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Backstage Whispers overheard by Richard Andrews

Last updated : 25th November 2013

Roundabout Theatre Company will stage the musical Violet, book and lyrics by Brian Crawley, music by Jeanine Tesori, about a disfigured young woman on a cross-country journey seeking transformation through faith in the 1960s, with Sutton Foster, directed by Leigh Silverman, with choreography by Jeffrey Page, previewing from March 28th at the American Airlines Theatre, with an official opening on April 20th. The design team comprises scenery by David Zinn, costumes by Clint Ramos, lighting by Mark Barton, and sound by Leon Rothenberg.

Other Side Productions will stage the premiere of I Could Say More, written and directed by Chuck Blasius, about an extended, dysfunctional family's vacation at a beach house where sparks fly, with Keith McDermott, Robert Gomes, Grant James Varjas, Chuck Blasius, Brett Douglas, Monique Vukovic, Kate Hodge, Frank Delessio and Brandon Smalls, directed by Elizabeth LeCompte, previewing from January 10th at the Hudson Guild Theatre, opening on January 13th. Hudson Guild Theatre is located at 441 West 26th Street, between 9th and 10th Avenues.

The Wooster Group will stage Cry, Trojans!, an American located adaptation of William Shakespeare's Troilus And Cressida, which is set during the Trojan war, with Ari Fliakos, Jennifer Lim, Greg Mehrten, Suzzy Roche, Andrew Schneider, Scott Shepherd, Casey Spooner, Kate Valk and Gary Wilmes, directed by Elizabeth LeCompte, from January 8th at the Performing Garage. The production originated in a coproduction with The Royal Shakespeare Company at the World Shakespeare Festival in conjunction with the London 2012 Olympics, which featured the two companies taking opposite sides, with the Wooster Group staging the Trojan scenes and the RSC staging the Greek ones. The Performing Garage is located at 33 Wooster Street, between Grand and Broom Streets.

New Ohio Theatre will stage Paula Vogel's And Baby Makes Seven, the story of a lesbian couple who enlist their gay friend to help them create a family, none of whom are actually ready for parenthood, directed by Marc Stuart Weitz, previewing from March 11th, opening March 23rd, a co-production with Purpleman Theatre. The New Ohio Theatre is located at 154 Christopher Street, between Greenwich and Washington Streets.

The Miss Longview Texas Drag Pageant, written and directed by Mark Hooker, set at a gay Thanksgiving gathering at the East Texas Victorian home of a former drag performer, with Robert Agis, David M Farrington, Annabel Guevara, Daniel Keith, Chris Rivera, Max Henry Schloner, Nathan Shapiro, Scott Silvestro and Ali Wetzel, will premiere from December 12th at the John DeSotelle Studio in the Times Square Arts Center. The Times Square Arts Center is located at 300 West 43rd Street at 8th Avenue.

LAByrinth Theater Company will stage the premiere of Stephen Belber's The Muscles In Our Toes, a dark comedy in which four people meeting at a high school reunion tackle the perils of middle age and international terrorism, directed by Anne Kauffman, at the Bank Street Theatre, in the spring. The Bank Street Theater is located at 155 Bank Street, between Washington and West Streets.

Manhattan Theatre Works will stage the premiere of David Stallings's Dark Water, which uses poetry, allegory, music, puppetry and movement to create a magical world as the animals of Louisiana face the ultimate threat to their lives from the Gulf oil spill, directed by Heather Cohn, from March 14th at The Theater at the 14th Street Y. The Theater at the 14th Street Y is located at 344 East 14th Street at 1st Avenue.

The Two Planks And A Passion production of Fraser Grace's Breakfast With Mugabe, about the African dictator and a psychiatrist who is treating him for depression at the time of the 2002 election, which played at the Signature Center this summer, with Ezra Barnes, Michael Rogers, Rosalyn Coleman and Che Ayende, directed by David Shookhoff, will be remounted at The Lion Theatre at Theatre Row, previewing from January 2nd, opening on January 12th; and PiPE DREAM theatre will stage the premiere of the musical Columbia: The Life And Death Of Rospo D Oro, book and music by Collin Simon, lyrics and direction by Liz Muller, inspired by Kenneth Grahame's The Wind in the Willows, an adult fairytale set in a Steampunk world, about a man trying to chase his destiny and outrun his past, at the Beckett Theatre at Theatre Row, from January 9th. Theatre Row is located at 410 West 42nd Street between 9th and 10th Avenues.

Working Theater and HCLAB will stage Mercy Killers, written and performed by Michael Milligan, in which a man struggles with the uniquely American experience of losing your health in the land of plenty when his wife gets sick, directed by Tom Oppenheim, at the Stella Adler Studio of Acting from January 2nd. The Stella Adler Studio of Acting is located at 31 West 27th Street, between 6th Avenue and Broadway.

Prospect Theater will stage the musical Jasper In Deadland, book by Hunter Foster and Ryan Scott Oliver, music and lyrics by Ryan Scott Oliver, in which a man travels through the Afterlife on a mission to save his best friend, where he encounters demons, gods, mortals and monsters from Greek, Egyptian, Roman, Norse and Judeo-Christian mythology, learning what it means to die and questioning what it means to live, directed by Brandon Ivie, from March 15th at the West End Theatre. The West End Theatre is located in the Church of St. Paul and St Andrew, 263 West 86th Street at West End Avenue.