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Backstage Whispers overheard by Richard Andrews

Last updated : 24th September 2012

It's Official! As previously forecast here, Tennessee Williams's Cat On A Hot Tin Roof, set at a birthday celebration during which hypocrisy, greed and secret passions threaten to tear apart a wealthy but dysfunctional Mississippi family, with Scarlett Johansson, Benjamin Walker, Ciaran Hinds and Debra Monk, directed by Rob Ashford, will preview from December 18th at the Richard Rodgers Theatre, opening on January 17th. The producer is Stuart Thompson.

The 3rd Lincoln Center White Light Festival will focus on the body as a vehicle for transcendence, featuring artists from all over the world in 9 venues on and off the Lincoln Center campus, from October 18th to November 18th. Highlights will include of Ireland's Fabulous Beast Dance Theatre performing Rian; Cosmic Pulses, an all Stockhausen program, performed by percussionist Stuart Gerber and sound projectionist Joe Drew; Mahler's Das Lied von der Erde, arranged for chamber orchestra, conducted by Matthias Pintscher, and performed by pianist Emanuel Ax, musicians of the New York Philharmonic, mezzo-soprano Tamara Mumford and tenor Russell Thomas; Akram Khan Company performing Vertical Road; Mary Chapin Carpenter singing from her new album; and Heiner Goebbels's music theatre piece I went to the house but did not enter, featuring the Hilliard Ensemble. 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.

On The Casting Couch: John Ellison Conlee, Rebecca Naomi Jones, Karen Olivo and Will Swenson will feature in the Julia Jordan-Juliana Nash musical Murder Ballad, opening at Manhattan Theatre Club Studio at Stage II at City Center on November 15th; and Jesse Eisenberg will be joined by Vanessa Redgrave in his play The Revisionist, opening at the Cherry Lane Theatre on February 21st.

Andrew Harrison's The Future, which explores the of ramifications of the discovery of a cure for ageing, with Catherine Gibson, Ilinca Kiss, Claire Sanderson, Fergal Titley, Derrence Washington and Stuart Williams, directed by Paula D'Alessandris, will play at the 9th Space Theater at PS 122 from October 3rd. The producer is Senexate LLC. PS 122 is located at 150 1st Avenue at 9th Street.

Prospect Theater Company has announced further productions in its 2012/2013 season. The premiere of the musical Death For Five Voices, book by Peter Mills and Cara Reichel, music and lyrics by Peter Mills, inspired by true events in the life of the infamous Renaissance composer and murderer Carlo Gesualdo, directed by Cara Reichel, will play at the West End Theatre from February 16th; and Unlock'd, book and lyrics by Sam Carner, music by Derek Gregor, a spoof 18th century romance based on Alexander Pope's The Rape Of the Lock, a tale of squabbling lovers, will play at a venue to be announced next summer. The West End Theatre at is located at 263 West 86th Street at West End Avenue.

Claire and Paul Sifton's 1931-, which charts what happens to a man who loses his job during the Great Depression and is unable to find another, with George Bartenieff, Carly J Bauer, Nic Davies, Stephen Dexter, Matt Giroveanu, Daniel Hainsworth, Ave M Lindon, Pete Mcelligott, Kelsey Moore, Mateo Prendergast, Kofi Boakye, Shelley Valfer and Shawn Verrier, directed by Allie Mulholland, will play at The Living Theatre from October 4th. The producer is the ReGroup Theatre Company. The Living Theatre is located at 21 Clinton Street, between Houston and Stanton Streets.

The 2012/2013 season of St Ann's Warehouse, inaugurating its new home, a 19,000sqft industrial space, will include the Baxter Theatre Centre's Mies Julie, adapted and directed by Yael Farber, relocating the story of August Strindberg's Miss Julie in post apartheid South Africa; The Dmitry Krymov Lab and the Moscow School of Dramatic Art with Opus No 7, comprising Genealogy and Shostakovich, about the legacy of oppression of Soviet Jews and artists under Stalin, directed by Dmitry Krymov; Kneehigh theatre company's The Wild Bride, adapted from the Grimm Brothers fable and directed by Emma Rice, a grown-up romance with a brutal edge; and Mayday Mayday, written and performed by Tristan Sturrock, telling of his recovery after an accident in which he broke his neck. St Ann's Warehouse is now located at 29 Jay Street, at Plymouth Street, in DUMBO, Brooklyn.

Horizon Theatre Rep will stage Jean Genet's The Balcony, about a regime experiencing an uprising, with Lyndsey Anderson, Tara Cioletti, Crawford M Collins, Fabio Costaprado, Andreas Damm, Rafael De Mussa, Marc Geller, Kevin Gilmartin, Kristen Lazzarini, Hunter Macnair, Timothy Mele, Victor Joel Ortiz, Frank Palmer, Mitzi Peirone, Orlando Rivera, Imran W Sheikh, Sheilagh Weymouth and L B Williams, directed by Frank Licato, at Arclight Theatre from October 11th. ArcLight Theater is located at 152 West 71st Street, between Columbus Avenue and Broadway.

Charlie Victor Romeo, a documentary theatre piece derived from the Black Box cockpit transcripts of 6 major real life airline emergencies, created by Robert Berger, Patrick Daniels and Irving Gregory, with Patrick Daniels, Noel Dinneen, Debbie Troche, Nora Woolley, Javon Mcferrin, Chris Orbach and Joshua Rubin, directed by Patrick Daniels, will play at 3LD Art & Technology Center from October 4th. 3LD Art & Technology Center is located at 80 Greenwich Street, at Rector Street.

Folding Chair Classical Theatre will stage Emma Donoghue's Kissing The Witch, where the heroines from 5 fairytales form unexpected alliances, sometimes treacherous, sometimes erotic, but always courageous, with Charlotte Patton, Ben Williams, Lisa Blankenship and Mary Fuller, directed by Marcus Geduld, playing at Access Theatre from October 4th. Access Theater is located at 380 Broadway at White Street.