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Backstage Whispers overheard by Richard Andrews

Last updated : 14th March 2011

Second Stage Theatre will stage the premiere of Zach Braff's All New People, about a group of eccentric characters in a house in a New Jersey vacation resort in the depths of winter, directed by Peter DuBois, previewing from June 28th, opening in mid July. Second Stage Theatre is located at 305 West 43rd Street at 8th Avenue.

Meanwhile, Second Stage Theatre has also announced the world premieres that will form its 9th Uptown Series at the McGinn/Cazale Theatre: Michael Mitnick's Sex Lives Of Our Parents, a comic nightmare about the mysterious hollows between parents and children and things that may be better left unsaid, directed by Davis McCallum, from June 7th; and Anna Kerrigan's The Talls, a comic drama about coming of age when life's lessons come in all sizes, set in the 1970s, directed by Carolyn Cantor, from August 1st. The McGinn/Cazale Theatre is located 2162 Broadway, at 76th Street.

The Metropolitan Opera's 2011/2012 season will continue its policy of introducing Broadway directors, with Mozart's Don Giovanni directed by Michael Grandage, and Gounod's Faust directed by Des McAnuff.

An exhibition celebrating the life and career of Joel Grey, Joel Grey/A New York Life will open at the Museum of the City of New York on April 12th. It will feature memorabilia from Grey's performances, including the Emcee costume from Cabaret, a crown from Goodtime Charley, and a costume sketch for George M!, original caricatures drawn by the legendary artist Al Hirschfeld, production Playbills, photographs, posters and costumes. The exhibition will also include examples of Grey's many photographs of the city. The Museum of the City of New York is located at 1220 5th Avenue at 103rd Street.

On The Casting Couch: Joe Mantello, John Benjamin Hickey and Ellen Barkin will be joined by Lee Pace and Jim Parsons in Larry Kramer's The Normal Heart, opening at the Golden Theatre on April 27th; and Mamie Gummer, Hamish Linklater and Jenn Gambatese will head the cast of David Ives's The School For Lies, opening at Classic Stage Company on May 1st.

The Belarus Free Theatre will return to New York with a repertory comprising Being Harold Pinter, which combines transcripts from Belarusian political prisoners with excerpts from Harold Pinter's writings, adapted and directed by Vladimir Shcherban; Zone Of Silence, conceived by Vladimir Shcherban, Natalia Koliada and Nikolai Khalezin, three independent chapters reflecting on taboos in Belarusian society, directed by Shcherban; and Discover Love, written and directed by Nikolai Khalezin, based on the life of Irina Krasovskaya, whose husband was kidnapped and murdered for lending assistance to the democratic body of Belarus; previewing from April 13th at La MaMa E.T.C., opening on April 18th. La MaMa E.T.C. is located at 74A East 4th Street, between 2nd Avenue and The Bowery.

The 3rd Americas Off Broadway Festival at 59E59 Theaters from April 5th to July 3rd will feature Love Song, written and directed by John Kolvenbach, in which a woman tries to unravel the story behind her oddball brother's mysterious new love; Jack Gilhooley and Daniel Czitrom's Triangle, about the love affair between the legendary political boss Big Tim Sullivan, and the actress and reformer Margaret Holland, directed by Stephan Morrow; Vince Melocchi's Julia, an examination of a 50 year old love set against a modern urban backdrop, directed by Guillermo Cienfuegos; City Love Song, an evolving story in three cycles, written and performed by Jack Finnegan, directed by Tralen Doler; Brian Sloan's World Trade Center View, a glimpse of life in lower Manhattan during the strange days of September 2001, directed by Andrew Volkoff; the musical I Married Wyatt Earp, book by Thomas Edward West and Sheilah Rae, music by Michele Brourman, lyrics by Rae, about a girl who leaves behind her upper class Jewish family for the adventure of Tombstone, Arizona, directed by Cara Reichel; Boo Killebrew's Play About My Dad, in which, as a woman writes about a hurricane in her Mississippi hometown, it becomes about a different storm, directed by Lee Sunday Evans; and Eyes Of Babylon, written and performed by Jeff Key, transforming his Iraq journal into a gritty, humorous and poetic account of going to war, directed by Yuval Hadadi.

Janie Condon: Raw & Unchained!, an account of her journey through comedy and a family life that was colorful and complex, directed by Gus Kaikkonen, will preview on April 4th at St Luke's Theatre opening April 5th. The producer is Gray Lady Entertainment. St Luke's Theatre is located at 308 West 46th Street, between 8th and 9th Avenues.

The Rumour Machine says: that Disney is starting work on a stage version of the recent movie Alice In Wonderland, with Linda Woolverton adapting her screenplay and Tim Burton 'overseeing' the production, although he will not direct it. The Rumour Machine grinds on.