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Backstage Whispers overheard by Richard Andrews

Last updated : 18th October 2010

It's Official! As previously forecast here, the musical Annie, book by Thomas Meehan, music by Charles Strouse, lyrics by Martin Charnin, based on the comic strip character Little Orphan Annie, created by Harold Gray, set in Depression era New York, directed by James Lapine, will open on Broadway in the fall of 2012. The producers are by Arielle Tepper Madover, Roger Horchow, Sally Horchow, Roger Berlind, Jane Bergere, Roy Furman, Stacey Mindich, Daryl Roth and Nederlander Presentations.

Culture Project will stage the premiere of Colin Greer's Imagining Heschel, exploring the issues of faith, violence and forgiveness in the Jewish and Catholic worlds, with Richard Dreyfuss and Rinde Eckert, directed by Larry Moss, previewing from November 4th at the Cherry Lane Theatre, opening on November 8th. The Cherry Lane Theatre is located at 38 Commerce Street, between Barrow and Bedford Streets.

Eliza Clark's Edgewise, a drama that details life in a suburban burger joint, will receive its premiere, with Brandon Dirden, Philip Ettinger, Aja Naomi King, Alfredo Narciso and Tobias Segal, directed by Trip Cullman, previewing from November 9th at Walkerspace, opening on November 17th. The producers are The Play Company and Page 73. Walkerspace is located at 46 Walker Street, between Church Street and Broadway.

The Amoralists theatre company will stage Ghosts In The Cottonwoods, written and directed by Adam Rapp, with William Apps, James Kautz, Nick Lawson, Sarah Lemp, Mandy Nicole Moore and Matthew Pilieci, previewing from November 11th at Theatre 80 St Marks, opening on November 13th. A single mother and her younger son await the arrival of her older son, who has broken out of prison, but two others arrive before him: a stranger with a wounded leg and a girl with a suitcase. Theatre 80 St Marks is located at 80 St Marks Place, between 1st and 2nd Avenues.

Wide Eyed Productions will stage Brian Watkins's The Prairie Plays, a double bill exploring questions of myth, family, heritage, faith and fear, comprising My Daughter Keeps Our Hammer, the story of two clashing sisters who agree on only one thing: they hate the family sheep, their mother's only friend, with Amy Lee Pearsall and Katie Schorr, directed by Anthony Reimer; and High Plains, a confessional by young drifter who is haunted by a cruel childhood secret that has finally caught up with him, performed by Brian Watkins, directed by Kristin Skye Hoffmann, opening at Under St Marks on November 4th. Under St Marks is located at 94 St Marks Place, between 1st Avenue and Avenue A.

On The Casting Couch: Janet Dacal, Darren Ritchie, Tituss Burgess, Jose Llana, Karen Mason, Kate Shindle and Edward Staudenmayer will head the cast of the Gregory Boyd-Jack Murphy-Frank Wildhorn-Jack Murphy musical Wonderland. A New Alice. A New Musical, opening at the Marquis Theatre on April 17th

The Michael Chekhov Theatre Company will stage Carlo Goldoni's The Servant Of Two Masters, the comedy del' arte classic about a man who tries to make his fortune by taking two masters at the same time, with Steve Abbruscato, Emily Dahlke, Luigi DiGangi, David Elyha, Peter Giser, Marken Greenwood, Katie Hilliard, Krysten Kimmett, Arash Mokhtar, Annarosa Mudd and John Rice, directed by Peter Giser, at the 45th Street Theatre, opening on November 1st. 45th Street Theatre is located at 354 West 45th Street, between 8th and 9th Avenues.

D B Gilles's Sparkling Object, in which the strained relationship between a college professor and his troubled 19 year old daughter, becomes even worse when a dark secret from his past comes back to haunt him, directed by Michael Rau, opening at the Canal Park Playhouse on November 3rd. Canal Park Playhouse is located at 508 Canal Street, between Greenwich and Washington Streets.

The Drilling Company Theatre will stage Eric Henry Sanders's Reservoir, a reimagining of Buchner's Woyzeck as the unsettling homecoming of a Mideastern War veteran that reveals how the tragedy of a distant war seethes within us, with Amanda Dillard, Alessandro Colla, McKey Carpenter, Brian D Hill and Karla Hendrick, directed by Hamilton Clancy, opening on November 4th. The Drilling Company Theatre is located at 236 West 78th Street, between Broadway and Amsterdam Avenue.

Cirque du Soleil's Wintuk, in which cast of 50 performers employ circus arts, theatrical effects and music, to tell the story of a New York boy and three companions, who journey to the Arctic to find snow, and bring it back to the city for the holidays, returns to the Theater at Madison Square Garden for a final season, opening on November 17th.

Cake Productions will stage Andrew Bovell's Speaking In Tongues, a partner swapping, film noir thriller, in which two couples put their own estranged lives in perspective as they share the stories that changed them forever, with Francesca Day, Marta Kuersten, Brooke Berry, Sarah Brill, Joachim Boyle, David Douglas, Christopher Halladay, Bryan Kaplan and Christopher McLinden, directed by Louis Wells, opening at the 4th Street Theatre on 4th November. The 4th Street Theatre is located at 83 East 4th Street, between Bowery and 2nd Avenue.