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Backstage Whispers overheard by Richard Andrews

Last updated : 14th September 2008

The Theatre Development Fund's TKTS discount ticket booth will finally return to a new home in its original location in Duffy Square, the northern half of Times Square, late this month or early next. The scheme to redevelop Duffy Square is some 2 years behind schedule, and 50% over budget, with a running total cost of $19m, jointly funded by the TDF, the City of New York, the Times Square Alliance and the Coalition for Father Duffy. It was delayed due to the bankruptcy of the manufacturer of its glass construction materials and issues with assembling the unique materials for the project. The new booth will nestle under a stepped glass 'roof' that will allow weary theatregoers and tourists an opportunity to sit and rest while they watch life go by in the crossroads of the world that is Times Square. The original temporary booth was set up in 1973, since when, with its downtown sibling, first in the World Trade Centre and now in South Street Seaport, plus the recent addition in downtown Brooklyn, over 50m tickets have been sold, producing upwards of $1.4bn in revenue for productions.

The Public Theater's Shakespeare in the Park production of the American tribal love-rock musical Hair, book and lyrics by James Rado and Gerome Ragni, music by Galt MacDermot, directed by Diane Paulus, with choreography by Karole Armitage, will be restaged on Broadway early next year, at a theatre yet to be announced. The design team was scenery by Scott Pask, costumes by Michael McDonald, lighting by Michael Chybowski and sound by Acme Sound Partners.

Lincoln Center is to present The Joy Of Music: Leonard Bernstein On Film, an 11 part film series documenting the composer's work for the screen from 1954 to 1993, in the Walter Reade Theater, between October 15th and November 1st. New York Philharmonic members Stanley Drucker and Barbara Haws will introduce newly restored film and television prints, covering different aspects of Bernstein's career. The event will be part of a city wide festival Bernstein: The Best Of All Possible Worlds, celebrating the 90th anniversary of the Bernstein's birth, and the 50th anniversary of his appointment as music director of the New York Philharmonic.

On The Casting Couch: Stephen Bogardus, Kerry O'Malley, Jeffry Denman, Meredith Patterson, Susan Mansur and Charles Dean, all veterans of earlier regional productions, will head the cast of Irving Berlin's White Christmas, opening at the Marquis Theatre on November 23rd.

Josh Jonas will perform the premiere of his one man play Capture Now, a coming of age story about two brothers, and what they learn from each other, directed by Larry Moss, previewing from October 10th at The Theaters at 45 Bleecker Street, opening on October 22nd. The Theaters at 45 Bleecker Theatre is located at 45 Bleecker Street, between Lafayette and Mott Streets.

Sleepwalk With Me, a one man show written and performed by Mike Birbiglia, a comedy in which he tells stories of his life and bouts with sleepwalking, directed by Seth Barrish, will preview from October 17th at the Bleecker Street Theater, opening on November 11th. The producers are Eli Gonda and Ryan Scott Warren of QuasiWorld Entertainment and Nathan Lane. The Bleecker Street Theatre is also located at 45 Bleecker Street.

The Transport Group's 2008/2009 season will include Irwin Shaw's Bury The Dead, set during a prolonged war, where dead soldiers rise up, refuse to be buried, and talk with their loved ones about days gone by, with Donna Lynne Champlin, directed by Joe Calarco, previewing from October 31st, opening on November 9th; and the premiere of the musical Being Audrey, about a women who, when her world threatens to collapse, seeks refuge in a fantasy romantic adventure inspired by the films of Audrey Hepburn, book by James Hindman, music and lyrics by Ellen Weiss, additional book and lyrics by Cheryl Stern, who will also play the leading role, directed by Jack Cummings III, previewing from March 27th, opening on April 5th. Performances are at The Connelly Theatre, located at 220 East 4 Street, between Avenues A and B.

Room To Panic, conceived, designed and directed by Federico Restrepo, which combines large puppets, mask work, video multimedia, and text from Elias Khoury's novel Gate Of The Sun, to explore the journey and assimilation of immigrants into a new world, will preview from October 3rd at La MaMa E.T.C., opening on October 4th. The performers comprise Restrepo, Denise Greber, Cary Gant, Allison Hiroto, Sara Galassini, Emily Vick, Linwood Young, Joah Gonzales, Kat Yew and Dmitry Chepovetsky. La MaMa E.T.C. is located at 74A East 4th Street, between 2nd Avenue and The Bowery.

A children's musical comedy, Dear Edwina, book and lyrics by Marcy Heisler, music by Zina Goldrich, directed by Timothy McDonald, will preview from November 14th at the DR2 Theatre, opening on November 16th, playing daytime performances. In the show within the show, the title character and her friends audition their musical, which offers advice on all kinds of daily problems, with the hope of taking part in a festival. The producer is Daryl Roth. The DR2 Theatre is located at 103 East 15th Street, between Union Square East and Irving Place.