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Backstage Whispers overheard by Richard Andrews

Last updated : 9th September 2013

It's Official! As previously forecast here, Roundabout Theatre Company will stage a revival of the musical Cabaret, book by Joe Matseroff, music by Fred Ebb, lyrics by John Kander, adapted from John van Druten's play I Am A Camera, inspired by Christopher Isherwood's book Goodbye To Berlin, set in the world of German cabarets during the rise of Nazism, with Alan Cumming reprising his performance as the Emcee, and Michelle Williams, directed by Sam Mendes, co-directed and choreographed by Rob Marshall, previewing from March 21st at its previous home of Studio 54, with an official opening on April 14th. The original design team will also return: scenery by Robert Brill, costumes by William Ivey Long, lighting by Peggy Eisenhauer and Mike Baldassari and sound design by Brian Ronan.

The 27th Annual Broadway Flea Market And Grand Auction, the outdoor fundraiser for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, will be held on September 22nd, from 10am to 7pm, spreading along the entire block of West 44th Street between 7th and 8th Avenues, and in Shubert Alley, between 44th and 45th 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 $681,892. Online and phone bids for the auction can be placed until September 21st. Further information can be found on the BC/EFA web site via the link from Organisations in the Links section of New York TheatreNet.

Il Divo - A Musical Affair: The Greatest Songs Of Broadway, featuring the operatic vocal group Il Divo, comprising Carlos Marín, Urs Buhler, Sebastien Izambard and David Miller, with guest Heather Headley, will play at the Marquis Theatre, from November 7th to 13th.

The Barrington Stage Company production of Mark St Germain's Becoming Dr Ruth, a bioplay about the sex therapist Dr Ruth Westheimer, performed by Debra Jo Rupp, directed by Julianne Boyd, will preview from October 11th at the Westside Theatre, opening on October 29th. It will be presented by Michael Alden, Stefany Bergson and Rodger Hess. The Westside Theatre is located at 407 West 43rd Street, between 9th and 10th Avenues.

Dave Malloy's Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet Of 1812, a section of Tolstoy's War And Peace adapted into a libretto, set to an original score that merges Russian folk and classical music with indie rock, electronica, and organ-influenced cadences, performed as an environmental experience, directed by Rachel Chavkin, with choreography by Sam Pinkleton, which recently closed at Kazino, a venue created specifically for the show as a Moscow dining club in the Meatpacking District, is moving uptown. Kazino will re-locate to West 45th Street, between Times Square and 8th Avenue, with performances beginning on September 24th. The producers are Howard and Janet Kagan, Paula Marie Black, John Logan, Lisa Matlin, Daveed Frazier, Tom Smedes, and Vertical Entertainment/Roman Gambourg/Lev Gelfer.

The final production in the Atlantic Theater Company 2013/2014 season will be Nancy Harris's Our New Girl, in which a mother finds that the arrival of a nanny brings her home under the shadow of a perfect stranger with an agenda of her own, with Mary McCann, directed by Gaye Taylor Upchurch, previewing from May 28th at Atlantic Stage 2, opening on June 10th. Atlantic Stage 2 is located at 330 West 16th Street, between 8th and 9th Avenues.

On The Casting Couch: Jonathan Cake, Joaquina Kalukango, Charise Castro-Smith, Ian Lassiter, Chivas Michael, Henry Stram, Samuel Collings, Ash Hunter, Chukwudi Iwuji and Sarah Niles will feature in William Shakespeare's Antony And Cleopatra at the Public Theater from February 18th.

Holland Taylor will host the Broadway League and the Coalition of Broadway Unions and Guilds 5th annual Broadway Salutes, a celebration of those who have made Broadway great for decades, with special recognition for those who have worked 25, 35, and 50 years in their respective theatrical craft, from 4pm on September 24th in the Times Square Visitor Center. The event is created to honor a wide range of theatre professionals - including stagehands, actors, producers, casting directors, general managers, theatre owners, publicists, ushers, designers, directors, choreographers, musicians - who have dedicated their careers to the Broadway theatre industry, which generates an income of over $3bn to New York every year. The Times Square Visitor Center is located at 1560 Broadway, between 46th and 47th Streets.

Soho Rep will stage David Adjmi's Marie Antoinette, a contemporary take on the personal side of a seminal moment in history, with Marin Ireland, David Greenspan, Steven Ratazzi, Marsha Stephanie Blake, Jennifer Ikeda, Aimee Laurence and Karl Miller, directed by Rebecca Taichman, with choreography by Sam Pinkleton, from October 9th. Soho Rep is located at 46 Walker Street, between Broadway and Church Street.

Partial Comfort Productions will stage the premiere of Chad Beckim's And Miles To Go, about a teacher in a New York City public school as the Board of Education considers closing it, directed by Hal Brooks, previewing from October 2nd at the Wild Project, opening on October 10th. The Wild Project is located at 195 East 3rd Street, between Avenues A and B.