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Backstage Whispers overheard by Richard Andrews

Last updated : 8th July 2013

The Actors Company Theatre (TACT) 2013/2014 season at the Beckett Theatre at Theatre Row will comprise William Inge's Natural Affection, centring on a single mother reuniting with her fresh-from-reform-school teenage son and the tension it causes with the new man in her life, previewing from September 17th, opening on September 26th; and Christopher Durang's Beyond Therapy, exploring how a terrible first date provides two New Yorkers with a variety of topics for their therapists - who happen to be a bit unstable as well, previewing from March 11th, opening on March 20th. Theatre Row is located at 420 West 42nd Street, between 9th and 10th Avenues.

The 2013/2014 season of the Musicals Tonight! series, which presents concert stagings of neglected musicals, will comprise Mexican Hayride, book by Herbert and Dorothy Fields, music and lyrics by Cole Porter, in which a small-time American racketeer in Mexico on the run from the FBI, tries to elude the local authorities (and his wife) but runs foul of a female bullfighter, her manager and singer, from October 8th to 20th; Smile, book and lyrics by Howard Ashman, music by Marvin Hamlisch based on the film chronicling the backstage dramas of beauty pageant, from October 22nd to November 3rd; Come Summer, book and lyrics by Will Holt, music by David Baker, set in small town New England in 1840 visited by itinerant peddlers and painters - long on charm but short on responsibility to the women they practiced their charm on, from March 4th to 16th; For Goodness Sake, book by Fred Jackson, lyrics by Arthur Jackson, music by William Daly and Paul Lannin, with additional music by George Gershwin and additional lyrics by Arthur Francis (Ira Gershwin), from March 18th to 30th; and America's Sweetheart, book by Herbert Fields, music by Richard Rodgers, lyrics by Lorenz Hart, set in Hollywood at the end of the silent movie era, from April 1st to 13th. The producer is Mel Miller. Performances are at the Lion Theatre at Theatre Row.

Manhattan Theatre Club will stage the premiere of David Grimm's Tales From Red Vienna, about a widow in Vienna during World War I struggling to maintain her way of life, who becomes part of an illicit underworld, directed by Kate Whoriskey, previewing from February 26th at New York City Center Stage I, opening on March 18th. New York City Center is located 131 West 55th Street, between 6th and 7th Avenues.

Hunger & Thirst Theratre Collective will stage Moliere's The Misanthrope, in which a man drowning in a social whirl of flattery, seeks to secure the affections of the spoiled and feckless love of his life, with Matthew Ellis Murphy, Jordan Kaplan, Christopher Bonewitz, Ashley Wickett, Patricia Lynn, John Tracey, Zak Risinger, Sheila Bandyopadhyay and Ashley Downey, directed by Ryan Whinnem, at the Actors Theatre Workshop from 26th July. The Actors Theatre Workshop is located at 145 West 28th Street, between 6th and 7th Avenues.

Starcatcher Productions will stage Rob Santana's The King's Whore: The Anne Boleyn Story, relating the story of the woman who changed British political and religious history, with Carl Hendrick Louis, Kate O'Phalen, Donna Augustin, Claire Brownell, Laura Esposito, Nick Hetherington, Slate Holmgren, Rebeca Miller, Paul Notice II and Lauren Orkus, directed by Jen Wineman, at Walkerspace from 26th July. Walkerspace is located at 46 Walker Street, between Broadway and Church Street.

America-In-Play will stage the premiere of Exodus Code: Advice For Wanderers, book by Elizabeth Bojsza, Shane Breaux, Andy Buck, and Lynn M Thomson, music by Rob Hartman, lyrics by Andrea Lepcio and Susan Tennierello, directed by Lynn M Thomson, exploring Yiddish vaudeville to tell four stories of archetypal immigrant experience in the Lower East Side, with Ann Talman, Max Arnaud, Shane Baker and Carey Urban, at the Flea Theatre from July 12th. The Flea Theater is located at 41 White Street, between Broadway and Church Street.

Horse Trade Theatre Group will stage Ben Diserens's Beckett In Benghazi, in which a beleaguered theatre troupe on a foreign tour gets sucked into the furore of the debate over the U.S.'s occupation of the Middle East, with Becca Ballenger, Patrick Dooley, Rachel B Joyce, Brendan McDonough, Julie Voshell and Adam Weppler, directed by James Presson, at Under St Marks Theater from 25th July. Under St Marks Theater is located at 94 Saint Marks Place, between 1st and 2nd Avenues.

The family musical Wanda's Monster, book by Barbara Zinn Krieger, music and lyrics by Laurie Berkner, adapted from the book by Eileen Spinellli about a girl who bonds with a fuzzy purple monster, with Jamie Kolnick, Laura Hankin and James Ortiz, directed by Adrienne Kapstein, will play at the Vineyard Theatre from July 13th. The producers are Making Books Sing and Jamie Cesa. The Vineyard Theatre is located at 108 East 15th Street, between Union Square East and Irving Place.

Classical Theatre of Harlem will stage William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream, the story of lovers and lunatics, with Michael Early, Zainab Jah, Sheldon Best, Halle Morse, Ito Aghayere, Matthew Harris, Jamie Rezanour, Keith Oliver, Anthony Merchant, Tim Johnson, Kambi Gathesha, Kalon Hayward, Anthony Lalor, Daisy Peele, Jaylene Clark , Mayya Boateng, Akilah Walker, Erica Camarano and Mark Blanchard, directed by Justin Emeka, at the Richard Rodgers Amphitheater in Marcus Garvey Park from July 13th. The Richard Rogers Amphitheater in Marcus Garvey Park is located on 5th Avenue between 122nd and 124th Streets.