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Backstage Whispers overheard by Richard Andrews

Last updated : 22nd October 2007

The Public Theater and the Sundance Institute will present the inaugural Sundance Institute Theatre Lab in Residence at the Public Theater, from November 6th to 18th. The event will comprise intensive rehearsals and presentations of works previously developed at the Sundance Institute Theatre Lab in Utah, Florida and Wyoming. These will include Marcus Gardley's …And Jesus Moonwalks The Mississippi, a poetic retelling of a Greek myth centring on family relationships during the Civil War, directed by Robert O'Hara; and David Adjmi's Marie Antoinette. The Public Theater is located at 425 Lafayette Street, between Astor Place and East 4th Street.

The Flea Theater will stage the world premiere of Will Eno's Oh The Humanity And Other Good Intentions, a bill of five short plays, with Marisa Tomei, Brian Hutchison and Drew Hildebrand, directed by Jim Simpson, previewing from November 3rd, opening November 29th. The plays, Behold The Coach, In Sorrow, Uninsured, Ladies And Gentlemen: The Rain, Enter The Spokeswoman, Sideways, The Bully Composition and Oh, The Humanity provide a series of snapshots of the contemporary lives of ordinary people. The Flea Theater is located at 41 White Street, between Broadway and Church Street.

The musical Godspell, book by John-Michael Tebelak, music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz, directed by Daniel Goldstein, with choreography by Christopher Gattelli, will return to Broadway next summer, at a yet to be confirmed Shubert theatre. The show is based on the Gospel According to St. Matthew, using improvisation and contemporary themes to illustrate the parables. It will reunite the creative team of the 2006 production at New Jersey's Paper Mill Playhouse, featuring scenic design by David Korins, costume design by Miranda Hoffman, lighting design by Ben Stanton and sound design by Randy Hanson. The producer is Adam Epstein.

Dai (enough), a solo piece written and performed by Iris Bahr, directed by Will Pomerantz, which has had two previous limited Off Broadway runs, is to return for early evening performances, previewing from November 12th at the 47th Street Theatre, opening on November 19th. Bahr evokes a bustling Tel Aviv cafe moments before a suicide bomber enters, capturing members of all strata of Israeli society in their final moments. The producers are Bernie Kukoff, Jonathan Pollard and Jon Cutler. The 47th Street Theatre is located at 304 West 47th Street, between 8th and 9th Avenues.

Ground UP Productions will stage Christopher Durang's Baby With The Bathwater, with Karen Culp, Anna Fitzwater, Andy Phelan, Gina Restani and Victor Verhaeghe, directed by Kevin Connell, from November 7th at Manhattan Theatre Source. The comedy is the story of an eccentric couple who are unprepared for the rigors of childrearing, and the efforts of their offspring to come to terms with his unconventional upbringing. Manhattan Theatre Source is located at 177 MacDougal Street, between 8th Street and Waverly Place.

The Usual Freak Show, a cabaret style performance, written and performed by Jeffrey Essmann, with music and accompaniment by Michael John LaChiusa, will be given on weekends from November 2nd to 18th at La MaMa E.T.C.'s The Club, located at 74A East 4th Street, between 2nd Avenue and The Bowery.

The Public Theatre production of the musical Passing Strange, with book and lyrics by Stew, and music by Stew and Heidi Rodewald, created in collaboration with and directed by Annie Dorsen, with choreography is by Karole Armitage, will transfer to Broadway, previewing from February 8th at the Belasco Theatre, with an official opening on February 28th. The show charts the journey of a young black bohemian searching for himself, with eye-opening experiences and life lessons along the way. It will retain the original company comprising de'Adre Aziza, Daniel Breaker, Eisa Davis, Colman Domingo, Chad Goodridge, Rebecca Naomi Jones and Stew, with an onstage band including Rodewald Jon Spurney and Christian Cassan. The production features scenic design by David Korins, costume design by Elizabeth Hope Clancy, and lighting design by Kevin Adams. The producers are The Shubert Organization, Elizabeth Ireland McCann and The Public Theater.

The Rumour Machine says: that the British Chichester Festival Theatre production of William Shakespeare's Macbeth, with Patrick Stewart and Kate Fleetwood, currently playing in London's West End, will transfer to the Brooklyn Academy of Music next February; that the recent City Center Encores! Summer Stars production of the Arthur Laurents-Jule Styne-Stephen Sondheim musical Gypsy, starring Patti LuPone, Boyd Gaines and Laura Benanti, directed by Laurents, may be restaged on Broadway at the St James Theatre early next year, courtesy of Roger Berlind and The Frankel Group; and that Graciela Daniele will direct a revival of Bob Fosse's Dancin', with Ann Reinking as artistic director, and Kathryn Doby recreating the original choreography, which will arrive on Broadway in spring 2009, following an season in Toronto. The Rumour Machine grinds on.