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Backstage Whispers overheard by Richard Andrews

Last updated : 13th August 2012

The previously mentioned revised stage adaptation of the 1957 Rodgers and Hammerstein television musical Cinderella, with a new book by Douglas Carter Beane, with Laura Osnes, Santino Fontana, Harriet Harris, Victoria Clark, Peter Bartlett, Ann Harada, Marla Mindelle and Greg Hildreth, directed by Mark Brokaw, with choreography by Josh Rhodes, will preview from January 21st at the Broadway Theatre. The design team comprises scenery by Anna Louizos, costumes by William Ivey Long, lighting by Ken Posner, and sound by Nevin Steinberg. The producers are Robyn Goodman, Stephen Kocis and Jill Furman, in association with Center Theatre Group.

It has been confirmed that the Lincoln Center Theater production of Clifford Odets's Golden Boy, about a young, gifted violinist who is torn between pursuing a career in music and earning big money as a prize fighter, with Tony Shalhoub, Danny Burstein, Jonathan Hadary, Daniel Jenkins and Seth Numrich, directed by Bartlett Sher, will preview from November 8th at the Belasco Theatre, with an official opening on December 6th. The design team comprises scenery by Michael Yeargan, costumes by Catherine Zuber, lighting by Donald Holder, and sound by Peter John Still and Marc Salzberg.

Manhattan Theatre Club will stage the premiere of Richard Greenberg's The Assembled Parties, charting an Upper West Side Jewish family's history from 1980 to 2000, with Judith Light and Jessica Hecht, directed by Lynne Meadow, previewing from March 19th at the Samuel J Friedman Theatre, with an official opening on April 17th.

On The Casting Couch: Katie Holmes will be joined by Norbert Leo Butz in Theresa Rebeck's Dead Accounts, opening at the Music Box Theatre on November 28th.

It has been announced that the premiere of The Anarchist, written and directed by David Mamet, about the governor of a women's prison and a lifer who is trying to convince her that she is ready for parole, with Patti LuPone and Debra Winger, will play the Golden Theatre instead of the Lyceum Theatre, previewing from November 13th, with an official opening on December 2nd. The design team comprises scenery and costumes by Patrizia Von Brandenstein, and lighting by Jeff Croiter. The producers are Jeffrey Richards, Jerry Frankel and Howard and Janet Kagan.

Elf - The Musical, book by Bob Martin and Tom Meehan, music by Matthew Sklar, music by Chad Beguelin, adapted from the 2003 movie about an oversized elf raised in the North Pole who arrives in New York to find his true identity, directed and choreographed by Casey Nicholaw, will return to the Al Hirschfeld Theatre, from November 9th, playing until January 6th. The design team comprises scenery by David Rockwell, costumes by Gregg Barnes, lighting by Natasha Katz, projection by Zachary Borovay, and sound by Peter Hylenski. The producers are Warner Bros. Theatre Ventures in association with Unique Features.

Forever Dusty, a biomusical about Dusty Springfield, by Kirsten Holly Smith and Jonathan Vankin, featuring Kirsten Holly Smith, directed by Randal Myler, will preview from November 11th at New World Stages, opening on November 18th. The producers are Jorja Fox, Leslie Brockett, Jane Gullong, Sandalphon Productions and Maximum Entertainment Productions. New World Stages is located at 340 West 50th Street, between 8th and 9th Avenues.

Norm Lewis will be master of ceremonies when the Broadway League and the Coalition of Broadway Unions and Guilds presents the 3rd 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 4.30pm on September 20th at 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. Further information can be found on the Broadway Salutes web site, via the link from Festivals & Events in the Links section of New York TheatreNet.

Arthur Miller's The Last Yankee, about two married couples as they deal with trying relationships, with Nina Covelsky, Vincent Ingrisano, John Austin Wiggins and Kendra Webb, will play at the Studio at Theatre Row from August 23rd. Theatre Row is located at 410 West 42nd Street, between 9th and 10th Avenues.

Passajj Productions will stage the musical A For Adultery, book, music and lyrics by Paul Dick, adapted from Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter, which tells the story of an adulterous woman who struggles to create a new life in 17th century Boston, directed by Marlene Thorn Taber, at Roy Arias Theatres from September 14th. Roy Arias Theatres is located at 300 West 43rd Street, at 8th Avenue.

Frog & Peach Theatre Company will stage William Shakespeare's The Taming Of The Shrew, set in a Felliniesque vision of Padua, directed by directed by Lynnea Benson, previewing from October 11th at The West End Theatre. The West End Theatre is located at 263 West 86th Street, between West End Avenue and Broadway.

The Swiss comic visual theatre group Mummenschanz, featuring founding performer Floriana Frassetto, with Raffaella Mattioli and Pietro Montandon, and new performer and choreographer Philipp Egli, will play at The Skirball Center for the Performing Arts from December 11th to January 6th. The company's distinctive wordless show uses everyday objects, to create characters and stories - a kind of 'Swiss Family Blue Man'. The Skirball Center for the Performing Arts is located at 566 LaGuardia Place, at Washington Square South.

The Rumour Machine says: that Tennessee Williams's Cat On A Hot Tin Roof may make a swift return to Broadway with Scarlett Johansson and Jeremy Renner, directed by Rob Ashford, courtesy of producr Stuart Thompson. The Rumour Machine grinds on.