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Backstage Whispers overheard by Richard Andrews

Last updated : 29th October 2012

It's Official! As previously forecast here, Lincoln Center Theater will stage the premiere of Douglas Carter Beane's comedy The Nance, about a vaudeville performer during New York City Mayor Fiorello La Guardia's campaign to ban burlesque in the 1930s, with Nathan Lane, directed by Jack O'Brien, opening at the Lyceum Theatre on March 21st. The design team will comprise scenery by John Lee Beatty, costumes by Ann Roth, lighting by Japhy Weideman, and sound by Leon Rothenberg.

Barry Manilow will play a 4 week concert season of Manilow On Broadway, previewing from January 18th at the St James Theatre, opening on January 24th. The producers are presented by Jujamcyn Theaters and STILETTO Entertainment.

Red Bull Theater will stage Ben Jonson's Volpone, or The Fox, a satire of greed and lust, with Stephen Spinella, Tovah Feldshuh, Alvin Epstein, Jen Eden, Cameron Folmar, Michael Mastro, Sean Patrick Doyle, Christina Pumariega, Pearl Rhein, Rocco Sisto, Alexander Sovronsky, Charles Turner and Gregory Wooddell, directed by Jesse Berger, previewing from November 27th at the Lucille Lortel Theatre, opening on December 9th. The Lucille Lortel Theatre is located at 121 Christopher Street, between Bleecker and Hudson Streets.

David Silberg's Oy Vey! The Play, a comedy about a wealthy widow, her three daughters, her son, her Rabbi, and a handsome stranger who enters their lives, with Jonathan Cantor, Victoria Guthrie, Bari Hyman, Nina Leese, Jack R Marks, Jed Peterson, Carolyn Seiff and Sandy York, directed by Sue Lawless, will play at the Lion Theatre at Theatre Row from November 23rd. The producers are DBS Media, Dan Casamento, Anita Kulp, Kenneth Dixon and JustUsFriends. Theatre Row is located at 410 West 42nd Street, between 9th and 10th Avenues.

Contagious Laughter will stage the premiere of Brian Gianci's Let's Kill Grandma This Christmas, a rip-roaring holiday black comedy that takes place as a family gathers to celebrate Christmas Eve dinner, with Adam Mucci, Katie Webber, Brandi Nicole Wilson and James Wirt, directed by John Dapolito, previewing from November 25th at the Theatre at St Clement's, opening on December 3rd. Theatre at St Clement's is located at 423 West 46th Street, between 9th and 10th Avenues.

The 43rd season of the 92nd Street Y's Lyrics & Lyricists series, featuring the songs of a particular writer or era, will comprise: The Very Model Of A Modern Major Lyricist: W S Gilbert And The Broadway He Inspired, with Jason Danieley and David Garrison, hosted by Sheldon Harnick, January 12th to 14th; Give Me Fever: The Many Voices Of Peggy Lee, with La Tanya Hall, Gabrielle Stravelli, and Marilyn Maye, February 23rd to 25th; Taking A Chance On Love: The Music Of Vernon Duke, with Heidi Blickenstaff and Rebecca Luker, April 6th to 8th; The Song Is You: Jerome Kern Coast To Coast, with Karrin Allyson, Debby Boone, Jeffry Denman, Jay Leonhart, James Naughton, Paula West, Karen Ziemba and Barbara Carroll, May 4th to 6th; and Brush Up Your Shakespeare: The Bard And The Broadway Musical, June 1st to 3rd. Concerts are in the Kaufmann Concert Hall, at the 92nd Street Y, which is located at 92nd Street and Lexington Avenue.

Rosalind Productions will stage Jennifer Maisel's The Last Seder, in which three daughters return to their family home for a final Passover celebration before their father's worsening Alzheimer's necessitates his removal to sheltered housing, with Ryan Barry, Kathryn Kates, Natalie Kuhn, Andy Lucien, John Michalski, Eric T Miller, Greg Mullavey, Abigail Rose Solomon, Sara Surrey, Sarah Winkler and Gaby Hoffmann, directed by Jessica Bauman, previewing from December 1st at Theater Three, opening on December 4th. Theater Three is located at 311 West 43rd Street, between 8th & 9th Avenues.

The latest exhibition at the Bard Graduate Center Gallery is Circus And The City: New York, 1793-2010, exploring the development and spectacular pageantry of the American circus, running until 5th January. Through a wide variety of ephemera, images, and artifacts, the exhibition documents the history of the circus in the city, from the equestrian displays of the late 18th century, through the iconic late 19th century American railroad circus, to the Big Apple Circus of today. From humble beginnings, the circus grew into the most popular form of entertainment in the United States. By the turn of the 20th century, New York City was its most important market and the place where cutting-edge circus performances and exhibitions were introduced to the nation. Over 200 objects and images range from a suit worn by Colonel Tom Thumb, through posters and flyers, to images of performances in the largest tent ever built and at the original and subsequent Madison Square Garden. Bard Graduate Center Gallery is located 18 West 86th Street, between Columbus and Central Park West.

The Rumour Machine says: that a new production of Pump Boys And Dinettes, the country flavoured musical revue set in a Southern roadside diner, conceived and written by the original company members John Foley, Mark Hardwick, Debra Monk, Cass Morgan, John Schimmel and Jim Wann, directed by John Doyle, is aiming for Broadway next spring, courtesy of producers by Abby Lee, David B Brode and Tom Viertel; and Rocco Natale's Room At The End Of The Hall, the story of estranged twin brothers on the final night of their desperate search for a priceless heirloom hidden in their childhood home, is looking for an Off Broadway home next year , courtesy of producer Sean Hudock. The Rumour Machine grinds on.