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Backstage Whispers overheard by Richard Andrews

Last updated : 12th September 2011

Manhattan Theatre Club has added a further play to its 2011/2012 season. The premiere of Matt Charman's Regrets, in which men gather at a Nevada ranch as they seek quickie divorces in the 1950s, will preview from March 1st at New York City Center Stage I, opening on March 20th. New York City Center is located 131 West 55th Street, between 6th and 7th Avenues.

The Vinyard Theatre has confirmed that it will stage the premiere of the musical Now. Here. This., book by Hunter Bell and Susan Blackwell, music and lyrics by Jeff Bowen, based on collaboration by Hunter Bell, Michael Berresse, Susan Blackwell, Heidi Blickenstaff, Jeff Bowen and Larry Pressgrove, which investigates and celebrates living in the present through autobiographical stories, performed by Bell, Blackwell, Blickenstaff and Bowen, directed and choreographed by Berresse, next March. The Vineyard Theatre is located at 108 East 15th Street, between Union Square East and Irving Place.

The forthcoming Center Theatre Group/Mark Taper Forum Los Angeles's production of Bruce Norris's Clybourne Park, a black comedy charting how change overtakes a neighborhood, along with attitudes, inhabitants and property values, between 1958 and 2008, directed by Pam MacKinnon, opening on January 25th, will transfer to Broadway, at a theatre yet to be announced, in the spring.

Out Of The Shadows: The Fashion Of Film Noir is the latest exhibition at The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, running until November 1st. Film Noir was produced by Hollywood in the 1940s and early 1950s. Inspired by detective novels and short fiction, the black and white films were directed and designed to look like real life, reflecting the clothing choices of the audience. In the 1940s the Hollywood studio designers had to comply with the restrictions of clothing and fabric rationing, and showed the audience how to do it with style. As always in film, directors and performers used their costumes to convey character, but in film noir, the clothing could often aid in deception and disguise. The images of women presented in the film stills, lobby cards, posters and designs reveal the continuing influence of film noir fashion on the clothing of today. The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts is located at 40 Lincoln Center Plaza.

On The Casting Couch: Arcelus, Marc Kudisch, Graham Rowat, Teal Wicks will head the cast of the Jim Bauer-Ruth Bauer musical Blue Flower, opening at Second Stage on November 9th; and Ruben Santiago-Hudson, Dule Hill, Mekhi Phifer, Tracie Thoms and Condola Rashad will feature in Lydia R Diamond's Stick Fly, opening at the Cort Theatre on December 8th.

The next production by the Transport Group will be the premiere of the musical Queen Of The Mist, book, music and lyrics by Michael John LaChiusa, the story of a 63 year old woman daredevil who was the first person to survive plunging down Niagara Falls in a barrel, with Mary Testa, directed by Jack Cummings III, at the Gym at Judson Memorial Church from October 18th. The Gym at Judson Memorial Church is located at 55 Washington Square South, at Thompson Street.

The 12th annual New Yorker Festival will take place on September 30th, October 1st and 2nd. Events will include the magazine's contributors in conversations with David Cronenberg, Amy Pohler, Barbara Cook, Owen Wilson, Scissor Sisters and Ellen Barkin; panel discussions on Movies Beyond 3-D with Tim Burke, Joe Letteri, Dennis Muren, and Dan Schrecker, and Bravura Television with Laura Dern, Edie Falco, William H Macy and Jeremy Irons; fiction discussions, book signings and poetry readings; a live version of The New Yorker's cartoon caption contest; a private tour of the Frick; a tasting walk from Greenwich Village to Chinatown led by Calvin Trillin; and a preview screening of a contemporary movie version of William Shakespeare's Coriolanus followed by a Q&A with its star Ralph Fiennes. Further information can be found on the New Yorker Festival web site, via the link from Festivals & Events in the Links section of New York TheatreNet.

Urban Stages will stage Louder Than Words, a collection of mime, music, and monologues, written and performed by Bill Bowers, investigating silence in the culture of America, directed by Martha Banta, previewing from October 7th, opening on October 12th. Urban Stages is located 259 West 30th Street, between 7th and 8th Avenues.

Leslie Uggams and Raul Esparza will be among the performers when the Broadway League and the Coalition of Broadway Unions and Guilds presents the 3rd annual Broadway Salutes, a celebration of those who have made Broadway great for decades, with special recognition for those who have worked 25, 35, and 50 years in their respective theatrical craft, from 4.30pm on September 20th in Times Square. The event is created to honor a wide range of theatre professionals - including stagehands, actors, producers, casting directors, general managers, theatre owners, publicists, ushers, designers, directors, choreographers, musicians - who have dedicated their careers to the Broadway theatre industry, which generates an income of over $3bn to New York every year.

Big Apple Circus returns for its 34th season at Lincoln Center's Damrosch Park with its latest show Dream Big, featuring the Shandong Acrobatic Troupe, the Flying Cortes from Columbia, Jenny Vidbel presenting Arabian horses and Russian juggler Dmitry Chernov, plus, of course, Grandma, hosted by Jenna Robinson, directed and choreographed by Renaud Douce, from October 20th to January 8th.

The Rumour Machine says: that Philip Seymour Hoffman, Linda Emond and Andrew Garfield will star in a Broadway production of Arthur Miller's Death Of A Salesman, the story of a small time travelling salesman with a blind belief in the American Dream, who, despite his lack of success, tries to force his failed ambitions and values onto his unwilling sons, directed by Mike Nicholls, next April; and that Hugh Jackman will bring his show, Hugh Jackman In Concert, to Broadway for an 8 week season opening at the Broadhurst Theatre in October. The Rumour Machine grinds on.