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Backstage Whispers overheard by Richard Andrews

Last updated : 24th May 2010

The biggest winners in this year's Drama Desk Awards were Memphis with 4, including Musical and Actress Musical - Montego Glover; La Cage Aux Folles with 3, including Musical Revival and Actor Musical - Douglas Hodge; Red with 3, including Play and Directror Play - Michael Grandage; Fences with 3, including Play Revival; and A View From The Bridge with 2, Play Revival and Actor Play - Liev Schreiber. The full list of nominees and winners can be found on the Drama Desk Awards web site, via the link from Organisations in the Links section of New York TheatreNet.

It's Official! As previously forecast here, the Vineyard Theatre production of the musical The Scottsboro Boys, book by David Thompson, music and lyrics by John Kander, lyrics by Fred Ebb, about the 1930s Scottsboro Case, in which a group of innocent African American teenagers in Alabama were unjustly accused of attacking two white women, directed and choreographed by Susan Stroman, will transfer to Broadway, previewing from October 7th at the Lyceum Theatre, with an official opening on October 31st. It is expected that most of the original cast will reprise their roles. The design team comprises scenery by Beowulf Borritt, costumes by Toni-Leslie James, lighting by Kevin Adams, and sound by Peter Hylenski. The producers are Barry and Fran Weissler.

The York Theatre Company and 1113 Productions will stage the premiere of the musical Falling For Eve, book by Joe DiPietro, music by Bret Simmons, lyrics by David Howard, adapted from Howard's play Adam Alone, about Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, with Krystal Joy Brown, Celina Carvajal, Nehal Joshi, Adam Kantor, Jose Llana and Sasha Sloan, directed by Larry Raben, previewing from 15th June, opening on 6th July. The York Theatre Company's Theatre at Saint Peter's is located in Citigroup Center on 54th Street, between Lexington and 3rd Avenues.

It's Official! As previously forecast here, the Manhattan Theatre Club production of Donald Margulies's Time Stands Still, about war a journalist and a photographer, whose injuries force them to return home to a more conventional life, directed by Daniel Sullivan, which played at the Samuel J Friedman Theatre earlier this year, will be preview from September 23rd at the Cort Theatre, with an official opening on October 7th. Eric Bogosian, Brian D'Arcy James, Laura Linney will reprise their performances, joined by Christina Ricci. The design team comprises scenery by John Lee Beatty, costumes by Rita Ryack, lighting by Peter Kaczorowski, and sound by Darron L West. The producers are Manhattan Theatre Club Productions, Nelle Nugent, Bud Martin, Ted Snowden, and Wendy Federman.

Rattlestick Playwrights Theatre's 2010/2011 season will include Dan Klores's Little Doc, set in 1970's Brooklyn, where four childhood friends find themselves in a life-threatening situation that challenges their lifestyle choices, directed by John Gould Rubin, opening on June 17th; Heidi Schreck's There Are No More Big Secrets, about a foreign reporter returning to the U.S. seeking refuge for his family in the home of old friends, opening on September 9th; Florencia Lozano's underneathmybed, the story of Argentinean parents raising their two daughters in New England, one of whom believes a girl is living underneath her bed, directed by Pedro Pascal, opening on November 11th; Adam Rapp's Hallway Trilogy, comprising The Hallway, set in 1953, about a young actress struggling with severe depression, Parafin, set in the 2003 New York City blackout, concerning a married couple, the wife expecting, the husband addicted to heroin, and Wolf In The Window, set in 2053, where young men and women in need of cash are injected with old fashioned diseases for the amusement of the public, opening on January 27th; and Carson McCullers Talks About Love, a play with music written and performed by Suzanne Vega, in which the writer talks and reminisces about love and art and life, directed by Kay Matschullat, opening on April 28th. Rattlestick Playwrights Theater is located at 224 Waverly Place, between West 11th and Perry Streets.

The Pee-wee Herman Show, with creator-writer-actor Paul Reubens as the bow-tied man-child, in a new show, based on a 1980s stage show inspired by the Saturday morning TV series, directed by Alex Timbers, will play a 6 week season, previewing from October 26th at the newly christened Stephen Sondheim Theatre (formerly Henry Miller's), with an official opening on November 11th. It is written by Paul Reubens and Bill Steinkellner, with additional material by John Paragon, with music by Jay Cotton and puppetry by Basil Twist. The design team comprises scenery by David Korins, costumes by Ann Closs-Farley, lighting by Jeff Croiter, projection by Jake Pinholster and sound by M L Dogg. The producer is Scott Saunders.

Oberon Theatre Ensemble season at the Kirk Theatre at Theatre Row will comprise William Shakespeare's Othello, the ultimate tale of jealousy, betrayal and revenge, with Daniel Morgan Shelley, Stewart Walker, Simon Feil, Randy Howk, Jennifer Blood, Jessica Angleskhan, Matt W Cody, Jane Cortney, Chris Seiler, David Matthew Douglas, Nate Faust, Lowell Byers, Whitney Kam Lee and Travis Allen, directed by Cara Reichel, opening on June 4th; and the premiere of Christopher Stetson Boal's Order, in which a mild mannered teacher is possessed by a force of violence and evil, with Ryan Tramont, Gabe Bettio, Mac Brydon, Brad Fryman, William Laney, Amanda Plant, James Edward Becton and James Washington, directed by Austin Pendleton, opening on June 7th. Theatre Row is located at 410 West 42nd Street, between 9th and 10th Avenues.

SteppingStone Theatre Company will stage the premiere of Reflections Of A Heart, written and directed by Christopher G Roberts, about Isaac Woodard Jr, the most highly decorated African-American World War II veteran, whose beating and subsequent blinding by police, ignited a heated civil rights battle, Mary Ruth Baggot, Reginald L Barnes, Gail Merzer Behrens, Chanel Carroll, Mark Ellmore, Kevin Green, Gillian Glasco, Jim Heaphy, Heather Massie, Jonathan Miles, Robert Spence, Michael Vincent and David Wirth, previewing from June 11th at the Clurman Theatre at Theatre Row, opening on June 17th.

The free outdoor Tudor City Greens concert series include: June 1st - Stars And Songs Of Broadway, hosted by Raissa Katona Bennett, with Kristy Cates, Zachary James, Jana Robbins, Karen Oberlin, Hector Coris, Richard Skipper, Shana Farr and Valerie Lemon; July 6th - A Child's Garden Of Verses: Songs By, About, For And With Children; August 3rd - A Night At The Opera: Vocal And Instrumental Classics; September 7th - Love Grows Here: Contemporary Pop, Rock And Theatre; and October 5th - Jazz!. The concerts are presented in the South Park of Tudor City Greens Park, entrance at Tudor City Place, between East 41st and 42nd Streets, between 1st and 2nd Avenues.