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Backstage Whispers overheard by Richard Andrews

Last updated : 25th January 2010

The British Live Theatre Newcastle production of Lee Hall's The Pitmen Painters, which tells the true story of a group of Ashington coal miners in the 1930s who invited a professor to give them art appreciation classes, directed by Max Roberts, currently at the National Theatre in London, will transfer to Broadway, with the original cast, comprising Christopher Connel, Michael Hodgson, Ian Kelly, Brian Lonsdale, Lisa McGrillis, Deka Walmsley, David Whitaker and Phillippa Wilson, opening at the Samuel J Friedman Theatre in September.

The Flea Theater will stage the world premiere of Jonathan Reynolds's Girls In Trouble, about abortion in the 1960s, when backrooms in the wrong part of town offered hope or death, with Andy Gershenzon, Brett Aresco, Betsy Lippitt, Akyiaa Wilson, Eboni Booth, Laurel Holland and Marshall York, directed by Jim Simpson, previewing from February 12th, opening on February 28th. The Flea Theatrer is located at 41 White Street, between Church Street and Broadway.

The premiere of the musical Signs Of Life, book by Peter Ullian, music by Joel Derfner, lyrics by Len Schiff, about life in the Jewish artists' ghetto in the Czech town of Terezin during World War II, with Erika Amato, Wilson Bridges, Jason Collins, Nic Cory, Gabe Green, Patricia Noonan, Allen E Read, Stuart Zagnit and Kurt Zischke, directed by Jeremy Dobrish, will preview from February 16th at the Marjorie S Deane Little Theatre, opening on February 25th. The producers are Amas Musical Theatre in association with Snap-Two Productions. The Marjorie S Deane Little Theatre is located at the West Side YMCA, 5 West 63rd Street, between Broadway and Central Park West.

Red Bull Theater will stage John Webster's The Duchess of Malfi, the Jacobean tragedy of a young widow's refusal to obey her brother's command never to remarry, with Heidi Armbruster, Jason C Brown, Clark Carmichael, Keith Hamilton Cobb, Matthew Greer, Carol Halstead, Eric Hoffmann, Patrick Page, Matthew Rauch, Christina Rouner, Gareth Saxe and Haynes Thigpen, directed by Jesse Berger, previewing from February 23rd at the Theatre at St Clement's, opening on February 27th. The Theatre at St Clement's is located at 423 West 46th Street, between 8th and 9th Avenues.

The annual Broadway Backwards concert, which features male singers performing songs traditionally sung by women and women singing tunes written for men, will take place at the Vivian Beaumont Theater at Lincoln Center on February 22nd. The benefit for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS and New York's Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Community, hosted by Florence Henderson, will feature Gary Beach, Len Cariou, Tony Goldwyn, Aaron Lazar, Michele Lee and Julia Murney, plus other performers to be announced later, directed by Robert Bartley.

The 2010 New York Musical Theatre Festival, which presents new works by writers at all levels of the theatre community, from working professionals to those whose work has not yet been produced, will run from September 27th to October 17th. Writers and composers are invited to submit 'production ready' musicals to the Next Link Project by March 1st. 12 shows will be chosen by a jury that includes Susan Birkenhead, Jason Robert Brown, Robyn Goodman and Francesca Zambello. Writers will then have access to professional dramaturges to help them shape and develop their projects. Since its inception in 2004, NYMF has produced over 1,500 performances of almost 300 shows, including Altar Boyz, Captain Louie, The Great American Trailer Park Musical, Gutenberg! The Musical, Meet John Doe, My Vaudeville Man, Nerds:// A Musical Software Satire, Shout! The Mod Musical and most famously, [title of show] and Next To Normal. Further information and an application form can be found on the NYMF website, via the link from Festivals & Events in the Links section of New York TheatreNet.

On The Casting Couch: Eddie Clendening, Lance Guest, Levi Kreis, Rob Lyons, Hunter Foster and Elizabeth Stanley will feature in the musical Million Dollar Quartet, which will open at the Nederlander Theatre on April 11th.

The Flying Karamazov Brothers (Paul Magid, Mark Ettinger, Rod Kimball and Stephen Bent), will present their new show 4PLAY, a blend of music, comedy, dance, theatre and juggling, written and directed by Paul Magid, with choreography by Doug Elkins, at the Minetta Lane Theatre, from February 8th. The Minetta Lane Theatre is located at 18 Minetta Lane, between 6th Avenue and MacDougal Street.

Rattlestick Playwrights Theater will stage the premiere of Craig Wright's Blind, a contemporary retelling of the story of Oedipus, with Veanne Cox, Seth Numrich and Danielle Slavick, directed by Lucie Tiberghein, previewing from February 18th, opening on February 25th. This will be followed by Annie Baker's The Aliens, in which two angry young men sitting outside a Vermont coffee shop decide to teach a lonely high school student everything they know, directed by Sam Gold, from April 15th. Rattlestick Playwrights Theater is located at 224 Waverly Place, between West 11th and Perry Streets.

Geoffrey Cowan and Leroy Aarons's Top Secret: The Battle For The Pentagon Papers, with Larry Pine, Peter Strauss, Roberta Maxwell, Larry Bryggman, Diane Adair, John Getz, Jack Gilpin, James Gleason, Matt McGrath, Russell Soder and Peter Van Norden, directed by John Rubinstein, will preview from February 24th at New York Theatre Workshop, opening on March 9th. The play, based on interviews and original documents, charts the Nixon administration's attempts to stop the Washington Post from publishing the history of America's involvement in Vietnam. It is a co-production with L.A. Theatre Works and Affinity Collaborative Theater. New York Theatre Workshop is located at 79 East 4th Street, between 2nd Avenue and Bowery.

The next production by the Irish Repertory Theatre will be George Bernard Shaw's Candida, about a vicar with a perfect life whose idealistic world is turned upside down, with Melissa Errico, Brian Murray, Xanthe Elbrick, Josh Grisetti, Ciaran O'Reilly and Sam Underwood, directed by Tony Walton, previewing from February 24th, opening on March 7th. It is a co-production with Alexis Doyle. The Irish Repertory Theatre is located at 132 West 22nd Street, between 6th and 7th Avenues.

The Rumour Machine says: that John Logan's Red, a bioplay about the abstract artist Mark Rothko's struggle to accept his success, with Alfred Molina and Eddie Redmayne, directed by Michael Grandage, which is currently receiving its world premiere at the Donmar Warehouse in London, may be headed to Broadway, possibly playing the Golden Theatre in the spring. The Rumour Machine grinds on.