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Backstage Whispers overheard by Richard Andrews

Last updated : 28th August 2006

High Fidelity, the romantic comedy musical adapted from Nick Hornby's novel, relocated from the original London to Brooklyn, directed by Walter Bobbie, with choreography by Christopher Gattelli, will preview at the Imperial Theatre from November 20th, opening on December 7th. The show has book by David Lindsay-Abaire, music by Tom Kitt, and lyrics by Amanda Green. It tells the story of a record store owner (and obsessive Top 5 listmaker) who, when his current relationship turns sour, revisits the women from his former relationships to find out where he went wrong. The cast is led by Will Chase, Jenn Colella, Christian Anderson, Jay Klaitz, Katy Mixo,n Emily Swallow, Kirsten Wyatt and Anne Warren. It features set design by Anna Louizos, costume design by Theresa Squire, lighting design by Ken Billington and sound design by Acme Sound Partners. The producers are Jeffrey Seller, Robyn Goodman, Kevin McCollum, Live Nation, Roy Miller, Dan Markley, Jam Theatricals and Ruth Hendel. The show will play a pre-Broadway tryout at the Colonial Theatre in Boston from September 26th to October 22nd.

TACT - The Actors Company Theatre, the Manhattan group that presents readings of seldom performed plays, is to mount two fully staged productions at the Beckett Theatre in Theatre Row on 42nd Street. David Storey's Home, a funny, poetic and poignant play about friendship and compassion, with Cynthia Darlow, Cynthia Harris, Simon Jones, Larry Keith and Ron McClary, directed by Scott Alan Evans, will play from December 2nd to 23rd. Edward Bond's The Sea, a gothic comedy set in an English costal town in 1907, will play from April 21st to May 12th. Meanwhile, TACT's readings will continue at its studio at 900 Broadway, beginning on September 29th with Sidney Howard's The Late Christopher Bean, follwed by Edward Chodorov's Kind Lady, Enid Bagnol's The Chinese Prime Minister, Terence Rattigan's Man And Boy, John Colton and Clemence Randolph's Rain, based on a story by W Somerset Maugham, and Arthur Wing Pinero's Dandy Dick. Further information can be found on the TACT web site via the link from Off Broadway Venues & Companies in the Links section of New York TheatreNet.

Coffee House is a series of events at the D-Lounge, the new cabaret space located within the Daryl Roth Theatre complex at 101 East 15th Street, between Union Square and Irving Place, in which playwrights, poets, short story writers and essayists will each present ten minutes worth of new material. The series begins on August 31st with works by Joe Barone, Phil Geoffrey Bond, Ethan Kanfer, Josh Mcilvain, Bill Russell and Kyle Spearman. Barone will offer an excerpt from his play Sandspots; Bond will read from his short story My Friend; Kanfer will present his play Tea Party; Mcilvain will offer his comic monologue Cruise Ship; Russell will read his poetry; and Spearman will introduce his play Menu Driven. Bond and Russell will present their work themselves, while actors will perform the plays. Further information can be found on the D-Lounge web site via the link from Comedy, Poetry, Music and Cabaret Venues in the Links section of New York TheatreNet.

Blythe Danner and Carla Gugino will star in the Roundabout Theatre Company's production of Tennessee Williams's Suddenly Last Summer, directed by Mark Brokaw, which will preview from October 20th and open November 15th, at the Laura Pels Theatre, 111 West 46 Street, between 6th and 7th Avenues. A steamy Southern drama, the play combines the usual Tennessee Williams themes, including homosexuality, incest, revenge and cannibalism. Subsequent Roundabout shows at the Laura Pels Theatre will be the American premieres of Patrick Marber's Howard Katz, the story of a 50 year old showbusiness agent who throws his family life into confusion in the search for his soul, starring Alfred Molina, directed by Doug Hughes, previewing from February 2nd and opening on March 8th; and Brian Friel's The Home Place, set in rural Ireland in 1878, in a household where father and son are both in love with their housekeeper, where the serene life is threatened by the arrival of an English relative, directed by Joe Dowling.

The Committee Theatre Company will present the New York premiere of Ken Urban's I (Heart) Kant, the first of his 'New Jersey Trilogy', directed by Dylan McCullough, at The Linhart Theater at 440 Studios, 440 Lafayette Street, between Astor Place and East 4th Street, from September 8th to October 2nd. The cast will comprise Kate Benson, Steven Boyer, Kate Downing, Edelen McWillams, and Frances Mercanti-Anthony. The play weaves together the stories of four lost women, stifled by sex, drugs, dead-end jobs and unfinished dissertations, each searching for happiness. Further information can be found on The Committee web site via the link from Off Broadway Venues & Companies in the Links section of New York TheatreNet.

The LAByrinth Theater Company has announced its 15th anniversary season, which begins with Stephen Belber's A Small Melodramatic Story, directed by Lucie Tiberghien, previewing from October 10th and opening on October 22nd at The Public Theatre. It is the story of a widow timidly beginning a new relationship who struggles with how much she wants or needs to know about the new man's past. The cast comprises Carlo Alban, Quincy Tyler Bernstine, Lee Sellars and Isiah Whitlock Jr. The season will continue with Bob Glaudini's Jack Goes Boating, with Beth Cole, Daphne Rubin-Vega, John Ortiz and Philip Seymour Hoffman; and Eric Bogosian's This Is Now! written with musician-composer Elliott Sharp; plus developmental productions of Carlo Alban's intringulis, and Andrea Ciannavei's Pretty Chin Up.

The Body Politic Theater and Vital Theatre Company's production of Catherine Filloux's Lemkin's House, about the lawyer who coined the word 'genocide' in 1944 and led the effort to criminalize it, and his anguish over its toleration in the modern world, first seen earlier this year, will return to the McGinn Cazale Theatre, on Broadway at 76th Street, from September 13th to October 8th. In the play, Raphael Lemkin is tormented in the afterlife by the Rwandan and Bosnian genocides, and the international community's failure to stop them. The returning cast comprises John Daggett, Christopher Edwards, Laura Flanagan, Christopher McHale and Connie Winston, directed by Jean Randich. Further information can be found on the Body Politic web site via the link from Off Broadway Venues & Companies in the Links section of New York TheatreNet.