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Backstage Whispers overheard by Richard Andrews

Last updated : 31st October 2011

It has been confirmed that the 2006 London production of the musical Evita, lyrics by Tim Rice, music by Andrew Lloyd Webber, with Elena Roger reprising her performance in the title role, joined by Ricky Martin and Michael Cerveris, directed by Michael Grandage, choreographed by Rob Ashford, will preview from March 17th at the Marquis Theatre, with an official opening on April 5th. The show tells the life story of Eva Peron, the wife and 'power behind the throne' of the Argentinean dictator Juan Peron. The original score is augmented by the new song written for the film version, and given a more South American flavour than the original. The producers are Hal Luftig and Scott Sanders.

The Beautiful Soup Theater Collective will stage Nora In Rep, comprising productions of Henrik Ibsen's A Doll's House, in which a woman rebels against the confines of a Victorian marriage, with Kymberly Tuttle, Patrick Pizzolorusso, Seth Koproski and Thomas Leverton, directed by Cristina Carrion, and its musical sequel A Doll's Life, book and lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green, music by Larry Grossman, with Mallory Berlin, Mario Castro, Joseph da Fonseca, Thomas Dolan, Jonathan Grunert, Anna Kirkland, Alex Pagels, Jordan Shaner, Rebecca Shorstein, Lisa Crosby Wipperling and Tal Yardeni, directed by Steven Carl McCasland, in repertory from January 19th at The SoHo Playhouse. The SoHo Playhouse is located at 15 Vandam Street, between 6th Avenue and Varick Street.

13P, the playwrights collective has announced that its final season will comprise the premieres of Erin Courtney's A Map Of Virtue, a middle-of-the-night horror story involving a group of friends left stranded in the woods, directed by Ken Rus Schmoll, at the 4th Street Theatre from February 5th; and an as yet untitled play by Sarah Ruhl, next summer. The 4th Street Theatre is located at 83 East 4th Street, between Bowery and 2nd Avenue.

The 16th annual Kids' Night On Broadway, in which kids from 6 to 18 can attend a Broadway show for free if they come with a paying adult, will be expanded to four nights, taking place on February 5th to 9th. Tickets are on sale from noon on November 1st for the 22 Broadway and Off Broadway shows that are participating. There will also be a pre-theatre party at Madame Tussauds, and educational and interactive workshops intended to introduce kids to the theatre, via activities such as dance lessons, a make up station and karaoke, with cast and crew members of Broadway shows participating. Certain theatre district restaurants will offer family friendly dinner discounts, and free entrees for each child accompanied by an adult who also purchase an entree. Parking discounts will also be available. Further information can be found on the Kids' Night web site via the link from Festivals & Events in the Links section of New York TheatreNet.

Peccadillo Theater Company will stage George S Kaufman and Moss Hart's The Man Who Came To Dinner, the comedy in which a cantankerous Broadway theatre critic is injured in a fall arriving for a dinner party and has to stay until he recovers, turning the household upside down, with Jim Brochu, Cady Huffman, Joseph R Sicari, Amy Landon, Ira Denmark, Scott Evans, Thursday Farrar, Kevin Fugaro, Jenna Gavigan, Kristin Griffith, Susan Jeffries, Kristine Nevins, John Seidman, Carolyn Seiff, Jay Stratton, Tony Triano, Reggie Whitehead and John Windsor-Cunningham, directed by Dan Wackerman, previewing from November 25th at the Theatre at St Clements, opening on December 4th. The Theatre at St Clements is located at 423 West 46th Street, between 8th and 9th Avenues.

Robert L Hecker's Ghost Dancer, set in a community recovering from a bloody revolution, where one woman emerges still fighting for freedom, with Reza Salazar, Leajato Amara Robinson, Jorge Acosta, Luis Salgado, Lilia Vassileva, Rosie Lani Fiedelman and Arturo Castro, directed by Joshua A Kashinsky, will open at the Mint Theatre on November 19th. The producer is The Show Goes On Productions. The Mint Theatre is located at 311 West 43rd Street, between 8th and 9th Avenues.

The 10th annual The 24 Hour Plays On Broadway will take place at the American Airlines Theatre on Monday November 14th. A group of actors, playwrights and directors will come together on the evening of Sunday November 13th, and form teams to write and rehearse 6 short plays to be performed 24 hours later. Those involved will include actors Cheyenne Jackson, Gabourey Sidibe, Jesse Eisenberg, Megan Fox, Rosie Perez, Jack McBrayer, Amber Tamblyn, Billy Crudup, Carla Gugino, David Cross, Diane Neal, Greta Gerwig, Jason Biggs, Jason Sudeikis, John Krasinski, Julia Stiles, Justin Bartha, Kathy Najimy, Lake Bell, Nia Vardalos, Nick Swardson, Rachel Dratch, Sarah Silverman, Tracy Morgan and Woody Harrelson, writers David Lindsay-Abaire, Doug Wright, Lynn Nottage, Terrence McNally, Rachel Axler, Laura Bell Bundy and Andy Davis, and directors Derek Cianfrance, Josie Rourke, Peter Ellenstein and Thomas Kail. Since its inception, The 24 Hour Plays have involved more than 100 writers, 1,000 actors, and 300 new short plays have been produced. Further information can be found on The 24 Hour Plays web site, via the link from Festivals & Events, in the Links section of New York TheatreNet.

The Rumour Machine says: that Ben Deagle's The Fabulous Lies Of Hollywood Whores, a comedy about an escort agency using a department store as a cover, possibly featuring Kirstie Alley, directed by Dean Delgado, is aiming for Broadway early next year, courtesy of producers Lance Bass, Beverley Mitchell, Jamie Kennedy and Matt Seifnia. The Rumour Machine grinds on.