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Backstage Whispers overheard by Richard Andrews

Last updated : 17th September 2012

The Drama League has launched its Fall 2012 Charity Auction of theatrical goodies, for which bidding will continue until October 4th. Highlights include VIP/Opening Night tickets, including backstage visits and meet and greets with the stars, to shows including Glengarry Glen Ross, If There Is I Haven't Found It Yet, Vanya And Sonia And Masha And Spike, Nice Work If You Can Get It, Once, Spiderman: Turn Off The Dark and The Mystery Of Edwin Drood, and much more besides. The full list can be found at DramaLeague

The Transport Group will stage the musical The Memory Show, book and lyrics by Sara Cooper, music by Zach Redler, the story of a mother and daughter and their struggle to make sense of their relationship when faced with disease and hardship, with Catherine Cox and Leslie Kritzer, directed by Joe Calarco, at The Duke on 42nd Street from April 14th. The Duke on 42nd Street is located at 229 West 42nd Street, between 7th and 8th Avenues.

Marvell Rep will stage Sholem Asch's God Of Vengeance, translated by Joseph C Landis, about a brothel owner whose dreams of striking a bargain with God to keep his daughter pure are decimated when she falls in love with one of his girls, with Sam Tsoutsouvas, Joy Franz, Leanne Agmon, Joel Bernstein, Elizabeth Stahlmann, Stacey Linnartz, Jason Emanuel, Rachel Claire, Molly Stoller, Thomas Benton and William Krakauer, previewing from October 2nd, opening on Octover 7th and Frank Wedekind's Spring's Awakening, about the sexual stirrings of young people in a world where parents, ministers and teachers create an atmosphere of shame, silence and ignorance, with Giuseppe Bausilio, Dalton Harrod, Bart Shatto, Geddeth Smith, William Metzo, Anne Newhall, Rosalinda Perron, Leanne Agmon, Steven Braunstein, Ethan Navarro, Charlotte Astrid, Lauren Lopes, Logan Riley Bruner, Larry Saperstein, Solon Carter, Terren Klein, Thomas Benton, Jill Usdan, George Kennedy, William Krakauer and Molly Stoller, previewing from October 8th, opening on October 14th, then playing in repertoire at the TBG Theatre, both directed by Lenny Leibowitz. The TBG Theatre is located at 312 West 36th Street, between 8th and 9th Avenues.

The Public Theater will stage the premiere of the musical Fun Home, book and lyrics by Lisa Kron, music by Jeanine Tesori, adapted from Alison Bechdel's graphic memoir about her relationship with her father in the family funeral home, with Judy Kuhn, Roberta Colindrez, Beth Malone and Joel Perez, directed by Sam Gold, with choreography by David Neumann, from October 17th. Kate Baldwin, Brian d'Arcy James and P J Griffith will head the cast of the Michael John LaChiusa-Sybille Pearson musical Giant, opening at the Public Theater on November 13th. The Public Theater is located at 425 Lafayette Street, between Astor Place and West 4th Street.

The new musical The Other Josh Cohen, book, music and lyrics by David Rossmer and Steve Rosen, the story of a good guy trying to break a streak of incredibly bad luck but faced with a moral dilemma in order to do so, featuring David Rossmer and Steve Rosen playing the lead character now and as he was a year before, with Kate Wetherhead, Vadim Feichtner, Hannah Elless and Ken Triwush, directed by Ted Sperling, with choreography by Andrew Palermo, will preview from October 10th at the SoHo Playhouse, opening on October 21st. The producers are Amas Musical Theatre in association with Scandobean Productions. The SoHo Playhouse is located at 15 Vandam Street, between 6th and Varick Street.

A comedy sci‐fi thriller rock musical Bedbugs!!!, book and lyrics by Fred Sauter, music by Paul Leschen, about a lone exterminator hell‐bent on ridding New York City of its bloodsucking infestation, with Chris Hall and Brian Charles Rooney, directed and choreographed by Robert Bartley, will preview from October 19th at the ATA Chernuchin Theatre, opening on October 21st. The producer is Dale Joan Young. The ATA Chernuchin Theatre is located at 314 West 54th Street, between 8th and 9th Avenues.

Dave Malloy's Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet Of 1812, a section of Tolstoy's War And Peace adapted into a libretto, set to an original score that merges Russian folk and classical music with indie rock, electronica, and organ-influenced cadences, performed as an environmental experience, with Phillipa Soo, Lucas Steele, Dave Malloy, Brittain Ashford, Amber Gray, Amelia Workman, Gelsey Bell, Nick Choksi, Blake Delong and Paul Pinto, directed by Rachel Chavkin, will play at Ars Nova from October 1st. Ars Nova is located at 511 West 54th Street, between 10th and 11th Avenues.

Axis Theatre will stage Last Man Club, written and directed by Randy Sharp, about one of the desolate families who refused to abandon their land and stayed behind during the Dust Bowl in the 1930s, with Spencer Aste, Brian Barnhart, David Crabb, George Demas, Britt Genelin and Lynn Mancinelli, from October 4th. Axis Theatre is located at 1 Sheridan Square, between West 4th Street and Washington Place.

WorkShop Theater Company will stage the premiere of Gary Giovannetti's Tarragona, a comedy about the joys, heartbreaks and risks of living in an increasingly interconnected world, with C K Allen, Tom Berdik, Lori Faiella, Stephen Girasuolo, Cecily Benjamin Hughes, Lidia Ornero and Jonathan Weber, directed by Elysa Marden, previewing from October 4th, opening on October 6th. WorkShop Theater is located at 312 West 36th Street, between 8th and 9th Avenues.

The Rumour Machine says: that Renee Zellweger may make her Broadway debut in Anthony Tambakis's stage adaptation of Walter Tevis' novel The Hustler, about an ambitious pool shark and the doomed woman who loves him, to be directed by Gavin O'Connor. The Rumour Machine grinds on.