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Backstage Whispers overheard by Richard Andrews

Last updated : 24th March 2014

59E59 Theaters has announced a new 5A season, featuring 5 new plays from writers around the world, including The Pianist Of Willesden Lane, adapted and directed by Hershey Felder, from the autobiographical book by Mona Golabek and Lee Cohen, set in Vienna in 1938 and in London during the Blitz telling the story of a young Jewish pianist who is dreaming about her concert debut, with Mona Golabek, from July 7th, produced by Geffen Playhouse in association with Eighty-Eight Entertainment and Berkeley Rep; Lauren Gunderson's Bauer, an imagined confrontation between the artist Rudolf Bauer and the two women he loved most, with Ron Guttman, Susi Damilano and Stacy Ross, directed by Bill English, from August 25th, produced by San Francisco Playhouse; Ghost Stories, three tales of the occult, written and directed by Andy Nyman and Jeremy Dyson, from October 20th, produced by Ghost Stories NYC Joint Venture, the Lyric Hammersmith, London and Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse; and Lonesome Traveler, created and directed by Jim O'Neil, celebrating the legacy of folk as the soundtrack of social change and moral revolution, from January 12th, produced by the Rubicon Theater. 59E59 Theaters is located at 59 East 59th Street, between Park and Madison Avenues.

The recent Broadway production of the musical A Night With Janis Joplin, featuring the songs associated with the 1960s singer, written and directed by Randy Johnson, with Mary Bridget Davies, choreographed by Patricia Wilcox, will reopen Off Broadway at the Gramercy Theatre on April 10th. The producers are Michael Cohl, Todd Gershwin and Daniel Chilewich, in association with The Estate of Janis Joplin and Jeffrey Jampol for JAM. The Gramercy Theatre is located at 127 East 23rd Street, between Lexington and Park Avenues.

The Storm Theatre Company in association with Blackfriar's Repertory Theatre will stage Our God's Brother, by Karol Wojtyla (who later became Pope John Paul II), in which an aristocrat turned revolutionary and painter yearns for a higher calling but is rejected by those around him, with Erin Beirnard, Matthew Leiff Christian, Joe Danbusky, Susie Duecker, George Goss, Sawyer Mastrandrea, Joe McGranaghan, Cliff Miller, Maury Miller and Jed Peterson, directed by Peter Dobbins, previewing from April 4th at the Storm Theatre, opening on April 12th. The Storm Theatre is located at the Church of Notre Dame at 405 West 114th Street, at Morningside Drive.

The next season in the Encores! Off-Center series at New York City Center, presenting great but less often performed Off Broadway American musicals in concert, will comprise: tick, tick...BOOM!, book, music, and lyrics by Jonathan Larson, an autobiographical story about an aspiring composer who questions his life choices on the eve of his 30th birthday, with Lin-Manuel Miranda and Karen Olivo, directed by Oliver Butler, from June 25th to 28th; Faust: The Concert, written and performed by Randy Newman, a comedy about the falling out between God and the Devil, directed by Thomas Kail, on July 1st; and Pump Boys And Dinettes, the country flavoured musical revue set in a Southern roadside diner, conceived and written by the original company members John Foley, Mark Hardwick, Debra Monk, Cass Morgan, John Schimmel and Jim Wann, directed by Lear deBessonet, with choreography by Danny Mefford, from July 16th to 19th. New York City Center is located 131 West 55th Street, between 6th and 7th Avenues.

The Shakespeare's Globe London production of William Shakespeare's King Lear, a study in age and rage, with Joseph Marcell, directed by Bill Buckhurst will play at the Skirball Center for the Performing Arts from September 30th as part of a world tour. The Skirball Center for the Performing Arts is located at 566 LaGuardia Place, at Washington Square South.

Anton Dudley and Stephanie DiMaggio's 17 Orchard Point, a dark comedy about two generations of women battling to claim their home and history, with Michele Pawk and Stephanie DiMaggio, directed by Stella Powell-Jones, will receive its premiere at the Beckett Theatre at Theatre Row, previewing from April 25th, opening on May 4th. The producer is Justin Scribner. Theatre Row is located at 410 West 42nd Street, between 9th and 10th Avenues.

The Origin Theatre Company will stage the premiere of Tim Ruddy's The International, in which an aspiring artist and truck driver, a well meaning international peacekeeper and a passionate farmwoman all witness familiar events taking place during an unnamed war in Eastern Europe, with Carey Van Driest and Ted Schneider, directed by Christopher Randolph, at The Cell from April 3rd. The Cell is located at 338 West 23rd Street, between 8th and 9th Avenues

Piece Of My Heart, a biomusical featuring the catalogue of songwriter Bert Berns, book by Daniel Goldfarb, directed and choreographed by Denis Jones, will preview from June 25th at the Pershing Square Signature Center, opening on July 21st. The Pershing Square Signature Center is located at 480 West 42nd Street, between 9th and 10th Avenues.