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Backstage Whispers overheard by Richard Andrews

Last updated : 19th April 2010

Eric Simonson's Lombardi, a new play about the legendary American football coach Vince Lombardi, adapted from David Maraniss's biography When Pride Still Mattered, featuring Dan Lauria, directed by Thomas Kail, will preview from September 23rd at the Circle in the Square Theatre, with an official opening on October 21st. It will be produced by the National Football League, with Tony Ponturo and Fran Kirmser.

Signature Theatre Company's 2010/2011 season, featuring the work of Tony Kushner, will comprise Angels In America: A Gay Fantasia On National Themes: Part One: Millennium Approaches - Part Two: Perestroika, directed by Michael Greif; the previously mentioned The Intelligent Homosexual's Guide To Capitalism And Socialism With A Key To The Scriptures, a co-production with the Public Theatre, where it will play; and The Illusion, freely adapted from Pierre Corneille's L'Illusion Comique, a tale of passion and regret, of love, disillusionment and magic, directed by Michael Mayer. The season will also include readings of Tony Kushner's other plays, chosen from A Bright Room Called Day, Tiny Kushner (A New Collection Of One Acts), It's An Undoing World, Or Why Should It Be Easy When It Can Be Hard?, The Henry Box Brown Play, Hydriotaphia, Or The Death Of Dr Browne and Homebody/Kabul.

Lincoln Center Theater will stage the musical A Minister's Wife, book by Austin Pendleton, music by Joshua Schmidt, lyrics by Jan Tranen, adapted from George Bernard Shaw's Candida, about a vicar and his wife with a seemingly perfect marriage, whose idealistic world is turned upside down, when a romantic young poet enters their lives, directed by Michael Halberstam, previewing from April 7th at the Mitzi E Newhouse Theater, opening on May 5th.

Through The Night, a one man show written and performed by Daniel Beaty, telling the story of 6 African-American males, ages 10 to 60, who discover the power of possibility through one extraordinary event, directed by Charles Randolph-Wright, will preview from May 4th at the Riverside Theatre, opening May 7th. The producers are Riverside Theatre, Voza Rivers/New Heritage Theatre and Walk Tall Girl Productions. The Riverside Theatre is located at 91 Claremont Avenue, between 120th and 122nd Streets.

MCC Theater has announced its 25th anniversary 2010/2011 season at the Lucille Lortel Theatre, which will comprise the premiere of Neil LaBute's The Break Of Noon, in which, amidst the chaos and horror of the worst office shooting in American history, a man has a religious experience, directed by Jo Bonney, opening in October, a co-production with the Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles; Sharr White's The Other Place, in which a research scientist's private life takes a frightening turn, and she finds herself drowning in a sea of distorted memory, opening in March; and the premiere of Michael Weller's Side Effects, about a Midwestern couple whose seemingly picture-perfect marriage is actually falling apart, opening in May. The Lucille Lortel Theater is located at 121 Christopher Street, between Bleecker and Hudson Streets.

Forthcoming productions at Theatre Row will include Letters To The End Of The World, in which young man in New York City begins a correspondence with a woman in Zambia, and the friendship takes him halfway around the world, written and directed by Anton Dudley, with Shannon Burkett, Francesca Choy-Kee, Tyrone Mitchell Henderson, Peter O'Connor, and Charles Socarides, from April 29th in The Studio Theatre, an At Hand Theatre Company production; and Eugene O'Neil's Long Day's Journey Into Night, the autobiographical drama about a family addicted to drugs, alcohol, and hurting one another, with Bill Fairbairn, Rebecca Street, Seth Duerr, Alexander Harvey and Julie Jesneck, directed by Seth Duerr, from 28th May in the Lion Theatre, a York Shakespeare Company production. Theatre Row is located at 410 West 42nd Street, between 9th and 10th Avenues.

New York Theatre Workshop will stage Restoration, written by and featuring Claudia Shear, with Tina Benko, Alan Mandell, Danny Mastrogiorgio and Natalija Nogulich, directed by Christopher Ashley, previewing from April 30th, opening on May 19th. It tells the story of a down on her luck Brooklyn art restorer who receives a career reviving job of 'refreshing' Michelangelo's David in time for its quincentennial celebration in Florence. New York Theatre Workshop's 2010/2011 season will include Lillian Hellman's The Little Foxes, about a powerful Southern family who taint everything they touch, with Elizabeth Marvel, directed by Ivo van Hove, opening in September. New York Theatre Workshop is located at 79 East 4th Street, between The Bowery and 2nd Avenue.

The next production by the Irish Repertory Theatre will be White Woman Street, set in Ohio in 1916, telling the story of five outlaws who converge on a town, haunted by dark memories of a visit long ago, written and directed by Sebastian Barry, with Charlie Hudson III, Greg Mullavey, Stephen Payne, Gordon Stanley and Evan Zes, previewing from 7th May, opening on 16th May. The Irish Repertory Theatre is located at 132 West 22nd Street, between 6th and 7th Avenues.

The Rumour Machine says: that How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying, the satirical musical about the corporate world, music and lyrics by Frank Loesser, book by Abe Burrows, Jack Weinstock and Willie Gilbert, featuring Daniel Radcliffe, directed and choreographed by Rob Ashford, is aiming for Broadway next spring, courtesy of Broadway Across America, Craig Zadan and Neil Meron; and that a new musical The Book Of Mormon, book by Trey Parker and Matt Stone, music and lyrics by Robert Lopez, telling the story of two young Mormon missionaries sent off to spread the word in a dangerous part of Uganda, co-directed by Jason Moore and Trey Parker, is aiming for Broadway next March, courtesy of producers Scott Rudin and Anne Garefino. The Rumour Machine grinds on.