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Backstage Whispers overheard by Richard Andrews

Last updated : 1st October 2012

It has been announced that the already previously postponed musical Rebecca, adapted from the novel by Daphne du Maurier, in which a man brings his second wife to the house where the shadow of his first wife still remains, original book and lyrics by Michael Kunze, music by Sylvester Levay, English book and lyrics by Christopher Hampton, directed by Michael Blakemore and Francesca Zambello, with choreography by Graciela Daniele, will not open as previously planned at the Broadhurst Theatre in the next few weeks, owing to the continued failure to raise the capitalisation.

Forthcoming productions at Lincoln Center Theater will include Ann, written by and featuring Holland Taylor, a bioplay about late Texas Governor Ann Richards, directed by Benjamin Endsley Klein, opening at the Vivian Beaumont Theater on March 7th, a co-production by Lincoln Center Theater, Bob Boyett and Harriet Newman Leve, with Kevin Bailey as executive producer; and the premiere of Richard Nelson's Nikolai And The Others, set in 1948 as a close-knit group of Russian emigres, choreographer George Balanchine, composer Igor Stravinsky, conductor Serge Koussevitsky, painter/set designer Sergey Sudeikin and composer Nikolai Nabokov, worked on the creation the ballet Orpheus, directed by David Cromer, previewing from April 4th at the Mitzi E Newhouse Theater, opening on May 6th.

Medicine Show Theatre Ensemble will stage the musical Fifty Million Frenchmen, book by Herbert Fields, music and lyrics by Cole Porter, the tale of an ex-pat American millionaire in Paris who, on a bet, must woo a young woman he adores while pretending to be penniless, with Barbara Vann, Jarrod Bates, Cari Bell, Robert Bellsey, Mark J Dempsey, Beth Griffith, Richard Gross, Michael Levi Harris, Renee Hermiz, Maria Hoffmann, Evan Kaplan, Richard Keyser, Gulshan Mia, Marvin Riggins and Becca Shimkin, directed by Barbara Vann, previewing from October 24th, opening on October 27th. The Medicine Show Theatre is located at 549 West 52nd Street, 3rd Floor, near 11th Avenue.

New Federal Theatre, in association with Castillo Theatre, will stage Diane Richards's Sowa's Red Gravy, in which a 110 year old woman recounts her life before the emancipation, and claims to have lived many lives as varied as a White Hollywood film star, an African Warrior and a Louisiana Voodoo Queen, with Lonette McKee, Aaron Fried, Jonathan Peck, Kimberly Q, Toni Seawright, Gary E Vincent, Iris Wilson, David D Wright and Kene Holliday, directed by Woodie King Jr, with choreography by Bruce Heath, previewing from October 18th at the Castillo Theatre, opening on October 28th. The Castillo Theatre is located at 543 West 42nd Street, between 10th and 11th Avenues.

On The Casting Couch: Lee Pace, Richard Easton, Dierdre Friel, Coco Monroe, Bebe Neuwirth, Ethan Phillips, Lorenzo Pisoni, Will Rogers and Eddie Kaye Thomas will feature in Terrence McNally's Golden Age, opening at Manhattan Theatre Club City Center Stage I on December 4th.

Epic Theater Ensemble will stage Dispatches, written and performed by Brandt Adama and Godfrey L Simmons Jr, exploring issues of race through the American South following the election of President Obama, directed by Ron Russell, in repertoire with Jeanne Sakata's Hold These Truths, a one person show performed by Joel de la Fuente, based on the experiences of a first generation Japanese American, directed by Lisa Rothe, playing at LABA Theater from October 10th. LABA Theater is located at 14th Street Y, 344 East 14th Street, between 1st and 2nd Avenues.

American Bard Theater Company will stage William Shakespeare's King Lear, which shows what happens when a king disposes of his estate between two of his three daughters based on their flattery, with Stephen Mo Hanan, David L Carson, Bryan L Cohen, Natalie Doyle Holmes, John Graham, Ross Hewitt, Kelly Laurel Zekas, Conrad Schott, Montgomery Sutton, Cheri Wicks, Dathan B Williams and Tom Wolfson, directed by Dev Bondarin, at Saint Mary's, 3rd Floor Theater, from October 18th. Saint Mary's, 3rd Floor Theater is located at 145 West 46th Street, between 6th and 7th Avenues.

The latest exhibition at the New York Public Library of the Performing Arts, is Martha Swope: In Rehearsal, running until 26th January. Martha Swope, originally a dance student with a Brownie camera, developed into the premier photographic documenter of performance in New York, in a career spanning the 1950s to her retirement in the mid 1990s. The exhibition focuses on Swope's photographs of rehearsals, highlighting her unique understanding of movement, and reveals the process of creating dance and theatre. Highlights include two of her earliest projects: rehearsals of the original production of West Side Story, and George Balanchine and Igor Stravinsky creating the ballet Agon. The exhibition also features Swope's work as official photographer for the New York City Ballet and Martha Graham companies, and images of New York Shakespeare Festival productions, from Shakespeare in the Park to A Chorus Line, and numerous Broadway bound shows. The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts is located at 40 Lincoln Center Plaza.

New York City Players will stage Neutral Hero, written and directed by Richard Maxwell, which tells the story of a young man searching for his father in the American landscape, Lakpa Bhutia, Janet Coleman, Keith Connolly, Alex Delinois, Bob Feldman, Jean Ann Garrish, Rosie Goldensohn, Paige Martin, James Moore, Philip Moore, Andie Springer and Andrew Weisell, at The Kitchen from October 18th. The Kitchen is located at 512 West 19th Street , between 10th and 11th Avenues.

The Rumour Machine says: that Nora Ephron's final play, now titled Lucky Guy, about the prize winning newspaper columnist Mike McAlary, with Tom Hanks making his Broadway debut, directed by George C Wolfe, will open in a Shubert theatre next March, courtesy of producers Colin Callender, Roy Furman and Arielle Tepper Madover. The Rumour Machine grinds on.