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Backstage Whispers overheard by Richard Andrews

Last updated : 6th October 2014

It's Official! As previously forecast here, Dr Zhivago, a musical adaptation of Boris Pasternak's epic romance involving a surgeon-poet and his muse before and after the Russian Revolution, book by Michael Weller, music by Lucy Simon, lyrics by Michael Korie and Amy Powers, directed by Des McAnuff, with choreography by Kelly Devine, will preview from March 27th at the Broadway Theatre, with an official opening on April 21st. The design team comprises scenery by Michael Scott-Mitchell, costumes by Paul Tazewell, lighting by Howell Binkley, projections by Sean Nieuwenhuis, and sound by Steve Canyon Kennedy. The producers are Anita Waxman, Tom Dokton, Latitude Link, Ted Hartley/RKO Stage and Chunsoo Shin, with Joe Corcoran, J Todd Harris, The Pelican Group, John Frost, and Junkyard Dog Productions.

It has been confirmed that the American Repertory Theater production of Finding Neverland, the musical adaptation of the 2004 film and the play The Man Who Was Peter Pan by Allan Knee, about how J M Barrie came to write Peter Pan, book by James Graham, music and lyrics by Gary Barlow and Elliot Kennedy, which featured Jeremy Jordan and Laura Michelle Kelly, directed by Diane Paulus, with choreography by Mia Michaels, will be remounted at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre, opening next April. The design team comprises scenery by Scott Pask, costumes by Suttirat Anne Larlarb, lighting by Philip Rosenberg, and sound by Jonathan Deans. The producer is Harvey Weinstein.

Liberty: A Monumental New Musical, book and lyrics by Dana Leslie Goldstein, music by Jon Goldstein, adapted from original material by Dana Leslie Goldstein, Jon Goldstein and Robert Bruce McIntosh, the story of a young French immigrant who arrives alone in New York in 1884 and struggles to find her place in the ever- evolving new country, with Abigail Shapiro, Emma Rosenthal, Ben McHugh, Cheryl Stern, Tom Souhrada, Ryan Duncan, C Mingo Long and Andrew DiTusa, directed by Evan Pappas, will play at Theatre 80 from October 14th. The producers are Theresa Wozunk and Timothy J Harper. Theatre 80 is located at 80 St Marks Place, between 1st and 2nd Avenues.

On The Casting Couch: Jake Gyllenhaal will be joined by Ruth Wilson in Nick Payne's Constellations, opening at the Samuel J Friedman Theatre on January 13th; Brian d'Arcy James, Phillipa Soo, Christopher Jackson and Leslie Odom Jr will join Lin-Manuel Miranda in his musical Hamilton, opening at the Public Theater on February 17th; Helen Mirren will be joined by original London cast members Geoffrey Beevers, Michael Elwyn, Richard McCabe and Rufus Wright in Peter Morgan's The Audience, opening at the Schoenfeld Theatre on March 8th; and Robert Breuler, K Todd Freeman, Carolyn Braver, Chris Daley, Stephen Louis Grush, Terry Hamilton, Judith Ivey, Scott Jaeck, Toni Martin, Caroline Neff, Tim Edward Rhoze, Judith Roberts, Brenann Stacker, Gordon Joseph Weiss and Jacqueline Williams will feature in the Steppenwolf Theatre Company production of Lisa D'Amour's Airline Highway, opening at the Samuel J Friedman Theatre on April 23rd.

The York Theatre Company and producers Amy Engelhardt and Heather Shields will present a new game show for musical theatre lovers called Tune In Time, hosted by Emily McNamara, for an initial run on October 14th and 28th, November 11th, and December 2nd. Three teams of composers and lyricists who have never worked together will write a song for a musical, the title of which will be picked from a hat of audience suggestions. Writers confirmed for the launch on October 14th will include James Ballard, Zoe Sarnak, Benny Gammerman, James Harvey, Robbie Torres and Avi Amon. The York Theatre Company's Theatre at Saint Peter's is on 54th Street, between Lexington and 3rd Avenues.

Psycho Clan's 11th Halloween season haunted house experience Nightmare: New York, created by Timothy Haskell, John Harlacher and Steve Kopelman, is running at the Clemente Soto Velez Cultural Center, until November 1st. Visitors enter a labyrinth of rooms, each featuring a gruesome New York horror story or urban legend, spanning time from when the island was called Manahatta, including gargoyles and alligators in the subways, to new legends of the super rats created by Hurricane Sandy. The creative team comprises production design by Paul Smithyman and David Hinkle, art direction by Justin Haskell, costumes by Evan Glenn, lighting by Garin Marshall, and sound by David Roy. The Clemente Soto Velez Cultural Center is located at 107 Suffolk Street, between Rivington and Delancey Streets.

Sasha Ellen's Signal Failure, in which a new arrival in the big city meets a reclusive night chef on the London underground and they begin an unlikely relationship, with Sasha Ellen and Spenser Cowan, directed by Peter Darney, will play at SoHo Playhouse from October 8th. SoHo Playhouse is located at 15 Vandam Street, between 6th and Varrick Streets.

The Rumour Machine says: that the musical Nerds, book and lyrics by Jordan Allen-Dutton and Erik Weiner, music Hal Goldberg, about the rise of rival computer pioneers Bill Gates and Steve Jobs, is aiming for Broadway next spring; and that Mark Medoff's Children Of A Lesser God, the story of a conflicted relationship between new a teacher at a school for the deaf and its former star student, directed by Kenny Leon, is aiming for Broadway during the 2015/2016 season, courtesy of producer Hal Luftig. The Rumour Machine grinds on.