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Backstage Whispers overheard by Richard Andrews

Last updated : 14th February 2011

The children's show Gustafer Yellowgold's Infinity Sock, a multimedia musical moving storybook, featuring the character created and performed by Morgan Taylor, will play daytime weekend performances at the DR2 Theatre from February 26th. The DR2 Theatre is located at 103 East 15th Street, between Union Square East and Irving Place.

Red Shark Productions and White Rabbit Theatre will stage William Shakespeare's Macbeth, relocating the bloody tale of ambition to Hollywood in the 1930s, with Matthew Barbot, Victor Barranca, Samantha Dena, Tim Dowd, Andy English, Tony von Halle, Tania Jeudy, Sheila Joon, Anthony Martinez, Connor McCabe, Paul J Miller ,Emily Mitchell, Nick Palladino, A J Patton, Michael Raver, Annie Rubino and Christine Seisler, directed by Andrew Rothkin, previewing from March 10th at the Wings Theatre, opening on March 12th. The Wings Theatre is located at 154 Christopher Street, between Greenwich and Washington Streets.

This year's Live Design Master Classes will be held between 20th and 26th May. Abe Jacob, the godfather of contemporary theatre sound design, leads the Broadway Sound Master Classes, on 20th to 22nd, with Acme Sound Partners, Jonathan Deans, Bob McCarthy, Brian Ronan, Shure Bros and John Weston. A veritable who's who in Broadway lighting design, led by doyenne Jules Fisher, and including Beverly Emmons, Peggy Eisenhauer, Don Holder and Clifton Taylor, make up the faculty of the Lighting Master Classes, from 24th to 26th. The Projection Master Class, with a faculty that will include Sven Ortel and Howard Werner, will be held on 23rd. In addition to the keynote speakers, programmes include a visit to Rain: A Tribute To The Beatles or Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark, complete with a backstage tour, a discussion with the design team, and in depth analysis of the production, plus a manufacturers showcase. Full details can be found on the Live Design web site via the link from The Emporium in the Links section of New York TheatreNet.

Kathy Griffin will play in a show called Kathy Griffin Wants A Tony, with observations on popular culture and contemporary issues, at the Belasco Theatre from March 11th to 19th. The producers are Manny Kladitis, Robert Ahrens and Eva Price.

Peccadillo Theater Company will stage the musical A Tree Grows In Brooklyn, book by George Abbott and Betty Smith, music by Arthur Schwartz, lyrics by Dorothy Fields, with a revised book by Elinor Renfield and further revisions by Susan DiLallo, adapted from Betty Smith's novel about a family in Brooklyn at the turn of the 20th century, directed by Dan Wackerman, previewing from March 12th at the Theatre at St Clements, opening on March 20th. The cast comprises Jim Stanek, Elizabeth Loyacano, Keaton Whittaker, Klea Blackhurst, Timothy Shew, Lianne Marie Dobbs, Jason Simon, Thursday Farrar, Matthew Bauman, Lauren Blackman, Jack Doyle, Christopher Kauffmann, Freddie Kimmel, Leah Landau, Kenny Morris, Johnny Stellard and Toni Elizabeth White. The Theatre at St Clements is located at 423 West 46th Street, between 8th and 9th Avenues.

On The Casting Couch: Laurie Metcalf, Dennis Boutsikaris, Aya Cash and John Schiappa will feature in Sharr White's The Other Place, opening at the Lucille Lortel Theatre on March 28th; Jim Belushi and Nina Arianda will be joined by Robert Sean Leonard in Garson Kanin's Born Yesterday, opening at the Cort Theatre on April 24th; and Marc Kudisch, Bobby Steggert, Kate Fry, Liz Baltes and Drew Gehling will feature in the Austin Pendleton-Joshua Schmidt-Jan Tranen musical A Minister's Wife, opening at the Mitzi E Newhouse Theater, at Lincolm Center on May 5th.

Godlight Theatre Company will stage the premiere of Clifford Chase's Winkie, adapted by Matt Pelfrey from the novel in which a mild mannered teddy bear finds himself on the wrong side of America's War on Terror, directed by Joe Tantalo, previewing from 5th March at 59E59 Theatres, opening on 13th March. 59E59 Theaters is located at 59 East 59th Street, between Park and Madison Avenues.

A revival of Theatre for a New Audience's 2007 production of William Shakespeare's The Merchant Of Venice, with F Murray Abraham, Kate MacCluggage, Lucas Hall, Melissa Miller, Vince Nappo, Tom Nelis, Christen Simon, Andrew Dahl, Grant Goodman, Christopher Randolph, Matthew Schneck, Ted Schneider, Raphael Nash Thompson and Jacob Ming-Tren, directed by Darko Tresnjak, will open at The Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts at Pace University, on February 27th, beginning a 4 date national tour. The Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts is located at 3 Spruce Street, between Park Row and Gold Street.

Mimic, written and performed by Raymond Scannell, which tells the story of a man with a gift for mimicry that takes him away from 1980s Ireland, who finds a country much changed and when he returns years later, directed by Tom Creed, will open at the Irish Arts Center on March 2nd. The Irish Arts Center is located at 553 West 51st Street, between 10th and 11th Avenues.

Manhattan Children's Theatre will stage the Brothers Grimm story Goldilocks And The Three Bears, adapted and performed by Joseph Coelho and Jonathan Lloyd, with assorted puppets, directed by Chris Alonzo, opening on March 5th. Manhattan Children's Theatre is located at 52 White Street, between Broadway and Church Street.

The Rumour Machine says: that the recent London production of Noel Coward's Private Lives, a comedy about a divorced couple who, finding themselves honeymooning with new partners in adjoining suites in the south of France, also find that their relationship is actually not over, with Kim Cattral, directed by Richard Eyre, will be Broadway bound following a season in Toronto in the fall. The Rumour Machine grinds on.