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Backstage Whispers overheard by Richard Andrews

Last updated : 19th December 2011

The Classic Stage Company production of David Ives's Venus In Fur, which goes behind the scenes at an audition for a play adapted from the infamous erotic novel, where the lines between fantasy and reality blur, with Nina Arianda, directed by Walter Bobbie, which has just ended a limited run at the Samuel J Friedman Theatre, will be remounted at the Lyceum Theatre from February 7th. The producers are Jon B Platt, Scott Landis, Jessica R Jenen and Scott M. Delman.

The Gallery Players will stage the musical A Man Of No Importance, book by Terrence McNally, music by Stephen Flaherty, lyrics by Lynn Ahrens, adapted from the 1994 film, set in Dublin in the 1960s, a tale of family, friendship and acceptance, about a bus conductor who runs a community theatre group, directed by Hans Friedrichs, with choreography by Christine O'Grady, opening on January 28th. The Gallery Players Theater is located at 199 14th Street, Park Slope, Brooklyn, between 4th and 5th Avenues.

On The Casting Couch: Kathryn Erbe, Seth Numrich, Noah Galvin and Libby Woodbridge will form the cast of Daniel Talbott's Yosemite, opening at the Rattlestick Theater on January 26th; and Janeane Garofalo, Daniel Oreskes, Morgan Spector, Sarah Steele and Raviv Ullman will feature in Erika Sheffer's Russian Transport, opening at the Acorn Theatre at Theatre Row on January 30th.

The U.S. premiere of Gary Duggan's Dedalus Lounge, a tale of louche living in contemporary Dublin, with Anthony Rapp, Dee Roscioli and James Kautz directed by Chris Henry, will preview from January 8th, at the Interart Theatre Annex, opening on January 12th. The producers are Interart Theatre and Royal Family Productions. Interart Theatre Annex is located at 500 West 52nd Street, 2nd Floor, between 10th and 11th Avenues.

The York Theatre Company will stage Ionescopade, a 'musical vaudeville' taken from the works of absurdist playwright Eugene Ionesco, originally conceived by Robert Allan Ackerman, music and lyrics by Mildred Kayden, directed and choreographed by Bill Castellino, previewing from January 23rd, opening on February 2nd. The York Theatre Company's Theatre at Saint Peter's is on 54th Street, between Lexington and 3rd Avenues.

Righteous Money, written and performed by Michael Yates Crowley, a comedy in which a financial advice show hosted by a foul-mouthed, unapologetic billionaire, goes increasingly out of controlled as he tries to justify his wealth, directed by Michael Rau, at 3LD Art & Technology Center and The Red Room from January 4th. The 3LD Art & Technology Center is located at 80 Greenwich Street, at Rector Street, and The Red Room is located at 85 East 4th Street, between 2nd and 3rd Avenues.

Dixon Place and Drama of Works will stage the premiere of Erin Courtney, Rachel Hoeffel and Crystal Skillman's Leakey's Ladies, a multidisciplinary production exploring the work of the primatologists studying and saving great apes, Jane Goodall, Dian Fossey, and Birute Galdikas, who were inspired by the scientist Louis Leakey, with Meghan Williams, Tatiana Pavela, Amy Carrigan, Scott Weber, Patrick Shearer, Emily Hartford, Joseph Garner, Molly Kohl, Melissa Mendez, Julia Smith, directed by Gretchen Van Lente, previewing on January 12th, opening on January 13th. Dixon Place is located at 161 Chrystie Street, between Rivington and Delancey Streets.

Let's Put On A Show!: Theatre Production For Novices, by Stewart F Lane, published by Subtext, is a one-stop, reader friendly handbook for anyone producing a play or musical. Lane - Broadway producer, Tony Award winner, co-owner/operator of New York's Palace Theatre and member of the Board of the League of American Theatres and Producers - guides readers through the entire process from idea to ovation. Fundamentals covered include selecting a show, finding a theatre space, putting together a creative team, holding auditions and making casting decisions, scheduling rehearsals, promoting the show, and handling all the basic elements of bringing a production from page to stage. Lane offers ways to keep everyone involved working together, and solutions to the problems that occur in every show. This is a true compendium - straight from the horse's mouth.

Flux Theatre will stage Erin Browne's Menders, about a pair of new recruits mending the wall that guards their city from an unnamed threat, inspired by Robert Frost's poem Mending Wall, directed by Heather Cohn, at The Gym at Judson Memorial Church, from January 19th. The Gym at Judson Memorial Church is located at 55 Washington Square South, at Thompson Street.

The Storm Theatre Company will stage George Lillo's 18th century play The London Merchant, the story of a young apprentice led astray by a courtesan, with Spencer Aste, Joe Danbusky, Michelle Kafel, Jessica Myhr, Megan Stern, Patrick Woodall and Harlan Work, directed by Peter Dobbins, at the Theatre at the Church of Notre Dame from January 6th. Theatre at the Church of Notre Dame is located at 405 West 114th Street, at Morningside Drive.

The Rumour Machine says: that William Shatner will play a 3 week season of his one man show Shatner's World: We Just Live In It at the Music Box Theatre in February; that a revised version of Flashdance The Musical, book by Tom Hedley, book and lyrics by Robert Cary, music and lyrics by Robbie Roth, adapted from the 1983 film, about a welder and part time exotic dancer who dreams of winning a place at a dance school and becoming a ballet dancer, which played in London last year, is aiming for Broadway next fall, directed and choreographed by Sergio Trujillo, courtesy of producers Thomas Viertel, Steven Baruch, Richard Frankel and Marc Routh; that lyricist/director Martin Charnin is working on a new musical relating the further adventures of Cinderella's stepmother and stepsisters, examining what makes someone beautiful and desirable, called Skin Deep, with producer Barbara Portman; and that writer/actor Mike Myers is working on a musical featuring the character Austin Powers, as a prequel to the films, which will include the music of Burt Bacharach and Elvis Costello, possibly to be directed by Casey Nicholaw, which is being developed by Theatre Ventures, to be produced by Colin Callender and Sonia Friedman. The Rumour Machine grinds on.