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Backstage Whispers overheard by Richard Andrews

Last updated : 18th May 2009

It has been confirmed that Nathan Lane, Bebe Neuwirth, Terrence Mann, Carolee Carmello, Kevin Chamberlin, Jackie Hoffman, Zachary James, Adam Riegler, Wesley Taylor and Krysta Rodriguez will star in The Addams Family, a new musical with an original story featuring the macabre characters created by illustrator Charles Addams, book by Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice, music and lyrics by Andrew Lippa, directed and designed by Phelim McDermott and Julian Crouch, with choreography Sergio Trujillo, which will begin previews on March 4th at a Broadway theatre to be announced, with an official opening on April 8th. The producers are Stuart Oken, Roy Furman, Michael Leavitt and Five Cent Productions, by arrangement with Elephant Eye Theatrical. The show will play a pre Broadway season at the Ford Center for the Performing Arts, Oriental Theatre in Chicago, opening on November 12th.

The New York Musical Theatre Festival has announced the titles of productions in its Next Link Project: Academy, book, music and lyrics by John Mercurio, conceived and developed by Andrew Kato, the story of Faust set in a college; All Fall Down, book by Greg Turner, music and lyrics by Selda Sahin, what follows after a perfect college student jumps from his dorm window; Fantasy Football: The Musical?, book, music and lyrics by David Ingber, how two guys set out to create the ultimate sports fan experience; Fat Camp, book by Randy Blair and Timothy Michael Drucker, music by Matthew roi Berger, lyrics by Randy Blair, exploring the trials and tribulations of being 'the fat kid'; Marrying Meg, book, music and lyrics by Mark Robertson, a 17th century poet finds life fails to measure up to heroic ballads; Mo Faya, book and music by Eric Wainaina, additional music by Joshua Mwai, Morris Otis Omollo and Helen Akoth Mtawali, about a land grab in contemporary Nairobi; My Illustrious Wasteland, book, music and lyrics by Tod Kimbro, sci-fi and social satire in a wildly imagined future America; Open The Dark Door, book, music and lyrics by David Lefort Nugent, examining a town crippled by fear and troubled by its past; Plagued, book and lyrics by Vynnie Meli, music by Casey L. Filiaci, Cinderella: the next generation; Rainbow Around The Sun, music and lyrics by Matthew Alvin Brown, book and additional lyrics by Tom Stuart, adapted from the album and film of the same name; Seeing Stars, book by Shelley McPherson, music by Don Breithaupt, lyrics by Jeff Breithaupt, boxing rivals in 1930s Hell's Kitchen; and The Toymaker, book, music and lyrics by Bryan Putnam, a desperate search that spans the globe and time itself. NYMF runs from September 28th to October 18th.

Eric Lane's Heart Of The City, with Melissa Leo, Neal Huff, Scott Kerns, Marcia Jean Kurtz and Melissa Miller, directed by Martha Banta, will play at the Theatre at 30th Street from June 11th. A quintessential New York tale, it combines humour, joy, sorrow, love and romance, in the stories of a group of characters pursuing their hopes and dreams. The producers are Fern Kershon and Orange Thought Productions. The Theatre at 30th Street is located at 259 West 30th Street, between 7th and 8th Avenues

The New York premiere of Anna Zeigler's Dov And Ali, in which an orthodox Jew and a strict Muslim get caught in cultural crossfire in a school in Detroit, with Utkarsh Ambudkar, Heidi Armbruster, Anitha Gandhi and Adam Green, directed by Katherine Kovner, will preview from June 5th at the Cherry Lane Studio, opening on June 12th. The Cherry Lane Studio is located at 38 Commerce Street, between Barrow and Bedford Streets.

Someone In Florida Loves Me, written and directed by Jane Pickett, with Lisa Louttit, Ana Perea and T M Bergman, will preview from June 6th at The Paradise Factory Theater, opening on June 14th. It is the story of two residents in a Brooklyn boarding house whose relationship is kick started by the arrival of a childhood friend. The Paradise Factory Theater is located at 64 East 4th Street, between 2nd and 3rd Avenues.

The Amish Project, a one person play written and performed by Jessica Dickey, a fictional work inspired by a tragic, real life schoolhouse shooting in an Amish community, directed by Sarah Cameron Sunde, will preview from June 4th at Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, opening on June 10th. It is a co-production with Nora Productions. Rattlestick Playwrights Theater is located at 224 Waverly Place, between West 11th and Perry Streets.

The Shalimar in association with the Ontological-Hysteric Incubator will stage Nastaran Ahmadi's Strangers, music by Anthony Gabriele, with Kim Gainer, Brad Love, Daniel Popa, Franny Silverman, Jen Taher, Joey Williamson and Peter Allen Stone, directed by Shoshona Currier, with choreography by Pavel Zustiak, at The Ontological Theater at St. Mark's Church from May 28th. The show, mixing film noir, green card marriages, movie musical fantasies and the romance of escapism, was inspired by the company's interviews on immigration with people in cross-cultural relationships. St Mark's Church is located at 131 E.10th Street at 2nd Avenue.

Jaradoa Theater will stage a new musical Shafrika, The White Girl, book and lyrics by Anika Larsen, music by Tim Acito, Joshua Henry and Janice Lowe, with Anika Larsen, Chloe Campbell, Anthony Comis, Joamer Gonzalez, Stephen Gelpi, Chris Harbur, John Harrison, Ricardo Hinoa, Amanda Hunt, Stephanie Martinez, Zonya Love, Liz Picolli, Elizabeth Racanelli, Eileen Rivera, Lawrence Stallings, Shelley Thomas and Gregory Treco, co-conceived and directed by April Nickell, with choreography by Luis Salgado, at The Vineyard Theatre from June 12th. It is inspired by Anika Larsen's life growing up in Cambridge, MA in a 'rainbow family' of 9 brothers and sisters who are Black, White, Asian, Latino, and Native American. The Vineyard is located at 108 East 15th Street, between Union Square East and Irving Place.

The Moose Hall Theatre Company's Inwood Shakespeare Festival will present free outdoor performances of William Shakespeare's The Merchant Of Venice, directed by Ted Minos, from June 3rd to 20th, and Bram Stoker's Dracula, adapted and directed by Ted Minos, from July 15th to August 1st. The productions will be performed Wednesdays to Saturdays in Inwood Hill Park Peninsula, entrances at West 218th Street and Indian Road, and Isham Street and Seaman Avenue.

The Wild Project will stage Lisa Ebersole's Mother, which concerns an eccentric family and a champagne fueled New Year's holiday of revelations and rivalries in a West Virginia resort, with Buck Henry, Holland Taylor, Lisa Ebersole and Haskell King, directed by Andrew Grosso, previewing from July 8th, opening on July 11th. The Wild Project is located at 195 East 3rd Street, between Avenues A and B.

The Rumour Machine says: that the current Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Washington production of the Stephen Flaherty-Lynn Ahrens-Terrence McNally musical Ragtime, with a cast headed by Ron Bohmer, Quentin Earl Darrington, Manoel Felciano and Christiane Noll, directed and choreographed by Marcia Milgrom Dodge, may be Broadway bound; and that the Steppenwolf Theatre Company production of Tracy Letts's Superior Donuts, a comedy about life in a run down uptown Chicago donut shop, which originally featured Michael McKean, directed by Tina Landau, will be remounted on Broadway in the fall, courtesy of producer Steve Traxler. The Rumour Machine grinds on.