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Last updated : 11th August 2014

It's Official! As previously forecast here, the recent John F Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Washington production of a revised version of the musical Side Show, book and lyrics by Bill Russell, music by Henry Krieger, telling the true story of conjoined twins Violet and Daisy Hilton who became stage stars during the Depression, with a cast headed by Erin Davie and Emily Padgett, additional book material and direction by Bill Condon, with choreography by Anthony Van Laast, will preview from October 28th at the St James Theatre, with an official opening on November 17th. It is produced by Darren Bagert, Martin Massman, Jayne Baron Sherman, Joan Raffe & Jhett Tolentino, Kevin Niu, ShadowCatcher Entertainment, Catherine & Fred Adler, Jim Kierstead, Seaview Productions, Matthew Masten, and Jujamcyn Theaters in association with the John F Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and La Jolla Playhouse.

It's Official! As previously forecast here, a revised version of the London production of Peter Morgan's The Audience, which charts Queen Elizabeth's relationships with her Prime Ministers through their weekly meetings, with Helen Mirren, directed by Stephen Daldry, will preview from February 17th at the Schoenfeld Theatre, with an official opening on March 8th. The design team comprises scenery and costumes by Bob Crowley, lighting by Rick Fisher, and sound by Paul Arditti. The producers are Matthew Byam Shaw for Playful Productions, Robert Fox and Andy Harries.

It's Official! As previously forecast here, that the recent Public Theater production of the musical Fun Home, book and lyrics by Lisa Kron, music by Jeanine Tesori, adapted from Alison Bechdel's graphic memoir about her relationship with her father in the family funeral home, directed by Sam Gold, with choreography by David Neumann, will be remounted at the Circle in the Square Theatre, previewing from April 4th, with an official opening on April 22nd. The original cast featured Michael Cerveris, Judy Kuhn, Roberta Colindrez, Beth Malone and Alexandra Socha. The design team comprises scenery and costumes by David Zinn, lighting by Ben Stanton, sound by Kai Harada, and projection by Jim Findlay and Jeff Sugg.

On The Casting Couch: Celia Keenan-Bolger, Ernest Abub, Joel de la Fuente, Tsering Dorjee, Takemi Kitamura, James Saito, Jon Norman Schneider and Nami Yamamoto will feature in Sarah Ruhl's The Oldest Boy, opening at the Mitzi E Newhouse Theater on November 10th; and Rob McClure, Brynn O'Malley and Tony Danza will be joined by David Josefsberg, Nancy Opel and Matthew Saldivar in the Andrew Bergman-Jason Robert Brown musical Honeymoon In Vegas, opening at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre on January 15th

The sci-fi-rock-musical-comedy Bedbugs!!!, book and lyrics by Fred Sauter, music by Paul Leschen, in which an exterminator hell-bent on avenging her mother's bedbug related death accidentally mutates the pests into an army of human-sized blood-suckers, with Chris Hall, Grace McLean, Nicholas Park, Brian Charles Rooney, Danny Bolero, Tracey Conyer Lee, Barry Shafrin, Gretchen Wylder and Colin Scott Cahill, directed and choreographed by Robert Bartley, will preview from September 9th at the ArcLight Theatre, opening on September 14th. The producer is Dale Joan Young. The ArcLight Theater is located at 152 West 71st Street, between Columbus Avenue and Broadway.

Fish In The Dark, written by and featuring Larry David, a comedy about a family death, directed by Anna D Shapiro will open on Broadway at a Shubert theatre yet to be announced on March 5th. The producer is Scott Rudin.

Seamus Scanlon's The McGowan Trilogy, the story of Irish revolutionary Victor McGowan and his struggle to balance his personal life and his pursuit for justice, with Paul Nugent, Cindy Boyle, Philip Callen, Conor McIntyre and Anna Nugent, directed by Kira Simring, will play at The Cell from September 11th. The Cell is located at 338 West 23rd Street, between 8th and 9th Avenues

Forthcoming productions at the Barrrow Street theatre will include the New Yiddish Rep production of Samuel Beckett's Waiting For Godot, in which, famously, nothing happens - twice, in an authorized Yiddish translation by Shane Baker, with Shane Baker, David Mandelbaum, Allen Lewis Rickman and Rafael Goldwaser, directed by Moshe Yassur, from September 4th; Riding The Midnight Express With Billy Hayes, in which the author of the book Midnight Express recounts the 5 years he spent in a Turkish prison and his brazen escape, directed by John Gould Rubin, previewing from September 24th, opening on October 2nd; The Complete And Condensed Stage Directions Of Eugene O'Neill, Vol 1 and Vol 2, performed in repertoire, in which the New York Neo-Futurists transform O'Neill's eloquent yet obsessive stage directions into physical comedy, adapted and directed by Christopher Loar, from October 28th; and Swamp Juice, created and performed by Jeff Achtem, featuring shadow puppets made from trash in an adventure about life in a swamp, with a 3D finale, from November 28th. The Barrow Street Theatre is located at 27 Barrow Street, between 7th Avenue and West 4th Street.

The Theatre Project will stage William Shakespeare's Macbeth, a tale of ambition, conspiracy and betrayal, relocating the action to a Prohibition era speakeasy, with Tyler Nye, Dominic Sellers, Jac Louis-Snyman, Brianna Hurley, directed by Christian Amato, with choreography by Emily Maddan, opening at the Players Theatre on September 5th. The Players Theatre is located at 115 MacDougal Street, at Minetta Lane.

The Rumour Machine says: that the musical The Best Little Whorehouse In Texas, book Larry L King and Peter Masterson, music and lyrics by Carol Hall, inspired by events at the Chicken Ranch brothel in La Grange, Texas, directed and choreographed by Rob Ashford, may be Broadway bound next year courtesy of producers Jerry Frankel and Jeffrey Richards. The Rumour Machine grinds on.