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Backstage Whispers overheard by Richard Andrews

Last updated : 26th March 2012

This year's Lincoln Center Festival of music, dance and theatre, will run from July 5th to August 5th, across the Lincoln Center campus. Highlights will include: The National Theatre of Scotland production of Alan Cumming performing a contemporary one man version of Shakespeare's Macbeth, directed by John Tiffany; the Irish Druid theatre company production of Tom Murphy's trilogy of telling the epic tale of Irish emigration from 1846 to 1980, comprising Famine, Conversations On A Homecoming and A Whistle In The Dark, directed by Gary Hines; Anton Chekhov's Uncle Vanya, in a new adaptation by Andrew Upton, with Cate Blanchett, directed by Tamas Ascher; In Paris, inspired by a short story by Ivan Bunin, a romantic tale told through music, poetry, pantomime and video projection, with Mikhail Baryshnikov and Anna Sinyakina, directed by Dmitry Krymov; and Chinese puppeteer Yeung Fai's Hand Stories, an interwoven set of vignettes using traditional hand puppets, live and archival video. Further information can be found on the LCF web site, via the link from Festivals, in the Links Section of New York TheatreNet.

New York Theatre Workshop's 2012/2013 season will include Alexander Dinelaris's Red Dog Howls, in which box of old letters and a father's dying wish leads a man to dig up the buried memories of his hidden family history; and Amy Herzog's Belleville, a chilling, Hitchcockian look at the limits of trust, truth, deception, and dependency in a world where both love and loss can be pathological and cathartic, directed by Anne Kauffman. New York Theatre Workshop is located at 79 East 4th Street, between 2nd Avenue and The Bowery.

The Times Square Theater, the last of the dormant theatres on 42nd Street between 7th and 8th Avenues, is to be renovated to house Broadway Sensation - A 4D Musical Spectacular, an 'immersive film experience' celebrating the history of Broadway musicals, created by Broadway producer Gary Goddard and Hollywood filmmaker Bryan Singer. The 100ft facade of the Times Square Theater, between the entrance of Foxwoods Theater and 42nd Street Studios, boasts a striking colonnade that is currently obscured by billboard advertising.

A new musical, Fat Camp, book by Randy Blair and Timothy Michael Drucker, music by Matt roi Berger, lyrics by Randy Blair, about a group of misfits at a summer camp for overweight teenagers, with Carly Jibson, Cale Krise, Kate Weber, Larry Owens, Nancy Renee Braun and Michael Mendez, directed by Casey Hushion, will play at the American Theatre of Actors from April 12th. The producers are Carl Levin and Michael Minarik and The Dodgers. The American Theatre of Actors is located at 314 West 54th Street, between 8th and 9th Avenues.

Charitybuzz, which runs auctions to help raise funds for non-profit organizations around the world, is currently offering two Broadway musical packages. Bidders can attend How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying and meet up with Nick Jonas afterwards, with proceeds going to MCC Theater, or attend Sister Act, and meet Raven-Symone afterwards, with proceeds going to Children Mending Hearts. Further information and how to make a bid can be found on the Charitybuzz web site via the link from Organisations & Information in the Links section of New York TheatreNet.

Rattlestick Playwrights Theater will stage Jose Rivera's Massacre (Sing To Your Children), set in a small New Hampshire town, where seven friends conspire to murder their mysterious neighbour, with Jolly Abraham, Brendan Averett, Dana Eskelson, Jojo Gonzalez, William Jackson Harper, Adrian Martinez, Sona Tatoyan and Anatol Yusef, directed by Brian Mertes, from April 4th. Rattlestick Playwrights Theater is located at 224 Waverly Place, between West 11th and Perry Streets.

Old Jews Telling Jokes, co-created by Peter Gethers and Daniel Okrent, a revue that pays tribute to and reinvents classic jokes of the past and present, with Bill Army, Marilyn Sokol, Todd Susman, Audrey Lynn Weston and Lenny Wolpe, directed by Marc Bruni, will preview from May 1st at the Westside Theatre, opening on May 20th. The producers are Daniel Okrent, Peter Gethers, Tom Viertel, Marc Routh, Richard Frankel and Steven Baruch. The Westside Theatre is located at 407 West 43rd Street, between 9th and 10th Avenues.

Ground UP Productions will stage Holly Webber's Pratfalls, a comedy set on a rooftop in Brooklyn that explores four mismatched characters and the ups and downs of their lives, with Kate Middleton, Victor Verhaeghe, Amelia White and Matthew Baldiga, directed by Jenn Thompson, at the Dorothy Strelsin Theatre, from April 27th. The Dorothy Strelsin Theatre is located at 312 West 36th Street, between 8th and 9th Avenues.

A new musical comedy, Jack's Back!, book by Elmer L Kline with Leo Cardini and Tom Herman, music and lyrics by Tom Herman, in which an irrepressible Victorian cockney sausage stuffer takes on Jack The Ripper, as he valiantly struggles to make the streets of London's East End safe and his dreams come true, will play at the Terry Schreiber Studio at The Gloria Maddox Theater, from May 9th. The Gloria Maddox Theater is located at 151 West 26th Street, 7th floor, between 6th and 7th Avenues.

New York Neo-Futurists will stage a 'nerdcore musical', You Are In An Open Field, book and lyrics by Kevin R Free, Eevin Hartsough, Marta Rainer and Adam Smith, music by Carl Riehl, a hip-hoperetta that explores community and identity while trying to defeat the kickball monsters, directed by Christopher Dippel, at HERE Art Center, from April 26th. HERE Art Center is located at 145 6th Avenue, between Spring and Dominick Streets.