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Backstage Whispers overheard by Richard Andrews

Last updated : 12th December 2011

The current New York Theatre Workshop production of Once, a musical adaptation of John Carney's 2006 film about a struggling Irish street musician, book by Enda Walsh, score by Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova, with Steve Kazee, Cristin Milioti, David Abeles, Claire Candela, Will Connolly, Elizabeth Davis, David Patrick Kelly, Anne L Nathan, Lucas Papaelias, Andy Taylor, Erikka Walsh, Paul Whitty and J Michael Zygo, directed by John Tiffany, with musical staging by Steven Hoggett, will transfer to Broadway, previewing from February 28th at the Jacobs Theatre, with an official opening on March 18th. (The show was originally announced as a Broadway production but was later rescheduled to NYTW.) The design team comprises scenery and costumes by Bob Crowley, lighting by Natasha Katz and sound by Clive Goodwin. The producers are Barbara Broccoli John N Hart, Patrick Milling Smith, Fred Zollo, Brian Carmody, Michael G Wilson and Robert Cole.

The musical revue Rated P For Parenthood, book and lyrics by Sandy Rustin, music and lyrics by Dan Lipton and David Rossmer, chronicling every stage of modern day parenting from conception to college, directed by Jeremy Dobrish, will preview from February 8th at the Westside Theatre, opening on February 26th. The producers are Andrew Asnes and Timothy Schmidt. The Westside Theatre is located at 407 West 43rd Street, between 9th and 10th Avenues.

On The Casting Couch: Stephen Kunken, Marylouise Burke and Marin Hinkle will feature in Kate Fodor's Rx, opening at 59E59 Theaters on February 7th; Tonya Pinkins, Ron Cephas Jones and Saycon Sengbloh will feature in Katori Hall's Hurt Village, opening at the Signature Center on February 27th; and Matthew Broderick and Kelli O'Hara will be joined by Judy Kaye, Michael McGrath and Jennifer Laura Thompson in the 'new' Gershwin musical Nice Work If You Can Get It, opening at the Imperial Theatre on April 24th.

The TEAM will stage Mission Drift, an epic musical exploring economic collapse and the potential for recovery through two colliding stories, one mystical and one modern, created by the TEAM, with music by Heather Christian and text by Sarah Gancher, with Libby King, Brian Hastert, Heather Christian, Amber Gray and Ian Lassiter, directed by Rachel Chavkin, previewing from January 8th at the Connelly Theatre, opening on January 10th. The Connelly Theater is located at 220 East 4th Street, between Avenues A and B.

Jeff Jackson and Jim Findlay's Botanica, a creepy, futuristic black comedy in which two unorthodox botanists and a janitor sealed in a human terrarium, overturn the constraints of science and social norms, with Ilan Bachrach, Liz Sargent and Chet Mazur, directed by Jim Findlay, will open at 3LD Art & Technology Center on January 28th. The 3LD Art & Technology Center is located at 80 Greenwich Street, at Rector Street.

The Birth Of Promotion: Inventing Film Publicity In The Silent Film Era, is the latest exhibition at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, running until February 25th. The basic elements of the promotion and distribution of film were established in the silent film era, and the exhibition focuses on the development of those elements - posters, promotional magazines, advertising, and exploitation campaigns - from pre-cinema to the transition to sound. Exhibits include posters, programs, advertisements, and lobby cards that were shown to the public from 1890 to 1930, as well as original gouache designs for posters, including an early, pro-Union sketch for Birth Of A Nation. Also on view are things that the public was never supposed to see, periodicals, calendars, and exploitation sheets giving advice to theater owners and managers on publicity, advertising, and retail tie-ins for films, some starring actors still famous and some now forgotten. The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts is located at 40 Lincoln Center Plaza.

The National Theatre of Scotland production of Alan Cumming performing a one man version of Shakespeare's Macbeth, directed by John Tiffany and Andy Goldberg, will play from July 5th to 14th as part of the Lincoln Center Festival.

World Of Wires, written and directed by Jay Scheib, adapted from Werner Fassbinder's 1973 science fiction television series Welt am Draht, with Sarita Choudhury, Mikeah Ernest Jennings, Jon Morris, Ayesha Ngaujah and Tanya Selvaratnam, will play at The Kitchen from January 6th. The Kitchen is located at 512 West 19th Street, between 10th and 11th Avenues.

The second half of the 2011/2012 season at the Paper Mill Playhouse will include Marc Camoletti's Boeing-Boeing, English translation by Beverly Cross and Francis Evans, the classic 1960s comedy about an English architect living in Paris, with three air hostess fiancees, whose different schedules enable him to keep them apart - until their timetables change, from January 18th; the musical Damn Yankees, book by George Abbott and Douglass Wallop, music by Richard Adler and Jerry Ross, about a baseball fan who sells his soul to the Devil to help his team win, from March 7th; and the musical in Once On This Island, book and lyrics by Lynn Ahrens, music by Stephen Flaherty, based on Rosa Guy's novel My Love, My Love, a tale of romance, tragedy, redemption and rebirth, from May 30th. The Paper Mill Playhouse is located at 22 Brookside Drive in Millburn, New Jersey.

The Negro Ensemble Company will stage Cate Ryan's The Picture Box, in which a young black man from the deep south comes to work at the home of a white family in Long Island, with Jennifer Van Dyck, Arthur French, Elain Graham, Malachy Cleary and Elizabeth Norment, directed by Charles Weldon, previewing from January 11th at the Beckett Theatre at Theatre Row, opening on January 15th. Theatre Row is located at 410 West 42nd Street, between 9th and 10th Avenues.

The Rumour Machine says: that a stage adaptation of the 1957 Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein television musical Cinderella, with a new book by Douglas Carter Beane, and additional Rodgers and Hammerstein songs, is aiming for Broadway next Christmas, courtesy of Robyn Goodman and Aged in Wood Productions. The Rumour Machine grinds on.