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Last updated : 16th June 2008

The big winners in this year's Tony Awards were South Pacific with 7 awards, including Best Revival Musical, Paulo Szot - Best Actor Musical, and Bartlett Sher - Best Director Musical; August: Osage County with 5, including Best Play, Anna D Shapiro - Best Director Play and Deanna Dunagan - Best Actress Play (Leading); and In The Heights with 4, including Best Musical, Best Score and Andy Blankenbuehler - Best Choreography. Best Actress Musical went to Patti LuPone for Gypsy, and Best Actor Play went to Mark Rylance for Boeing-Boeing. 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.

The 2008/2009 season at the Public Theater will include the musical Bounce, book by John Weidman, music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, the story of two brothers and their attempts to grab a piece of the American dream, inspired by the colorful lives of the Mizner brothers, directed by John Doyle, in late October; Danny Hoch's Taking Over, which chronicles the current gentrification of New York City through the voices of the locals, the developers and the incomers, directed by Tony Taccone; the world premiere of John Guare's A Free Man Of Color, a racially charged re-telling of America's coming of age set in New Orleans in 1802, with Mos Def and Jeffrey Wright, directed by George C Wolfe; Tracy Scott Wilson's The Good Negro, which uncovers the human story at the heart of the 1960's American civil rights movement, directed by Liesl Tommy, a co-production with the Dallas Theater Center; the world premiere of Christopher Durang's Why Torture Is Wrong, And The People Who Love Them, a black comedy looking at private terrors both at home and abroad through a young bride with a lot of worries; and Craig Lucas's The Singing Forest, the story of three generations of a family across the world, whose lives are intertwined despite the secrets that have torn them apart, directed by Bartlett Sher.

The Continuum Company, which is composed of alumni of New York University's Graduate Acting Program, will stage Tempest Tossed, a 90 minute, 3 actor take on William Shakespeare's The Tempest, the tale of a sorcerer shipwrecked on a magic island, with Nadia Bowers, Andre Holland and Shane McRae, directed by Jim Calder, at Classic Stage Company from July 10th to 20th, as a curtain raiser to CSC's full scale production of the play featuring Mandy Patinkin in September. Classic Stage Company is located at 136 East 13th Street, between 3rd and 4th Avenues.

The Town Hall has announced its second Summer Broadway Festival, conceived by Scott Siegel, a series of Monday night events featuring Broadway performers. A Night At The Operetta, on July 14th, with a cast including Nancy Anderson, Christine Andreas, John Easterlin, Alexander Gemignani, Jason Graae, Marc Kudisch, William Michals and Jennifer Hope Wills, directed by Dan Foster, will celebrate the music of Sigmund Romberg, Rudolf Friml and Victor Herbert, as well as other composers of the genre; Broadway's Rising Stars, on July 21st, will feature students from New York City's performing arts schools and programs, directed by Emily Skinner and Scott Coulter; and All Singin! All Dancin!, on July 28th, will feature a cast of Broadway regulars, directed by Siegel, with choreography by Josh Rhodes, interpreting musical theatre's greatest songs. The Town Hall is located at 123 West 43rd Street, between 6th Avenue and Broadway.

Sintroca, in association with the Ontological-Hysteric Incubator, will stage Lasanta, created and directed by Madeleine Bernatchez and Efren Degadillo Jr, with choreography by Shannon Gillen, featuring Ali Ahn, Marjuan Canady, Elsa C. Carette, Faryn Einhorn, Hazuki Homma, Emma Angulo Ramos, Tom Lipinski, Juan Francisco Villa and Samantha Yonack, at the Ontological Theater from June 26th. With text inspired by crime writers like Raymond Chandler, Mexican song lyrics and the live musical accompaniment, the show explores the fantasy and fallout of love. The Ontological Theater is located in St Mark's Church, 131 East 10th Street at 2nd Avenue.

Beauty 4 Ashes will stage Russell Davis's The Last Good Moment Of Lily Baker, about two couples who return to the country inn where they honeymooned together, but find they no longer have much in common. with Maggie Cummings, Alex Manning, Shawn Parsons and Brooke Speelman, who also directs, at the Shetler Studios from 20th June. The Shetler Studios are located at 244 West 54th Street, 12th Floor, between Broadway and 8th Avenue.

The world premiere of Tony Glazer's Stain, a dark comedy that centers on the crumbling life of a 15 year old boy, and the complicated relationships he has with his family and friends, with Karina Arroyave, Joanna Bayless, Peter Brensinger, Summer Crockett Moore, Jim O'Connor and Tobias Segal, directed by Scott C Embler, will preview from July 11th at The Kirk Theatre at Theatre Row, opening on July 23rd. Theatre Row is located at 410 West 42nd Street, between 9th and 10th Avenues

Barefoot Theatre Company will stage the world premiere of Dog Day Afternoon, based on the bank hostage that inspired the 1975 film, written and directed by Francisco Solorzano, with Jeremy Brena, Charles Casano, John Gazzale, Lydia Gladstone, John Harlacher, Betty Hudson, Kendra Leigh Landon, Ruben Luque, Victoria Malvagno, Amanda Plant, Lorriane Rodriguez, Gil Ron, Francisco Solorzano, Anika Solveig, Joli Tribuzio and Steven R Weinblatt, from July 16th at The Studio Theatre at Theatre Row.

TKO Entertainment will stage Ken Miyamoto's Hana Ichimomme, performed by Seiko Tano, directed by Tano and Tetsuya Chiba, previewing from 2nd July at the Bank Street Theatre. On the pilgrimage island of Shikoku after Japan's defeat in World War II a woman tells her story, of a mother forced to part with her child. It will be performed in Japanese with English subtitles. Bank Street Theatre is located at 155 Bank Street, between Washington and West Streets.

The Rumour Machine says: that Jeremy Irons and Joan Allen will star in the world premiere of Michael Jacobs's Impressionism, about a world travelling photojournalist and a New York gallery owner who discover each other - and that there might be an art to repairing broken lives, directed by Jack O'Brien, on Broadway next spring; and that New York City Opera have commissioned Charles Wuorinen to write an opera based on Annie Proulx's Brokeback Mountain, to be staged in 2013. The Rumour Machine grinds on.