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Backstage Whispers overheard by Richard Andrews

Last updated : 18th June 2007

A new musical, The Glorious Ones, book and lyrics by Lynn Ahrens, music by Stephen Flaherty, directed and choreographed by Graciela Daniele, will preview from October 11th at the Mitzi E Newhouse Theater at Lincoln Center, with an official opening on November 5th. The story traces the lives of a touring troupe of commedia dell'arte players in the Italian Renaissance of the 17th century, and is inspired by a novel by Francine Prose. William Shakespeare's Cymbeline, a saga of politics, the supernatural and love, set in 1st century England, involving the King, his extended family and an attempted Roman invasion, directed by Mark Lamos, will preview from 1st November at the Vivian Beaumont Theater at Lincoln Center, with an official opening on December 2nd.

The LAByrinth Theater Company has announced its 2007/2008 season of new works at The Public Theater. It will comprise Bob Glaudini's A View From 151st Street, with 'cops, rappers, dealers, teachers, hustlers, husbands and wives in the rhythms of rap, raw humor, aphasic staccato and live jazz', directed by Peter DuBois; and Brett C Leonard's Unconditional, in which nine New York stories converge in a racially and sexually charged tale of rage, love, justice and betrayal, directed by Mark Wing-Davey; plus developmental productions of Rebecca Cohen's Penalties & Interest, a dark comedy about the insular existence of office life, directed by John Gould Rubin; and Scott Hudson's Sweet Storm, in which clouds, heavy rain and strong wind sweep in on young lovers up a tree, directed by Padraic Lillis. The Public Theater is located at 425 Lafayette Street, between Astor Place and East 4th Street.

Atlantic Theater Company's 2007/2008 season will comprise five world and one New York premieres. At the Linda Gross Theater: Lucy Thurber's Scarcity, the tale of two siblings whose aspirations to escape the confines of poverty and small town life conflict with their sense of family responsibility, opening on August 29th; Peter Parnell's Trumpery, examining what it means to live in a Darwinian universe from the point of view of the man who discovered the idea, opening on November 14th; Jez Butterworth's Parlour Song, which explores what happens when two ordinary people discover they hate who they have become, directed by Neil Pepe, opening on February 8th; and Conor McPherson's Port Authority, weaving together the stories of three generations of Irishmen as they experience loss, failure and the elusiveness of love, directed by Henry Wishcamper opening on April 30th. At Atlantic Stage 2: Ethan Coen's Three Short Plays, directed by Neil Pepe, opening in January; and Annie Baker's Body Awareness, a satire on political correctness, directed by Karen Kohlhaas, opening in May. The Linda Gross Theatre is located at 336 West 20th Street, between 8th and 9th Avenues, and Atlantic Stage 2 is at 330 West 16th Street, between 8th and 9th Avenues.

It's Official! As previously forecast here, the National Theatre London production of The Seafarer, in which the arrival of a stranger from the past disturbs a night of drinking and cards at a run down house in Dublin, written and directed by Conor McPherson, will preview from October 17th, ahead of a November 15th opening, at a Shubert theatre to be announced. It will retain the original design team of set and costumes by Rae Smith, lighting by Neil Austin and sound by Matthew Smethurst-Evans. The producer is Boyett-Ostar Enterprises.

The Town Hall has announced its Summer Broadway Festival, conceived by Scott Siegel, a series of Monday night events featuring Broadway performers. A Night At The Operetta, on July 16th, with a cast including Christianne Noll, Sarah Jane McMahon, Douglas Ladnier and Marc Kudisch, will celebrate the music of Sigmund Romberg, Rudolf Friml and Victor Herbert, as well as other composers of the genre; Broadway's Rising Stars, on July 23rd, hosted by Siegel, will feature students from New York City's performing arts schools and programs; and All Singin! All Dancin!, on July 30th, directed and choreographed by Noah Racey, will comprise Kimberly Ziemba, Nancy Anderson, Joyce Chittick, Sean Martin Hingston, Nancy Lemenager, Julia Murney, Rachelle Rak, Megan Sikora and others, interpreting musical theatre's greatest songs. The Town Hall is located at 123 West 43rd Street, between 6th Avenue and Broadway.

Roundabout Theatre Company is to open a new space this fall, Roundabout Underground, a 65 seater black box theatre, located below the company's Off Broadway home, the Laura Pels Theatre, in an initiative to develop and nurture new talent, curated by Robyn Goodman. It will launch with Stephen Karam's Speech & Debate, a black comedy centred on three teenagers, examining what, if anything, it means to be an adult, directed by Jason Moore, previewing from October 5th, opening on October 29th. The Laura Pels Theatre is located at 111 West 46 Street, between 6th and 7th Avenues.

Ground UP Productions will present The People vs Mona, music and lyrics by Jim Wann, book by Jim Wann and Patricia Miller, with Richard Binder, Mariand Torres, Karen Culp, Natalie Douglas, Marcie Henderson, Omri Schein, David Jon Wilson, Dan Bailey, Jason Chimonides and Ritt Henn, directed by Laura Standley, with choreography by Jill Gorrie, previewing from 12th July at the Abingdon's June Havoc Theatre, opening on 18th July. The comedy murder mystery takes place at the trial of a night club owner, with her defense attorney up against a prosecutor who happens to be his fiance, during which the town's many secrets are revealed. Abingdon's June Havoc Theatre is located at 312 West 36th Street, between 8th and 9th Avenues.

The Rumour Machine says: that Jake Gyllenhaal may make his Broadway debut later this season in Farragut North, a new play by Beau Willimon, about a communications director for an inspiring, though unorthodox, presidential candidate, directed by James Lapine; that the Stephen Sondheim-John Weidman musical Bounce, inspired by the colorful lives of the Mizner brothers (first produced at Goodman Theatre in Chicago in 2003) may receive its New York premiere at the Public Theater, directed by John Doyle, early next year; and that Annette Bening will star in Joanna Murray-Smith's The Female Of The Species, about a feminist writer forced to confront both her vices and virtues, on Broadway next April. The Rumour Machine grinds on.