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Backstage Whispers overheard by Richard Andrews

Last updated : 21st February 2011

Roundabout Theatre Company has announced some of the productions in its 2011/2012 season. Bob Fosse's Dancin', the dance revue featuring Fosse's show and movie choreography, directed by Graciela Daniele, will play at Studio 54 in the fall; and in the Laura Pels Theatre, Stephen Karam's Sons Of The Prophet, a brutally funny play about a Lebanese family in Pennsylvania in crisis, directed by Peter DuBois, will open in the fall, a co-production with Huntington Theatre Company, Boston; and John Osborne's Look Back In Anger, the revolutionary 1950s play that introduced the concept of the 'angry young man' directed by Sam Gold, will open in the winter.

Broadway Bears, the 14th annual auction to benefit Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, featuring a host of teddy bears dressed in costume as characters from Broadway shows, many autographed by the original stars, will be held at B B King Blues Club & Grill, on March 6th. Among the bears so far announced are from American Idiot, The Addams Family, The Importance Of Being Earnest, La Bete, Wicked, and, of course, Spiderman. Last year's auction raised a total of $101,095, when the top sellers were Mrs Wilkinson form Billy Elliot and Lord Farquaad from Shrek The Musical, each of which went for $8,000. Since its inception the event has raised over $1.74m. B B King Blues Club & Grill is located at 237 West 42nd Street, between Broadway and 8th Avenue. Phone bids, pre-bids and internet bids will all be accepted. Further information can be found on the BC/EFA website, via the link from Organisations & Information in the Links section of New York TheatreNet.

Sheila Schwartz's Spy Garbo, in which Fascist Francisco Franco, Communist Kim Philby and Hitler's Wilhelm Canaris are trapped together in History's limbo, an infinite library of scenes from their pasts, archival newsreels, noir thrillers, and Nazi home movies, with Steven Hauck, Chad Hoeppner and Steven Rattazzi, directed by Kevin Cunningham, will preview from March 1st at 3LD Art & Technology Center, opening on March 6th. The piece explores the narrative possibilities created by digital technology, encompassing stage, cinema, historical documentary, spy thrillers and political commentary, using a 130ft curved HD screen and a full stage holographic video projection system. The producer is Affinity Company Theater. 3LD Art & Technology Center is located at 80 Greenwich Street, at Rector Street.

Shaina Taub's The Daughters, a folk-funk opera that takes a show business view of the stories of Aphrodite, Artemis and Athena, the daughters of Zeus, set against the backdrop of the Trojan War, with Shaina Taub, Maiysha, Aisha de Haas, Alyse Alan Louis, Grace McLean, Kate Ferber, Dominique Toney, Jenni Lawton and Catherine Brookman, directed by Sam Pinkleton, with choreography by Ani Taj Niemann, will open at Cap21 on March 2nd. Cap21 is located at 18 West 18th Street, 6th Floor, between 5th and 6th Avenues.

Wesley Broulik's Us vs Them, a darkly humorous look at broken individuals whose decisions and relationships cross moral boundaries, with Wesley Broulik, Dannie Flanagan, Eric Michael Gillett, Christopher Halladay, Brooke Page, Maria Itzel Siegrist, Michelle Seaton and Siouxsie Suarez, directed by Michelle Seaton, will preview from March 4th at Roy Arias Studios & Theatres, opening on March 4th. The producer is Dark Luna Productions. Roy Arias Studios & Theatres is located at 300 West 43rd Street, at 8th Avenue.

Dion Boucicault's Arrah-na-Pogue, or The Wicklow Wedding, a comedy using the Rebellion as a backdrop for a tale of romance, faith, loyalty and misadventure, with Spencer Aste, Ben Bergin, Jonathan Blakely, Christine Bullen, Griffin DuBois, Michelle Kafel, Laura King, Jessica Levesque, Sawyer Mastrandrea, Jenny McGuinness, Ted McGuinness, Nicola Murphy, Paul Nugent, Patrick Rosendale and Tim Seib, directed by Peter Dobbins, will open at the Storm Theatre on March 4th. The Storm Theatre is located at 405 West 114th Street, at Morningside Drive.

The Rumour Machine says: that Sierra Boggess will star in Rebecca, the musical adaptation of the novel by Daphne du Maurier, in which a man brings his second wife to the house where the shadow of his first wife still remains, original book and lyrics by Michael Kunze, music by Sylvester Levay, English book and lyrics by Christopher Hampton, directed by Michael Blakemore, which is aiming for Broadway in the fall of next year; that Gore Vidal's The Best Man, a play about power, ambition, political secrets, and ruthlessness in the race for the presidency, will return to Broadway next spring, directed by Michael Wilson, courtesy of producers Jeffrey Richards, Jerry Frankel, Michael B Rothfeld and Darren Bagert; and that following the success of his bioplay Lombardi, Eric Simonson's Magic/Bird, chronicling the intertwined life stories of basketball heroes 'Magic' Johnson and Larry Bird, is aiming for Broadway next year, courtesy of producers Fran Kirmser and Tony Ponturo. The Rumour Machine grinds on.