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Backstage Whispers overheard by Richard Andrews

Last updated : 13th June 2011

The biggest winners in this year's Tony Awards were The Book Of Mormon (unsurprisingly) taking 9, including Musical, Book, Score, and Director (Musical) - Casey Nicholaw and Trey Parker; War Horse taking 6, including Play, Director (Play) - Marianne Elliot and Tom Morris, and Special Award - Handspring Puppet Company; Anything Goes taking Musical Revival, Actress Musical (Leading) - Sutton Foster, and Choreographer - Kathleen Marshall; and The Normal Heart with 3, including Play Revival. Mark Rylance took Actor Play (Leading) in Jerusalem; Frances McDormand took Actress Play (Leading) in Good People; and Norbert Leo Butz took Actor Musical (Leading) in Catch Me If You Can. 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.

The Judy Show: My Life As A Sitcom, an autobiographical one person show performed by Judy Gold, written by Gold and Kate Moira Ryan, with additional material by Eric Kornfeld and Bob Smith, directed by Amanda Charlton, will open at the DR2 Theatre on July 7th. The producers are Daryl Roth and Eva Price. The DR2 Theatre is located at 103 East 15th Street, between Union Square and Irving Place.

The Hive Theatre Company is to stage Terry Quinn's Bad Evidence, in which a a couple make a pact to confess searing truths in the heat of passion, which leads to a confrontation with their friends, with Armand Anthony, Ana Grosse, Gary Lee Mahmoud, Ryan Lee, Carmit Levite and Len Rella, directed by Kira Simring, previewing from July 7th at the Cell Theatre, opening on July 9th. The Cell Theatre is located at 338 West 23rd Street, between 8th and 9th Avenues.

On The Casting Couch: Adam Chanler-Berat, Annaleigh Ashford, Nicholas Christopher, Arianda Fernandez, Michael Rodriguez and Matt Shingledecker will head the cast of John Larson's musical Rent, opening on August 11th at New World Stages.

PTP/NYC will stage a repertory season from July 5th at Atlantic Stage 2, comprising Howard Barker's Victory: Choices In Reaction, a bawdy comedy set amid the chaos of the British Restoration in 1660, with Jan Maxwell, David Barlow, Alex Cranmer, Steven Dykes, Robert Emmet Lunney, Robert Zukerman, Michael Kessler, Michaela Lieberman, Willy McKay, Edelen McWilliams, Mat Nakitare and Ele Woods, directed by Richard Romagnoli; Steven Dykes's Territories, a double bill comprising The Spoils, in which an army official with a romantic's faith in the power of music finds his idealism shattered, and A Light Gathering Of Dust, a darkly humorous study of the damage inflicted on lovers by a government that rewards personal betrayal, with Alex Draper, Nesba Crenshaw, Gillian Durkee, Cori Hundt, Lilli Stein, Stephanie Janssen and Megan Byrne, directed by Cheryl Faraone; and Neal Bell's Spatter Pattern: or, How I Got Away With It, about a screenwriter who becomes entangled in the life of a university professor under investigation for a grisly murder, with Jeffries Thaiss, Adam Ludwig, Lucy Van Atta and Christo Grabowski, directed by Jim Petosa. Atlantic Stage 2 is located at 330 West 16th Street, between 8th and 9th Avenues.

Million Dollar Quartet, the musical inspired by the 1956 recording session that brought together Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins and Elvis Presley in the Sun Records studio in Memphis, featuring the singers' hit songs, has abruptly ended performances at the Nederlander Theatre on Broadway. Producers Relevant Theatricals, John Cossette Productions, American Pop Anthology, Broadway Across America and James L Nederlander say that the show will recommence Off Broadway at New World Stages in July.

Broadway In Bryant Park, the free outdoor performances by company members from Broadway and Off Broadway musicals, will return for a 10th season from July 7th to August 11th, on Thursdays from 12.30pm to 1.30pm. Companies involved will include: Baby It's You, Sister Act, Zarkana, Chicago, Catch Me If You Can, The Addams Family, Billy Elliot, Memphis, Rock Of Ages, Anything Goes, The Phantom Of The Opera, Hair, Jersey Boys, The Lion King, Wicked, Mamma Mia!, Mary Poppins and Priscilla Queen Of The Desert. In addition there will be a prize draw for a year's worth of free Broadway tickets, which can be entered at the Bank of America tent on the Bryant Park fountain terrace each week from 11am to 2pm. Bryant Park is located behind the New York Public Library on 6th Avenue, between 40th and 42nd Streets.

Fulcrum Theater will stage the premiere of Kara Lee Corthron's Julius By Design, about parents still struggling with the violent death of their son some years earlier, with Suzanne Douglas, Mike Hodge, Johnny Ramey, Crystal Finn, Christianna Nelson and Curran Connor, directed by Debbie Saivetz, previewing from July 5th at Access Theatre, opening on July 10th. The Access Theatre is located at 380 Broadway, between Walker and White Streets.

The Rumour Machine says: that Big Fish, a musical adaptation of the novel by Daniel Wallace and the 2003 film, about finding the truth behind the impossible stories of an epic adventurer, book by screenplay writer John August, music and lyrics by Andrew Lippa, directed and choreographed by Susan Stroman, is aiming for Broadway next spring, courtesy of producers Dan Jinks and Bruce Cohen. The Rumour Machine grinds on.