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Backstage Whispers overheard by Richard Andrews

Last updated : 13th October 2014

Roundabout Theatre Company has confirmed that it will present the Fiasco Theater production of the musical Into The Woods, book by James Lapine, music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, in which characters from a number of fairytales don't live happily ever after, directed by Noah Brody and Ben Steinfeld, previewing from December 18th at the Lara Pels Theatre at the Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre, opening on January 22nd. Future productions will include the premiere of Stephen Karam's The Humans, in which family tensions reach a boiling point during a Thanksgiving celebration, directed by Joe Mantello, in fall next year. The Harold and Miriam Steinberg Centre for Theatre is located at 111 West 46th Street, between 5th and 6th Avenues.

The Elevator Repair Service will perform their adaptation of the first section of William Faulkner's stream of consciousness novel The Sound And The Fury, the Southern Gothic tale of the decay and fall of an aristocratic family, with Mike Iveson, Vin Knight, Aaron Landsman, Randolph Curtis Rand, Greig Sargeant, Kaneza Schaal, Susie Sokol, Lucy Taylor, Tory Vazquez and Ben Williams, directed by John Collins, previewing from May 14th at the Public Theater, opening on May 21st. The Public Theater will stage Tracey Scott Wilson's Buzzer, about love, fear and the high costs of choosing who to make a home with, and where, directed by Anne Kauffman, next spring. It replaces the Stew-Heidi Rodewald musical The Total Bent, which has been postponed until the 2015/2016 season. The Public Theater is located at 425 Lafayette Street, between Astor Place and West 4th Street.

PlayCo will stage the premiere of Ludic Proxy, written and directed by Aya Ogawa, which intertwines three stories from the past, present and future, at Walkerspace next April; and Antonio Vega's The Duchamp Syndrome, charting the struggle of a Mexican immigrant to becom a stand up comedian in New York, directed by Ana Graham, at The Flea Theater next May. Walkerspace is located at 46 Walker Street, between Broadway and Church Street; and The Flea Theater is located at 41 White Street, between Church and Broadway.

The names of this year's thespians to be inducted into the Theater Hall of Fame have been announced. They are actors F Murray Abraham, Alvin Epstein and Blythe Danner, director and choreographer Susan Stroman, director and actor Marshall Mason, former theatre critic Frank Rich, playwright Alfred Uhry, and producer Philip J Smith. The 44th annual ceremony will be held at the Gershwin Theatre on January 26th. The Hall of Fame was created to honour performers and creatives who have made a lasting impression in American theatre. To be eligible for induction, a candidate must have a career that spans 25 years, with at least 5 major stage credits. They are chosen by 350 voting members of the Theater Hall of Fame and the American Theater Critics Association. Membership is marked by a plaque in the North Rotunda in the lobby of the Gershwin Theatre.

On The Casting Couch: Austin Pendleton will be joined by Pete Simpson, James Stanley and Gary Wilmes in Jean Lee's Straight White Men, opening at the Public Theater on November 17th; and Stephen Rea will be joined by Brid Brennan, Lloyd Hutchinson, Jason Kolotouros, Matthew Rauch, Aidan Redmond and Judith Roddy in Sam Shepard's A Particle Of Dread, opening at the Pershing Square Signature Center on November 23rd.

Ma-Yi Theater Company will stage two plays in repertoire at the Clurman Theatre at Theatre Row: Livin' La Vida Imelda, created and performed by Carlos Celdran, adapted by and directed by Ralph B Pena, which examines the interwoven stories of Imelda Marcos and Philippine history, opening on November 5th; and the premiere of Han Ong's Chairs And A Long Table, following a group of Asian American actors as they prepare to attend a conference in Los Angeles addressing racial discrimination in the casting of a classic Chinese play, with Ron Domingo, Julie Fitzpatrick, Julienne Kim, Moses Villarama and Jeena Yi, directed by Linsay Firman, opening on November 7th. Theatre Row is located at 410 West 42nd Street between 9th and 10th Avenues.

New Georges' 2014/2015 season will include the return of Kate Benson's A Beautiful Day On The Banks Of The Greatest Of The Great Lakes, relating events at a multigenerational Thanksgiving family gathering, directed by Lee Sunday Evans, from January 13th, at New York City Center Stage II, produced in association with Women's Project Theater; and the premiere of Heartbreak, written and directed by Ariel Stess, in which a man on the brink of retirement contemplates his life's work, his company, his wives, and his homes, at The Bushwick Starr in May. New York City Center is located 131 West 55th Street, between 6th and 7th Avenues; and The Bushwick Starr is located at 207 Starr Street in Bushwick, Brooklyn.

The Soho Rep production of Branden Jacobs-Jenkins's The Octoroon, inspired by Dion Boucicault's 1859 melodrama about interracial romance on a Louisiana plantation, with Amber Gray, directed by Sarah Benson, will play at the Theatre for a New Audience's Polonsky Shakespeare Center from February 14th. Polonsky Shakespeare Center is located at 262 Ashland Place, Fort Greene, Brooklyn.

The Rumour Machine says: that Stephen Sondheim and playwright David Ives are working on a musical based on the Luis Bunuel's surrealist films The Discreet Charm Of The Bourgeoisie, in which a group of people are attempting to dine together, and The Exterminating Angel, in which they dine, but it's the end of the world, which will premiere at the Public Theater, with the participation of producer Scott Rudin. The Rumour Machine grinds on.