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Backstage Whispers overheard by Richard Andrews

Last updated : 27th February 2012

The Vineyard Theatre production of Nicky Silver's The Lyons, a tragi-comedy about a family in crisis, will transfer to Broadway, with original cast members Linda Lavin, Dick Latessa, Michael Esper, Kate Jennings Grant, Brenda Pressley and Gregory Wooddell, directed by Mark Brokaw, opening at the Cort Theatre on April 26th. The producer is Kathleen K Johnson.

Signature Theatre will stage the premiere of the musical Brother Russia, book and lyrics by John Dempsey, music by Dana Rowe, in which a comically fourth-rate Russian theater troupe tells the story of Rasputin, with John Lescault, Natascia Diaz, Doug Kreeger, Amy McWilliams, Tracy Lynn Olivera, Erin Driscoll, Stephen Gregory Smith, Rachel Zampelli, Russell Sunday, Kevin McAllister and Christopher Mueller, directed by Eric Schaeffer, previewing from March 6th, opening on April 15th at the MAX Theatre. The new Signature Center is located at 480 West 42nd Street, between 9th and 10th Avenues.

On The Casting Couch: Bob Glaudini and Kevin Corrigan will feature in Brett C Leonard's Ninth And Joanie, at the Bank Street Theater from April 5th; original New York Theatre Workshop cast members Christian Borle, Adam Chanler-Berat, Celia Keenan-Bolger, Teddy Bergman, Arnie Burton, Matt D'Amico, Kevin Del Aguila, Carson Elrod, Greg Hildreth and David Rossme will return in Rick Elice and Wayne Barker's Peter And The Starcatcher, opening at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre on April 15th; and John Lithgow will be joined by Margaret Colin and Boyd Gaines in David Auburn's The Columnist, opening at the Friedman Theatre on April 25th.

Avila Productions will stage Begonya Plaza's Teresa's Ecstasy, a sexually charged look at politics, religion and love, with Shawn Elliott, Linda Larkin and Begonya Plaza, directed by Will Pomerantz, previewing from March 4th at the Cherry Lane Theatre, opening on March 14th. The Cherry Lane Theatre is located at 38 Commerce Street, between Barrow and Bedford Streets.

American Bard Theatre Company will stage William Shakespeare's Pericles, Prince Of Tyre, the epic play about treachery, love, hope and perseverance, adapted and directed by Jack Herholdt and Natalie Doyle Holmes, with Tim C Goodwin, Lily Warpinski, Ross Hewitt, Bryan L Cohen, Jack Herholdt, Natalie D Holmes, Cheri Wicks, Erin Gilbreth, Tom Wolfson, Robert Dyckman and Elizabeth Galalis, playing at the American Globe Theatre from March 9th. The American Globe Theatre is located at 145 West 46th Street, 3rd Floor, between 6th and 7th 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 Al Hirschfeld Theatre on March 5th. The benefit for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS and New York's Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Community, will feature Betty Buckley, LaChanze, Len Cariou, Charles Busch, Robin De Jesus, Nancy Dussault, Adam Pascal, Andrew Rannells, Bruce Vilanch, Michael Urie, George Takei, Bryan Batt, Sierra Boggess, Jim Brochu, Dan Butler, Mario Cantone, Jenn Colella, Harvey Evans, Anthony Federov, Barret Foa, Shawna Hamic, Jackie Hoffman, Telly Leung, Jessie Mueller, Brian Charles Rooney, Jason Michael Snow and Elizabeth Stanley, directed by Robert Bartley. Last year's show raised a record breaking $281,243.

Innocent Flesh, written and directed by Kenyetta Jackson, loosely based on the real stories of four underage prostitutes, revealing how girls from all walks of life can find themselves on the streets, with Daphne Gabriel, Clara Gabrielle, Jameelah Nuriddin and Angelina Prendergast, will preview from March 1st at the Actors Temple Theatre, opening on March 15th. The Actors Temple Theatre is located at 339 West 47th Street, between 8th and 9th Avenues.

Simon Van Booy's Hindsight, in which two women, one 25 years old and one 85 years old, who meet on a bench in the Jardin du Luxembourg in the 1950s, discuss their lives, with Rebecca Darke and Anwen Darcy, directed by Hamilton Clancy, previewing from March 8th at The Drilling Company Theatre, opening on March 10th. The Drilling Company Theatre is located at 236 West 78th Street, between Broadway and Amsterdam Avenue.

The New York Musical Theatre Festival, which runs from July 9th to 29th, has announced the titles of 10 of the invited Next Link Project productions in this year's programme. These include: A Letter To Harvey Milk, book by Jerry James, music by Laura I Kramer, lyrics by Ellen M Schwartz, based on the short story by Leslea Newman, Arnie The Doughnut, book by Frances Limoncelli, music and lyrics by George Howe, based on the children's book by Laurie Keller; Flambe Dreams, book and lyrics by Matthew Hardy, music by Randy Klein, the story of a young man who comes to New York City to pursue his dream of becoming a great Maitre D like his father, who was killed in a freak flaming bananas foster accident; He's Not Himself, book, music and lyrics by Marc Silverberg, about a parking cop, who unknowingly gets mixed up with gangsters when he hits his head and assumes a new identity; and Stuck, book, music and lyrics by Riley Thomas, set on a broken down subway train, where the passengers help each other out with their emotional problems. Further information can be found on the NYMF web site, via the link from Festivals in the Links section of New York TheatreNet.

The Rumour Machine says: that Woody Allen is working on a musical adaptation of his film Bullets Over Broadway, about a struggling 1920s playwright who is forced to cast a mobster's talentless girlfriend in his latest drama in order to get it produced, incorporating period songs, courtesy of producers Julian Schlossberg and Letty Aronson, aiming for Broadway next year. The Rumour Machine grinds on.