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Backstage Whispers overheard by Richard Andrews

Last updated : 3rd November 2014

It's Official! As previously forecast here, the musical It Shoulda Been You, conception and music by Barbara Anselmi, book and lyrics by Brian Hargrove, additional lyrics by Jill Abramovitz, Carla Rose Fisher, Michael Cooper, Ernie Lijoi and Will Randall, which explores the trials, tribulations and backstage tensions at an interfaith wedding, with Tyne Daly, Harriet Harris, Lisa Howard, Edward Hibbert, Steve Rosen, Sierra Boggess and David Burtka, directed by David Hyde Pierce, with choreography by Noah Racey, will preview from March 17th at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre, with an official opening on April 14th. The design team comprises scenery by Anna Louizos, costumes by William Ivey Long, lighting by Ken Billington, and sound by Nevin Steinberg. The producers are Daryl Roth, Scott Landis, Jane Bergere, Jayne Baron Sherman and John O'Boyle.

It's Official! As previously forecast here, the musical Fiddler On The Roof, book by Joseph Stein, music by Jerry Bock, lyrics by Sheldon Harnick, telling the story of a milkman and his family in a rural Russian village during the turbulent times at the turn of the 20th century, directed by Bartlett Sher, with choreography by Hofesh Shechter, based on the original conception and choreography of Jerome Robbins, will preview from November 17th next year at a Broadway theatre yet to be announced. The producers are Jeffry Richards and Jerry Frankel.

Goodspeed Musicals' 2014 season will comprise Guys And Dolls, the 'musical fable of Broadway', based on Damon Runyan's short stories of colorful New York characters, music and lyrics by Frank Loesser, book by Abe Burrows and Jo Swerlin, directed by Don Stephenson, from April 10th; La Cage Aux Folles, book by Harvey Fierstein, music and lyrics by Jerry Herman, adapted from Jean Poiret's play centred on a gay couple starring in and producing a drag show in a Saint-Tropez nightclub, directed by Rob Ruggiero, from June 26th; and the premiere of The Honeymooners, featuring the characters from the 1950s television series about two working class couples in Btooklyn, book by Dusty Kay and Bill Nuss, music by Stephen Weiner, lyrics by Peter Mills, directed by John Rando, from September 18th, produced in association with Jeffrey Finn Productions. Goodspeed Opera House is located at 6 Main Street, East Haddam, Connecticut.

The National Theatre of Scotland production of Jack Thorne's Let The Right One In, adapted from the cult Swedish romantic horror film, based on John Ajvide Lindqvist's novel about a lonely bullied teenager living with his mother on a housing estate in a neighbourhood that has experienced a spate of sinister killings, with the action relocated to Scotland, directed by John Tiffany, associate direction and movement by Steven Hoggett, will play at St Ann's Warehouse, in DUMBO, Brooklyn, from January 20th. It is presented in association with Bill Kenwright and Marla Rubin.

Ayad Ahktar's The Invisible Hand, the story of an American investment banker, kidnapped and held for ransom in Pakistan, with Jameal Ali, Usman Ally, Dariush Kashani, and Justin Kirk, directed by Ken Rus Schmoll, will preview from November 19th at New York Theatre Workshop, opening on December 8th. New York Theatre Workshop is located at 79 East 4th Street, between 2nd and 3rd Avenues.

The spring season at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, in Fort Greene, will include The Tallest Tree In The Forest, written and performed by Daniel Beaty, a one man biomusical about the singer and activist Paul Robeson, directed by Moises Kaufman, from March 22nd; the Almeida Theatre London production of Henrik Ibsen's Ghosts, examining family, morality and guilt in a mother-son relationship, adapted and directed by Richard Eyre, with Lesley Manville, opening on April 12th; and the Fugard Theatre production of Nicholas Wright's A Human Being Died That Night, adapted from the book by Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela, in which the psychologist confronted the apartheid regime's most notorious assassin, Eugene de Kock, in Pretoria Central Prison in 1997, with Noma Dumezweni and Matthew Marsh, directed by Jonathan Munby, from May 29th.

The Paines Plough and Pentabus Theatre Company production of Duncan Macmillan's Every Brilliant Thing, a one man show about a boy who attempts to ease his mother's depression by creating a list of all the best things in the world, performed by Jonny Donahoe, directed by George Perrin, will preview from December 6th at the Barrow Street Theatre, opening on December 14th. It is presented by Scott Morfee, Jean Doumanian, Tom Wirtshafter and Patrick Daly. The Barrow Street Theatre is located at 27 Barrow Street, between 7th Avenue and West 4th Street.

The Rumour Machine says: that the musical Amazing Grace, book by Christopher Smith and Arthur Giron, music and lyrics by Christopher Smith, a tale of romance, rebellion and redemption, based on the story behind the song, directed by Gabriel Barre, with choreography by Christopher Gattelli, which has just completed a run at the Bank of America Theatre in Chicag is aiming for a Broadway transfer, courtesy of producer Carolyn Rossi Copeland; and that book writer and lyricist Brian Yorkey and composer Tom Kitt are working musical based on the 2007 Thomas McCarthy film The Visitor, about a widower who befriends an undocumented Syrian immigrant in post-9/11 New York City, with Broadway in mind, courtesy of producer Aaron Harnick. The Rumour Machine grinds on.