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Backstage Whispers overheard by Richard Andrews

Last updated : 23rd December 2013

The 2012 Goodman Theatre Chicago production of Eugene O'Neill's The Iceman Cometh, a drama of shattered illusions set in a Greenwich Village saloon in 1912, with the original cast of Nathan Lane, Brian Dennehy, Stephen Ouimette, Larry Neumann Jr, Marc Grapey, John Judd, John Reeger, James Harms, John Douglas Thompson, Lee Wilkof, John Hoogenakker, Patrick Andrews, Tara Sissom, Lee Stark and Kate Arrington, directed by Robert Falls, will play at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in Fort Greene from February 5th to March 15th 2015. It is presented in association with producer Scott Rudin.

The musical The Chocolate Show!, by Laura Goldfader and Alan Golub, in which the reigning World Queen of the Cocoa Bean will choose her successor, directed by Dan Foster, with choreography by Grady McLeod Bowman, will preview at the 47th Street Theatre from February 1st, opening on February 14th. The 47th Street Theatre is located at 304 West 47th Street, between 8th and 9th Avenues.

On The Casting Couch: Tyne Daly will be joined by Frederick Weller and Bobby Steggert in Terrence McNally's Mothers And Sons, opening at the Golden Theatre on March 24th.

Riding The Midnight Express With Billy Hayes, in which the author of the book Midnight Express recounts the 5 years he spent in a Turkish prison and his brazen escape, directed by John Gould Rubin, will play at St Luke's Theatre from January 22nd. The producer is Barbara Ligeti. St Luke's Theatre is located at 308 West 46th Street, between 8th and 9th Avenues.

Artist Of Light, by the glow-suit dance group iLuminate, combining mythical elements with music, art and dance, with David Andrini, Lisa Bauford, Kenny Bermudez, Marcus Allan Cobb, Trevor Harrison, Adrienne Hicks, Caitlin Mejia, Dario Mejia, Giselle Mejia, John Nelson and Robert Vail, created and directed by Miral Kotb, with book by Athena S Bienvenu, and choreography by John 'Jrock' Nelson, Dario Mejia and Marcus Allan Cobb, will open a new version of the show at New World Stages on January 27th. New World Stages is located at 340 West 50th Street, between 8th and 9th Avenues.

PlayCo will stage Jonas Hassen Khemiri's I Call My Brothers, a showdown between prejudices and paranoia in a city the day after a car bombing, directed by Erica Schmidt, at the New Ohio Theatre from 22nd January. The New Ohio Theatre is located at 154 Christopher Street, between Greenwich and Washington Streets.

Rotten Apples Theatrical will stage the premiere of Philosophy For Gangsters, written and directed by Liz Peak and Barry Peak, a comedy about a mafia boss and the philosopher she has kidnapped, previewing on January 29th at the Beckett Theatre at Theatre Row, opening on January 30th. Theatre Row is located at 410 West 42nd Street, between 9th and 10th Avenues.

The August Strindberg Repertory Theatre will stage Strindberg's To Damascus Part 1, adapted by Robert Greer and Nathan James, the first part of a trilogy that is a synthesis of a wide variety of myths, symbols and ideas with a profound spiritual analysis, directed by Robert Greer, from March 21st at the Gene Frankel Theatre. Succeeding parts will follow in 2015 and 2016. The Gene Frankel Theatre is located at 24 Bond Street, between Lafayette Street and Bowery.

The spring season at 59E59 Theaters will include Bryony Lavery's Stockholm, a darkly funny exploration of a love so passionate it has become a prison, with Christina Bennett Lind and Richard Saudek, directed by Nick Flint, from March 5th, produced by One Year Lease Theater Company; and Daniel Damiano's Day Of The Dog, in which a couple employs a somewhat enigmatic Canine Relations Specialist in order to curb the violent behavior of their dog, with Michelle Hand, Steve Isome and Jason Grubbe, directed by Milton Zoth, from March 13th, produced by St Louis Actors' Studio. 59E59 Theaters is located at 59 East 59th Street, between Park and Madison Avenues.

Soho Rep in association with John Adrian Selzer will stage the premiere of Branden Jacobs-Jenkins's The Octoroon, inspired by Dion Boucicault's 1859 melodrama about interracial romance on a Louisiana plantation, directed by Sarah Benson, in April. Soho Rep is located at 46 Walker Street, between Broadway and Church Street.

The annual season of Lincoln Center's American Songbook series, which celebrates the diversity of the American popular song, running from January 22nd to June 12th, will include Patina Miller on January 22nd; James Naughton: The Songs Of Randy Newman on January 28th; Michael John LaChiusa's Stories Of America on February 1st; Jonathan Groff on February 15th; Norm Lewis on March 8th; and Rebecca Naomi Jones on April 4th. Further information can be found on the Lincoln Center web site, via the link from Major Venues & Companies in the Links section of New York TheatreNet.