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Backstage Whispers overheard by Richard Andrews

Last updated : 11th June 2012

The biggest winners in this year's Tony Awards were Once with 8, including Musical, Book - Enda Walsh, Director (Musical) - John Tiffany and Actor (Musical) - Steve Kazee; and Peter And The Starcatcher with 5, including Featured Actor (Play) - Christian Borle; Best Play was Clybourne Park; Best Musical Revival was Porgy And Bess; Best Play Revival was Death Of A Salesman; Best Director (Play) went to Mike Nichols - Death Of A Salesman; Best Choreography was won by Christopher Gattelli - Newsies; Best Actress (Play) went to Nina Arianda - Venus In Fur; Best Actor (Play) was won by James Corden - One Man, Two Guvnors; Best Actress (Musical) went to Audra McDonald - Porgy And Bess. 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's Official! As previously forecast here, the premiere of The Anarchist, written and directed by David Mamet, about the governor of a women's prison and a lifer who is trying to convince her that she is ready for parole, with Patti LuPone and Debra Winger, will preview from November 13th at a Shubert theatre yet to be announced, with an official opening on December 2nd. The producers are Jeffrey Richards, Jerry Frankel and Howard and Janet Kagan.

MCC Theater's 2012/2013 season at the Lucille Lortel Theatre will include the premiere of Stephen Belber's Don't Go Gentle, about a retired Judge who finds doing pro bono legal work isn't as easy (or as welcome) as he thought, directed by Lucie Tiberghian, from September 27th; and Paul Downs Colaizzo's Really Really, set in the aftermath of a party, where the veneer of loyalty and friendship is peeled back to reveal a vicious jungle of sexual politics, raw ambition, and class warfare, directed by David Cromer, from January 31st. The Lucille Lortel Theatre is located at 121 Christopher Street, between Bleecker and Hudson Streets.

It's Official! As previously forecast here, A Christmas Story, The Musical!, based on the stories of Jean Shepherd, about a young boy getting into scrapes in the period leading up to Christmas, book by Joseph Robinette, score by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, directed by John Rando, with choreography by Warren Carlyle, which toured last Christmas, will preview from November 6th at a Broadway theatre yet to be announced, with an official opening on November 19th.

According to the Broadway League's report Broadway's Economic Contribution to New York City 2010/2011, the full economic impact of spending by Broadway production companies, theatre operators and those visitors drawn to the city by Broadway theatre, contributed $11.2bn to the New York economy. This comprises spending by producers to mount and run productions; spending by theatre owners to maintain and renovate venues; and ancillary purchases by visitors who said that Broadway was an important reason in their coming to the city. The contribution of Broadway tourists amounted to $9bn, shows contributed $2.2bn, and theatres $22.3m. Broadway supports 86,000 jobs and generates $550m in New York City taxes. All figures show an increase on the previous season.

On The Casting Couch: Rob McClure will play the title role in the Christopher Curtis-Thomas Meehan musical Chaplin, opening at the Barrymore Theatre on September 10th; and Lilla Crawford and Katie Finneran will be joined by Anthony Warlow, Brynn O'Malley, Clarke Thorell and J Elaine Marcos in the Thomas Meehan-Charles Strouse-Martin Charnin musical Annie, opening at the Palace Theatre on November 8th.

The 14th annual Broadway Barks fundraising event, with artists from Broadway shows taking part, will be held in Shubert Alley on July 8th from 3.30pm to 6.30pm, produced by Broadway Care/Equity Fights AIDS. Co-hosted by Bernadette Peters and Mary Tyler Moore, the dog and cat adopt-a-thon benefits New York City animal shelters and adoption agencies, and includes celebrity presentations of pets from animal shelters throughout the city. Shubert Alley is located alongside the Shubert and Booth Theatres between 44th and 45th Streets, between Broadway and 8th Avenue.

Frank McGuinness's Someone Who'll Watch Over Me, which follows an Englishman, American and Irishman through their experience as hostages in Lebanon, with Patrick Taylor, Timothy Riley and Alex Teachey, directed by Justin Lauro, will play at Canal Park Playhouse from June 20th. The Canal Park Playhouse is located at 508 Canal Street, between Washington and Greenwich Streets.

The Long View Theater Company will stage Paul Zindel's And Ms. Reardon Drinks A Little, about the fallout between three sisters when one wants to institutionalise another, with Julia Giolzetti, Elizabeth Belonzi, Molly Lovell, Isaac Platizky and Susan Atwood, directed by Jeff Woodbridge, at Turtle Shell Theater from June 21st. The Turtle Shell Theater is located at 300 West 43rd Street, between 8th and 9th Avenues.

Conni's Avant Garde Restaurant will stage Little West 12th Night, a walking tour of the Chelsea Meat Packing District based on William Shakespeare's Twelfth Night, conceived by Rachel Murdy, written by Peter Lettre, (during which cake will be served) from July 8th to 30th. Point of departure provided at the time of booking. Conni's Avant Garde Restaurant is a group of performers staging devised events mixing the ingredients of food, drink, song, dance, text and spectacle. The event is part of the undergroundzero festival, which is the ticketing agent.

The 15th season in the Musicals Tonight! series, which presents concert stagings of neglected musicals, directed and choreographed by Thomas Sabella-Mills, will comprise: Fade Out - Fade In, book and lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green, music by Jule Styne, a spoof of 1930's Hollywood, from October 16th to 28th; the George and Ira Gershwin musical revue Strike Up The Band, from March 12th to 24th; Same Time, Next Year, book by Bernard Slade adapted from his play, music and lyrics by Stan Daniels, about a two people, both married to others, who meet for a tryst every year for 24 years, from April 2nd to 14th; and Leave It To Jane, book and lyrics by Guy Bolton and P G Wodehouse, music by Jerome Kern, which satirises college life in a Midwestern U.S. town, from April 16th to 28th. Performances are at the Lion Theatre at Theatre Row, located at 410 West 42nd Street, between 9th and 10th Avenues. The producer is Mel Miller.