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Backstage Whispers overheard by Richard Andrews

Last updated : 30th November 2009

It has been confirmed that All About Me, featuring Michael Feinstein and Dame Edna Everage, written by Christopher Durang, directed by Jerry Zaks, will preview from February 19th at the Golden Theatre, with an official opening on March 18th. The producers are Jeffrey Richards, Jerry Frankel, Robert G Bartner and the Ambassador Theater Group.

Lincoln Center's 2010 American Songbook Series at the Allen Room will include in January - Marianne Faithfull (13th), Rebecca Luker (14th), David Hidalgo and Louie Perez of Los Lobos with An Evening Of Storytelling And Songs (15th), Martha Plimpton with A Woman Of Color (16th), Rufus Wainwright, Bill Frisell, Van Dyke Parks, Marc Anthony Thompson, Roy Nathanson and Steven Bernstein Hal Willner in I Gotta Right To Sing The Blues (27th), Suzanne Vega (28th), Michael Friedman with Adventures In Reality, featuring Norm Lewis, Michael Esper and de'Adre Aziza (30th); in February - Dee Dee Bridgewater with To Billie With Love - A Celebration Of Lady Day (17th), Nellie McKay with Normal As Blueberry Pie - A Tribute To Doris Day (18th), Dirty Projectors (19th), Leslie Uggams (20th); and in March - Gabriel Kahane (3rd), Todd Snider (4th), Jeanine Tesori (5th), Chita Rivera (6th).

The London Shakespeare's Globe Theatre production of William Shakespeare's Love's Labour's Lost, the comedy in which four young men attempt to forswear the company of women for 12 months, using Renaissance staging, costumes and music, directed by Dominic Dromgoole, will play at the Michael Schimmel Center of Pace University from December 8th to 20th. The company comprises Michelle Terry, Trystan Gravelle, Seroca Davis, Christopher Godwin, William Mannering, Rhiannon Oliver, Andrew Vincent, Jade Anouka, Phil Cumbus, Jack Farthing, Patrick Godfrey, Fergal McElherron, Thomasin Rand, Paul Ready, Sian Robins-Grace and Tom Stuart. The Michael Schimmel Center is located at 3 Spruce Street, between Park Row and Gold Street.

The Irish Repertory Theatre production of Eugene O'Neill's The Emperor Jones, about an ex-convict who cons his way into becoming dictator on a remote island in the Caribbean, with John Douglas Thompson, Michael Akil Davis, Jon Deliz, Sameerah Harris, David Heron and Sinclair Mitchell, directed by Ciaran O'Reilly, will transfer to the SoHo Playhouse, previewing from December 15th, opening on December 22nd. It will be presented by The Irish Repertory Theatre and Darren Lee Cole Theatricals. The SoHo Playhouse is located at 15 Vandam Street, between Varick Street and 6th Avenue.

On The Casting Couch: Liev Schreiber and Scarlett Johansson will be joined by Jessica Hecht, Michael Cristofer, Santino Fontana and Corey Stoll in Arthur Miller's A View From The Bridge, opening at the Cort Theatre on January 24th; and Christopher Walken, Sam Rockwell, Anthony Mackie and Zoe Kazan will star in Martin McDonagh's A Behanding In Spokane, opening at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre on March 4th.

The 28 year old 52nd Street Project will inaugurate its first permanent home, the Five Angels Theater, by staging All Good Things: The Patient Plays, from December 11th to 13th. The 17,000 square foot space includes rehearsal space and facilities for after school mentoring programs and workshops on theatre technology. An official opening will take place in February. The 52nd Street Project was founded to improve the quality of life for children who live in the Hell's Kitchen neighbourhood, through theatrical projects tailored to their experiences. The production is the result of a 9 week playwrighting intensive, where young participants were paired with theatre professionals to develop their short works. The professionals include Mia Barron, Lisa Benavides, Kenajuan Bentley, Elizabeth Canavan, Aya Cash, Joel de la Fuente, Carson Elrod, Saidah Arrika Ekulona, Peter Jay Fernandez, Will Harper, Sue Jean Kim, Krystel Lucas, Bruce MacVittie, Alexis McGuinness, Joe Paulik, Myra Lucretia Taylor, Christopher Evan Welch and Joe White, and directors Emilio Delgado, Kate Forbes, Kel Haney, Taibi Magar, Davis McCallum, Rick Meese, Tlaloc Rivas, Erica Schmidt and John Sheehy. The Five Angels Theater is located at 789 10th Avenue, between 52nd and 53rd Streets.

The New York Times's 9th Annual Arts & Leisure Weekend will take place from January 7th to 10th, featuring a range of activities, from interviews between Times journalists and guests from theatre, dance, music, film, television, art, literature, media and politics, to special offers at cultural institutions around the world. Among the events will be Cirque du Soleil Behind The Scenes, Top Chef, All My Children At 40, and Pulitzer Playwrights. Events will be held at The Times Center, in the new Times building at 242 West 41st Street, between 7th and 8th Avenues. Further information can be found on the Arts & Leisure Weekend web site, via the link from Festivals & Events in the Links section of New York TheatreNet.

Cirque du Soleil will bring its latest touring production OVO, which takes its inspiration from insects, written, directed and choreographed by Deborah Colker, performing in its Grand Chapiteau (Big Top) in Randall's Island Park from April 9th to June 6th. The cast comprises 54 artists from 13 countries from many circus disciplines. Randall's Island Park is located in the East River opposite East Harlem.

Rasta Thomas's Rock The Ballet, featuring The Bad Boys Of Dance, mixing musical theatre, hip-hop, tap and contemporary dance, set against a backdrop of video projected scenery, will play at the Joyce Theater from December 15th to January 3rd. The Joyce Theater is located at 175 8th Avenue, at 19th Street.

The Rumour Machine says: that Kelsey Grammer may join original star Douglas Hodge in the Broadway transfer of the London production of the Harvey Fierstein-Jerry Herman musical La Cage Aux Folles, opening at the Longacre Theatre on April 18th; and that that the current London production of Breakfast At Tiffany's, adapted by Samuel Adamson from Truman Capote's novella, with Anna Friel and Joseph Cross, directed by Sean Mathias, has plans to transfer to Broadway. The Rumour Machine grinds on.