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Backstage Whispers overheard by Richard Andrews

Last updated : 16th November 2009

Michael Feinstein and Dame Edna Everage, who had previously announced separate Broadway solo evenings with similar titles, will appear together in a show called All About Me, written by Christopher Durang, directed by Jerry Zaks, previewing from March 6th at a Shubert theatre yet to be announced, with an official opening on March 23rd. The producers are Jeffrey Richards, Jerry Frankel, Robert G Bartner and the Ambassador Theater Group.

The Pearl Theatre Company will stage George Bernard Shaw's Misalliance, a comedy about the behaviour (and misbehaviour) of an Edwardian family on a summer day at their country estate, with Lee Stark, Dan Daily, Robin Leslie Brown, Bradford Cover, Dominic Cuskern, Sean McNall, Steven Boyer, Michael Brusasco and Erika Rolfsrud, directed by Jeff Steitzer, previewing from December 4th at New York City Center Stage II, opening on December 13th. New York City Center is located at West 55th Street between 6th and 7th Avenues.

It's Official! As previously forecast here, August Wilson's Fences, which tells of the struggle of a former Negro League baseball player who finds himself working as a garbage collector in 1950s Pitsburgh, with Denzel Washington, will open at a Broadway theatre yet to be announced in April. The play is part of Wilson's ten play cycle, chronicling the African-American experience in each decade of the 20th Century. Kenny Leon is in negotiations to direct for producers Carol Shorenstein Hays and Scott Rudin.

The Irish Repertory Theatre is to stage the musical Ernest In Love, book and lyrics by Anne Croswell, music by Lee Pockriss, adapted from Oscar Wilde's The Importance Of Being Earnest, styled 'a trivial comedy for serious people' and claimed as the greatest comedy in the English language, directed by Charlotte Moore, with choreography by Barry McNabb, opening on December 20th. The Irish Repertory Theatre is located at 132 West 22nd Street, between 6th and 7th Avenues.

On The Casting Couch: Sarah Paulson and Linda Lavin will star in Donald Margulies's Collected Stories, opening at the Samuel J Friedman Theatre on April 28th.

Living Theatre will stage the premiere of Anne Waldman's Red Noir, a contemporary detective thriller incorporating the themes of film noir, set on the Lower East Side, where the lives of an array of characters intertwine, directed by Judith Malina, previewing from December 7th, opening on December 10th. The cast comprises Camilla de Araujo, Brent Barker, Vinie Burrows, Maylin Castro, Ben Cerf, Sheila Dabney, Jay Dobkin, Luis Christian Dilorenzi, Erin Downhour, Eno Edet, Tjasa Ferme, Ondina Frate, Gemma Forbes, Maria Guzman, Home Hynes, Silas Inches Albert Lamont, Jenna Kirk, Celeste Moratti, Martin Munoz, Lucie Pohl, Marie Pohl, Erik Rodriguez, Judi Rymer, Anthony Sisco, Lori Summers, Enoch Wu and Kennedy Yanko. The Living Theatre is located at 21 Clinton Street, between Houston and Stanton Streets.

Martin Casella's The Irish Curse, a comedy about a group of Irish American men who meet at a weekly self-help group, directed by Matt Lenz, will preview from March 17th at the Soho Playhouse, opening on March 28th. The Soho Playhouse is located at 15 Vandam Street, between Avenue of the Americas and Varick Street. The producers are Sarahbeth Grossman and Craig Zehms.

The Working Theater will stage Mine Eyes Have Seen The Glory: From Douglass To Deliverance, a one man show written and performed by Andre De Shields, which explores the life and achievements Frederick Douglass, who began his life as a slave, but went on to become one of America's most important and influential African American leaders, directed by Alfred Preisser, at the Abingdon Theater, from February 4th. The Abingdon Theatre is located at 312 West 36th Street, between 8th and 9th Avenues.

Future productions by The Play Company will include the world premiere of Kia Corthron's A Cool Dip In The Barran Saharan Crick, about an African engineer taken with the broken ecology of South America, directed by Chay Yew, previewing from March 4th at the Peter Jay Sharp Theatre at Playwrights Horizons, opening on March 28th; and the U.S. premiere of Toshiki Okada's Enjoy, a comedy about Japanese youth culture facing a changing economic reality, directed by Dan Rothenberg, playing from March 27th at 59E59 Theaters. Playwrights Horizons is located at 416 West 42nd Street, between 9th and 10th Avenues, and 59E59 Theaters is located at 59 East 59th Street, between Park and Madison Avenues.

The Artists Theatre Group will stage Hamilton Deane and John L Balderston's 1927 stage adaptation of Bram Stoker's Dracula (which featured Bela Lugosi), directed by Paul Alexander, at the Little Shubert Theatre in mid December. The Little Shubert Theatre is located at 442 West 42nd Street, between 9th and 10th Avenues.

The Rumour Machine says: that the musical American Idiot, whose characters search for meaning in a chaotic world, which has just closed at Berkeley Repertory Theater, music by Green Day, lyrics by Billie Joe Armstrong and book by Armstrong and Michael Mayer, who also directs, with choreography by Steven Hoggett, will transfer to Broadway next year; and that Lombardi, charting the life and times of the American football coach Vince Lombardi, adapted by Eric Simonson from David Maraniss's biography When Pride Still Mattered, is aiming for Broadway next fall, courtesy of producers Tony Ponturo and Fran Kirmser. The Rumour Machine grinds on.