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Backstage Whispers overheard by Richard Andrews

Last updated : 13th December 2010

The Wooster Group will stage Tennessee Williams's Vieux Carre, set during the Depression in a seedy boarding house in New Orleans run by a half mad landlady, with Ari Fliakos, Daniel Pettrow, Kaneza Schaal, Andrew Schneider, Scott Shepherd and Kate Valk, directed by Elizabeth LeCompte, opening at the Baryshnikov Arts Center on February 2nd. The Baryshnikov Arts Center is located at 450 West 37th Street, between 9th and 10th Avenues.

The musical Rock Of Ages will end its run at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre on January 9th, and transfer to the Helen Hayes Theatre in March. Rain - A Tribute To The Beatles will end its run at the Neil Simon Theatre on January 15th, and transfer to the Brooks Atkinson Theatre on February 8th.

T Schreiber Studio will stage David Storey's The Changing Room, set in the locker room of a Northern England rugby league team, following their pre and post game rituals and the ups and downs of their season, directed by Terry Schreiber, opening at the Gloria Maddox Theater on February 24th. The Gloria Maddox Theater is located at 151 West 26th Street, between 6th and 7th Avenues.

The 13th season of Lincoln Center's American Songbook series, which celebrates the diversity of the American popular song, will run from January 12th to February 19th. It will include appearances by Barbara Cook, The Low Anthem, Lance Horne with Alan Cumming and Cheyene Jackson, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Rob Fisher with Victoria Clark and Norm Lewis, Sarah Worden, John Doe, Carolina Chocolate Drops, Bebel Gilberto, Joan Osborne, Anika Noni Rose, Stephanie Blythe, Alexi Murdoch, Raul Esparza, Kate Baldwin, and Herb Alpert and Lani Hall. Further information can be found on the Lincoln Center web site, via the link from Major Venues & Companies in the Links section of New York TheatreNet.

The Transport Group will stage the New York premiere of the musical Lysistrata Jones, book by Douglas Carter Beane, music and lyrics by Lewis Flinn, which relocates the story of Aristophanes's Lysistrata to a contemporary college, where the girls refuse sexual favours to the basketball team until they win a game, directed and choreographed by Dan Knechtges, on the basketball court of the Judson Memorial Church gymnasium in Greenwich Village in May.

On The Casting Couch: Mandy Patinkin, Hannah Cabell and Matte Osian will head the cast of Rinne Groff's Compulsion, opening at the Public Theater on February 7th; Robin Williams will be joined by Glenn Davis, Brad Fleischer, Hrach Titizian, Sheila Vand, Necar Zadegan and Arian Moayed in Rajiv Joseph's Bengal Tiger At The Baghdad Zoo, opening at the Richard Rodgers Theatre on March 31st; and Sutton Foster and Joel Grey will be joined by Colin Donnell, Jessica Walter, Adam Godley, Laura Osnes, John McMartin and Walter Charles in the P G Wodehouse-Guy Bolton-Howard Lindsay-Russel Crouse-Timothy Crouse-John Weidman musical Anything Goes, opening at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre on April 7th.

Working Theater will stage Stefanie Zadravec's Honey Brown Eyes, a story of old friends who are on different sides of the conflict in Bosnia in the 1990s, with Edoardo Ballerini, Daniel Sauli, Sue Cremin, Gene Gillette, Beatrice Miller and Marcia Haufrecht, directed by Erica Schmidt, previewing from January 9th at the Clurman Theatre at Theatre Row, opening on January 16th. Theatre Row is located at 410 West 42nd Street, between 9th and 10th Avenues.

The Broadway League has released its audience demographic analysis of the 2009/2010 season. Of the total of 11.89m tickets sold, international visitors accounted for 17%, while tourists from home and abroad accounted for 63%. Online was the most popular method of purchasing tickets, chosen by 35% of ticket buyers. The typical playgoer saw 7 shows, while the musical attendee saw 5. Those who saw 15 or more shows comprised 6% of the audience, but represented 31% of all admissions. 66.3% of the audiences were female, the highest figure ever, while 69% of those making the purchasing decisions were female. Further information can be found of the Broadway League's web site, via the link from Organisations, in the Links section of New York TheatreNet

Red Bull Theater will stage Thomas Dekker, John Ford and William Rowley's The Witch Of Edmonton, the Jacobean revenge drama based on supposedly real events, about an old woman shunned by her neighbours, who gets revenge by selling her soul to the Devil, adapted and directed by Jesse Berger, with Craig Baldwin, Justin Blanchard, Adam W Green, Christopher Innvar, Carman Lacivita, David Manis, Christopher McCann, Christina Pumariega, Amanda Quaid, Miriam Silverman, Derek Smith, Sam Tsoutsouvas, Raphael Nash Thompson, Everett Quinton and Charlayne Woodard, previewing from January 25th at the Theater at St Clement's, opening on January 30th. The Theater at St. Clement's is located at 423 West 46th Street, between 9th and 10th Avenues.

Lucky Guy, a musical comedy about a group of colourful characters reaching for country music stardom in Nashville, written and directed by Willard Beckham, with choreography by A C Ciulla, will preview from April 28th at the Little Shubert Theatre, opening on May 19th. The producer is Avid Theatricals. The Little Shubert Theatre is located at 422 West 42nd Street, between 9th and 10th Avenue.

Forthcoming productions at 59E59 Theaters will include: the Badlands Theatre Company production of Scott Brooks's Screenplay, a modern day fable that examines an entitled generation addicted to fame and fortune, directed by Jenny Greeman, from January 12th; and the premiere of Room 17B, a comedy exploring the power struggles, rivalries and one-up-manship in the most absurd office in New York, written by and featuring Mike Dobson and Joel Jeske, with Danny Gardner and Brent McBeth, directed by Mark Lonergan, previewing from January 13th, opening on January 19th, a Parallel Exit production. 59E59 Theaters is located at 59 East 59th Street, between Park and Madison Avenues.