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Backstage Whispers overheard by Richard Andrews

Last updated : 15th March 2010

Unchain My Heart - The Ray Charles Musical, a biomusical about the composer and performer, book by Suzan-Lori Parks, score by Ray Charles, directed by Sheldon Epps, with choreography by Kenneth L Roberson, will preview from October 8th at a Shubert theatre yet to be announced, with an official opening on November 7th. The design team will comprise scenery by Riccardo Hernandez, costumes by Paul Tazewell, lighting by Donald Holder, and sound by Carl Casella. The producer is Stuart Benjamin.

This year's Lincoln Center Festival of music, dance and theatre, will run from July 7th to 25th, across the Lincoln Center campus and on Governors Island in New York Harbor. Highlights will include: Hisashi Inoue's Noh-inspired Musashi, depicting a ruthless hunt for revenge between two 17th century samurai, with Tatsuya Fujiwara and Ryo Katsuji, directed by Yukio Ninagawa; Peter Stein's 12 hour adaptation of Dostoyevsky's The Demons, inspired by a vision of Russia collapsing under the weight of conflicting ideologies; Toneelgroep Amsterdam's Teorama, adapted and directed by Ivo van Hove from the novel by Pier Paolo Pasolini, that the unravelling of a middle class family after a mysterious stranger visits and changes their lives forever; Complicite's A Disappearing Number, conceived and directed by Simon McBurney, inspired by the story of Indian mathematician Srinivasa Ramanujany; Rezo Gabriadze puppet theatre's Ermon And Ramona, the story of an improbable love affair between a locomotive and a shunting engine in Soviet Russia; and Bill T Jones and Arnie Zane Dance Company's Fondly Do We Hope... Fervently Do We Pray, investigating the many meanings of Abraham Lincoln - the Great Emancipator, the U.S. President and the man. Further information can be found on the LCF web site, via the link from Festivals, in the Links Section of New York TheatreNet.

Down Payment Productions will stage the New York premiere of Sarah Myers's The Realm, with Amy Bodnar, Emma Galvin, Aaron Simon Gross, Timur Kocak, Jessica Pohly and Amy Temple, directed by Jessica Fisch, previewing from April 2nd at The Wild Project, opening on April 3rd. In a world where resources are scarce and everything is rationed, two rebellious teenagers struggle in search of a life they cannot be sure exists. The Wild Project is located at 195 East 3rd Street, between Avenues A and B.

The cast of the Golden Globe Award winning television series Glee is to embark on a 4 city concert tour, with Glee Live! In Concert!, conceived by creator, writer and director Ryan Murphy, featuring songs from the series, which will include dates at Radio City Music Hall from May 28th to 30th. Appearing in the concerts will be Lea Michele, Cory Monteith, Amber Riley, Chris Colfer, Kevin McHale, Jenna Ushkowitz, Mark Salling, Dianna Agron, Naya Rivera, Heather Morris, Harry Shum Jr and Dijon Talton, but Matthew Morrison will not participate.

The world premiere of The Metal Children, written and directed by Adam Rapp, with Billy Crudup, will preview from May 4th at the Vineyard Theatre, opening on May 19th. It tells the story of a New York writer and his explosive encounter with a small American town where he goes to defend one of his young adult novels, which has been banned by the local school board. The Vineyard Theatre is located at 108 East 15th Street, between Union Square East and Irving Place.

The Abingdon Theatre Company will stage the New York premiere of John Morogiello's Engaging Shaw, about the unlikely but true relationship between playwright George Bernard Shaw and wealthy socialite Charlotte Payne-Townshend, with Warren Kelley, Marc Geller, Jamee Vance and Claire Warden, directed by Jackob G Hofmann, previewing from April 9th at the Dorothy Strelsin Theatre, opening on April 18th. The Dorothy Strelsin Theatre is located at 312 West 36th Street, between 8th and 9th Avenues.

New York City Opera's 2010/2011 season will include Seance On A Wet Afternoon, libretto and music by Stephen Schwartz, with Lauren Flanigan and Kim Josephson, directed by Scott Schwartz. It is adapted from the novel by Mark McShane, and its 1964 film noir adaptation, in which a trance medium hatches a plot to kidnap the daughter of a neighboring family, intending to find the girl through psychic communication, and so gain the fame she craves, but the plot goes awry, as her fragile sanity begins to break down.

New York City Ballet's 2010/2011 season will include the sung ballet The Seven Deadly Sins, libretto by Bertolt Brecht, music by Kurt Weill, originally choreographed by George Balanchine for a leading character to be portrayed by both an actress and a dancer, with Patti LuPone, choreographed by Lynne Taylor-Corbett.

Urban Stages will stage the world premiere of Langston In Harlem, a biomusical about the poet Langston Hughes, music by Walter Marks, lyrics by Langston Hughes, book by Hughes, Marks and director Kent Gash, with Josh Towers, Jordan Barbour, Francesca Harper, Boise Holmes, Dell Howlett, Krisha Marcano, Kenita Miller, Gayle Turner, Glenn Turner and C Kelly Wright, choreographed by Byron Easley, previewing from April 9th, opening on April 14th. Urban Stages is located at 259 West 30 Street, between 7th and 8th Avenues.

Atlantic Theater Company will stage the world premiere of Stephen Belber's Dusk Rings A Bell, in which a couple meet for the first time 25 years after a one night stand, and review the different paths their lives have taken, directed by Sam Gold, previewing from 19th May, opening on 27th May. Atlantic Stage 2 is located at 336 West 20th Street, between 8th and 9th Avenue.