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Backstage Whispers overheard by Richard Andrews

Last updated : 5th May 2014

The big hitters in this year's Tony Award nominations are led by A Gentleman's Guide To Love And Murder with 10, including Musical, Book, Score, Jefferson Mays and Bryce Pinkham - Leading Actor (Musical) and Darko Tresnjak - Director (Musical); Hedwig And The Angry Inch with 8, including Musical Revival, Neil Patrick Harris - Leading Actor (Musical) and Michael Mayer - Director (Musical); After Midnight with 7, including Musical and Warren Carlyle - Director (Musical) and Choreography; Beautiful: The Carole King Musical with 7, including Musical, Book and Jessie Mueller - Leading Actress (Musical); The Glass Menagerie with 7, including Play Revival, Cherry Jones - Leading Actress (Play) and John Tiffany - Direction (Play); and Twelfth Nigh with 7, including Play Revival, Samuel Barnett - Leading Actor (Play) and Tim Carrol - Director (Play). Mark Rylance made history by being the first actor to be nominated twice in the same season for Leading Actor (Play) - Richard III and Featured Actor (Play) - Twelfth Night. The winners will be announced at the 68th Tony Awards ceremony, hosted by Hugh Jackman, at Radio City Music Hall on 8th June.

A revised version of Terrence McNally's It's Only A Play, a satire of backstage Broadway set at a disastrous opening night party, with Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick, directed by Jack O'Brien, will open on Broadway at a theatre to be announced in September. The producer is Tom Kirdahy.

On The Casting Couch: Mary McCann, Lisa Joyce and C J Wilson will feature in Nancy Harris's Our New Girl, opening at Atlantic Stage 2 on June 10th; and Zak Resnick, Leslie Kritzer, Teal Wicks and de'Adre Aziza will head the cast of the Bert Berns-Daniel Goldfarb biomusical Piece Of My Heart, opening at the Pershing Square Signature Center on July 21st.

Write Act Rep Theatre will stage Renewal, book, music and lyrics by Michael Antin, a musical melodrama about a 1950s Broadway star who loses everything, with Kelly Coalson, Kate Cherichello, Lisa Dennett, Ned Donovan, Chelsea Gidden, Adam Kaster, Brandon Looney, Katrina Medoff, Alex Pagels, Brent Shultz, Maddie White and Emmanuelle Zeesman, directed by Gerald vanHeerden, with choreography by Marlene Thorn Taber, previewing on May 9th, opening on May 10th. Write Act Rep Theatre is located in the Times Square Arts Center at 300 West 43rd Street at 8th Avenue.

A Source Book In Theatrical History by A M Nagler, published by Dover Publications, covers 25 centuries of stage history. A rich resource for students of theatre and theatre historians, this volume features an annotated collection of more than 300 unusually interesting actual period documents, together with detailed articles and commentaries, plus 80 illustrations. It is divided in 14 parts: Antiquity, The Middle Ages, The golden age of Spain, Italian Renaissance, Tudor and Stewart periods, The age of Louis XIV, English Restoration, Venetian comedy, Eighteenth century England, Weimar Classicism, Nineteenth Century England, The American Theatre and European naturalism. Passages by contemporary observers from ancient Greece to modern times include notes on acting, directing, make-up, costuming, stage props, machinery, scene design, and much more.

TheatreworksUSA's 25th annual Free Summer Theatre Program will feature the premiere of the musical The Lightning Thief, book by Joe Tracz, music and lyrics by Rob Rokicki, adapted from Rick O'Riordan's book in which a boy struggling with dyslexia and ADHD, attempts to solve the mystery of Zeus's stolen lightning bolt, directed by Stephen Brackett, with choreographed by Sam Pinkleton, playing daytime performances from July 21st at the Lucille Lortel Theatre, opening on July 24th. A limited number of free tickets will be available to individuals at the theatre each day one hour prior to show time, while summer camps, youth programs and other social service organizations can make reservations for groups of ten or more. The Lucille Lortel Theatre is located at 121 Christopher Street, between Bleecker and Hudson Streets.

The award winning They Call Me Q, written and performed by Qurrat Ann Kadwani, developed with Ellery Schaar, the story of an Indian girl growing up in the Bronx seeking a balance between the cultural pressures of her traditional parents and her new culture, directed by Obaid Kadwani and Claudia Gaspar, will preview from May 19th St. Luke's Theatre, opening on June 4th. St Luke's Theatre is located at 308 West 46th Street, between 8th and 9th Avenues.

Forthcoming productions at Theatre Row will include Jennifer Brown Stone and David S Stone's The Diorama, a romantic comedy about love, sisters, igloos, and the fine line between artistry and insanity, with Alberto Bonilla, Hunter Canning, Bob Greenberg, Victoria Mack and Susan Louise O'Connor, directed by David S Stone, previewing from May 28th at the Lion Theatre, opening on May 30th, produced by Merlin Productions; Joan Beber's Ethel Sings: The Unsung Song Of Ethel Rosenberg, a play with music about how Ethel's husband Julius's need to 'save the world' will be his undoing, and her love for him will be hers, directed by Will Pomerantz, previewing from May 31st at the Beckett Theatre, opening on June 6th, produced by Undercover Productions; and a double bill comprising James McLure's Lone Star and Laundry And Bourbon about redneck misbehavior in the Lone Star State, as husbands and wives shoot the breeze and thank God that they didn't grow up in Oklahoma, with Joe Oglesby, Ken Orman, Miike Schraeder, Sue Loncar, Marisa Diotalevi and Marianne Galloway, directed by Cynthia Hestand, previewing from July 5th at the Clurman Theatre, opening on July 10th, produced by Contemporary Theatre of Dallas. Theatre Row is located at 410 West 42nd Street, between 9th and 10th Avenues.

The Rumour Machine says: that the Nederlander Organization is working with Gloria Estefan and her musician-producer-entrepreneur husband, Emilio Estefan on On Your Feet, a biomusical featuring their back catalogue, aiming for Broadway next year, in partnership with producer Bernie Yuman. The Rumour Machine grinds on.