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Backstage Whispers overheard by Richard Andrews

Last updated : 17th August 2008

It has been confirmed that David Mamet's American Buffalo, about a trio of third rate crooks in a Chicago pawnshop who plan the theft of a coin collection, with John Leguizamo and Cedric Kyles (aka Cedric the Entertainer), directed by Robert Falls, will preview from October 31st at a Broadway theatre to be announced, with an official opening on November 17th. The producers are Elliot Martin, Ben Sprecher, Louise Forlenza, Wendy Federman and Nelle Nugent.

59E59 Theaters 2008/2009 season will include The Night Carter Was Bad, a dramatic comedy detailing the misbehaviour and haphazard love life of a commitment-phobe, from September 29th; Outside Inn, a murder mystery that takes place on three continents, as a man who unintentionally participates in the death of his boss assumes his identity and flees, with Roger Grunwald, Markus Hirnigel and Gabriele Schafer, directed by Melanie Dreyer, from October 1st; the musical Improbable Frequency, by Arthur Riordan and Bell Helicopter, which brings together three historical figures as elements in a surreal series of absurd plots to overthrow the British, undermine the Nationalists and subvert the forces of nature in Dublin on 1941, from November 28th; and the premiere of New House Under Construction, written and directed by Alan Hruska, about two married couples approaching forty who reunite in the lake district town where they all grew up, and old rivalries and passions as well as long buried secrets ignite, from December 3rd. 59E59 Theaters is located at 59 East 59th Street, between Park and Madison Avenues.

The Public Theater has announced that the upcoming musical previously known as 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 in the early 20th century, inspired by the colorful lives of the Mizner brothers, has been rechristened Road Show. The production, which will feature Michael Cerveris, Alexander Gemignani, Alma Cuervo, Claybourne Elder and William Parry heading a cast of 15, directed by John Doyle, will preview from October 28th, and open on November 18th. The Public Theater is located at 425 Lafayette Street, between Astor Place and East 4th Street.

The Peccadillo Theater Company's first production at its new home at the Theatre at St Clement's will be Charles MacArthur's Johnny On A Spot, with Margery Beddow, Dale Carman, Jerry Coyle, Laura Daniel, Michael E Lopez, Marc Ginsburg, Wayne Henry, Kevin Kolack, Mark Manley, Bergin Michaels, Robert O'Gorman, Carter Roy, Christian Rummel, Raymond Thorne and Ellen Zolezzi, directed by Dan Wackerman, previewing from September 4th, and opening on September 8th. It concerns the unflagging efforts of a campaign manager to get a drunk and womaniser elected to the U.S. Senate (even after the candidate has dropped dead in a whorehouse). The Theatre at St Clement's is located at 423 West 46th Street, between 9th and 10th Avenues.

Roundabout Theatre Company's production of Henrik Ibsen's Hedda Gabler, in a 'new interpretation' by Christopher Shinn, about an independent and passionate wife suffocating in her life of domesticity, will feature Mary-Louise Parker, directed by Ian Rickson, previewing from January 6th at the American Airlines Theatre, opening on January 25th.

Babalu-cy! - The Art Of Desi Arnaz, written and performed by Greg Purnhagen, backed by a 7 piece Latin band, directed by Gene Castle, will preview from August 23rd at the Actors Temple Theatre, opening on September 17th. The show traces Arnaz's career from his time as a bandleader and singer to his legendary television sitcom partnership with Lucille Ball. The producers are Michael and Barbara Ross. The Actors Temple Theatre is located at 339 West 47th Street, between 8th and 9th Avenue.

Celebrity Autobiography: In Their Own Words, featuring performers reading from the autobiographies and memoirs of the famous and infamous, will play on Monday nights at the Triad Theater from September 8th. Among the performers will be creator Eugene Pack, and Bob Balaban, Rachel Dratch, Susie Essman, Will Forte, Cheyenne Jackson, Kristen Johnston, Richard Kind, Carson Kressley, Andrea Martin, Dayle Reyfel, Tony Roberts, Seth Rudetsky, Claudia Shear, Sherri Shepherd, Michael Urie, Bruce Vilanch, Kristen Wiig, B D Wong, Karen Ziemba and Alan Zweibel. Among the 'authors' featured will be Ivana Trump, Vanna White, Mr T, Star Jones, Kenny Loggins, Tommy Lee, Sylvester Stallone,'N Sync, Zsa Zsa Gabor, David Cassidy, Neil Sedaka, Britney Spears, Madonna, Burt Reynolds and Loni Anderson, as well as Elizabeth Taylor, Eddie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds in one programme. The Triad Theater is located at 158 West 72nd Street, between Columbus and Amsterdam Avenues.

The Actors Company Theatre - TACT's 2008/2009 season at the Beckett Theatre at Theatre Row will comprise Alan Ayckbourn's Bedroom Farce, the story of three married couples, at different stages in their relationships, whose lives intersect over the course of an evening - with self-assembly furniture as an added complication, directed by Jenn Thompson, from October 5th; and Arthur Miller's Incident At Vichy, which takes place in a detention center in Vichy, France, in 1942, where a disparate group of men wait to be interrogated, directed by Scott Alan Evans, from February 22nd. Theatre Row is located at 410 West 42nd Street, between 9th and 10th Avenues.

Unbeatable, a musical with book by Eric Coble, music and lyrics by Todd Schroeder and Kevin Fisher, co-created by director and choreographer Michael Barnard and producer Laurie Frey, based on Frey's journals of her battle with breast cancer, with Kristy Cates, Janet Carroll, John Ashley Brown, Maria-Christina Oliveras, Kathleen Conry, Brian Runbeck, Natalie Ellis, Charity Dawson, Dion Johnson and Walter Belcher, will preview from October 7th at New World Stages, opening on October 10th. New World Stages is located at 340 West 50th Street, between 8th and 9th Avenues.

The Irish Repertory Theatre's 21st season will begin with the world premiere of Frank McGuinness's adaptation of Henrik Ibsen's The Master Builder, directed by Ciaran O'Reilly, previewing from October 10th, opening on October 19th. The play is the story of a renowned but aging builder obsessed with constructing tall spires, who fears the competition from his younger rivals, and a young woman for whom he promised to build a kingdom. The Irish Repertory Theatre is located at 132 West 22nd Street, between 6th and 7th Avenues.