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Backstage Whispers overheard by Richard Andrews

Last updated : 21st September 2009

Dame Edna Everage, now officially upgraded from megastar to gigastar, will return to Broadway in It's All About Me, 'a glorious celebration of everything Edna', directed by Jerry Zaks, opening in March at a Shubert theatre yet to be announced.

It has now been confirmed that the current Oliver Award winning London production of the musical La Cage Aux Folles, book by Harvey Fierstein, music and lyrics by Jerry Herman, with its original star Douglas Hodge, directed by Terry Johnson, with choreography by Lynne Page, which originated at the Menier Chocolate Factory, will preview from April 6th at the Longacre Theatre, with an official opening on April 18th. It is an adaptation of the French play, centred on a gay couple starring in and producing a drag show in a Saint-Tropez nightclub. The design team includes scenery by Tim Shortall, costumes by Matthew Wright, and lighting by Nick Richings. The producers are Sonia Friedman Productions, Menier Chocolate Factory, Fran and Barry Weissler and Robert Bartner/Norman Tulchin.

Brother, Can You Spare A Dime? - Songs And Stories From The Great Depression, a revue about the economic downturn and recovery of the 1930s, conceived and directed by Bill Daugherty, with Daugherty, Christina Morrell, Alexander Elisa, Jennafer Newberry, Deborah Tranelli and Morgan West, will return to the Triad Theatre, opening on October 9th. The producers are Thoroughbred Records and Max Weintraub. The Triad Theatre is located at 158 West 72nd Street, between Columbus and Amsterdam Avenues.

Electric Pear Productions will open its 2009/2010 season with world premiere of Ashlin Halfnight's Balaton, about a Hungarian family struggling to stay together after the fall of the Iron Curtain, with a cast including Jessica Cummings, Kathryn Kates and Peter O'Connor, directed by Kristjan Thor, from October 17th, at the Theatre at 30th Street, 259 West 30th Street, between 7th and 8th Avenues. The company will stage the 4th Synesthesia, from April 19th at The Wild Project, 195 East 3rd Street, between Avenues A and B. The event unites artists from film, dance, comedy, music, spoken word, puppetry and cuisine, who create their own variations on a theme in a form of artistic relay. The first artist receives a fortune cookie works from that, and then his or her work is passed on to the next artist, and so on. The event culminates in a public presentation.

Nicu's Spoon will stage the world premiere production of Mark Abrahams's musical 23 Coins, in which a preacher, on the verge of his dwindling charisma, latches onto a gifted young girl and her mother, to keep the cash coming in, directed by Stephanie Barton-Farcas and Michelle Kuchuk, opening at the Spoon Theater on October 7th. The company comprises Wynne Anders, Margaret Baker, Oliver Conant, Gillian Hurst, Katie Labahn, Rebecca Lee Lerman, Amir Levi, Phrannie Lyons, Michael O'Dell, Tim Romero and Peter Quinones. The Spoon Theater is located at 38 West 38th Street, 5th Floor, between 5th and 6th Avenues.

Dana Leslie Goldstein's Next Year In Jerusalem, in which a man tries to make peace with his family before retiring, with Jodie Bentley, Burt Edwards, Dee Dee Friedman, Timothy Scott Harris, Elyse Mirto, Jake Robards and Sarah Romanello, directed by Robert Bruce McIntosh, will play at the WorkShop Theater Company from 8th October. The WorkShop Theater Company is located at 312 West 36th Street, between 8th and 9th Avenues.

The Keen Company's 2009/2010 season at the Clurman Theatre at Theatre Row will comprise Such Things Happen Only In Books, five short plays by Thornton Wilder, receiving their New York premieres, Such Things Only Happen In Books, in which a domestic life is slowly unwrapped to reveal the complexities at the heart of all families; Cement Hands, about an uncle who attempts to explain to his niece the precariousness of marrying a tight-fisted young fellow; The Angel That Troubled The Waters, which shows the healer's pain, and how his suffering makes him most human; In Shakespeare And The Bible; and Now The Servant's Name Was Malchus; with Clayton Apgar, Pepper Binkley, Sue Cremin and Kevin Hogan, directed by Carl Forsman and Jonathan Silverstein, from October 6th; and Robert Anderson's I Never Sang For My Father, the story of a college professor who wants to get out from under the thumb of his aging father, yet still has regrets about his plan to leave him behind when he marries a younger woman and moves away, with Keir Dullea, directed by Jonathan Silverstein, from March 23rd. Theatre Row is located at 410 West 42nd Street, between 9th and 10th Avenues.

Psycho Clan's 6th Halloween season haunted house experience Nightmare: Vampires, created by Timothy Haskell and Chip Meyrelles, will run at the NOHO Event Center, from September 25th to November 7th. Rather than a fairground sideshow, it seeks to create something realistic, in which each member of the audience is a character in a story, as vampires seek out victims. The experience is set in the Museum of Vampyric Artifacts, the world's first vampire museum, featuring antiquities related to vampires from the headlines, in the media and from around the world, which can be visited separately. There is also a second attraction, Nightmare 666, a short, sharp and grotesque black magic show featuring a variety of sacrifices, some of them human. The NOHO Event Center is located at 623 Broadway at Houston Street, entrance on Mercer Street.