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Backstage Whispers overheard by Richard Andrews

Last updated : 23rd July 2007

It's Official! As previously forecast here, a revised version of the musical Lone Star Love (or The Merry Wives Of Windsor, Texas), an Off Broadway hit in 2004, is Broadway bound, with Randy Quaid, Robert Cuccioli and Dee Hoty, directed and choreographed by Randy Skinner. It will preview from November 1st at the Belasco Theatre, with an official opening on December 3rd. Set in the Wild West shortly after the Civil War, as Confederate 'Colonel John' Falstaff charms the wives of two wealthy cattle ranchers, with an eye on their husbands' land and money, it was inspired by William Shakespeare's play, conceived and adapted by John L Haber, music and lyrics by Jack Herrick. It will feature scenic design by Derek McLane, costume design by Jane Greenwood, lighting design by Ken Billington and Paul Miller, and sound design by Tom Morse, with creative supervision by John Rando. The show will play a pre Broadway season at 5th Avenue Theatre in Seattle, from September 8th to 30th. It will be produced by Avenue A Productions, Robert Boyett Theatricals, Edmund and Eleanor Burke, Rusty and Susan Carter, Jon and Jeanne Cutler, Michael Speyer and Bernie Abrams and Daisy Theatricals.

Three Mo' Tenors, described as "part opera, part jazz, part Broadway, all music and all passion", conceived, directed and choreographed by Marion J Caffey, will make its New York debut previewing from September 12th at the Little Shubert Theatre, opening September 27th. It features two separate casts who play alternate performances, comprising Kenneth Alston, James N Berger Jr, Ramone Diggs, Duane A Moody, Victor Roberson and Phumzile Sojola. The producer is Willette Murphy Klausner. The Little Shubert Theatre is located at 422 West 42nd Street, between 9th and 10th Avenues.

The world premiere of Marie Jones's Rock Doves, directed by Ian McElhinney will be staged at The Irish Arts Center, from September 6th. Set in contemporary Belfast, it is the story of four colorful characters who rely on each other as they find their way in 'post-war' Northern Ireland. The Irish Arts Center is located at 553 West 51st Street, between 10th and 11th Avenues.

Angelica Torn will perform Edge, a one woman play about the poet Sylvia Plath, written and directed by Paul Alexander, previewing from September 4th at the ArcLight Theatre, opening September 9th. It is set in London on the last day of Plath's life in 1963, as she reflects on her life and her relationships. The ArcLight Theatre is located at 152 West 71st Street between Broadway and Columbus Avenue.

Silence! The Musical, an unauthorized parody of the movie The Silence Of The Lambs, music and lyrics by Jon Kaplan and Al Kaplan, book by Hunter Bell, based on an outline by the Kaplans, directed and choreographed by Christopher Gattelli, will preview from September 6th at the 45 Bleecker Street Theatre, (between Lafayette Street and Bowery) opening on September 19th. The producers are John Pinckard, Mark Hartman and Brian Nash.

It is now confirmed that the new musical A Catered Affair, directed by John Doyle, based on Paddy Chayefsky's teleplay and the 1956 movie written by Gore Vidal, will open on Broadway at a Jujamcyn theatre yet to be announced, with previews from March 25th, ahead of an official opening on April 17th. The show, with book by Harvey Fierstein, and music and lyrics by John Bucchino, is set in the Bronx of 1953, as a couple decide whether to spend their life savings on their family business, or their only daughter's marriage with a lavish 'catered affair'. The cast is headed by Faith Prince, Tom Wopat, Harvey Fierstein and Leslie Kritzer, with Philip Hoffman, Katie Klaus, Heather MacRae, Lori Wilner and Kristine Zbornik. The show will play a pre Broadway season at the Old Globe Theatre in San Diego, from September 20th. The producers are Jujamcyn Theaters, Jordan Roth, Harvey Entertainment/Ron Fierstein, Richie Jackson and Daryl Roth.

Mike Folie's Alfred Kinsey: A Love Story, a highly fictionalized appraisal of one man's obsessive fascination with sex and sexual orientation, leading to discoveries about himself, directed by Craig J George, will preview from September 5th at the Michael Weller Theatre, opening on September 10th. It is presented by the New York Theatre Collective. The Michael Weller Theatre is located at 311 West 43rd Street, between 8th and 9th Avenues.

A group of New York City non-profit theatre companies will offer memorabilia, merchandise and other items of Off Broadway history at a sidewalk sale, in the lobby of Playwrights Horizons, from 10am to 3pm on August 4th. Interested parties will be able to purchase everything from autographed posters and scripts, to original set and costume pieces, plus opening night gifts, CDs and DVDs, from productions by Playwrights Horizons, Second Stage Theatre, New York Theatre Workshop and Signature Theatre Company. Items on sale will include: the pink dress worn by Kristine Nielsen in Crazy Mary; the wolf man mask and yellow self-defense suit worn by Paul Sparks in Essential Self-Defense; an industrial Singer sewing machine; and T-shirts from The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, The Little Dog Laughed and A Soldier's Play. Refreshments will be served. Please note, cash payments only. Playwrights Horizons is located at 416 West 42nd Street, between 9th and 10th Avenues.

Comedienne Margaret Cho will bring her latest burlesque inspired variety show, The Sensuous Woman, to the Zipper Factory, for a four week limited engagement from September 26th. The show features top rated burlesque talent, as well as stand up and sketch comedy, with artists including Los Angeles belly dancer Princess Farhana, transgender comic Ian Harvie, burlesque performer Selene Luna, comic actor Liam Sullivan, New York downtown favorite Miss Dirty Martini, and sketch comedians Diana Yanez and Kurt Hall of the Gay Mafia Comedy Troupe of West Hollywood. The Zipper Factory is located at 336 West 37th Street, between 8th and 9th Avenues.

Two plays by Le Wilhelm will premiere in repertoire at 59E59 Theaters next month. The Hanging Of Razor Brown, in which three French students at a picnic find a noose hanging from a tree, with Nick Giello, John Mervini, Anastasia Morsucci, Tracy Newirth, Jon Oak, Lynn Osborn, Erin Singleton and Jaclyn Sokol, directed by Merry Beamer, will open on August 5th; and The Shattering Of The Golden Pane, which is part ghost story, and part a tale of sexual obsession, as two tales merge into one tragedy, with Kristin Carter, Mark A. Kinch, Kevin Perri and Kirsten Walsh, directed by Gregg David Shore, will open on August 19th. The 59E59 Theaters are (unsurprisingly) located at 59 East 59th Street, between Park and Madison Avenues.