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Backstage Whispers overheard by Richard Andrews

Last updated : 16th September 2013

It's Official! As previously forecast here, the concert musical Hedwig And The Angry Inch, book by John Cameron Mitchell, music and lyrics by Stephen Trask, the story of an obscure and tortured German-American transsexual rock singer, with Neil Patrick Harris, directed by Michael Mayer, with musical staging by Spencer Liff, will preview from March 29th at the Belasco Theatre, with an official opening on April 22nd. The producers are David Binder and Jayne Baron Sherman, and 101 Productions.

Manhattan Theatre Club will stage the premiere of Harvey Fierstein's Casa Valentina, based on a real resort in the Catskills in the 1960s where heterosexual men could dress as women, directed by Joe Mantello, previewing from April 1st at the Samuel J Friedman Theatre, with an official opening on April 23rd. It is produced in association with Colin Callender, Robert Cole, Frederick Zollo and the Shubert Organization.

On The Casting Couch: Andy Karl and Margo Seibert will head the cast of the Thomas Meehan-Lynn Ahrens-Stephen Flaherty musical Rocky, opening at the Winter Garden Theatre on March 13th.

Disaster! A 1970's Disaster Movie…Musical, by Seth Rudetsky and Jack Plotnick, in which stock characters are gathered at a disaster scenario in New York in the 1970s, featuring pop, rock and disco songs of the time, with Mary Testa, Tom Riis Farrell, Michele Ragusa, Jennifer Simard and Seth Rudetsky, directed by Jack Plotnick, with choreography by Denis Jones, will preview from October 14th at St. Luke's Theatre, opening on November 4th. The producer is Mary J Davis. St Luke's Theatre is located at 308 West 46th Street, between 8th and 9th Avenues.

The 25th season of the Food For Thought series of lunchtime readings of one act plays by Broadway performers at the Players Club, from October 3rd, will comprise: Rod Sterling's The Twilight Zone: The Masks, with Fritz Weaver; A R Gurney's The Love Course, with Larry Pine and Zoe Caldwell; Noel Coward's Shadow Play; William Saroyan's Hello Out There; Steve Martin's WASP with Frances Sternhagen; Arthur Miller's The Last Yankee; plays by Dorothy Parker, Eudora Welty and Susan Charlotte; Harold Pinter's The Homecoming with Richard Easton; Horton Foote's The Dearest Of Friends; Christopher Durang's The Actor's Nightmare; Tennessee Williams's Portrait Of A Madonna; and Lucille Fletcher's Sorry, Wrong Number. Lunch is from 12noon, the performance begins at 2pm, and a question and answer session follows. The Players Club is located at 16 Gramercy Park South, on East 20th Street, between Park Avenue and Irving Place.

Theater For The New City will stage The Possibility Junkie, book by David Ippolito and Gretchen Cryer, music and lyrics by David Ippolito, a fantasy autobiographical musical about the street musician known as 'That Guitar Man from Central Park', with Jillian Louis, Rob Barnes, Joel H Jones, J C Hall, Teresa Reynolds, Vanessa Theus and David Ippolito, directed by Gretchen Cryer, from September 28th. Theater For The New City is located at 155 1st Avenue, between 9th and 10th Streets.

Forthcoming productions at New Ohio Theatre will include Paul Cameron Hardy's Feeling, about a girl who has hit rock bottom but keeps digging anyway, with Meredith Burns, Donna Haley, Carl Holder, Ben Mehl, Quinn Meyers and Luke Robertson, directed by Eddie Prunoske, previewing from October 5th, opening on October 7th, a Glass Banditd Theater Company Production; and Tennessee Williams's The Mutilated, a gothic comedy about an oil heiress whose only companion is a grifter at a Christmas party in 1940s New Orleans, with Mink Stole and Penny Arcade, directed by Cosmin Chivu, from November 1st. The New Ohio Theatre is located at 154 Christopher Street, between Greenwich and Washington Streets

The 14th annual New Yorker Festival will take place from October 4th to 6th. Events will include the magazine's contributors in conversations with artists, musicians and performers; panel discussions; fiction discussions, book signings and poetry readings; comedy and improv; a live version of The New Yorker's cartoon caption contest; a tasting of rare whiskies; a private tour of the Frick; and a tasting walk from Greenwich Village to Chinatown led by Calvin Trillin. Further information can be found on the New Yorker Festival web site, via the link from Festivals & Events in the Links section of New York TheatreNet.

Ma-Yi Theater Company and The Ensemble Studio Theatre will stage Mike Lew's Bike America, a wildly picturesque bike trip from Boston to Santa Barbara, undertaken by a woman looking to bring more meaning into her life, with Vandit Bhatt, Jessica DiGiovanni, Melanie Nicholls-King, David Shih, Marilyn Torres, Tom White, and Landon G Woodson, directed by Moritz von Stuelpnagel, at the Theatre at St Clements from September 24th. The Theatre at St Clements is located at 423 West 46th Street, between 9th and 10th Avenues.

Revenge And Guilt, written and directed by Marc Spitz, a farce drawing on themes of anger, regret, maturity and faith, with Peter Buck Dettmann, Emily Russell and Tom Vaught, will play at the Kraine Theatre from September 19th. The Kraine Theatre is located at 85 East 4th Street, between The Bowery and 2nd Avenue.