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Backstage Whispers overheard by Richard Andrews

Last updated : 10th November 2014

It has been confirmed that Wendy Wasserstein's The Heidi Chronicles, in which a feminist art historian and her friends search for political, professional and personal fulfilment from the 1960s to the 1980s, with Elizabeth Moss, Bryce Pinkham, Jason Biggs and Tracee Chimo, directed by Pam MacKinnon, will preview from February 23rd at the Music Box Theatre, with an official opening on March 19th. The design team includes scenery by John Lee Beatty and costumes by Jessica Pabst. The producers are Jeffrey Richards, Jerry Frankel, Susan Gallin and Mary Lu Roffe.

Les Freres Corbusier will stage Sean Cunningham's Here's Hoover! The Historic Herbert Hoover 2014 Comeback Special, with music and lyrics by Michael Friedman, in which Herbert Hoover takes the stage to reclaim his legacy and save America in the process, with Damien Baldet, James Barry, Alex Boniello, Erica Dorfler), James Nathan Hopkins, Talene Monahon and Larry Tobias, directed by Alex Timbers, with choreography by Danny Mefford, at the Abrons Arts Center from December 5th. The Abrons Arts Center is located at 466 Grand Street, at Pitt Street.

The Temptations and The Four Tops will play at the Palace Theatre from December 29th to January 4th. They will be presented by Robert Ahrens, Eva Price, Manny Kladitis, A Broadway Concert Event and Live Nation Entertainment.

On The Casting Couch: Merritt Wever, Peter Friedman and Frank Wood will head the cast of Jennifer Haley's The Nether, opening at the Lucille Lortel Theatre on February 24th; and Danny Burstein will head the cast of the Joseph Stein-Jerry Bock-Sheldon Harnic musical Fiddler On The Roof, on Broadway from November 17th next year.

Theater For A New City will stage Jon Bradfield and Martin Hooper's A Hard Rain, set in a Greenwich Village bar with an eclectic clientele a few days before the Stonewall riots in 1969, directed by Michael Luggio, from January 6th. Theater For A New City is located at 155 1st Avenue, between 9th and 10th Streets

The latest exhibitions at the New York Public Library Of The Performing Arts are: Somebody Come And Play: 45 Years Of Sesame Street Helping Kids Grow Smarter, Stronger, And Kinder telling the story of how Sesame Street transformed television, by proving it was possible to produce a show that was both educational and entertaining for children. It provides an opportunity to experience what it's like to create an episode of the show, through scripts, storyboards, lead sheets, designs, scores, behind the scenes footage, animation cels, photographs, blueprints and an architectural model of the set from the early 90s; and Broadway Revealed: Photographs By Stephen Joseph Behind The Theater Curtain, featuring over 100 of Stephen Joseph's photographs showcasing the complex support network of design, lighting, directing and staging that comes together to create the magic of theatre, told through composite, 360-degree images revealing the process and complexity of the process. Also on view are costume bibles, costumes, wigs, props, hats and a pair of Kinky Boots, designed or made by the artists shown in the photographs. Both displays run until January 31st. The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts is located at 40 Lincoln Center Plaza.

Rosendorf One Productions will stage the premiere of Christopher B Latro's Absolution, the story of two bankers, their lovers, and the things they love the most: money, power, and satisfaction, with Becca Ballenger, Pedro Carmo, Katrina Ferguson and Ethan Saks, directed by Anna Bamberger, previewing from December 1st at St. Luke's Theatre, opening on December 10th. St. Luke's Theatre is located at 308 West 46th Street, between 8th and 9th Avenues.

Todd Michael's The Asphalt Christmas, a satire celebrating Hollywood Christmas movies, set around a convent school's annual Christmas pageant, with Meg Mark, David L Zwiers, Courtney Cook, Chris Kateff, Matt Harris, Timothy J Cox, Alex Pappas and Todd Michael, directed by Lawrence Lesher, will preview on December 4th at the Lion Theatre at Theatre Row, opening on December 5th, produced by Todd Geringswald / Gracye Productions. Theatre Row is located at 410 West 42nd Street, between 9th and 10th Avenues.

Self Made Man: The Frederick Douglass Story, written and performed by Philip Darius Wallace, a bioplay about the father of the civil rights movement, adapted from his a speeches, letters and autobiography, directed by Melania Levitsky, will play at the ArcLight Theatre from November 18th. The producer is Nikita Productions. The ArcLight Theater is located at 152 West 71st Street, between Columbus Avenue and Broadway.

The Rumour Machine says: that the current City Center Encores! concert production of The Band Wagon, adapted from the 1953 film about the backstage dramas surrounding a new Broadway musical, book by Douglas Carter Beane adapted from the screenplay by Betty Comden and Adolph Green, music by Arthur Schwartz, lyrics by Howard Dietz, with Brian Stokes Mitchell, Tony Sheldon, Tracey Ullman, Michael McKean, Laura Osnes, Michael Berresse and Don Stephenson, directed and choreographed by Kathleen Marshall, may be Broadway bound, courtesy of producers Barry and Fran Weissler. The Rumour Machine grinds on.