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Last updated : 27th April 2009

The 12th season in the Musicals Tonight! series, which presents concert stagings of neglected musicals, will comprise: Paint Your Wagon, book and lyrics by Alan J Lerner, music by Frederick Loewe, set in a mining camp in Gold Rush-era California, charting how the community changes as gold is found, but is then soon exhausted, from October 20th to November 1st; Silk Stockings, book by George S Kaufman, Leueen MacGrath and Abe Burrows, music and lyrics by Cole Porter, in which a Soviet spy whose mission to prevent a composer defecting to the West is complicated when she falls in love with an American film director, from November 3rd to 15th; Stop The World I Want To Get Off, book, music and lyrics by Leslie Bricusse and Anthony Newley, reflecting on the ephemeral nature of worldly success, and how it can be to the detriment of personal happiness, from February 23rd to March 7th; The Rink, book by Terrence McNally, music by John Kander, lyrics by Fred Ebb, about the relationsahip of a mother and daughter who run a dilapidated roller skating rink on the boardwalk of a decaying seaside resort, from March 9th to 21st; and Sail Away, book, music and lyrics by Noel Coward, the story of an American working as a hostess on a British cruise ship, from April 13th to 25th. The producer is Mel Miller. Performances are at the McGinn/Cazale Theater, located on Broadway at 76th Street.

Joe Iconis's theatrical rock concert Things To Ruin, exploring human fragility, directed by John Simpkins, with choreography by Jennifer Werner, which lost its home when the Zipper Factory abruptly closed last winter, will now play at Second Stage Theatre from May 4th. The cast will comprise Nick Blaemire, Katrina Rose Dideriksen, Badia Farha, Sarah Glendening, Ian Kagey, Lance Rubin, Brent Stranathan, Mike Pettry, Eric William Morris and Jason 'SweetTooth' Williams. Second Stage Theatre is located at 307 West 43rd Street, at 8th Avenue.

The Rodgers and Hammerstein Organization, which owns and manages the rights to the songs and musicals of Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein, has been acquired by Imagem Music Group, the music publishing investment fund of ABP, the Netherlands based pension fund, and CP Masters BV, a European independent music publisher. The purchase price has not been disclosed but is believed to be in the region of $200m. RHO, as a licensing agency, represents more than 12,000 songs, 900 concert works, 200 writers and 100 musicals, including works by Andrew Lloyd Webber, Sheldon Harnick, Stephen Schwartz, Adam Guettel, Irving Berlin and Rodgers and Hart. In the last few years Imagem Music Group has acquired various music pop catalogues from Universal Music Group, such as Zomba UK, Rondor UK, 19 Music and the greater part of the BBC Music catalogue, as well as Boosey & Hawkes, the leading classical music publisher.

Susan Yankowitz's Night Sky, about an astronomer who loses the ability to speak following a car accident, with Jordan Baker, Jim Stanek, Tuck Milligan, Lauren Ashley Carter, Dan Domingues and Darlesia Cearcy, directed by Daniella Topol, will preview from May 22nd at the Rose Nagelberg Theatre at the Baruch Performing Arts Center, opening on June 2nd. The producers are Stan Raiff/Power Productions in association with the National Aphasia Association. The Baruch Performing Arts Center is located at 55 Lexington Avenue, entrance on 25th Street, between Lexington and 3rd Avenues

The line up for the 6th Summer play Festival at the Public Theater from July 7th to August 2nd will be: The Chimes by Kevin Christopher Snipes, the musical Departure Lounge by Dougal Irvine, The Happy Sad by Ken Urban, Reborning by Zayd Dohrn, The Sacrifices by Alena Smith, Tender by Nicki Bloom, We Declare You A Terrorist by Tim J Lord and Whore by Rick Viede. The Public Theater is located at 425 Lafayette Street, between Astor Place and East 4th Street. Further information can be found on the SPF web site, via the link from Festivals in the Links section of New York TheatreNet.

Naked Angels will stage the premiere of Geoffrey Nauffts's Next Fall, with Patrick Breen, Maddie Corman, Sean Dugan, Patrick Heusinger, Connie Ray and Cotter Smith, directed by Sheryl Kaller, previewing from May 26th at the Peter Jay Sharp Theatre at Playwrights Horizons, opening on June 3rd. The play chronicles the 5 year relationship of two men as they wrestle with their respective demons. Playwrights Horizons is located at 416 West 42nd Street, between 9th and 10th Avenues.

What We Do: Working In The Theater by Bo Metzler, recently published by Infinity Publishing, is an insider's behind the scenes exploration of the who, what and where of theatre life in New York. It explores where plays come from and how they get produced, the kinds of people who work in the theatre and what they do, and explains how directors, stage managers and actors, look for work, keep their jobs and what they do when they are 'resting'. The book follows the production process through auditions, rehearsals and technical period, from the point of view of someone who has actually worked in all areas of the theatre. It also looks at the different types of theatres and theatre companies, and explains the similar and contrasting features that make all theatre the same - yet different.

Yangtze Repertory Theatre will stage In The Silence Of The Heart, written and directed by Joanna Chan, with Tamala Baldwin, Carl Hendrick Louis, Hector L. Hicks, Bruce Le, David Brandon, Corey Campbell, Conrado De La Rose, Rachel Filsoof, Mimi Jefferson, Dennis Johnson, Michael A. Jones, Ming Kwai, Victor Landol, Saoko Okano, Annie Q and Sen Yang, previewing from May 28th at the Johnson Theater at Theater For The New City, opening on 30th May. It concerns an African American family that has adopted a Chinese boy, whose fireman father had been killed on duty, and whose patriarch disappeared soon afterwards, but suddenly reappears. Theater For The New City is located at 155 1st Avenue, between 9th and 10th Streets.