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Backstage Whispers overheard by Richard Andrews

Last updated : 22nd September 2008

Lincoln Center has revealed some of the plans for celebrating its 50th anniversary, which falls on May 14th. Several projects in the $1.2bn redevelopment of its campus will be completed next year, including the State Theater, Alice Tully Hall and the Fountain Plaza. In addition, the privately owned Harmony Atrium will feature a new visitor information center, incorporating an on the day discount ticket kiosk for all Lincoln Center performances, like the Theatre Development Fund's TKTS booth. The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts will host an exhibition charting the history of Lincoln Center. Performances will include a commissioned opera by John Adams, two commissioned works by choreographer Mark Morris, the U. S. premiere of the co-commissioned opera Kommilitonen! by Peter Maxwell Davies, the world premiere of Ricardo Khan's commissioned adaptation of the play Sheila's Day, a free concert by Yo-Yo Mar and the Silk Road Ensemble relaunching the Guggenheim Bandshell in Damrosch Park, and a production of Philip Glass and Robert Wilson's opera Einstein On The Beach.

The Public Theater will stage the New York premiere of monologist Mike Daisey's If You See Something Say Something, a journey in search of what it means to be secure and the price we are willing to pay for it, directed by Jean-Michele Gregory, previewing from October 15th at Joe's Pub, opening on October 27th. Joe's Pub is located within the Public Theater at 425 Lafayette Street, between Astor Place and East 4th Street.

The Broadway League has launched the Broadway Concierge & Ticket Center in the Times Square Information Center, to offer theatregoers customized service for Broadway and Off Broadway tickets. Services will include general theatre information in six languages, show selection and purchase, restaurant, hotel and car service reservations, parking information, special packages, free guides and maps, plus special events and giveaways. The Times Square Information Center is located in the former Embassy movie theater at 1560 Broadway, between 46th and 47th Streets, and is open daily from 8am to 8pm.

The Platform Theatre Group will stage Lee Blessing's Two Rooms, about a woman's efforts to rescue her husband held hostage in the Middle East, with Adinah Alexander, Patrick Boll, Angela Christian and Michael Milligan, directed by Peter Flynn, previewing from October 2nd at the Lion Theatre at Theatre Row, opening on October 7th. Theatre Row is located at 410 West 42nd Street, between 9th and 10th Avenues.

Circus Theatricals will stage the New York premieres of two plays by Shem Bitterman in repertoire, directed by Steve Zuckerman, from October 10th at the 45th Street Theater. Harm's Way, the story of an Army prosecutor investigating a possible war crime perpetrated by U.S. troops against Iraqi civilians, features Josh Allen, Ben Bowen, Sarah Foret, Wendy Makkena, Eric Pierpoint and Jack Stehlin, and, about an arms inspector suspected of leaking information to a celebrity reporter, features Robert Cicchini, Christopher Curry, Thomas Kopache, Deirdre Lovejoy, Jordan Lund and Britt Napier, The 45th Street Theatre is located at 354 West 45th Street, between 8th and 9th Avenues.

Robert Emmet Long has gathered together advice from participants in the American Theatre Wing's long running Working In Theatre discussion series into a new book, Writing: Working In The Theatre, published by K S Ginger Company, with insights on the creative process of writing plays and musicals provided by 85 playwrights, lyricists and directors. It is a companion to Emmet Long's previous collections Producing And The Theatre Business: Working In The Theatre, featuring contributions about the process of financing, producing and marketing Broadway and Off Broadway shows, and Acting: Working In The Theatre, in which actors and directors analyse the acting process. All three books offer wisdom and knowledge gained from first hand of experience by leading members of the profession, often referencing legendary shows and performances.

The Edinburgh Fringe Festival family friendly hit from Korea, Ballerina Who Loves B-boy, created and directed by Choi Hee-ill, will preview from October 1st at 37 Arts, opening on October 22nd. When a snobbish ballerina practicing inside a studio is interrupted by a band of street dancers from outside, their worlds collide in a gravity defying display of technical skill. 37 Arts is located at 450 West 37th Street, between 9th and 10th Avenues.

The Rumour Machine says: that Julia Stiles will make her Broadway debut in David Mamet's Oleanna, as a university student accusing her male professor of sexual harassment when faced with failing her course, a role she played in London 4 years ago; and that Vienna's long running Vereinigte Buhnen Wien Theatre production of the musical adaptation of Daphne Du Maurier's Rebecca, book and lyrics by Michael Kunze, music by Sylvester Levay, directed by Francesca Zambello, may be Broadway bound in 2010, courtesy of Global Broadway Inc, newly formed by Ben Sprecher and Louise Forlenza. The Rumour Machine grinds on.