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Last updated : 28th June 2010

Roundabout Theatre Company will stage the musical Anything Goes, music and lyrics by Cole Porter, original book by P G Wodehouse and Guy Bolton and Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse, revised by Timothy Crouse and John Weidman, with Sutton Foster, directed and choreographed by Kathleen Marshall, next February at a Broadway theatre to be announced. It tells the story of an extravagant group of passengers on a transatlantic liner in the 1930s.

The U.S. premiere of Simon Gray's The Old Masters, with Brian Murray and Sam Waterston, directed by Michael Rudman, will play a pre Broadway season at the Long Wharf Theatre from January 19th to February 13th. The action takes place at a meeting of art critic Bernard Berenson and art dealer Joseph Duveen in Florence in 1937, and explores issues of true value, provenance, forgery and fraud - both artistic and personal. The Broadway producers are John Martello and Elliot Martin.

The Pearl Project, Diverse City Theatre Company's festival of original plays written by Filipino-Americans, will run at the Clurman Theatre at Theatre Row from July 6th to 25th. It will comprise Eric Gamalinda's Resurrection, in which the unexplained suicide of a young woman tears a family apart, directed by Michael Sexton; Jorshinelle Taleon-Sonza's The Encounter, which imagines a visit made by the incumbent Filipino President to his imprisoned political rival, directed by Nelso Eusebio; and a double bill by Kristine M Reyes, Quarter Century Baby, dealing with the fallout after parents visit their Filipino daughter and her American boyfriend unannounced, directed by Adam Fitzgerald, and Something Blue, following an estranged father's quest to reconnect with his daughter on her wedding day, directed by Andy Goldberg. The cast will be Ching Valdes-Aran, Raul Aranas, Alan Ariano, Alexis Camins, Andrew Eisenman, Ali Ewoldt, Lydia Gaston, Christopher Kloko, Victor Lirio, David Newer, Susan Quinn, Eileen Rivera, Bonna Tek, Kurt Uy and Tiffany Villarin. Theatre Row is located at 410 West 42nd Street, between 9th and 10th Avenues.

The 35th annual Samuel French Off Off Broadway Original Short Play Festival, Manhattan's oldest short play festival, will take place from July 13th to 18th, at the Lion Theatre at Theatre Row. 40 plays have been selected to be performed over the 6 evenings, before a panel of 18 judges, composed of playwrights, agents and Samuel French editorial staff, who will select 6 finalists to have their works licensed and published by Samuel French. Over 360 companies and schools from the U.S. and abroad have participated in the festival through the years, and 181 of the submitted plays have been published. Further information can be found on the Samuel French web site, via the link from The Emporium in the Links section of New York TheatreNet

The American Thymele Theatre will stage Euripedes's Alcestis, about a king dealing with the guilt of letting his wife die in his place, directed by Lorca Peress, outdoors at the East River Park Ampitheatre on July 6th and 7th, and the Naumberg Bandshell in Central Park on July 8th, and indoors at the Lee Strasberg Institute's Marilyn Monroe Theatre on July 9th. The cast will comprise Paul Mischeshin, Frederick Mayer, Goran Ivanovski, Vasile Flutur, Michael Honda, Perri Yaniv, Julian M Sapala, Steven Unger, Jessica Levesque, Christopher Ryan, Denise Fiore, Emilly Medina, Harry Oram, Zenon Zeleniuch, Luke Vedder and Anthony Michael Stokes. The Lee Strasberg Institute is located at 115 East 5th Street, between Union Square East and Irving Place.

Soho Think Tank's 17th annual Ice Factory Festival, held for the last time at The Ohio Theatre from July 7th to August 14th, will comprise Staying Afloat, written and directed by Lenora Champagne, in which two women and a polar bear find themselves trapped on a melting ice floe and strive to co-exist in a world of shrinking options; Wanderlust: A History Of Walking, adapted and directed by Matthew Earnest from the book by Rebecca Solnit, a dance-theatre investigation into the most obvious and the most obscure thing in the world; Hater, freely adapted and directed by Samuel Buggeln from Moliere's The Misanthrope, with Merritt Wever, Noah Weisberg, Maria Christina Oliveras, Zoe Winters and Colby Chambers; Nurses In New England, written and directed by Tina Satter, with music by Chris Giarmo, a hospital show re-configured as a live musical dramedy; Mission Drift, directed by Rachel Chavkin, created by the TEAM ensemble, with music by Heather Christian, an unbiased portrait of American Capitalism, told through cowboy ballet, piano yowls and people with bank accounts; and Nostradomus Predicts The Death Of Soho, written and directed by Robert Lyons, in which a young woman struggles with the realities (and unrealities) of New York City (with songs). The Ohio Theatre is located at 66 Wooster Street, between Spring and Broome Streets.

Frank McCourt's The Irish...And How They Got That Way, a musical revue offering an irreverent but affectionate history of the Irish in America, with original cast members Ciaran Sheehan and Terry Donnelly joined by Kerry Conte, Patrick Shields, Gary Troy and Kevin B Winebold, directed by Charlotte Moore, with choreography by Barry McNabb, will return to the Irish Repertory Theatre, previewing from July 14th, opening on July 22nd. The Irish Repertory Theatre is located at 132 West 22nd Street, between 6th and 7th Avenues.

Tales From The Tunnel, a comedy about true NYC subway experiences co-written and co-directed by Troy Diana and James Valletti, with Wilson Jermaine Heredia, Farah Bala, Geri Brown, Carla Corvo, Brandon Jones, Vayu O'Donnell, Sam Rosenberg and Maria Silverman, will preview from July 10th at 45 Bleecker Street Theatre, opening on July 25th. The producers are Rat King LLC, Adam Blanshay and Stephenie Overton in association with Brierpatch Productions. 45 Bleecker Street Theatre is located at 45 Bleecker Street, between Lafayette and Mott Streets.

Broadway In Bryant Park, the free outdoor performances by company members from Broadway and Off Broadway musicals, will return for an 9th season from July 8th to August 12th, on Thursdays from 12.30pm to 1.30pm. Companies involved will include: Promises, Promises, In The Heights, The Phantom Of The Opera, Billy Elliot, Memphis, South Pacific, Radio City Christmas Spectacular, Chicago, A Little Night Music, Rock Of Ages, The Lion King, The Addams Family, Wicked, Next To Normal, Fela!, Million Dollar Quartet, Mamma Mia!, American Idiot, La Cage Aux Folles, West Side Story and Mary Poppins. Bryant Park is located behind the New York Public Library on 6th Avenue, between 40th and 42nd Streets.