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Backstage Whispers overheard by Richard Andrews

Last updated : 7th July 2014

It's Official! As previously forecast here, Lincoln Center Theater will stage the musical The King And I, music by Richard Rodgers, book and lyrics by Oscar Hamerstein, based on the life of Anna Leonowens and Margaret Landon's novel Anna And The King Of Siam, with Kelli O'Hara and Ken Watanabe, directed by Bartlett Sher, with musical staging by Christopher Gattelli, and original Jerome Robbins choreography, previewing from March 12th at the Vivian Beaumont Theater, opening on April 16th. The design team comprises scenery by Michael Yeargan, costumes by Catherine Zuber, lighting by Donald Holder, and sound by Scott Lehrer.

Stalking The Bogeyman, telling the true-life story of journalist David Holthouse, who spent years of his life plotting to kill the man who violently raped him as a child, adapted and directed by Markus Potter, from news reports, conversations with and text by Holthouse, with additional writing by Santino Fontana, Shane Zeigler and Shane Stokes, previewing from September 12th at New World Stages, opening on September 29th. The producers are NewYorkRep, R Erin Craig/La Vie Productions, Soumyo Sarkar, David Syner and Wolfstone Productions, with Santa Barbara Holdings, James Seiler and David Smith and Adam Richman as associate producers. New World Stages is located at 340 West 50th Street, between 8th and 9th Avenues.

On The Casting Couch at Playwrights Horizons: Phillip James Brannon, Jesse Pennington, Benja Kay Thomas and Lance Coadie Williams will feature in Robert O'Hara's Bootycandy, opening on September 10th; and Quincy Tyler Bernstine, Bobby Moreno and Lee Wilkof will feature in Heidi Schreck's Grand Concourse, opening on November 12th.

William Shakespeare's The Taming Of The Shrew, the comedy detailing a tempestuous courtship, with Michael Moss and Elissa Klie, directed by Thomas G Waites, will play at the Baruch Performing Arts Center from July 10th. The Baruch Performing Arts Center is located at 55 Lexington Avenue, entrance on East 25th Street, between Lexington and 3rd Avenues.

Beautiful Soup Theater Collective will stage the premiere of What Was Lost, chronicling Laurette Taylor's return to the stage from the first rehearsal to the opening night of Tennessee Williams's The Glass Menagerie, with Pennylynne White, Kinberly Faye Greenberg, Paul Thomas Ryan, Kristen Gehling, Colin Fisher, Renee Heitmann and Brian Piehl, playing in repertory with a workshop of Shades Of Blue: The Decline And Fall Of Lady Day, a new look at the final years of Billie Holiday's life, with Suzanne Froix, Orlando Iriarte, Carol Sims, Ron Denison, Alana Inez, Laurie Sammeth and Somie Pak, both written and directed by Steven Carl McCasland, at the Dorothy Strelsin Theatre from August 27th. The Dorothy Strelsin Theatre is located at 312 West 36th Street, between 8th and 9th Avenues.

Nothing Like A Dame, by theatre journalist Eddie Shapiro, published by Oxford University Press, comprises in-depth conversations with 20 leading women of Broadway from different generations. The women he interviewed discussed their careers, offering insights into the iconic shows, changes on Broadway over the last century, and the art (and thrill) of taking the stage night after night. Participants include Elaine Stritch, Carol Channing, Chita Rivera, Donna McKechnie, Angela Lansbury, Patti LuPone, Audra McDonald, Kristin Chenoweth, Idina Menzel and Sutton Foster. Each of these conversations is guided by Shapiro's expert knowledge of these women's careers, Broadway lore, and the details of famous (and infamous) musicals. The book also includes dozens of photographs of these players in their best-known roles.

Robin Frohardt's The Pigeoning, which uses bunraku puppetry, video and original music to explore the ideas of obsessive compulsion, safety and order in the context of the end of the world, performed by Robin Frohardt, Lillie Jayne, Nick Lehane, Rowan Magee and Andy Manjuck, will return to HERE Arts Center from July 9th. HERE Arts Center is located at 145 6th Avenue, between Spring and Dominick Streets.

Newsom Zipoy Productions will stage Martin Blank's The Law Of Return, a spy thriller inspired by events surrounding the Jay Pollard espionage case, depicting the actions of a notorious intelligence analyst abusing his level of access and threatening U.S. national security, with Joel Rooks, Ben Mehl and Andre Ware, directed by Elise Thoron, previewing from August 1st at the 4th Street Theatre, opening on August 7th. The 4th Street Theatre is located at 83 East 4th Street, between Bowery and 2nd Avenue.

The Onomatopoeia Theatre Company will stage Let's Play: A Midsummer Night's Dream, by William Shakespeare, adapted and directed by Thomas R Gordon, in which the fairies play the other roles in the tale of lovers and lunatics, fairies and factotums, with Bethany Mitchell, Schylar Westbrook, Amelia Huckel-Bauer, Melissa Brown, Mia Guzman, Linda Elizabeth, Zoe V Speas, Justy Kosek and Sean Fitzharris, from July 31st at the Gene Frankel Theatre. The Gene Frankel Theatre is located at 24 Bond Street, between Lafayette Street and Bowery.

The Rumour Machine says: that Warren Adler's adaptation of his novel The War Of The Roses, a dark comedy about the breakup of a marriage that leads to the ugliest divorce imaginable, is aiming for Broadway during the 2015/2016 season, courtesy of producers Jay and Cindy Gutterman, Cathy Chernoff, Carl Moellenberg, Wendy Federman, Jonathan Robert Adler, Keith Knee and Al Hayes. The Rumour Machine grinds on.