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Backstage Whispers overheard by Richard Andrews

Last updated : 8th September 2014

The recent London production of David Hare's Skylight, with Bill Nighy, Carey Mulligan and Matthew Beard, in which a teacher leading a threadbare existence is visited by her much older, much richer, former lover, intent on seeing if their relationship can be rekindled, directed by Stephen Daldry, will transfer to the Golden Theatre, previewing from March 16th, with an official opening on April 2nd. The designed team comprises scenery and costumes by Bob Crowley, lighting by Natasha Katz, and sound by Paul Arditti. The producers are Robert Fox and Scott Rudin.

The Steppenwolf Theatre Company production of Lisa D'Amour's Airline Highway, in which a rag-tag collection of strippers, hustlers, and philosophers come together to celebrate the life of a burlesque performer who has requested a funeral before she dies, directed by Joe Mantello, will preview from April 1st at Manhattan Theatre Club's Samuel J Friedman Theatre, with an official opening on April 23rd.

The York Theatre Company's fall Musical In Mufti readings will comprise Big, book by John Weidman, music by David Shire, lyrics by Richard Maltby Jr, adapted from the film in which a boy wakes up one day in the body of a 30 year old and finds how complicated adulthood can be, October 25th to November 2nd; A Time For Singing, book and lyrics by Gerald Freedman and John Morris, music by John Morris, based on Richard Llewellyn's novel How Green Was My Valley, set in a Victorian Welsh coal mining community, November 8th to 16th; Saturday Night, book by Julius J Epstein and Philip G Epstein, music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, about a group of friends in Brooklyn, in 1929, one of whom hatches a get rich quick scheme that backfires, November 8th to 16th; and My Favorite Year, book by Joseph Dougherty, music by Stephen Flaherty, lyrics by Lynn Ahrens, adapted from the 1982 film about an aspiring comedy writer and an ageing swashbuckling actor in the early days of television, December 5th to 7th. The York Theatre Company's Theatre at Saint Peter's is on 54th Street, between Lexington and 3rd Avenues.

It has been confirmed that Fish In The Dark, a comedy about a family death, written by and featuring Larry David, with Jayne Houdyshell, Jake Cannavale, Jonny Orsini, Rosie Perez and Jerry Adler, directed by Anna D Shapiro will preview from February 2nd at the Cort Theatre, with an official opening March 5th. The design team comprises scenery by Todd Rosenthal, costumes by Ann Roth, and lighting by Brian MacDevitt. The producer is Scott Rudin.

A musical comedy Disenchanted!!, book, music and lyrics by Dennis T Giacino, which explores the misconception surrounding Disney princesses, with Michelle Knight, Becky Gulsvig, Jen Bechter, Lulu Picartr, Alison Burns and Soara-Joye Ross, directed by Fiely A Matias, with musical staging by Matt West, will preview from November 26th at the Theatre at St Clement's, opening on December 4th. The producers are Don Frantz, Jonathan Pollard, Dave Smith/Randy Klein and Musical Theater China. The Theatre at St Clement's is located at 423 West 46th Street, between 9th and 10th Avenues.

The 28th Annual Broadway Flea Market And Grand Auction, the outdoor fundraiser for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, will be held on September 21st, from 10am to 7pm, spreading along the entire block of West 44th Street between 7th and 8th Avenues, in Shubert Alley, between 44th and 45th Streets, and in Times Square, between 43rd and 44th Streets. It will feature stalls with a host of theatrical memorabilia donated by the theatrical community, a Celebrity Table where autographs or photos with stars from Broadway, Off Broadway and television can be purchased, and over a dozen one off theatrical experiences, such as house seats for a show plus a walk on part, visit with the star in their dressing room or dinner afterwards, a backstage tour, or chance to conduct the exit music in the orchestra pit in the Live Auction at 5pm. Last year's Flea Market raised a record breaking $631,222. Online and phone bids for the auction can be placed until September 20th. Further information can be found on the BC/EFA web site via the link from Organisations in the Links section of New York TheatreNet.

National Black Theatre's 2014/2015 season will comprise Nikkole Salter's Carnaval, in which a joyride takes an unexpected turn and the three sex tourists find themselves in a situation that will change their lives forever, directed by Awoye Timpo, previewing from October 21st, opening on October 25th; a workshop production of Mfoniso Udofia's Her Portmanteau, in which three women from three different generations of a New York family attempt to build the bridge across very different worlds, directed by Victor Maog, from February 26th; and an a cappella musical The Burnin', inspired by the historic 1940 Rhythm Club Fire and a tragic 2003 event where patrons of a popular urban nightclub were killed, written and directed by Cristal Chanelle Truscott, produced by Progress Theatre Company, in May.

The Rumour Machine says: that a musical adaptation of Boris Pasternak's Dr Zhivago, the story of 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, is aiming for Broadway next spring, possibly at the Broadway Theatre, courtesy of producer Anita Waxman. The Rumour Machine grinds on.