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Backstage Whispers overheard by Richard Andrews

Last updated : 27th August 2012

The bi-annual program 20at20, in which Off Broadway shows will offer $20 tickets at the box office starting 20 minutes before show time, will return from September 4th to 23rd. There are 35 participating shows ranging from Angelina Ballerina The Musical to US. Some shows will accept cash only for these tickets. Real enthusiasts who see 7 shows can receive a free dinner. Further information can be found at the 20at20 web site, via the link from Festivals & Events in the Links section of New York TheatreNet.

The premiere of Deanna Jent's Falling, about how an autistic 18 year old affects the lives of everyone around him, with Daniel Everidge, Celia Howard, Daniel Pearce, Jacey Powers and Julia Murney, directed by Lori Adams, will preview from September 27th at the Minetta Lane Theater, opening on October 15th. The producers are Terry Schnuck, James and Catherine Berges, Crystal Beuerlein and Michael F Neidorff. The Minetta Lane Theatre is located at 18 Minetta Lane, between 6th Avenue and MacDougal Street.

The Peccadillo Theatre Company will stage Jeffrey Hatcher's Ten Chimneys, a comedy set at 1930s Broadway stars Alfred Lunt and Lynn Fontanne's country estate during rehearsals for Chekhov's The Seagull, with Byron Jennings, Carolyn McCormick, Mariette Hartley, Michael McCarty, Charlotte Booker, Julia Bray and John Wernke, directed by Dan Wackerman, from September 21st at Theatre at St Clement's, opening on September 30th. Theatre at St Clement's is located at 423 West 46th Street, between 9th and 10th Avenues.

On The Casting Couch: Henry Winkler, Cheyenne Jackson, Daniel Breaker, Ari Graynor and Jenni Barber will be joined by Alicia Silverstone in David West Read's The Performers, opening at the Longacre Theatre on November 14th.

Colony Music, the legendary store in the Brill Building at 49th Street and Broadway, where show-tune lovers, theatre performers and singers and musicians sought sheet music, piano-vocal scores, Broadway cast albums and pop records since 1948, will close its doors around October 1st, due to increased expenses and decreased sales.

Culture Project will stage Jessica Blank and Erik Jensen's The Exonerated, telling the true stories of 6 people sent to Death Row for crimes they did not commit, and how they persevered to survive it, directed by Bob Balaban, previewing from September 15th, opening on September 19th. The rotating cast will feature Stockard Channing, Brian Dennehy, John Forte, Brooke Shields and former exoneree Sunny Jacobs. It is a co-production with The Innocence Project. Culture Project is located at 45 Bleecker Street, between Lafayette and Mott Streets.

Forthcoming productions at Theatre Row will include Ron Clark and Sam Bobrick's Murder At The Howard Johnson's, a 'suspenseful comedy' about a love triangle at a Howard Johnson's Motor Lodge, with Rutanya Alda, Allan Greenberg and Frank Gauthier, directed by Carter Pierce Gill, playing at the Studio Theatre from September 13th.

Blue Coyote Theater Company will stage the premiere of David Johnston's Coney, in which a group of Coney Island die-hards take to the boardwalk for one last summer fling before gentrification destroys America's original national playground, directed by Gary Shrader, at the New Ohio Theatre from October 27th. The New Ohio Theatre is located at 154 Christopher Street, between Greenwich and Washington Streets.

Mr Broadway: The Inside Story Of The Shuberts, The Shows, And The Stars by Gerald Schoenfeld, published by Applause Books, takes the reader backstage, where the long-term chairman of the Shubert Organization shares his triumphs and failures, sings praise, and settles scores. Schoenfeld recounts nightmarish tales of the Shuberts, themselves - the meanness of Lee, the madness of JJ, the turmoil surrounding John's personal life, and the drunken ineptitude of Lawrence Shubert Lawrence, Jr, the man who succeeded them and nearly brought the Shubert legacy to an ignominious end. An active participant in that legacy for over 50 years, Schoenfeld describes his rise from low level legal assistant to chairman, and how he and his partner, Bernard Jacobs, saved the Shubert Organization, bringing some of Broadway's greatest hits to its 17 stages.

The LAByrinth Theater Company's 2012/2013 season at the Bank Street Theater will include Cusi Cram's Radiance, in which the arrival of a mysterious stranger in a 1950s Hollywood Boulevard bar turns the quiet universe of a local watering hole upside down, directed by Suzanne Agins; Bob Glaudini's A Family For All Occasions, a comedy about how a downtrodden middle aged man's home life is thrown dangerously and irrevocably off-course, directed by Philip Seymour Hoffman; and a new as yet untitled play by Stephen Adly Guirgis. The Bank Street Theater is located at 155 Bank Street, between Washington and West Streets.

Forthcoming productions at HERE Art Centre will include: Strange Tales Of Liaozhai, created and performed by Hanne Tierney, in which she brings to life a full stage of objects using an intricate counterweight system containing over 100 strings, to tell two emotionally charged stories, adapted from 18th century supernatural Chinese folk tales compiled by scholar Pu Songling, with original music by Jane Wang, which she performs live on toy pianos, double bass and self-constructed instruments, will play from September 6th; and Nuclear Love Affair, a multimedia investigation of America in the Atomic Age, in which 'unnerving images, vibrant rhythms, disturbing text, and violent slapstick collide to create an erotic pop culture explosion', with Emily Brazee, Matthew Helm, Ben Hobbs, Vincent Santvoord, Will Seefried and Nicole Weiss, directed by Sanaz Ghajarrahimi, from September 20th, produced by Built for Collapse. HERE Art Center is located at 145 6th Avenue, between Spring and Dominick Streets.