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Backstage Whispers overheard by Richard Andrews

Last updated : 20th January 2014

The recent London production of Martin McDonagh's The Cripple Of Inishmaan, in which a young man desperate to break away from the tedium of daily life tries to achieve his dream, with the original cast comprising Daniel Radcliffe, Ingrid Craigie, Padraic Delaney, Sarah Greene, Gillian Hanna, Gary Lilburn, Conor MacNeill, Pat Shortt and June Watson, directed by Michael Grandage, will transfer to Broadway, previewing at the Cort Theatre from April 12th, with an official opening on April 20th. The design team comprises scenery and costumes by Christopher Oram, lighting by Paule Constable, and sound by Alex Baranowski. The producers are Michael Grandage Company, Arielle Tepper Madover, L T D Productions, Martin McCallum, Stephanie P McClelland, Stacey Mindich, Starry Night Entertainment and The Shubert Organization.

The Roundabout Theatre Company has announced further shows in its 2014/2015 season. Michael Frayn's Noises Off, showing the onstage and behind the scenes travails of a group of actors performing in a touring production of a farce, directed by Jeremy Herrin, will play at the American Airlines Theatre from next January; and Tom Stoppard's Indian Ink, in which a free-spirited English poet travels through India in the 1930s, and her younger sister tries to preserve her legacy in 1980s England, directed by Carey Perloff, will play at the Laura Pels Theatre at The Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre in September. The Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre is located at 111 West 46th Street, between 6th and 7th Avenues.

Second Stage Theatre will stage Jon Robin Baitz's The Substance Of Fire, the story of a family bound by a proud past but facing an uncertain future, directed by Trip Cullman, previewing from April 22nd, opening on May 12th. Second Stage Theatre is located at 305 West 43rd Street, at 8th Avenue.

Thomas F Flynn's Bikeman: The 9/11 Theatrical Experience, adapted from his book Bikeman, chronicling the morning of September 11th 2001 through the eyes of a veteran journalist reporting live from the shadows of the Twin Towers, with Robert Cuccioli, Irungu Mutu, Angela Pierce, Elizabeth Ramos and Richard Topol, directed by Michael Bush, will preview from January 26th at the BMCC Tribeca Performing Arts Center, opening on February 18th. The producers are Marc Agger and William Brown. The BMCC Tribeca Performing Arts Center is located at 199 Chambers Street, between Greenwich and West Streets.

New Federal Theatre at the Castillo Theatre will stage the premiere of Clare Coss's Dr Du Bois And Miss Ovington, capturing a moment of crisis between two of the founders of the NAACP: the educator, human rights activist, African-American Dr W E B Du Bois and Mary White Ovington, a white Unitarian granddaughter of abolitionists, with Timothy Simonson and Kathleen Chalfant, directed by Gabrielle L Kurlander, currently previewing, opening on January 30th; and Ed Bullins's The Fabulous Miss Marie, set at a party in the Wilshire section of Los Angeles in the early 1960's, just before the Watts rebellion, from April 17th. The Castillo Theatre is located at 543 West 42nd Street, between 10th and 11th Avenues.

The Broadway League has published its survey of the 2012/2013 season, 'The Demographics of the Broadway Audience'. The report is based on data collected at 34 productions over 68 performances, selected to represent a variety of Broadway offerings and performances through the year. Tourists made up 66% of tickets sold, with 23% coming from abroad, the largest percentages since this survey began. Women continued to be the majority of audiences, making up 68% of the total, but there was a rise in young ticket buyers, as the average theatergoing age dropped to 42.5, and the season attracted the highest percentage of theatregoers age 18-24 (14% or 1.6m admissions) in the history of this analysis. The average Broadway theatregoer saw 4 shows, with play fans seeing 7 and musical fans seeing 3. Word of mouth was the most influential factor in show selection, and 41% of respondents said they purchased their tickets online. Further information can be found on the Broadway League web site via the link from Organisations in the Links section of New York TheatreNet.

The Public Theater will stage the premiere of Scott Z Burns's The Library, in which a young woman who survives a deadly shooting at her high school, and struggles to tell the tale to her family and the authorities, as the media begins to portray her in a different light, with Chloe Grace Moretz, directed by Steven Soderbergh, previewing from March 25th, opening on April 15th. The Public Theater is located at 425 Lafayette Street, between Astor Place and West 4th Street.

The Rumour Machine says: that Hugh Jackman will star in Jez Butterworth's The River, set in a remote cabin on the cliffs on a moonless night, directed by Ian Rickson, on Broadway in early 2015, courtesy of producer Sonia Friedman; and that Disney is planning to produce a stage adaptation of its latest animated film Frozen, loosely based on Hans Christian Andersen's The Snow Queen, screenplay by Jennifer Lee and Chris Buck, score by Bobby Lopez, Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Chrisophe Beck. The Rumour Machine grinds on.