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Backstage Whispers overheard by Richard Andrews

Last updated : 30th September 2013

Nothing To Hide, an unconventional magic show of diverse vignettes, created by magicians Derek DelGaudio and Helder Guimaraes, directed by Neil Patrick Harris, will preview from October 23rd at Pershing Square Signature Center, opening on November 6th. The producers are Werner Entertainment and Ostar Productions. The Pershing Square Signature Center is located at 480 West 42nd Street between 9th and 10th Avenues.

3-Legged Dog will stage the premieres of Ben Gassman's The Downtown Loop, in which the audience sits in a double-decker bus parked inside the theatre for a multimedia virtual tour of 21st century Manhattan, evoking nostalgia for what may or may not have been, with Greg Carere, Keelie Sheridan, Sarah Mollo-Christensen, Mia Jessup, Robert Metz, Sam Soghor and Anthony Polat, directed by Meghan Finn, previewing from October 15th, opening on October 23rd; and Tyson vs Ali, with video from famous boxing matches projected on and among live boxers, staged by Reid Farrington, in January. 3LD Art & Technology Center is located at 80 Greenwich Street, at Rector Street.

The York Theatre Company's 2013/2014 season will include Mainstage productions of Love, Linda: The Life Of Mrs Cole Porter, book by Stevie Holland with Gary William Friedman, music and lyrics by Cole Porter, which examines the 35 year relationship of Porter and Linda Lee Thomas, performed by Stevie Holland, directed by Richard Maltby Jr, from December 3rd; and the premiere of Inventing Mary Martin, a bio-revue about Mary Martin featuring songs with which she was associated, conceived, written and directed by Stephen Cole, co-directed and choreographed by Bob Richard, from April 15th; plus a concert version of Jack: A Musical Drama On The Life Of John F Kennedy, book and lyrics by Will Holt and Tom Sawyer, music by Will Holt, based on an original concept by Tom Sawyer, a biomusical about the personal struggles of the president, from November 1st to 3rd; and developmental lab performances of Buddy's Tavern, book by Raymond De Felitta, music by Kim Oler, lyrics by Alison Hubbard, adapted from the film Two Family House, the story of an Italian-American factory worker on Staten Island in 1956 who dreams of opening a bar, directed by Peter Flynn, with choreography by Devanand Janki, from November 13th to 15th. The York Theatre Company's Theatre at Saint Peter's is on 54th Street, between Lexington and 3rd Avenues.

National Black Theatre will stage Keith Josef Adkins's The Last Saint On Sugar Hill, in which an 'Old Harlem' property owning family is tempted to sell out to the 'New Harlem' that they despise, with David Fonteno, Jaime Lincoln Smith, Yaegel T Welch, Terrell Wheeler and Chinaza Uche, directed by Seret Scott, previewing from October 29th, opening on November 1st. National Black Theatre is located at 2031 5th Avenue, between 125th and 126th Streets.

Blood Manor, the live interactive Halloween experience will return for a 9th season from October 4th to November 2nd, featuring a host of fright-filled environments, including the Fog of Death, Vestibule of the Undead, the Rue Morgue, Steampunk, Frozen Alive, the Banquet of Torture and Laser Spectacular, plus new attractions Jungle Terror, Carnival of Souls and the Shocktorium, with an average of 37 gallons of blood spilled each night. The attraction is located at 163 Varick Street, between Charlton and Vandam Streets.

Forthcoming productions at La MaMa ETC will include B. Madonna, text by David Henry Hwang, music by Philip Glass, video by Christopher Odo, created and performed by Maureen Fleming, a multimedia meditation on 'miracles', based on the myth of Persephone, from October 17th in the Ellen Stewart Theatre; and Hamlet Hallucinations, a journey into the psyche of Shakespeare's well-known characters, with Mauro F Cardinali and Giacomo Rocchini, created and directed by Dario D'Ambrosi and Teatro Patologico, from October 17th in the First Floor Theatre. La MaMa E.T.C. is located at 74A East 4th Street, between Bowery and 2nd Avenue.

Forthcoming productions at Theatre Row will include: Merle Good's The Preacher And The Shrink, in which a young woman who has made a sexual accusation against her father, a respected pastor, becomes involved with the psychiatrist who tries to help her, with Dee Hoty, Tom Galantitch, Richard Theriot, Nicholas Urda and Adria Vitla, directed by Steven Yuhasz, previewing from November 2nd at the Beckett Theatre, opening on November 18th, produced by Daughter's Revenge Company; and Private Dancer, about the personal and professional life of Rita Hayworth, during the filming of Affair In Trinidad, with Sage Snakechalmer, directed by Bob Degus, with choreography by Francesca Harper, previewing from November 29th at the Lion Theatre, opening on December 6th, produced by Decent Productions. Theatre Row is located at 410 West 42nd Street, between 9th and 10th Avenues.

The Rumour Machine says: that a musical based on the music of the 1980's female pop band The GoGo's, book by Jeff Whitty, is aiming for Broadway, courtesy of producers Gwyneth Paltrow and Donovan Leitch; and that the long planned Broadway production of Eugene O'Neill's Long Day's Journey Into Night, with Jessica Lange, will come to fruition in the next 18 months. The Rumour Machine grinds on.