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Backstage Whispers overheard by Richard Andrews

Last updated : 16th May 2011

The Vinyard Theatre will stage a Developmental Lab production of the musical Now. Here. This., book by Hunter Bell and Susan Blackwell, music and lyrics by Jeff Bowen, based on collaboration by Hunter Bell, Michael Berresse, Susan Blackwell, Heidi Blickenstaff, Jeff Bowen, and Larry Pressgrove, directed by Michael Berresse, the team that created and performed [title of show], from May 23rd. The Vineyard's 2011/2012 season will include the premiere of Nicky Silver's The Lyons, a tragi-comedy about a family in crisis; and a Developmental Lab production of the musical Andra, The Brick & The Landing, book and lyrics by Greg Pierce, music by John Kander, a 4 handed musical in 3 acts, telling 3 different stories of people confronting what it means to get what they want. The Vineyard Theatre is located at 108 East 15th Street, between Union Square East and Irving Place.

It's Official! As previously forecast here, Silence! The Musical, book by Hunter Bell, music and lyrics by Jon and Al Kaplan, an unauthorized parody of the movie The Silence Of The Lambs, with Brent Barrett, Jenn Harris, Stephen Bienskie, Harry Bouvy, Deidre Goodwin, Jeff Hiller, Howard Kaye and Alysha Umphress, directed and choreographed by Christopher Gattelli, will play at Theatre 80 from June 24th. The producers are Victoria Lang, Rich Affannato and Donna Trinkoff. Theatre 80 is located at 80 St Marks Place, between 1st and 2nd Avenues.

Atlantic Theater Company will stage the American premiere of Simon Stephens's Bluebird, about the life of a London cabbie, featuring Simon Russell Beale, with Tobias Segal, Kate Blumberg, Mary McCann and Todd Weeks, directed by Gaye Taylor Upchurch, previewing from August 9th at Atlantic Stage 2, opening on August 22nd. Atlantic Stage 2 is located at 330 West 16th Street, between 8th and 9th Avenues.

A touring production of the musical version of Peter Pan, book by J M Barrie, music by Moose Charlap, lyrics by Carolyn Leigh, additional songs music by Jule Styne, lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green, with Cathy Rigby, Tom Hewitt and Kim Crosby, directed by Glenn Casale, with choreography by Patti Colombo, will play at the Theater at Madison Square Garden from December 14th to 30th. Rigby's return to the role of Peter, which she has played in over 3,000 performances, will be documented in a 2 hour special on PBS in August.

Roundabout Theatre Company will stage Stephen Karam's Sons Of The Prophet, a dark comedy about a Lebanese family in Pennsylvania, in crisis, with Joanna Gleason, directed by Peter DuBois, previewing from September 20th at the Laura Pels Theatre at the Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre, opening on October 20th, produced in association with Huntington Theatre Company. The Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre is located at 111 West 46th Street, between 6th and 7th Avenues.

Manhattan Theatre Club's 2011/2012 season will include the premieres of at the Friedman Theatre: David Auburn's The Columnist, about an influential Washington journalist in the changing world of the 1960s, previewing from January 4th, opening on January 26th; and at New York City Center Stage 1: Zoe Kazan's We Live Here, a portrait of a contemporary family coming together through grief and celebration, previewing from September 22nd, opening on October 12th; and Molly Smith Metzler's Close Up Space, in which an obsessive book editor on a major deadline faces a multitude of crises, with David Hyde Pierce, directed by Leigh Silverman, previewing from December 1st, opening on December 19th.

The Drilling Company will stage its 19th free Shakespeare in the Park(ing) Lot, season, with The Comedy Of Errors, about twin brother masters with twin brother servants, directed by Kathy Curtiss, from July 7th to July 23rd, and Hamlet, exploring treachery, revenge, incest and moral corruption, directed by Hamilton Clancy, from July 28th to August 13th, performed in a municipal parking lot at the corner of Ludlow and Broome Streets.

On The Casting Couch: Jess Burkle, Joe Curnutte, Frank De Julio, Roe Hartrampf, Roderick Hill, Max Jenkins, Brad Koed, Jerry Marsini, Devin Norik, Will Rogers and Nick Westrate will feature in Tony Speciale's Unnatural Acts, opening at the Classic Stage Company on June 23rd.

Resonance Ensemble will stage H4, adapted from William Shakespeare's history plays Henry IV Parts 1 & 2, in which the heir to the throne, hiding from his destiny in the seediest outreaches of society, must learn to adapt to the ways of being a king, or be engulfed by the onslaught of the fierce conspiracy against his father's reign, with Michael Chmiel, Allegra Libonati, Michael Nathanson, Brian Silliman, Dorothy Abrahams, Alice Bahlke, Joie Bauer, Brian D Coats, Joe Jung, Jensen Olaya, Steven Pounders and Timothy McCown Reynolds, directed by Allegra Libonati, in repertory with Steven Fechter's Shakespeare's Slave, which imagines what might have happened if Shakespeare had suffered writer's block and his later plays had been written by one of London's first African slaves, with Chris Ceraso, Zack Calhoon, Lucille Duncan, Nancy Nagrant, Romy Nordlinger, Steven Pounders, David L Townsend, Stewart Walker and Shaun Bennet Wilson, directed By Eric Parness, previewing from May 22nd at the Clurman Theatre at Theatre Row, opening on May 25th. Theatre Row is located at 410 West 42nd Street, between 9th and 10th Avenues.

New Worlds Theatre Project will stage the first English version of I D Berkovich's Yiddish drama Under The Cross, adapted by Ellen Perecman, about the troubled relationship between successful Jewish businessman and his son, who converted to Christianity while exiled in Russia, with Charles Roby, Anthony Laurent, Trish Mccall, Dan Bielinski, James Nugent, Caroline Ryburn, Timothy Roselle and Sonja Rzepski, directed by David Winitsky, at the June Havoc Theatre from June 3rd. The June Havoc Theatre is located at 312 West 36th Street, between 8th and 9th Avenues.