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Backstage Whispers overheard by Richard Andrews

Last updated : 30th January 2012

It's Official! As previously forecast here, Tennessee Williams's A Streetcar Named Desire, which follows the woes of a faded Southern belle, and her road to madness aided by her violent brother in law, with Blair Underwood, Nicole Ari Parker and Wood Harris, directed by Emily Mann, will play at the Broadhurst Theatre this spring. The producers are Stephen C Byrd and Alia M Jones of Front Row Productions.

The Public Theater's 50th anniversary Shakespeare in the Park season at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park, will comprise Shakespeare's comedy As You Like It, set in the enchanted Forest of Arden, where all the world's a stage, and sudden infatuation is as confusing as it is beautiful, with Lily Rabe, directed by Daniel Sullivan; and the award winning 2010 Regents Park Open Air Theatre London production of the musical Into The Woods, book by James Lapine, music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, in which characters from a number of fairytales don't live happily ever after, directed by Timothy Shreader and Liam Steel.

Nederlander Presentations will stage a national tour of the musical Jekyll & Hyde, book and lyrics Leslie Bricusse, music by Frank Wildhorn, adapted from on the novella by Robert Louis Stevenson, about a London doctor who accidentally unleashes his evil alternate personality in his quest to cure his father's mental illness, with Constantine Maroulis, directed and choreographed by Jeff Calhoun, opening a national tour at La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts in La Mirada, California from September 7th, followed by a limited Broadway season in the spring of 2013.

Maya Macdonald's Leave The Balcony Open, set on a rural college campus where proximity to death defines your social status, as four soon-to-be-graduates party, scream and learn how to move on, with Heidi Armbruster, Jerzy Gwiazdowski, Betsy Hogg, Julie Kline, Jared Mcguire and Mary Rasmussen, directed by Jessica Bauman, will preview from February 5th at 3LD Art & Technology Center, opening on February 9th. The producer is New Feet Productions. The 3LD Art & Technology Center is located at 80 Greenwich Street, at Rector Street.

On The Casting Couch: Cynthia Harris, Finnerty Steeves, Alec Beard, Dominic Comperatore, Stephanie Cozart, Matthew Gumley and Russell Posner will head the cast of Neil Simon's Lost In Yonkers, opening at the Beckett Theatre at Theatre Row on March 22nd; and Charles Busch will be joined by Mary Testa, Dave August, Christopher Borg, Kendal Sparks, Larry Bullock, Jonathan Walker, Jennifer Van Dyck and Billy Wheelan in his latest play Judith Of Bethulia, at the Theater for the New City from March 30th.

At Hand Theatre Company will stage Mark Snyder's As Wide As I Can See, in which the chance appearance of a figure from a disillusioned journalist's past begets a drama about remembering who he was and confronting who he has become, directed by Dan Horrigan, previewing from February 23rd at HERE Art Center, opening on February 28th. HERE Art Center is located at 145 6th Avenue, between Spring and Dominick Streets.

Chekhovek, a comedy adapted and directed by Melania Levitsky from nine of Anton Chekhov's best known short stories, with music by Jonathan Talbott, with Eddie Allen, David Anderson, Elizabeth Fountain, Rob Leo Roy and Celia Schaefer, will preview from February 1st at the Arclight Theatre, opening on February 7th. The producers are The Actors' Ensemble and GoShow Entertainment. The ArcLight Theater is located at 152 West 71st Street, between Columbus Avenue and Broadway.

Unreachable Eden, a musical drama about the life of Polish Jewish lesbian Eve Adams, who ran a tearoom on MacDougal Street in 1926, written and directed by Barbara Kahn, with music by Arthur Abrams, featuring Zina Anaplioti, Christopher Comeaux, Ben Davis, Claire Epstein, Robert Gonzales, Jr, Gusta Johnson, Franco Pedicini and Steph Van Vlack, will open at Theater for the New City on February 9th. Theater for the New City is located at 155 1st Avenue, between East 9th and 10th Streets.

The Attic Theater Company will stage William Saroyan's The Time Of Your Life, about an assortment of 'important nobodies' who share the common bond of searching for purpose in a saloon in San Francisco in 1939, with Joshua Everett Johnson, Ryan Garbayo, Monica Hammond, Teddy Alvaro, Lauren Shannon, Ted Caine, Haley Bond, Seth Andrew Bridges, Kyle Eberlein, Brad Markarowski, Anthony Comis, Kevin Jones, Alexandra Dickson, Geoffrey Hawes, Benjamin Fisher, Kate Manfre, Rachel Garis, Matt Palmer, Henry Packer, Rocky Bostick, John Wiggins, Mary Christopher and Chris Gebauer, directed by Laura Braza, previewing from February 10th at the Connelly Theatre, opening on February 12th. The Connelley Theatre is located at 220 East 4th Street, between Avenues A and B.

The Tank will stage An Evening Of Awkward Romance, a comedy about a collection of oddball characters on their quest to find love at a speed dating event, written by and featuring Wendy Herlich, with Stefan Schick, directed by Ruthie Levy, opening on February 11th. The Tank is located at 155 West 46th Street, between 6th and 7th Avenues.

The Rumour Machine says: that Prince Of Broadway, the revue featuring songs from Broadway musicals directed and/or produced by Harold Prince, book by David Thompson, directed by Prince, with co-direction and choreography by Susan Stroman, will skip its previously announced tryout season in Toronto in the summer, and open cold on Broadway in November; that Manhattan Theatre Club will stage Golden Age, Terrence McNally's new backstage drama set at the premiere of Bellini's opera I Puritani in Paris in 1835, directed by Walter Bobbie in its 2012/2013 season at City Center Stage I; and that Becoming Chaplin, a biomusical about Charlie Chaplin, book by Thomas Meehan, book, music and lyrics by Christopher Curtis, directed and choreographed by Warren Carlyle, is aiming for Broadway in the 2012/2013 season, courtesy of producers Rich Entertainment Group, Roy Gabay, and John and Claire Caudwell. The Rumour Machine grinds on.