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Backstage Whispers overheard by Richard Andrews

Last updated : 14th June 2010

The biggest winners in this year's Tony Awards were Red taking 6 including Play, Eddie Redmayne - Actor Play (Featured) and Michael Grandage - Director (Play); Memphis, taking 4, including Musical, Book and Score; Fela! taking 3, including Bill T Jones - Choreography; La Cage Aux Folles taking Musical Revival, Douglas Hodge - Actor Musical (Leading) and Terry Johnson - Director (Musical); and Fences taking Play Revival, Denzel Washington - Actor Play (Leading) and Viola Davis - Actress Play (Leading). Catherine Zeta-Jones took Best Actress Musical (Leading) in A Little Night Music. The full list of winners can be found on the Tony Awards web site, via the link from Organisations in the Links section of New York TheatreNet.

It's Official! As previously forecast here, Roundabout Theatre Company will present Brief Encounter, the British Kneehigh Theatre Company's groundbreaking staging of David Lean's film based on the Noel Coward play Still Life, which explores betrayal and adultery through three separate love stories set in a railroad station, using music, dance and film projections, adapted and directed by Emma Rice, previewing from September 10th at Studio 54, with an official opening on September 28th. It will feature a British cast. The design team comprises scenery and costumes by Neil Murray, lighting by Malcolm Rippeth, projections by Gemma Carrington and Jon Driscoll, and sound by Simon Baker. It is a co-production with the original producers David Pugh and Dafydd Rogers, and Cineworld.

A Little Night Music will go on hiatus at the Walter Kerr Theatre with the final performances by Catherine Zeta-Jones and Angela Lansbury on June 20th, but will resume with Bernadette Peters and Elaine Stritch replacing them on July 13th.

FringeNYC, the 14th annual New York International Fringe Festival, running from August 13th to 29th, will present the work of 197 theatre companies from around the world, in 20 venues, with shows ranging from traditional comedies and dramas to musicals, performance art, dance, spoken word and multimedia works. Highlights will include: MacChin: The Lamentable Tragedy Of Jay Leno, written and directed by Zachary Stewart, equating the television host with Shakespeare's 'Scottish play'; Just In Time: The Judy Holliday Story, written and directed by Bob Sloan, with 'appearances' by Orson Welles, Katharine Hepburn, Gloria Swanson, and other theatre and film stars; Jurassic Parq: The Broadway Musical, by Emma Barash, Marshall Pailet, Bryce Norbitz and Steve Wargo, a reimagining of the film from the dinosaurs' perspectives, directed by Pailet; and the Gangbusters Theatre Company's Julius Caesar: The Death Of A Dictator, which reimagines Orson Welles's staging of Shakespeare's political drama with Metallica music. Further information can be found on the FringeNYC web site, via the link from Festivals & Events in the Links section of New York TheatreNet.

Elf - The Musical, book by Bob Martin and Tom Meehan, music by Matthew Sklar, music by Chad Beguelin, adapted from the 2003 movie about an oversized elf raised in the North Pole who arrives in the United States to find his true identity, directed and choreographed by Casey Nicholaw, will play a holiday season at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre, opening in November.

The Broadway League and the Coalition of Broadway Unions and Guilds will present the second Broadway Salutes, a celebration of those who have made Broadway great for decades, with special recognition for those who have worked 25, 35, and 50 years in their respective theatrical craft, at 4pm on September 14th in Duffy Square. The event is created to honor a wide range of theatre professionals - including stagehands, actors, producers, casting directors, general managers, theatre owners, publicists, ushers, designers, directors, choreographers, musicians - who have dedicated their careers to the Broadway theatre industry, which generates an income of over $5bn to New York every year. It will include a collection of personal stories from members of the Broadway industry whose stories go unheard, but without whom, the show could not go on.

Rain - A Tribute To The Beatles, a multimedia concert that has toured extensively, featuring Joey Curatolo, Joe Bithorn, Ralph Castelli, Steve Landes and Mark Lewis, will play a season at the Neil Simon Theatre from October 26th. It will be presented by Annerin Productions, Magic Arts & Entertainment/Tix Productions and Nederlander Presentations.

Jon Robin Baitz's Other Desert Cities, directed by Joe Mantello, will preview from December 16th at the Mitzi E Newhouse Theater at Lincoln Center, opening on January 13th. It is a family drama that takes place over the course of a Christmas Eve, with a former matinee idol turned politician, his screenwriter wife and their novelist daughter.

On The Casting Couch: Elena Roger will be joined by Ricky Martin in the Broadway transfer of the London production of the Tim Rice-Andrew Lloyd Webber musical Evita, opening in a Nederlander Theatre in spring 2012.

Lou Cutell and Joao Machado's comedy Viagara Falls, about two widowers who prescribe themselves one last crack at sowing some wild oats, which has toured extensively, with Cutell, Bernie Kopell and Teresa Ganzel, directed by Don Crichton, will preview from July 5th at the Little Shubert Theatre, opening on July 21st. The Little Shubert Theatre is located at 422 West 42nd Street, between 9th and 10th Avenues.

Batman And Robin In The Boogie Down (From The Bronx And Beyond), a one woman play written and performed by Juliette Jeffers, directed by Reggie Rock Bythewood, will run at The Theatre at Stage Left Studio from June 16th. It follows two siblings, from childhood to the early death of the brother 'Batman' and the attempts by his sister 'Robin' to make peace with his passing, told in flashbacks (including games where the siblings play the title characters) from the points of view of both siblings. The Theatre at Stage Left Studio is located at 438 West 37th Street, between 9th and 10th Avenues.

The Rumour Machine says: that the Isobel Lennart-Jule Styne-Bob Merrill musical Funny Girl, which traces the early life of 20th century stage, screen and radio star Fanny Brice, will be heading back to Broadway in early 2012, directed by Bartlett Sher, courtesy of producer Bob Boyett; and that a revised version of the Thomas Meehan-Charles Strouse-Martin Charnin musical Annie, based on the Harold Gray's Depression era comic strip Little Orphan Annie, is also aiming for a Broadway return in late 2012, courtesy of producer Arielle Tepper Madover. The Rumour Machine grinds on.