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Backstage Whispers overheard by Richard Andrews

Last updated : 2nd September 2013

It has been confirmed that the musical If/Then, book and lyrics by Brian Yorkey, music by Tom Kitt, about a woman approaching 40 who moves to New York City to make a fresh start, with Idina Menzel, Tom Kitt, Brian Yorkey, LaChanze, Anthony Rapp, James Snyder, Jerry Dixon, Jenn Colella, Jason Tam, Tamika Lawrence, Joe Cassidy, Miguel Cervantes, Curtis Holbrook, Stephanie Klemons, Tyler McGee, Ryann Redmond, Joe Aaron Reid and Ann Sanders, directed by Michael Greif, with choreography by Larry Keigwin, will preview from March 4th at the Richard Rodgers Theatre, with an official opening on March 27th. The design team comprises scenery by Mark Wendland, costumes by Emily Rebholz, lighting by Kenneth Posner, and sound by Brian Ronan. The producer is David Stone.

The Culture Project will stage Anton Chekhov's The Seagull, which relates the romantic entanglements and regrets of a group of actors, writers and artists gathered on a Russian estate, in a version by Thomas Kilroy, with Trudie Styler, Rufus Collins, Alan Cox, Stella Feehily, Slate Holmgren, Rachel Spencer Hewitt, Ryan David O'Byrne, Amanda Quaid, Tim Ruddy and Kenneth Ryan, directed by Max Stafford Clark, previewing from October 3rd, opening on October 13th. The Culture Project is located at 45 Bleecker Street, at Lafayette Street.

It has been confirmed that Rocky The Musical, book by Thomas Meehan, lyrics by Lynn Ahrens, music by Stephen Flaherty, adapted from the 1976 boxing movie, directed by Alex Timbers, with boxing choreography by Steven Hoggett and dance choreography by Kelly Devine, will preview from February 11th at the Winter Garden Theatre, with an official opening on March 13th. The producers are Sylvester Stallone and Stage Entertainment.

On The Casting Couch: Mary-Louise Parker will be joined by Danny Burstein, Victoria Clark, Evan Jonigkeit and Christopher Innvar in Sharr White's The Snow Geese, opening at the Samuel J Friedman Theatre on October 24th; and Blythe Danner and Sarah Jessica Parker will be joined by Zoe Levin, Ali Marsh, Michael Stahl-David and Nilaja Sun in Amanda Peet's The Commons Of Pensacola, opening at New York City Center Stage 1 on November 21st.

It has been confirmed that the stage adaptation of the Disney film Aladdin, with a new book and lyrics by Chad Beguelin, music by Alan Menken, and lyrics by Howard Ashman and Tim Rice, directed and choreographed by Casey Nicholaw, will preview from February 26th at the New Amsterdam Theatre, with an official opening on March 20th. The design team will comprise scenery by Bob Crowley, costumes by Gregg Barnes, lighting by Natasha Katz, and sound by Ken Travis.

Forthcoming productions at 59E59 Theaters will include Donald Margulies's The Model Apartment, a black comedy in which two retirees find they must confront demons from their past, with Mark Blum, Diane Davis, Kathryn Grody and Hubert Point-Du Jour, directed by Evan Cabnet, previewing from September 24th, opening on October 15th, produced by Primary Stages; Samuel Beckett's All That Fall, originally written for radio, charting the journey of an old woman to meet her blind husband and guide him home, telling the story of the people she meets along the way, with Eileen Atkins, Michael Gambon, Ruairi Conaghan, Catherine Cusack and Frank Grimes, directed by Trevor Nunn, from November 5th, a Jermyn Street Theatre production; Ronnie Cohen and Jane Beale's Witnessed By The World, in which a journalist digs into the Mafia's role during the Kennedy years with disastrous results, with Tovah Feldshuh, directed by Karen Lynn Carpenter, from November 7th, produced by Douglas Denoff, The Culture Project and WBTW Productions; and the musical Towards The Moon, book, music and lyrics by Andrew McGregor, about a man frustrated with life in a small town who is faced with deciding to leave all he knows behind in the pursuit of success and fame, with Lindsay Avellino, Elizabeth Pryce Davies, Liam Nelligan, Ricky Romano, Elena Ruigomez and Lindsay Wundn, directed by Paul Andrew Perez, with choreography by Abby Bernbaum, from November 19th, an Infinity Repertory Theatre Company production. 59E59 Theaters is located at 59 East 59th Street, between Park and Madison Avenues.

Irish Repertory Theatre will stage Sean O'Casey's Juno And The Paycock, reflecting life in a Dublin tenement in the 1920s, with J Smith-Cameron Ciaran O'Reilly, John Keating, Ed Malone, Mary Mallen, Ciaran Byrne, Terry Donnelly, Laurence Lowry, Kern McFadden, David O'Hara, James Russell and Fiana Toibin, directed by Charlotte Moore, previewing from October 9th, opening on October 20th. The Irish Repertory Theatre is located at 132 West 22nd Street, between 6th and 7th Avenues.

Boomerang Theatre Company will stage a repertoire comprising Johnna Adams's Lickspittles, Buttonholers And Damned Pernicious Go-betweens, a comedy mashup of extravagant Dutch and French characters taking place during the Napoleonic War, with Nat Cassidy, Gavin Starr Kendall, Joseph Mathers, Shashanah Newman, Kelley Rae O'Donnell, Ridley Parson, Amy Lee Pearsall, Isaiah Tanenbaum, Kristen Vaughan and Chris Weikel, directed by John Hurley; George Bernard Shaw's Candida, which questions Victorian notions of love and marriage, asking what a woman really desires from her husband, with Susan Atwood, Jennifer Angela Bishop, John Greenleaf, James Leighton, Django Palty and Sean Williams, directed by Tim Errickson; and Jeffrey Hatcher's To Fool The Eye, in which a poor woman is invited to convince a rich man that she is his deceased lover to save him from suicide, with Timothy Babcock, David Arthur Bachrach, Joe Beaudin, Steven Cuevas, Sidney L Fortner, Vince Gatton, Jennifer Larkin, Mel Nieves, Jared Reinmuth, Gabby Sherba and Sara Thigpen, directed by Cailin Heffernan, at TheaterLab from September 14th. TheaterLab is located at 357 West 36th Street, 3rd Floor, between 8th and 9th Avenues.