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Backstage Whispers overheard by Richard Andrews

Last updated : 22nd November 2010

The Transport Group will stage Michael LaChiusa's Hello Again, a contemporary musical adaptation of Arthur Schnitzler's La Ronde, chronicling a series of sexual encounters, directed by Jack Cummings III, with choreography by Scott Rink, at an Off Broadway venue yet to be announced from March 4th.

Hamilton Deane and John L Balderston's 1927 adaptation of Bram Stoker's Dracula, (which originally featured Bela Lugosi in the title role), with George Hearn, Thora Birch, Michel Altieri, Timothy Jerome, Jake Silbermann, John Buffalo Mailer, Emily Bridges and Rob O'Hare, directed by Paul Alexander, will preview from December 14th at the Little Shubert Theatre, opening on January 5th. The Little Shubert Theatre is located at 422 West 42nd Street, between 9th and 10th Avenues.

The children's musical comedy Dear Edwina, book and lyrics by Marcy Heisler, music by Zina Goldrich, with Beth Cheryl Tarnow, Katie Whetsell, Judith Dry, Noah Zachary, Jared Picone, David McDaniel, Brad Giovanine and Katy Vaughn, directed by Timothy McDonald, will return to the DR2 Theatre, on December 17th, playing daytime performances. In the show within the show, the title character and her friends audition their musical, which offers advice on all kinds of daily problems, with the hope of taking part in a festival. The producer is Daryl Roth. The DR2 Theatre is located at 103 East 15th Street, between Union Square East and Irving Place.

On The Casting Couch: Jennifer Carpenter and Pablo Schreiber will feature in Rajiv Joseph's Gruesome Playground Injuries, opening at Second Stage Theatre on January 31st; Josh Gad, Andrew Rannells, Nikki M James, Rory O'Malley and Michael Potts will head the cast of the Trey Parker-Matt Stone-Robert Lopez musical Book Of Mormon, opening at the Eugene O'Neill Theatre on March 24th; and Daniel Radcliffe and John Larroquette will be joined by Tammy Blanchard, Christopher J Hanke, Rob Bartlett, Mary Faber, Ellen Harvey and Rose Hemingway in the Frank Loesser-Abe Burrows-Jack Wein musical How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying, opening at the Hirschfeld Theatre on March 27th.

Manhattan Children's Theatre will stage the premiere of Kristin Walter's Little Red Riding Hood, which retells the Brothers Grimm story from the Wolf's point of view, directed by Bruce Merrill, opening on January 8th. Manhattan Children's Theatre is located at 52 White Street, between Broadway and Church Street.

The next production at Irish Repertory Theatre will be Dylan Thomas's A Child's Christmas In Wales, a poignant evocation of distant Christmases in the seaside town of his youth, adapted and directed by Charlotte Moore, with Kerry Conte, Ashley Robinson, Victoria Mallory, Martin Vidnovic and Simon Jones, previewing from December 8th, opening on December 12th. The Irish Repertory Theatre is located at 132 West 22nd Street, between 6th and 7th Avenues.

The Shakespeare Almanac by Gregory Doran, published by Random House, is a cornucopia of intriguing and details about the life and times of England's greatest playwright. It is a sumptuously illustrated day by day calendar of William Shakespeare's year, following the rural farming cycle of lambing to sheep-shearing to harvest home as they are referred to in his plays and poetry, listing all the high days and holidays, from Christmas to Easter, Candelmas to Hocktide. Every passing month is supplied with quotations from Shakespeare's plays about changeable weather patterns, the arrival of flowers and plants, and the animals and birds he saw around him. In addition, each day, records significant events in Shakespeare's family life. There are also eyewitness accounts of duels and executions, an accident at a bear-baiting, a tilt in Westminster, and a masque at Whitehall, while some days are accompanied by extracts from influential books of the period.

Dennis Richard's Wreck, a 'dramatic comedy' about the 1987 Maryland train collision between an Amtrak train and two Conrail locomotives (the worst train disaster in American history at the time), with L J Regine, Daniel Hawk Hicks and Leslie E Hughes, directed by Richmond Shepard, will preview from December 1st at Richmond Shepard Theatre, opening on December 5th. Richmond Shepard Theatre is located at 309 East 26th Street, between 1st and 2nd Avenues.

The New York Times's 10th Annual Arts & Leisure Weekend will take place from January 6th to 9th, featuring a range of activities, from interviews between Times journalists and guests from theatre, dance, music, film, television, art, literature, media and politics, to special offers at cultural institutions around the world. Among those taking part will be Kevin Spacey, Katie Couric, Tim Rice, Julie Taymor, Robert Redford, Rufus and Martha Wainwright, Lang Lang, Treence Winter, Steve Buscemi, Paz de la Huerta and Michael Shannon, and Michael Mayer and Billie Joe Armstrong. Events will be held at The Times Center, in the Times building at 242 West 41st Street, between 7th and 8th Avenues. Further information can be found on the Arts & Leisure Weekend web site, via the link from Festivals & Events in the Links section of New York TheatreNet.

Jennifer Lane's Psychomachia, in which a woman trying to find out why her twin brother committed suicide, feels that he is trying to persuade her to join him in death, with Cynthia Mace, Frank Deal, Arthur French, Kyle Groff, John Calvin Kelly and Jennifer Laine Williams, directed by Robin A Paterson, will preview from December 1st at Theatre 54 @ Shetler, opening on December 3rd. The producer is Artistic New Directions. Theatre 54 @ Shetler is located at 244 West 54th Street, 12th floor, between Broadway and 8th Avenue.

The Rumour Machine says: that Fat Pig, written and directed by Neil LaBute, a caustic comedy about how a man reacts to his friends' horror when he dates an overweight woman, with Dane Cook, is aiming for Broadway next spring, courtesy of producers Heather Provost and Aldo Scrofani. The Rumour Machine grinds on.