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Backstage Whispers overheard by Richard Andrews

Last updated : 18th February 2008

Mark Rylance will reprise his performance in the recent hit London production of Marc Camoletti and Beverley Cross's Boeing-Boeing, the classic 1960s comedy, joined by Bradley Whitford and Christine Baranski, directed by Matthew Warchus, which will preview from April 19th at the Longacre Theatre, with an official opening on May 4th. It tells the story of an English architect living in Paris, with three air hostess fiancees, whose different schedules enable him to keep them apart - until their timetables change. It features scenic and costume design by Rob Howell, lighting by Hugh Vanstone, and sound by Simon Baker. The producers are Sonia Friedman Productions, Bob Boyett, Act Productions, Matthew Byam Shaw, Robert G Bartner and The Weinstein Company.

A new multimedia work (RUS)H, a contemporary story inspired by the tale of Icarus, text and video by James Scruggs, directed by Kristin Marting, with Marc Bovino, Chandra Thomas, Dax Valdes, Luis Vega, and Lathrop Walker, will play at the 3LD Arts and Technology Center from February 27th. The piece incorporates original salsa and tango music and wireless layered video screens manipulated by Bunraku-influenced puppeteers. The 3LD Art and Technology Center is located at 80 Greenwich Street, at Rector Street.

Gotham Chamber Opera will stage the world premiere of Ariadne Unhinged, based on the classical story, directed and choreographed by Karole Armitage, at the Abrons Arts Cetner from May 7th to 11th. The work will feature Emily Langford Johnson and Brenda Patterson alternating in the title role, with Armitage's troupe, Armitage Gone! Dance Company, and 6 musicians. Ariadne, abandoned by her lover and savior Theseus on the island of Naxos, alternates between near-madness and madness. Three musical works from different centuries intertwine to reflect her emotional and psychological states: Monteverdi's 'Lamento d'Arianna', Haydn's solo cantata 'Arianna a Naxos', and Schoenberg's 'Pierrot Lunaire'. The Abrons Arts Center is located at 466 Grand Street, at the corner of Pitt Street.

Nic Ularu's Cherry Orchard Sequel, which picks up the story of Chekhov's The Cherry Orchard 18 years after the final scene, as the characters are struggling to come to terms with the Russian Revolution, with Robyn Hunt, Robert Hungerford, Richard Jennings, Paul Kaufman, John Patrick Driscoll, Zach Hanks, Steven Pearson and Patrick Kelly, directed by Ularu, will preview from February 21st at La MaMa E.T.C, opening on February 24th. La MaMa will also stage Euripides's Medea, in a production featuring life size Bunraku puppets, masks, live music and video projection, designed and directed by Theodora Skipitares, from March 13th in The Annex. The show will include a 'prequel' to the Euripides story of a woman who avenges her husband's betrayal by killing all around her including their children. La MaMa E.T.C. is located at 74A East 4th Street, and The Annex at 66 East 4th Street, between 2nd Avenue and The Bowery.

The Public Theater/LAByrinth Theater's bare bones staging of John Belluso's The Poor Itch, about an injured soldier returned from Iraq who has to face the person he has become, with Michael Chernus, Alicia Goranson, Marc Damon Johnson, Piter Marek, Deidre O'Connell, John Ottavino, Susan Pourfar, and Christopher Thornton, directed by Lisa Peterson, from March 7th to 23rd. Future productions in the series will be Steven Cosson and Michael Friedman's The Civilians' Paris Commune, directed by Cosson, from April 4th to 20th; Naomi Wallace's The Fever Chart: Three Visions Of The Middle East, directed by Jo Bonney, from April 25th to May 11th; Tracey Scott Wilson's The Good Negro, directed by Lisel Tommy, from May 16th to June 1st; Rebecca Cohen's Penalties & Interest, directed by John Gould Rubin, from June 10th to 28th; and Scott Hudson's Sweet Storm, directed by Padraic Lillis, from June 28th to 29th. The Public Theater is located at 425 Lafayette Street, between Astor Place and East 4th Street.

A new dark musical, Attorney For The Damned, adapted from his memoir by Denis Woychuk, with music by Rob McCulloch, featuring Allison Johnson, Ray Fisher, Brian Ferrari, Patrick Mattingly, Maria Dalbotten, Rob Hunter, Julie Megan Smith, Norma Gomez, Amanda Ochoa, Boskim Jeon and Angelina Monirozich, directed by Stephen Vincent Brennan, will play at the Kraine Theater from March 13th. Lawyer Woychuk is the founder and principal owner of KGB Bar and the Kraine Theater, and the show is the story of the fallout after a lawyer secures the release of two clients from a maximum security hospital for the criminally insane. The Kraine Theater is located at 85 East 4th Street, between 2nd and 3rd Avenues.

Theatreworks USA will restage its production of the family musical Junie B Jones, book and lyrics by Marcy Heisler, music by Zina Goldrich, adapted from Barbara Park's book series, with Jennifer Cody, Randy Aaron, Shannon Antalan, Blake Ginther, Sarah Saltzberg and John Scherer, directed by Peter Flynn, with choreography by Devanand Janki, previewing from March 20th at the Lucille Lortel Theatre, opening on March 22nd. The central character experiences a series of angst-ridden first grade situations, all of which she records in her journal. The Lucille Lortel Theatre is located at 121 Christopher Street, between Bleecker and Hudson Streets.

Vampire Cowboys Theatre Company will stage Qui Nguyen's Fight Girl Battle World, with Melissa Paladino, Elena Chang, Noshir Dalal, Jon Hoche, Kelley Rae O'Donnell, Maureen Sebastian, Andrea Marie Smith, Paco Tolson and Temar Underwood, directed by Robert Ross Parker, previewing from 6th March at Center Stage, opening on 9th March. Set in a futuristic universe, it tells the story of the last human female in all the known galaxies, and her quest to find the last human male before alien forces destroy him. Center Stage is located at 48 West 21st Street, 4th Floor, between 5th and 6th Avenues.