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Backstage Whispers overheard by Richard Andrews

Last updated : 13th September 2010

It has been confirmed that the new musical Wonderland, book by Gregory Boyd and Jack Murphy, music by Frank Wildhorn, lyrics by Jack Murphy, directed by Gregory Boyd, with choreography by Marguerite Derricks, will preview from March 21st at the Marquis Theatre, with an official opening on April 17th. It is a contemporary story about a woman who has lost her joy in life, is estranged from her husband, alienated from her daughter and in danger of losing her career, who finds herself in Wonderland where she encounters strange though familiar characters that help her rediscover the wonder in her life. Prior to this the show will play at the Ferguson Hall at the David A Straz Jr Center for the Performing Arts in Tampa, Florida from January 4th to 16th. The producers are the David A Straz Jr Center for the Performing Arts, William Franzblau and Nederlander Presentations.

WiZaRD, an entertainment set in a fictitious radio station, featuring the songs of Harold Arlen, written and directed by George Bugatti, with Jenny Gulley and The Three Crooners, will open at New World Stages in December. The producer is the Harold Arlen Foundation. New World Stages is located at 340 West 50th Street, between 8th and 9th Avenues.

Ken Davenport and Sarah Saltzberg's comedy Miss Abigail's Guide To Dating, Mating & Marriage, with Eve Plumb as the most sought-after relationship expert to the stars traveling the globe dispensing her wisdom, directed by Davenport, will preview from October 7th at the Downstairs Cabaret Theater at Sofia's, opening on October 24th. Downstairs Cabaret Theater at Sofia's is located at 221 West 46th Street, between Broadway and 8th Avenue.

Dreamlight Theatre Company in association with Third Coast Creative will stage The Extraordinary Ordinary, a revised version of the musical previously called Six Of One, book and lyrics by Scott Burkell, music by Paul Loesel, which follows a group of friends as they face the challenges of contemporary life in Manhattan, directed by Chip Klose, previewing from November 29th at the Clurman Theatre at Theatre Row, opening on December 1st. Theatre Row is located at 410 West 42nd Street, between 9th and 10th Avenues.

The 11th annual New Yorker Festival will take place on October 1st, 2nd, and 3rd. Events will include the magazine's contributors in conversations with Paul Reubens, Steve Carell, Patricia Clarkson, James Taylor, Neil Gaiman and Werner Herzog; panel discussions on Saturday Night Live, with Seth Meyers and other cast members; vampires in popular culture, featuring Stephen King and Melissa Rosenberg; and the rise of the political right, with the Dick Armey, Anthony Weiner, Rick Santelli and Jill Lepore; lectures by Ken Auletta on the impact of Google and the Internet on the media; Atul Gawande on end-of-life care; Paul Goldberger on architecture; Alex Ross on bass lines in music history; and James Surowiecki on talent and context in a random world; plus fiction discussions, book signings and poetry readings; a live version of The New Yorker's cartoon caption contest; and a tasting walk from Greenwich Village to Chinatown led by Calvin Trillin. 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.

The next exhibition at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts will be Talking Pictures: Portraits By Cambridge Jones, running from September 23rd to November 27th. It comprises new photographic portraits of Welsh actors, singers, and other performers, including Shirley Bassey, Anthony Hopkins, Rhys Ifans, Eddie Izzard, Damien Lewis, Sian Phillips, Jonathan Pryce, Alan Rickman, Matthew Rhys, Michael Sheen and Catherine Zeta-Jones, by celebrated Welsh photographer Cambridge Jones. They are accompanied by an audio component that allows visitors to hear performers talking about the people or performances that inspired them to become involved in the performing arts. New York Public Library for the Performing Arts is located at 40 Lincoln Center Plaza.

The Tank will stage The Best Of Craigslist: Funnier Than Fiction, a selection of the more outre ads from the legendary Craigslist web site, featuring everything from gym memberships to erotic services, written and performed by Philip Galinsky, playing at the 45th Street Theatre, from September 20th. 45th Street Theatre is located at 354 West 45th Street, between 8th and 9th Avenues.

You've Got Hate Mail, the story of an extramarital affair that goes horribly wrong, told entirely in emails (although it does have a chase scene thanks to Blackberries and iPhones) written by and featuring Billy Van Zandt and Jane Milmore, with Barbara Bonilla, Glenn Jones, Fran Solgan, directed by Gary Shaffer, will play at The Triad Theatre from September 23rd. The Triad Theatre is located at 158 West 72nd Street, between Columbus and Amsterdam Avenues.

The 2010/2011 season at St Ann's Warehouse in DUMBO, Brooklyn will include the Druid Theatre production of Enda Walsh's Penelope, a comic take on the story of the suitors competing for the favour of Odysseus's wife, from Homer's Odyssey, directed by Mikel Murfi, from October 23rd; the Kneehigh Theatre Company production of The Red Shoes, based on the Hans Christian Andersen story, directed by Emma Rice, from November 19th; and the Frantic Assembly/National Theatre of Scotland production of Bryony Lavery's Beautiful Burnout, set in a Glasgow training gym, where five aspiring young fighters are learning the art of boxing, directed and choreographed by Scott Graham and Steven Hoggett, from February 25th. St Ann's Warehouse is located at 38 Water Street, between Main and Dock Streets in Brooklyn.