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Backstage Whispers overheard by Richard Andrews

Last updated : 24th September 2007

The Flea Theater will stage the world premiere of Bingo With The Indians, written and directed by Adam Rapp, featuring the resident acting company The Bats, previewing from October 25th, opening on November 9th. It tells of a disgruntled East Village theatre company, with more on their minds than playing bingo, who descend upon a small New England town. The Flea Theater is located at 41 White Street, between Broadway and Church Street.

Todd Michael's Say Your Prayers, Mug!, with Sarah Bunke, Jason Grossman, Walter Hoffman, Lawrence Lesher, Patrick McColley, Todd Michael, Ryan Stadler and Jill Yablon, directed by Todd Michael and Jill Yablon, will open at The Red Room on 4th October. It is set in 1954, as America tunes into television's top rated morning show Sunrise Cinema, and the 1935 gangster melodrama Say Your Prayers Mug! comes to life on stage. The producers are Horse Trade and Grayce Productions. The Red Room is located at 85 East 4th Street, between 2nd and 3rd Avenues.

Page 73 Productions will stage the New York premiere of Jason Grote's 1001, with Mia Barron, Drew Cortese, Roxanna Hope, Jonathan Hova, Matt Rauch and John Livingston Rolle, directed by Ethan McSweeny, previewing from October 22nd at the Nagelberg Theatre at the Baruch Performing Arts Center, opening on October 31st. The play hyperlinks Scheherazade's tales to contemporary Manhattan, with a touch of magic realism, in a tour of the precarious world of the 21st century. The Nagelberg Theater at the Baruch Performing Arts Center is located at 55 Lexington Avenue, entrance on 25th Street, between Lexington and 3rd Avenues.

Broadway's original Cosette, Judy Kuhn, is to return to Boublil and Schonberg's musical Les Miserables twenty years on, to play the role of Fantine (Cosette's mother), from October 23rd. Kuhn will be joining the cast on the same day as John Owen-Jones assumes the role of Valjean, which he is currently playing in the London production, where he is the longest running performer in the role.

Make Me A Song: The Music Of William Finn, the hit revue of well and lesser known songs by Finn from last summer's Hartford TheaterWorks, which featured Sandy Binion, Joe Cassidy, Adam Heller, Sally Wilfert, and pianist John DiPinto, conceived and directed by Rob Ruggiero, will preview from October 30th at New World Stages, opening on November 12th. The producers are Junkyard Dog Productions and Larry Hirschhorn, in association with Jayson Raitt. The show was to have played at the Zipper Theater last spring but was postponed due to 'scheduling conflicts'.

New Georges will stage the world premiere of Good Heif, by American playwright Maggie Smith (no, not the British actress), with Paul Klementowicz, April Matthis, John McAdams, Barbara Pitts, Yves Rene and Christopher Ryan Richards, directed by Sarah Cameron Sunde, at the Ohio Theatre, previewing from October 6th, opening on October 8th. The play examines the danger of ignorance, the necessity of change, and how instruments of community propriety hold fear in place, and keep societies in check. The Ohio Theatre is located at 66 Wooster Street, between Spring and Broome Streets.

The latest musical theatre cabaret in the Perform series at the Museum of the City of New York will be Forward To Broadway, featuring songwriter Sheldon Harnick, with Adam Heller and Rachel Ulanet, written and directed by Michael Montel, on October 6th and 7th. As always, the show draws its inspiration from the museum's current exhibition, The Jewish Daily Forward: Embracing An Immigrant Community, focusing on the famous newspaper, and explores the heritage of Yiddish theatre and its influences on Broadway. The Museum of the City of New York is located at 1220 5th Avenue at 104th Street.

Rabbit Hole Ensemble will stage The Night Of Nosferatu, by Stanton Wood, based on the F W Murnau silent film Nosferatu and Bram Stoker's novel Dracula, with Danny Ashkenasi, Matt W Cody, Paul Daily, Tatiana Gomberg, Emily Hartford and Ned Massey, directed by Edward Elefterion at The Workshop, from 28th September. Rabbit Hole Ensemble specialises in simple but atmospheric productions. The Workshop is located at 312 West 36th Street, 4th Floor, between 8th and 9th Avenues.

3-Legged Dog productions will present the world premiere of Charles L Mee's Fire Island, a multimedia performance-installation piece, at the 3LD Art and Technology Center, next April. The event will feature contributions from over 70 designers, directors, writers and performers, including Tuvan throat singer Albert Kuvezin. The space will be covered in white sand, and transformed into a 'high-tech beach party' by 3-D Eyeliner technology, with extremely wide format 3-dimensional HD video and spatial sound, as well as an interactive web component. The 3LD Art and Technology Center is located at 80 Greenwich Street, at Rector Street.

The Rumour Machine says: that the current hit London production of Marc Camoletti and Beverley Cross's Boeing-Boeing, the classic 1960s comedy about an English architect living in Paris, with three air hostess fiancees, whose different schedules enable him to keep them apart - until their timetables change, directed by Matthew Warchus, will reach Broadway next spring, produced by Sonia Friedman Productions, ACT Productions, Matthew Byam Shaw, Robert Bartner and Bob Boyett. The Rumour Machine grinds on.