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Backstage Whispers overheard by Richard Andrews

Last updated : 13th November 2006

Gutenberg! The Musical!, book, music and lyrics by Anthony King and Scott Brown, directed by Alex Timbers, an award winner at the 2006 New York Musical Theatre Festival, will transfer to 59E59 Theaters, previewing from November 21st, opening on December 3rd. Christopher Fitzgerald and Jeremy Shamos star as two musical theatre writers performing a backers' audition, to try to sell their musical about the inventor of the printing press, revealing some of the secrets in the journey from page to stage. The producers are by Trevor Brown, Ron Kastner, Terry Allen Kramer and Joseph Smith. The 59E59 Theaters are (unsurprisingly) located at 59 East 59th Street, between Park and Madison Avenues.

Also at 59E59 Theaters, London based company I'm a Camera will present its play with music adaptation of six Woody Allen short stories, Murder Mystery Blues, directed by Janey Clarke, previewing from November 24th, and opening November 30th. Set in the world of 1940's film noir New York, the stories are linked by a live jazz score by Warren Wills, and the cast of Mary Fahl, Andromeda Turre, Stephanie Dodd, Jeff Ganz, Alex Haven and Michael Murray double as musicians.

Internationally renowned flamenco dancer Joaquin Cortes is to bring his show Mi Soledad, a 90 minute fusion of jazz, classical and flamenco dance, music and song, to the Palace Theatre, from December 12th to 22nd, ahead of a US national tour next year. The show, with music and lyrics by Jose Carbonell, Antonio Carbonell and Cortes, features a 10 piece orchestra and a 7 member vocal ensemble. The producers are Gypsy Productions, SuperFrank, Jeff Rowland and Foye Johnson

At This Theater, the latest afternoon cabaret show in the Perform series at the Museum of the City of New York, will feature Tony Roberts, Penny Fuller, Nancy Anderson, Lawrence Clayton and Ryan Driscoll, on November 18th and 19th. Written and directed by Michael Montel, the show will feature both popular and less well known musical theatre songs, drawing inspiration from the museum's current exhibition, Theater Drawings By Robert Miles Parker, fanciful pen and ink drawings of classic Broadway theatres by the architectural author, illustrator, and preservationist. The Museum of the City of New York, located at 1220 5th Avenue at 103rd Street, has an extensive theatre collection, and stages special exhibitions about different aspects of Broadway history. Further information can be found on the MCNY web site, via the link from Information, in the Links section of New York TheatreNet.

The musical Meet Me In St. Louis, adapted from the 1944 film, based on Sally Benson's short stories, book by Hugh Wheeler, music and lyrics by Hugh Martin and Ralph Blane, directed by Charlotte Moore, with choreography by Barry McNabb, will preview from December 6th at the Irish Repertory Theatre, opening on December 14th. It tells the story of a family as they eagerly anticipate the World's Fair in St Louis, just after the turn of the last century. The show will feature George S Irving, John Hickok, Sarah Pfisterer, Becky Barta, Bonnie Fraser and Colin Donnell, with Doug Boes, Merideth Kaye Clark, Kerry Conte and Ashley Robinson, and real sisters Danielle and Gabrielle Piacentile. The Irish Rep is located at 132 West 22nd Street, between 6th and 7th Avenues.

On The Casting Couch: Liev Schreiber and Peter Hermann will be joined by Stephanie March and Erik Jensen in Eric Bogosian's Talk Radio, previewing February 9th and opening February 25th, at the Longacre Theatre; and Audra McDonald will be joined by Steve Kazee in Harvey Schmidt, Tom Jones and N Richard Nash's musical 110 In The Shade, previewing on April 13th and opening May 9th, at Studio 54.

The new musical revue That Time Of The Year, highlighting the joys and anxieties of the holiday season, concept and lyrics by Laurence Holzman and Felicia Needleman, set to music in a variety of styles by Sanford Marc Cohen, Nicholas Levin, Donald Oliver, Kyle Rosen, Brad Ross, Mark Wherry and Wendy Wilf, directed and choreographed by Annette Jolles, will preview from November 29th at the York Theatre Company, opening December 7th. The cast comprises Bridget Beirne, Kerri Jill Garbis, Erin Maguire, Jonathan Rayson and Nick Verina. The York Theatre Company's Theatre at St. Peters is on 54th Street, between Lexington and 3rd Avenues.

Chris Pine will star in the world premiere of Ronan Noone's one person show The Atheist, a dark comedy about a journalist's relentless quest for fame, directed by David Sullivan, previewing November 24th at Center Stage, 48 West 21st Street, between 5th and 6th Avenues, opening November 29th. The producer is Square Peg Productions.

Piano Bar: The Interactive Musical, book and lyrics by Stephen Cole, and music by Matthew Ward, with Jack Drummond, Viola Harris, David Hibbard, Susan J Jacks, Joy Lynn Matthews, Cathy Trien, Matthew Ward and Edward Watts, co-directed by Cole and Diane Pulzello, will play at the Triad Theatre from November 15th to 30th. The 'Follies-esque' premise, is that a Manhattan piano bar is about to be demolished to pave the way for a new Rite Aid, and the staff and patrons host one final party-cabaret. The show draws on music from pop, musical theatre, cabaret and TV shows, and gives audience and cast a chance to interact through game play, contests, sing-a-longs, and open mic chances. It will also feature special guests, including Marni Nixon on November 17th and Barbara Minkus on November 30th. The Triad Theatre is located at 158 West 72nd Street, between Columbus and Amsterdam Avenues.