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Backstage Whispers overheard by Richard Andrews

Last updated : 27th September 2010

It's Official! As previously forecast here, the musical Catch Me If You Can, book by Terrence McNally, music and lyrics by Scott Wittman and Marc Shaiman, adapted from the 2002 movie telling the true story of a young and successful con man who is pursued by an FBI agent, directed by Jack O'Brien, with choreography by Jerry Mitchell, will preview from March 7th at a Nederlander theatre yet to be announced, with an official opening on April 10th. The leading producers are Hal Luftig and Margo Lion.

Long Story Short, a one man show written and performed by Colin Quinn, a comedic history of the world in 75 minutes, taking on the attitudes, appetites and bad habits that toppled the world's most powerful nations, directed by Jerry Seinfeld, will preview from October 22nd at the Helen Hayes Theatre, with an official opening on November 9th. The producers are Eva Price and Richard Martini.

On The Casting Couch: Al Pacino will be joined by previous cast members Lily Rabe, Jesse L Martin, Byron Jennings and Heather Lind in Shakespeare's The Merchant Of Venice, opening at the Broadhurst Theatre on November 7th; Mare Winningham, Lois Smith and Peter Friedman will head the cast of Amy Herzog's After The Revolution, opening at Playwrights Horizons on November 9th; and Stockard Channing, Stacy Keach, Linda Lavin and Elizabeth Marvel will feature in Jon Robin Baitz's Other Desert Cities, opening on January 13th at the Mitzi E Newhouse Theater at Lincoln Center.

No Place Called Home, written and performed by Kim Schultz, based on her experiences falling for an Iraqi refugee she interviewed during a 3 week artists' visit to Jordan, Lebanon and Syria, directed by Sarah Cameron Sunde, will preview from October 6th, opening on October 8th, with performances at the Wild Project, 3LD and the cell theatre. The producers are Intersections International, with Parlagreco Produtions in collaboration with Aaron Louis and 3-Legged Dog, the cell and Wild Project. The Wild Project is located at 195 East 3rd Street, between Avenues A and B, the 3LD Art & Technology Center is located at 80 Greenwich Street, at Rector Street, and the cell theatre is located at 338 West 23rd Street, between 8th and 9th Avenues.

Cirque du Soleil will stage a new, as yet untitled show at Radio City Music Hall next summer, created specially for the venue. In an abandoned theatre a magician who has lost his love, and with her his magic, begs the Gods for her return, and is plunged into a world inhabited by surreal creatures. The creative team will include artistic guidance by Guy Laliberte, creative direction by Line Tremblay, choreography by Elena Kolyadenko, scenery and props by Stephane Roy, costumes by Alan Hranitelj, lighting by Alain Lortie, images by Raymond St-Jean and sound by Steven Dubuc.

The Frog And Peach Theatre Co will stage a radical contemporary reinterpretation of William Shakespeare's Cymbeline, a saga of politics, the supernatural and love, in 1st century England, involving the King, his extended family and an attempted Roman invasion, directed by Lynnea Benson, previewing from October 7th at The West End Theatre, opening on October 9th. The cast is headed by David Arthur Bachrach, Vivien Landau, Rosa Vilenze Gilmore, Ross Beshear, Musto Pelinkovicci and Jonathan Marbelli. The West End Theatre is located in The Church of St Paul and St Andrew, at 263 West 86th Street, between Broadway and West End Avenue.

The Bialystok Puppet Theatre Of Poland production of Chopin-An Impression, a drama essay that unites music, visual art, and marionette performance, will play at La MaMa E.T.C. from October 21st. The show combines pianist Krzysztof Traskowski playing Chopin's music, with actors, marionettes, objects, plastic art forms and visual presentations. La MaMa E.T.C. is located at 74A East 4th Street, between 2nd Avenue and The Bowery.

Vital Theatre Company will stage Angelina Ballerina The Musical, book and lyrics by Susan DiLallo, music by Ben Moss, a family show about the star struck mouseling and her friends from Katherine Holabird's stories, featuring all kinds of dance as well as ballet, playing weekend performances at McGinn/Cazale Theater, previewing from October 2nd, opening on October 9th. The cast will comprise Amber Coartney, Sarah Elaine Hoffman, Whitney Autumn Meyer, Cassie Okenka, Eric Restivo, Kevin Michael Wade, Amy White and Amanda Yachechak. The McGinn/Cazale Theater is located on Broadway at 76th Street.

TheaterThe will stage Radio Purgatory, created and directed by Aldo Perez, in which a down on his luck detective in purgatory, attempting to solve his last case - his own murder - is continually thwarted by slapstick, absurdity, and outrageous commercial interruptions of a cast of archetypal 1930s and 1940s radio play misfits, who can communicate only period vernacular, at Dixon Place, from October 7th. The cast comprises The Renaldo, Jenny Lee Mitchell, Jonathon Roberts, Richard Ginocchio, Matthew Talmage and Matt Muszynski. Dixon Place is located at 161 Chrystie Street, between Rivington and Delancey Streets.