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Backstage Whispers overheard by Richard Andrews

Last updated : 17th January 2011

Forthcoming productions in the current season at Dicapo Opera Theatre will include Gian Carlo Menotti's The Saint Of Bleecker Street, the story of a young girl in Little Italy who has stigmata, hears voices and sees visions, directed by Michael Capasso, opening on February 24th; and Tchaikovsky's Eugene Onegin, opening on April 29th. The Dicapo Opera Theatre is located at 184 East 76th Street, between 3rd and Lexington Avenues.

The 2011 Works & Process At The Guggenheim series of events in the Peter B Lewis Theater will include a new dance piece by Donald Byrd and Pam Tanowitz set to the music of John Zorn, with Ashley Tuttle, on February 27th and 28th; Watermill Quintet, a series of theatre-dance performances curated by Robert Wilson, with Marianna Kavallieratos, Ryan Mitchell Andrew Ondrejcak, Jason Akira Somma and Carlos Soto, on March 13th and 14th; a new dance piece by Lynne Taylor-Corbett set to David Del Tredici's 'Grosse Tarantella', featuring the Young People's Chorus of New York City, on March 27th and 28th; and a preview of the New York Theatre Workshop/Playwrights Horizons production of the Joy Gregory-Gunnar Madsen musical The Shaggs: Philosophy Of The World, based on the true story of a man who aimed to make stars out of his 3 musically ungifted daughters, directed by John Langs, on April 17th and 18th. Each 80 minute event includes a post performance discussion with the artists. The Guggenheim Museum is located at 1071 5th Avenue at 89th Street.

The 36th annual Samuel French Off Off Broadway Original Short Play Festival, Manhattan's oldest short play festival, will take place from July 19th to 24th, at the Lion Theatre at Theatre Row. Participants are selected based on a rating system developed by Samuel French and Love Creek Productions. The 40 selected plays are performed for a panel of 18 judges, who select 6 finalists to be performed on the last day, with members of Samuel French's editorial department attending, to offer publication contracts to authors of selected plays. Over 360 companies and schools from the U.S. and abroad have participated in the festival through the years, and Samuel French has published 187 of the submitted plays. The closing date for submissions is March 11th. Further information and an application form can be found on the Samuel French web site, via the link from The Emporium in the Links section of New York TheatreNet.

On The Casting Couch: Alan Campbell, Elizabeth Stanley, Nikka Graff Lanzarone, Blake Daniel, Jonathan Hammond, Rachel Bay Jones, Robert Lenzi, Alexandra Silber, Bob Stillman and Max von Essen will feature in Hello Again, Michael LaChiusa's contemporary musical adaptation of Arthur Schnitzler's La Ronde, opening at 52 Mercer Street on March 20th; and Ben Stiller, Edie Falco and Jennifer Jason Leigh will be joined by Alison Pill, Christopher Abbott, Mary Beth Hurt and Halley Feiffer in John Guare's House Of Blue Leaves, opening at the Walter Kerr Theatre on April 25th.

Between Worlds, a dance theatre piece fusing Flamenco dancing with percussion, directed by Pablo Croce, choreographed by Siudy, Roberto Castillo, Jesus Orta and Brian Abadia, will preview from March 4th at New World Stages, opening on March 20th. Twenty two performers from around the globe will 'drum and dance in a kinetic blend of Flamenco, urban dance and percussion to create a multi-sensory theatrical experience'. New World Stages is located at 340 West 50th Street, between 8th and 9th Avenues.

The biannual 20at20 event will run from January 24th to February 6th, during which Off Broadway shows will offer $20 tickets at the box office starting 20 minutes before show time. Over 30 participating shows will include The Awesome 80s Prom, Danny And Sylvia: The Danny Kaye Musical, The Devine Sister, The Fantasticks, The Flying Karamazov Brothers, Freckleface Strawberry The Musical, Fuerza Bruta, Gazillion Bubble Show, Love, Loss And What I Wore, Naked Boys Singing, Perfect Crime and Stomp. Off Broadway's flexible scheduling means that on Saturdays it is possible to see 5 shows for the price of 1 Broadway ticket. Those theatregoers who see 7 or more of the shows are eligible to receive a voucher for a free dinner. Further information can be found on the 20at20 web site, via the link from Festivals & Events in the Links section of New York TheatreNet.

The musical Tomorrow Morning, book, music and lyrics by Laurence Mark Wythe, about a couple, both when they are about to marry, and 10 years later, when they are about to divorce, directed and choreographed by Tom Mullen, will preview from March 21st at The York Theatre Company, opening on March 30th. It is a co-production with Hilary A Williams. The York Theatre Company's Theatre at Saint Peter's is located in Citigroup Center on 54th Street, between Lexington and 3rd Avenues.

Atlantic Theater Company will produce Jenny Worton's stage adaptation of Ingmar Bergman's 1961 film Through A Glass Darkly, about a woman on a recuperative holiday with the three most important men in her life, who decides to take control of her own destiny, with Carey Mulligan, directed by David Leveaux, previewing from May 13th at New York Theatre Workshop, opening on June 6th. It is a co-production with Andrew Higgie, Back Row Productions and Debbie Bisno. New York Theatre Workshop is located at 79 East 4th Street, between The Bowery and 2nd Avenue.

The Rumour Machine says: that Baby It's You!, a musical about the making of the '60s pop group The Shirelles, book by Floyd Mutrux and Colin Escott, using the Shirelles back catalogue, possibly featuring Beth Leavel, directed by Sheldon Epps, is aiming for a Broadway debut at the Broadhurst Theatre in the spring; that last fall's Steppenwolf Theatre Company production of Lisa D'Amour's Detroit, in which a suburban barbecue to welcome new neighbours soon veers out of control, directed by Austin Pendleton, is looking for a Broadway transfer next fall, courtesy of producers Jeffrey Richards, Jerry Frankel and Debbie Bisno; and a stage adaptation of John Carney's 2006 film Once, about a struggling Irish street musician, book by Enda Walsh, score by Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova, directed by John Tiffany, with musical staging by Steven Hoggett, is also aiming for Broadway in the fall, courtesy of producers John N Hart, Patrick Milling Smith, Fred Zollo, Barbara Broccoli and Michael G Wilson. The Rumour Machine grinds on.