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Backstage Whispers overheard by Richard Andrews

Last updated : 13th May 2013

It's Official! As previously forecast here, a repertoire comprising Harold Pinter's No Man's Land and Samuel Beckett's Waiting For Godot, both of which feature two characters with an ambiguous relationship in uncertain circumstances, with Ian McKellen, Patrick Stewart, Billy Crudup and Shuler Hensley, directed by Sean Mathias, will preview from October 26th at the Cort Theatre, with an official opening on November 24th. The producers are Stuart Thompson and NOMANGO Productions.

Manhattan Theatre Club will stage the premiere of Sarah Treem's When We Were Young And Unafraid, set in an underground women's shelter in the early 1970s, with Cherry Jones, directed by Pam MacKinnon, previewing from May 22nd next year at New York City Center Stage 1, opening on June 17th. New York City Center is located 131 West 55th Street, between 6th and 7th Avenues.

Let It Be, a multimedia concert showcasing the music and career of The Beatles and the sights and sounds of the '60s, currently playing in the West End in London, will preview from July 16th at the St James Theatre, with an official opening on July 24th. The producer is Jeff Parry/Annerin Productions.

The Peccadillo Theatre Company will stage Sidney Howard's The Silver Cord, about a domineering matriarch who is pathologically close to her two adult sons, with Wilson Bridges, Dale Carman, Caroline Kaplan, Thomas Matthew Kelley and Victoria Mack, directed by Dan Wackerman, previewing from June 5th at Theatre at St Clement's, opening on June 11th. Theatre at St Clement's is located at 423 West 46th Street, between 9th and 10th Avenues.

Passajj Productions will stage A Musical: Madame Bovary, adapted from the novel by Gustave Flaubert, with Hayley Hoffmeister, Roger Rathburn, John Raymond Barker, Alison Novelli, Eyal Sherf, Mia Rose Spackman, Patrick Thomas Spencer, Christopher G Tefft and Carl G Zurhorst, directed by Marlene Thorn Taber, at Roy Arias Studios Stage IV from May 17th. Roy Arias Studios is located at 300 West 43rd Street, at 8th Avenues.

The Public Theater will host two free evenings of dance to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of the New York City Center's Fall For Dance Festival at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park on September 16th and 17th. Performers will include New York City Ballet, Paul Taylor Dance Company, Ronald K Brown/Evidence and STREB Extreme Action Company. Free tickets will be distributed, two per person, at the Delacorte Theater on the day of the show and through a virtual ticketing lottery.

John S. Anastasi's I Forgive You, Ronald Reagan, with Patricia Richardson, P J Benjamin, Robert Emmet Lunney and Danielle Faitelson, directed by Charles Abbott, will preview from July 15th at the Beckett Theatre at Theatre Row, opening on July 30th. In 1981 a man made a life altering decision in the best interest and welfare of his country, but 20 years later he is unable to accept the consequences of that decision. The producers are Barebones Theatre Company, Mid Life Crisis Productions and Shirley Pechter. Theatre Row is located at 410 West 42nd Street, between 9th and 10th Avenues.

Back Tomorrow: Federico Garcia Lorca/Poet In New York is the latest exhibition at the New York Public Library on 5th Avenue. It centres on the Spanish playwright and poet's stay in New York in 1929, when he wrote Poet In New York, a howl of protest against racial bigotry, mindless consumption, and the adoration of technology. Lorca's nine months here, followed by three months in Havana, changed his vision of poetry, the theater, and the social role of the artist. On returning to Spain, Lorca left the manuscript on the desk of his Madrid publisher with a note saying he would be "back tomorrow" to discuss final details. He never returned. Weeks later, at the outbreak of the Spanish Civil War, he was murdered by fascist elements in Granada, and his body thrown into an unmarked mass grave. The book was published posthumously in 1940, but the manuscript mysteriously disappeared, lost to scholars for decades. It is now on public display for the first time, together with drawings, photographs, letters, and mementos.

Neil Patrick Harris will host the 67th Annual Tony Awards on June 9th at Radio City Music Hall, broadcast on CBS at 8pm. The Tony Awards are presented by The Broadway League and the American Theatre Wing.

Theater for the New City's Street Theater Company will stage its 37th annual free production, a musical, Sanitation, or Off The Grid, book, lyrics and direction by Crystal Field, music by Joseph Vernon Banks, touring streets, parks and playgrounds throughout the 5 boroughs on weekends from August 3rd to September 15th. New York sanitation workers on the high seas in a cruise ship that breaks down, endure Somalian pirates, drone attacks in Pakistan, earthquakes, fracking and oil spills in the North Atlantic, and are transformed to activists and band together to fight pollution, including the pollution of minds and the burying of whistle blowers.

PTP/NYC will stage Howard Barker's The Castle, in which a group of Crusaders return after a 7 year absence to find their society upended and a new one established by the women who remained at home, with Jan Maxwell, Jennifer Van Dyck, David Barlow, Steven Dykes, Brent Langdon, Robert Zukerman, Christina Fox, Aubrey Dube, Rachel Goodgal, Melissa MacDonald and Stephen Mrowiec, directed by Richard Romagnoli; and Caryl Churchill's Serious Money, a satire on the insider trading, corporate raiding and leveraged buyouts in the London of the late '80s, with David Barlow, Megan Byrne, Nesba Crenshaw, Alex Draper, Aubrey Dube, James O. Dunn, Steven Dykes, Tara Giordano, Jeanne LaSala Taylor, Mathew Nakitare, Noah Berman, Madeley Crenshaw-Dykes, Sarah Lusche, Adam Milano, Molly O'Keefe, Isabel Shill and Mari Vial-Golden, directed by Cheryl Faraone, playing in repertory at Atlantic Stage 2 from July 3rd. Atlantic Stage 2 is located at 330 West 16th Street, between 8th and 9th Avenues.

The Rumour Machine says: that Burt Bacharach and Elvis Costello are working on a stage adaptation of their 1998 album Painted From Memory with book writer Chuck Lorre. The Rumour Machine grinds on.