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Backstage Whispers overheard by Richard Andrews

Last updated : 13th July 2009

It's Official! As previously forecast here, Daniel Craig and Hugh Jackman will star in the premiere of Keith Huff's A Steady Rain, about two cops whose lifelong friendship is severely tested when a seemingly routine domestic disturbance call results in the death of a young boy, directed by John Crowley, which will preview from September 10th at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre, with an official opening on September 29th. The design team will comprise scenery and costumes by Scott Pask, lighting by Hugh Vanstone, and sound by Mark Bennett. The producers are Frederick Zollo, Michael G Wilson, Barbara Broccoli, Raymond L Gaspard, Frank Gero, Cheryl Wiesenfeld, Jeffrey Sine, Michael Rose and Robert Cole.

The Mint Theater Company's 2009/2010 season at the Lucille Lortel Theater will include Lennox Robinson's Is Life Worth Living?, in which a pair of married actors leading a troupe of travelling players bring highbrow drama to an Irish seaside resort, with Jordan Baker, Kevin Kilner, Leah Curney, Bairbre Dowling, Brian Keane, John Keating, Laurie Kennedy, Jeremy Lawrence, Erin Moon, Grant Neale, Paul O'Brien and Graham Outerbridge, directed by Jonathan Bank, previewing from August 19th, opening on September 14th; and Maurine Dallas Watkins's So Help Me God!, about a dramatic diva fending off a challenge from her ambitious but naive understudy, with Kristen Johnston, directed by Martin Platt, from November 14th. The Lucille Lortel Theater is located at 121 Christopher Street, between Bleecker and Hudson Streets.

It has now been confirmed that the Lincoln Center Theater production of Sarah Ruhl's In The Next Room, a comedy about six lonely people seeking intimacy at the dawn of the electric age, directed by Les Waters, will preview from October 22nd at the Lyceum Theatre, with an official opening on November 19th; and that Nathan Louis Jackson's Broke-ology, in which two brothers called home to take care of their ailing father, must choose between following their dreams or honouring family loyalty, with Francois Battiste, Crystal A Dickinson, Alano Miller and Wendell Pierce, directed by Thomas Kail, will preview from September 10th at the Mitzi E Newhouse Theater, opening on October 5th.

Klea Blackhurst will perform her Ethel Merman tribute, Everything The Traffic Will Allow: The Songs And Sass Of Ethel Merman, a mix of Merman's signature songs and some rarely performed obscurities, for a season at the Snapple Theater Center, on Saturdays at 5pm, from July 18th. The Snapple Theater Center is located at 210 West 50th Street, between Broadway and 8th Avenue.

The fall season at Performance Space 122 will include the New York premiere of Cupola Barber's Way Out West, The Sea Whispered Me, which is 'inspired by the performance duos of Laurel and Hardy and Gilbert and George', from September 24th; the world premiere of John Jahnke and Hotel Savant's The Archery Project, a hyper-stylized comedy exploring marriage in America, from October 2nd; the world premiere of Temporary Distortion's Americana Kamikakze, a multimedia project inspired by classic Japanese ghost stories and horror films, with American and Japanese actors, from October 24th; the New York premiere of Rabih Mroue's Who's Afraid Of Representation?, merging parallel histories of Western performance art and contemporary socio-political events in Beirut, from November 5th; Marisa Olson's Assisted Living, a futuristic parody of Martha Stewart's TV show focused on coping with the challenges of living a life prolonged and polluted by technology, from November 19th; the world premiere of Terrible Things, created by Lisa D'Amour, Katie Pearl and choreographer Emily Johnson, incorporating sections of Pearl's life, principals from particle physics, male wrestlers and 600 marshmallows, from December 4th; Crime Or Emergency, written and performed by Sybil Kempson and Mike Iveson, distilling an 11 person play into a duet - part cabaret fiasco, part aesthetic holocaust, also from December 4th. PS 122 is located 150 1st Avenue at East 9th Street.

Roundabout Theatre Company in association with Long Wharf Theatre will stage Tennessee Williams's The Glass Menagerie, with Judith Ivey, Keira Keeley and Patch Darragh, directed by Gordon Edelstein, previewing from March 5th at the Laura Pels Theatre at the Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre, opening on March 24th. It is a new slant on Williams's story of an overbearing mother and her son, who is torn between an obligation to his family and his desire to break away, in 1930s St Louis. The Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center is located at 111 West 46 Street, between 6th and 7th Avenues.

The 2009/2010 Abingdon Theatre Company season will include at the June Havoc Theatre: the world premiere of Robert Cary and Benjamin Feldman's Inventing Avi (And Other Theatrical Maneuvers), a comedy grappling with questions of authorship and identity as two sisters collaborate on a producing a play, directed by Mark Waldrop, from October 2nd; and in the Dorothy Strelsin Theatre: the world premiere of Jan Buttram's Phantom Killer, in which three people meet on a deserted Texas road in 1946 where their lives are changed, directed by Jules Ochoa, from January 22nd; the New York premiere of John Morogiello's Engaging Shaw, a comedy in which an heiress sets her sights on confirmed bachelor and philanderer George Bernard Shaw, directed by Jackob Hofmann, from April 9th; and the New York premiere of Steve Swift's Sister Myotis's Bible Camp, about events taking place at the annual Women's Church Retreat at an 80,000 member mega-church, directed by Jerre Dye, from June 11th. The June Havoc and Dorothy Strelsin Theatres are located in the Abingdon Theatre Arts Complex at 312 West 36th Street, between 8th and 9th Avenues.