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Backstage Whispers overheard by Richard Andrews

Last updated : 19th September 2011

It's Official! As previously forecast here, Hugh Jackman will bring his solo show, now retitled Hugh Jackman, Back On Broadway, to the Broadhurst Theatre for an 8 week season, previewing from October 25th, with an official opening on November 10th. Jackman performs a personal selection of his favorite musical numbers that reflect on his life and career, staged by Warren Carlyle, backed by an 18 piece orchestra. The design team comprises scenery by John Lee Beatty, costumes by William Ivey Long, lighting by Ken Billington, projection and video by Alexander V Nichols, and sound by John Shivers. The producers are Robert Fox and The Shubert Organization.

Soho Rep's 2011/2012 season will include Elective Affinities, a solo play by David Adjmi, in which a witty octogenarian offers a funny and savage portrait of cultured life, from November 17th; Marius von Mayenburg's The Ugly One, about a man whose life is changed when he is made aware that he is ugly, directed by Daniel Aukin, from January 26th; and Anton Chekhov's Uncle Vanya, in a new version by Annie Baker, a story of unrequited love, dogged perseverance, and the strength of the human spirit, with Reed Birney, directed by Sam Gold next June. Soho Rep is located at 46 Walker Street, between Broadway and Church Street.

The York Theatre Company's Musicals In Mufti series of semi-staged performances will continue with The Housewives' Cantata, music by Mira J Spektor, lyrics by June Siegel, following the stories of three women, one of whom becomes the first female President of the United States, directed by Karen Carpenter, playing from October 21st to 23rd; and Tomfoolery, a revue featuring the words and music of Tom Lehrer, created by Cameron Mackintosh and Robin Ray, directed by Pamela Hunt, playing from October 28th to 30th. The York Theatre Company's Theatre at Saint Peter's is on 54th Street, between Lexington and 3rd Avenues.

Standing On Ceremony: The Gay Marriage Plays, a group of short plays on the subject of marriage equality, by Jordan Harrison, Jeffrey Hatcher, Moises Kaufman, Joe Keenan, Neil LaBute, Wendy McLeod, Jose Rivera, Paul Rudnick and Doug Wright, directed by Stuart Ross, will preview from October 18th at the Minetta Lane Theatre, opening on October 24th. The producers Joan Stein and Richard Frankel. The Minetta Lane Theatre is located at 18 Minetta Lane, between 6th Avenue and MacDougal Street.

On The Casting Couch: Darrie Lawrence, Margaret Nichols, Lynn Wright and Richard Thieriot will feature in A R Gurney's Children, opening at the Beckett Theatre at Theatre Row on October 27th; Alice Ripley, Patrick Breen, John Behlmann, Gideon Glick, Jay Armstrong Johnson and Daniel Stewart Sherman will feature in Thomas Higgins's Wild Animals You Should Know, opening at the Lucille Lortel Theatre on November 20th; and Laura Osnes and Jeremy Jordan will be joined by Melissa van der Schyff, Claybourne Elder, Joe Hart and Louis Hobson in the Ivan Menchell-Frank Wildhorn-Don Black musical Bonnie & Clyde, opening at the Schoenfeld Theatre, on December 1st.

The Lincoln Center White Light Festival will present 38 artists and companies from 16 countries in 8 venues on and off the Lincoln Center campus, from October 20th to November 19th. Highlights will include the music theatre piece Desdemona, text by Toni Morrison, music by Rokia Traore, a meditation on male/female relations, violence, and the transcendent power of love, inspired by William Shakespeare's Othello, directed by Peter Sellars; Illumination By Jennifer Tipton, collaborative projects by lighting designer Jennifer Tipton, comprising Necessary Weather, with choreographer/dancer Dana Reitz and dancer Sara Rudner, and Spectral Scriabin, celebrating ideas about colour and music, performed by pianist Eteri Andjaparidze; and the Huelgas Ensemble performing Utopia, focusing on Renaissance polyphony, and Medieval Apocalypse, exploring the period 1200 to 1400, when social and musical forces were in great flux. Further information can be found on the Lincoln Center web site, via the link from Major Venues & Companies in the Links section of New York TheatreNet.

Rupert Holmes's Say Goodnight Gracie: The Love, Laughter And Life Of George Burns And Gracie Allen, a one man bioshow about the legendary vaudeville and television comedian, performed by Joel Rooks, with Didi Conn as the voiceover of Gracie Allen, directed by John Tillinger, will preview from October 14th at St Luke's Theatre, opening on October 30th. The executive producer is William I Franzblau. St Luke's Theatre is located at 308 West 46th Street, between 8th and 9th Avenues.

Sugar Valley Theatricals will stage Kim Porter's Munched, about Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy, questioning the treatment of women in the health care system, with Patricia R Floyd, Tanya Everett, Althea Alexis and Jonathan William, directed by Petronia Paley, opening at Manhattan Theatre Source on November 6th. Manhattan Theatre Source is located at 177 MacDougal Street, between 8th Street and Waverly Place.

The Rumour Machine says: that Roundabout Theatre Company may stage the Betty Comden-Adolph Green-Cy Coleman musical On The Twentieth Century, adapted from the Ben Hecht-Charles MacArthur 1932 comedy set aboard the luxury train en route from Chicago to New York, as a Broadway producer tries to convince a famous movie actress to sign a contract with him, in an effort to revive his failing career, featuring Kristin Chenoweth; and that a revised version of Lynn Nottage's By The Way, Meet Vera Stark, charting a 70 year journey of an African-American maid and budding actress, and her relationship with her boss, a white Hollywood star desperately trying to hold on to her career, seen recently at Second Stage Theatre, directed by Jo Bonney, may be remounted on Broadway next year, courtesy of producer Elizabeth Ireland McCann. The Rumour Machine grinds on.