 10th Avenues.

The Rumour Machine says: that the recent London production of Frank Loesser's musical Guys And Dolls, directed by Michael Grandage, will open on Broadway next March; and that Jason Robert Brown's musical 13, book by Dan Elish, about 13 year olds who are finding their way from childhood into adulthood, will arrive on Broadway in 2008, courtesy of producer Bob Boyett. The Rumour Machine grinds on.