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Backstage Whispers overheard by Richard Andrews

Last updated : 25th June 2012

Manhattan Theatre Club has announced further productions to its 2012/2013 season. The MCC Theatre production of Sharr White's The Other Place, in which a research scientist's private life takes a frightening turn, and she finds herself drowning in a sea of distorted memory, with Laurie Metcalf, directed by Joe Mantello, seen last year at the Lucille Lortel Theatre, will be remounted the Samuel J Friedman Theatre, previewing from December 11th, with an official opening on January 10th. The premiere of Nell Benjamin's The Explorers Club, a madcap comedy set in an eccentric British institution that is facing a crisis, will preview from May 14th at New York City Center Stage I, opening on June 4th.

It has been confirmed that Forbidden Broadway: Alive And Kicking, the legendary revue lampooning New York theatre, created and written by Gerard Alessandrini, with Jenny Lee Stern, Natalie Charle Ellis, Scott Richard Foster and Marcus Stevens, directed by Alessandrini and Phillip George, will preview from July 24th at the 47th Street Theatre, opening on September 6th. The producers are John Freedson, Harriet Yellin and Paul Bartz, in association with Paul G Rice, Carol Ostrow, Paxton Quigley and Robert Driemeyer. The 47th Street Theatre is located at 304 West 47th Street, between 8th and 9th Avenues.

Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth, a one man autobiographical show featuring the former champion heavyweight boxer, written by Kiki Tyson and Randy Johnson, directed by Spike Lee, will play at the Longacre Theatre from July 31st to August 5th. It will be presented by James L Nederlander.

MCC Theater has announced the final production in its 2012/2013 season. Small Engine Repair, written by and featuring John Pollono, with Jon Bernthal, in which high school buddies, now past their prime, find an explosion of long-simmering resentment is ignited by the arrival of a plugged-in preppy college jock, directed by Jo Bonney, will play at the Lucille Lortel Theatre from May 16th. The Lucille Lortel Theatre is located at 121 Christopher Street, between Bleecker and Hudson Streets.

On The Casting Couch: Jill Paice, Ryan Silverman, Karen Mason, Howard McGillin, James Barbour, Donna English, Nick Wyman and Henry Stram will head the cast of the Michael Kunze-Sylvester Levay-Christopher Hampton musical Rebecca, opening at the Broadhurst Theatre on November 18th.

The Vineyard Theatre's 30th anniversary 2012/2013 will include the premiere of Douglas McGrath's Checkers, about Richard Nixon's battle to secure the Vice-Presidential nomination in 1952 after an accusation of financial impropriety, directed by Terry Kinney, from October 3rd; Rajiv Joseph's The North Pool, a psychological thriller involving a high school Vice Principal and a Middle Eastern-born transfer student, directed by Giovanna Sardelli, opening in February; and the premiere of Jenny Schwartz's Somewhere Fun, in which two former friends meet after many years and consider what life has brought them, directed by Anne Kauffman, opening in May. The 2013/1014 season will begin with a production of the musical The Landing, book and lyrics by Greg Pierce, music by John Kander, a 4 handed musical in 3 acts, telling 3 different stories of people confronting what it means to get what they want, directed by Walter Bobbie. The Vineyard Theatre is located at 108 East 15th Street, between Union Square East and Irving Place.

High Stakes Theatre and Palo de Agua will stage Vassily Sigarev's Black Milk, in a translation by Sasha Dugdale, in which a small time crook and his wife's attempts to fleece villagers in a post-Communist wasteland teaches them a lesson, with Liba Vaynberg, Josh Marcantel, Anna Foss Wilson, John Bambery and Emily Ward, directed by Michel Hausmann, at East 13th Street Theatre, from July 19th. East 13th Street Theatre is located at 136 East 13th Street, between 3rd and 4th Avenues.

The Great American Revue: How Ziegfeld, White And Their Rivals Remade Broadway exhibition is running at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts until July 21st. It examines the nature of revues: how they differed from vaudeville and musicals, why they became so popular during the early part of the 20th century, and how producers, directors and impresarios juggled the relative importance of topical scripts, songs, dance, design, and performer specialties to create them. The display includes photographs, programs, costume and setting designs, memorabilia, and other objects, relating to the golden age of Broadway revue. The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts is located at 40 Lincoln Center Plaza.

A musical, The Material World, book, music and lyrics by Dan Fishback, set in a boarding house in 1921, featuring an anachronistic cast of neurotic Jews all trying to save the planet, with Cole Escola, Eleanor Reissa, Molly Pope, Amy Gironda, Megan Stern, Lisa Clair, Leo Schaff, directed by Stephen Brackett, will play at Dixon Place, from July 6th. Dixon Place is located at 161 Chrystie Street, between Rivington and Delancey Streets.

The Rumour Machine says: that the current Kennedy Center Washington production of the revue First You Dream: The Music Of Kander And Ebb, with Heidi Blickenstaff, James Clow, lan H Green, Leslie Kritzer, Patina Miller and Matthew Scott, directed by Eric Schaeffer, with musical staging by Karma Camp, is looking for a Broadway transfer; that the forthcoming Geffen Playhouse Los Angeles production of The Exorcist, adapted by John Pielmeier from William Peter Blatty's novel, with Brooke Shields and Richard Chamberlain, directed by John Doyle, may be Broadway bound, (possibly with Chamberlain replaced by Malcolm McDowell), courtesy of producers Ben Sprecher and Sonia Friedman; that the musical Saving Aimee, book and lyrics by Kathie Lee Gifford, music by David Friedman and David Pomeranz, about Jazz-Age evangelist Aimee Semple McPherson, directed by David Armstrong, with choreography by Lorin Latarro, is aiming for Broadway in the fall; and that the forthcoming American Repertory Theater Cambridge Christmas production of the Stephen Schwartz-Roger O Hirson musical Pippin, directed by Diane Paulus, may get a Broadway transfer, courtesy of producers Barry and Fran Weissler. The Rumour Machine grinds on.