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Backstage Whispers overheard by Richard Andrews

Last updated : 19th October 2008

Roundabout Theatre Company will stage Samuel Beckett's Waiting For Godot, with Nathan Lane and Bill Irwin, directed by Anthony Page, previewing from April 10th at Studio 54, with an official opening on April 30th. The play (in which, famously, 'nothing happens - twice'), sees two men by a roadside amuse themselves with a comical wordplay of poetry, dreamscapes and nonsense, as they wait for someone to arrive. The previously announced production of Bob Fosse's Dancin' at Studio 54 will be postponed until the 2009/2010 season.

Frank McGuinness's Gates Of Gold, inspired by the relationship between Hilton Edwards and Micheal MacLiammoir, founders of the Gate Theatre in Dublin, directed by Lonny Price, will open at 59E59 Theaters on January 27th. The producers are Artists Theatre Group, Sally Jacobs and Warren Baker. 59E59 Theaters is located at 59 East 59th Street, between Park and Madison Avenues.

Will Ferrell will make his Broadway debut in a solo show, You're Welcome America: A Final Night With George W Bush, directed by Adam McKay, which will preview from January 20th at the Cort Theatre, with an official opening on February 1st.

The U.S. premiere of Swiss playwright Lukas Barfuss's The Sexual Neuroses Of Our Parents, translated by Neil Blackadder, with Grace Gummer, Laura Heidinger, Kathryn Kates, Max Lodge, Charlie Mitchell, Jim Noonan and Peter O'Connor, directed by Kristjan Thor, will preview from November 6th at Wild Project, opening on November 11th. It is the story of a young girl who, after ten years on tranquillizers, emerges with an insatiable sexual appetite that pits her against a secret and deviant adult world. The producer is Electric Pear Productions. Wild Project is located on 195 East 3rd Street between Avenues A and B.

Liza Minnelli will play in Liza's At The Palace . . .!, with Cortes Alexander, Jim Caruso, Tiger Martina and Johnny Rodgers, directed and choreographed by Ron Lewis, for a 2 week season at the Palace Theatre, from December 3rd. The performance, scripted by Minnelli and David Zippel, will include a tribute to the 1940s nightclub act of Minnelli's godmother, Kay Thompson. The producers are John Scher/Metropolitan Talent Presents and Jubilee Time Productions.

The 5th annual Broadway Unplugged concert, created and hosted by Scott Siegel, with Broadway artists performing without microphones, will be staged at The Town Hall on November 17th. The event will feature American musical theatre songs performed by around 20 artists, including Ashley Brown, Robert Cuccioli, Jeff McCarthy, Jenn Collela, Marc Kudisch, William Michals, Devan May and Bill Daugherty. The Town Hall is located 123 West 43rd Street, between 6th Avenue and Broadway.

Manhattan Repertory Theatre will stage the world premiere of Jon Courie's Carapace Isle, a comedy in which a young woman returns to her parents' home, seeking support and comfort, but finds a dose of Southern-fried family dysfunction, with Athena Masci, Rachel Charlop-Powers, Grace Savage, Jim Speak and Wanda O'Connell, directed by Michele Pawk, from November 8th. Manhattan Repertory Theatre is located at 303 West 42nd Street, at 8th Avenue.

The final production in Second Stage Theatre Company's 2008/2009 season will be Everyday Rapture, a semi-autobiographical story of a young woman's psycho-sexual-spiritual journey from Kansas to Manhattan, written by and featuring Sherie Rene Scott, created in collaboration with Dick Scanlan, directed by Michael Mayer, opening in April. Second Stage Theatre is located at 307 West 43rd Street, at 8th Avenue.

Queen's Company will stage an all female production of William Shakespeare's Twelfth Night, the romantic comedy of mistaken identity, deception and self discovery, with Dionne Audain, Virginia Baeta, Karen Berthel, Aysan Celik, Amy Driesler, Meredith Forlenza, Natalie Lebert, Gisele Richardson, Indika Senanayake, Carey Urban and Kari Washington, directed by Rebecca Patterson at Urban Stages, from November 8th. Urban Stages is located at 259 West 30th Street, between 7th and 8th Avenues.

On The Casting Couch: Mercedes Ruehl and Lily Rabe will head the cast of Richard Greenberg's The American Plan, opening at the Samuel J Friedman Theatre on January 2nd; and Christine Ebersole will be joined by Angela Lansbury and Rupert Everett in Noel Coward's Blithe Spirit, opening at a yet to be announced Broadway theatre on February 26th.

In house productions in the current season at Dicapo Opera Theatre will include the New York premiere of Fantastic Mr Fox, music by Tobias Picker, libretto by Donald Sturrock, adapted from Roald Dahl's children's novel about the Fox family's revenge against the farmers trying to evict them, directed by Walter Sutcliffe, opening on December 13th; the American premiere of Janacek's Sarka, based on a Bohemian legend of a maiden warrior, opening on February 19th; and a new production of Rossini's L'Italiana in Algieri, directed by Michael Capasso, opening on April 16th. Visiting shows include La Guardia, Tony Lo Bianco's humorous and poignant entertainment telling of the life and times of New York City's 99th and greatest Mayor: Fiorello La Guardia, playing from October 21st. The Dicapo Opera Theatre is located at 184 East 76th Street, between 3rd and Lexington Avenues.

Sam Foreman's The Rise And Fall Of Annie Hall, a comedy charting a writer's attempts to turn Woody Allen's movie into a Broadway musical, with Noah Bean, Dan Fogler, Kate Gersten, Erica Newhouse and Charles Socarides, directed by Sam Gold, will play at the Lion Theatre at Theatre Row from October 24th. The producer is Stage 13. Theatre Row is located at 410 West 42nd Street, between 9th and 10th Avenues.

Funeralogues, conceived and performed by Stacy Mayer, written by Robert Charles Gompers, directed by Molly Marinik, will preview from November 7th at the All Souls Chapel, opening on November 15th. The darkly comedic look at the inside of funeral homes, funeral rituals and one woman's personal obsession with death, uses actual text from real life eulogies, from a tribute to soldiers lost in Afghanistan to Martin Luther King's eulogy for three child victims of a Birmingham church bombing. All Souls Chapel is located at 1157 Lexington Avenue, between 79th and 80th Streets.