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Backstage Whispers overheard by Richard Andrews

Last updated : 14th October 2013

Theater for the New City will stage the premiere of the musical Samantha And The Glass Ceiling, book and lyrics by Tom Attea, music by Arthur Abrams, the story of a young lingerie designer struggling to be accepted and promoted for her talent in a fashion company controlled primarily by men, with Kristin Piacentile, Jacob Merrik Storms, Anik Baker, Richard Dezmond, Kelsey Mathes, Elizabeth Doyle, Eunyoung Park, Arthur Harold, Deaunna Blackwell and Sean Bryant, directed by Mark Marcante, with choreography by Angela Harriell, previewing from November 7th, opening on November 15th. Theater for the New City is located at 155 1st Avenue, between 9th and 10th Streets.

Victor Lesniewski's Cloven Tongues, in which a woman with an unknown past is taken in by a social worker and a priest after being arrested and held at a border, with Ema Lakovic, Casey Biggs, Alex Mickiewicz and Catherine Curtain, directed by Michelle Bossy, will play at The Wild Project from November 8th. The Wild Project is located at 195 East 3rd Street, between Avenues A and B.

Retro Productions will stage Paula Vogel's The Baltimore Waltz, a humorous allegory for the AIDS crisis in the 1980s, in which an unmarried school teacher, is diagnosed with ATD (Acquired Toilet Disease), which is both fatal and mysterious, with Greg Oliver Bodine, Heather Cunningham and Ricardo Rust, directed by Peter Zinn, at the Underground Theater from November 8th. The Underground Theater is located at 64 East 4th Street, between 2nd Avenue and Bowery.

The latest exhibition at the New York Public Library Of The Performing Arts is Michael Peto Photographs: Staged In Britain, running until 4th January. Hungarian born photojournalist Michael Peto is best known for his coverage of 1950s and 1960s performances in London for The Observer and The Times newspapers, and the Tatler magazine. This exhibition examines Peto's signature approach to celebrity images of actors, writers, musicians and dancers, featuring photographs of Ian McKellan, Maggie Smith, Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton, Vanessa Redgrave, the partnership of Rudolph Nureyev and Margot Fonteyn, Iris Murdoch, Samuel Beckett, Brendan Behan, Louis Armstrong, and, in celebration of the 50th anniversary of their stardom, The Beatles. The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts is located at 40 Lincoln Center Plaza.

The Play Company's 2013/2014 season will comprise the premiere of Andy Bragen's This Is My Office, a ghost story in which an office hides family secrets, with David Barlow, directed by Davis McCallum, a site-specific production at chashama from November 5th; Jonas Hassen Khemiri's I Call My Brothers, in a translation by Rachel Willson-Broyles, a frenzied showdown between prejudice and paranoia in a city following a terrorist incident, directed by Erica Schmidt, at the New Ohio Theatre from January 22nd; and Toshiki Okada's The Sonic Life Of A Giant Tortoise, in a translation by Aya Ogawa, a look at the harrowing undercurrent of seemingly comfortable professional lives, directed by Dan Rothenberg, in the spring. chashama is located at 210 East 43rd Street, between 2nd and 3rd Avenues; and the New Ohio Theatre is located at 154 Christopher Street, between Greenwich and Washington Streets.

The Greatest Pirate Story Never Told!, a half-scripted, half-improvised swashbuckling family musical, written and originally directed by Christopher Leidenfrost, about a pirate and his crew flung into the future by a wacky sea witch to perform a great pirate epic, with David Anthony, Rebeca Diaz, Christopher Leidenfrost, Risa Petrone, Kevin Maphis and Dan Pivovar, directed by Rick Leidenfrost-Wilson, with choreography by Risa Petrone, and fight choreography by Randy Kiersnowski, will preview from November 2nd at the Snapple Theater Center, opening on December 5th. The Snapple Theater Center is located at 210 West 50th Street at Broadway.

WorkShop Theater Company will stage Philip W Hall's Life On The Mississippi, a play with music adapted from Mark Twain's memoir of his days as a steamboat pilot on the Mississippi River before the Civil War, with Dewy Cadell, Nathan C Crocker, Max Demers, Richard Kent Green, Andrew Hubacher, Steven Louis Kane, Bill Nabel and Jeff Paul, directed by Susanna Frazer, from November 1st. WorkShop Theater Company is located at 312 West 36th Street, between 8th and 9th Avenues.

Red Bull Theatre's 2014 season at the Lucille Lortel Theatre will comprise Joe Orton's Loot, a black farce, with an extremely complicated plot involving stolen money and a dead body, directed by Jesse Berger, from January 9th; and Charles Ludlam's The Mystery Of Irma Vep, a tongue in cheek tribute to gothic horror movies, which borrows liberally from melodramatic film classics, directed by Everett Quinton, from April 10th. The Lucille Lortel Theatre is located at 121 Christopher Street, between Bleecker and Hudson Streets.

The Rumour Machine says: that the current American Repertory Theater production of Robert Schenkkan's All The Way, with Bryan Cranston as Lyndon B Johnson, telling the story of the first whirlwind year of his presidency, directed by Bill Rauch, is aiming for a Broadway transfer early next year, courtesy of producers Jeffrey Richards, Jerry Frankel and Louise Gund; and that this summer's Barrington Stage Company production of the Betty Comden-Adolph Green-Leonard Bernstein musical On The Town, which featured Tony Yazbeck, Jay Armstrong Johnson and Clyde Alves, directed by John Rando, with choreography by Joshua Bergasse, may be Broadway bound next spring. The Rumour Machine grinds on.