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Backstage Whispers overheard by Richard Andrews

Last updated : 14th April 2014

The upcoming Chicago Steppenwolf Theatre Company production of Kenneth Lonergan's This Is Our Youth, set in New York in 1982, and following 48 hours in the lives of 3 very lost young souls, with Michael Cera, Kieran Culkin and Tavi Gevinson, directed by Anna D Shapiro, will preview from August 18th at the Cort Theatre, with an official opening on September 11th. The design team comprises scenery by Todd Rosenthal, costumes by Ann Roth, lighting by Brian MacDevitt, and sound by Rob Milburn and Michael Bodeen. The producer is Scott Rudin.

New York Theatre Workshop's 2014/2015 season will include Ingmar Bergman's Scenes From A Marriage, relating the story of a couple from a happy marriage through divorce and beyond, adapted by Emily Mann, directed by Ivo van Hove, from September 3rd; Ayad Akhtar's The Invisible Hand, in which an American stock broker is kidnapped and tortured in a remote region of Pakistan, directed by Ken Rus Schmoll; and Forever, written and performed by Dael Orlandersmith, a semi-autobiographical exploration of the family we are born into and the family we choose, directed by Neel Keller. New York Theatre Workshop is located at 79 East 4th Street, between 2nd and 3rd Avenues.

Playwrights Realm's 2014/2015 season of new works will comprise Elizabeth Irwin's My Manana Comes, about 4 young workers in a New York restaurant, previewing at The Peter Jay Sharp Theater at Playwrights Horizons from August 26th, opening on September 4th; and Anton Dudley's City Of, in which 4 disparate Americans journey to Paris in search of love, directed by Stephen Brackett, at a yet to be announced venue, in January. Playwrights Horizons is located at 416 West 42nd Street, between 9th and 10th Avenues.

JJJ Productions in association with Culture Project and Aaron Grant Theatrical will stage the premiere of the musical The Anthem, book by Gary Morgenstein, music by Jonnie Rockwell, lyrics by Erik Ransom, inspired by Ayn Rand's novella, about revolt in a social media gone mad world, where individuality is illegal, with Ashley Kate Adams, Remy Zaken, Jason Gotay, Randy Jones, Jenna Leigh Green, Damian Thompson, Emily S Grosland, Patch David, Shiloh Goodin, Jamyl Dobson, Katie Lee Hill, Crista Marie Jackson and Brian Ferree, directed by Rachel Klein, with choreography by Danielle Fusco, previewing from May 20th at the Lynn Redgrave Theatre, opening on May 29th. The Lynn Redgrave Theatre is located at 45 Bleecker Street, at Lafayette Street.

The 2013/2014 season of the Musicals Tonight! series, which presents concert stagings of neglected musicals, will comprise Carnival!, book by Michael Stewart, music and lyrics by Bob Merrill, based on the 1953 film Lili, set among the workers of a travelling fun fair, from October 21st to November 2nd; The Girl Who Came To Supper, book, music and lyrics by Noel Coward, set in 1911 London, in which an American chorus girl becomes involved with a Balkan archduke, his teenage son and the Queen Mother, from November 4th to 16th; Whoopee!, book by William Anthony McGuire, music by Walter Donaldson, lyrics by Gus Kahn, adapted from Owen Davis's play The Nervous Wreck, a cowboy story that involves an elopement that is viewed as a kidnapping; Hazel Flagg, book by James H Street, music by Jule Styne, lyrics by Bob Hilliard, in which a dying girl who becomes a media sensation decides to keep quiet when she finds she has been misdiagnosed, from March 17th to 29th; and Pardon My English, book by Herbert Fields and Morrie Ryskind, music by George Gershwin, lyrics by Ira Gershwin, in which, after the German government bans the sale of non-alcoholic beverages to promote the sales of beer, a speak-easy is opened where patrons can imbibe forbidden drinks such as cream soda and ginger ale, from April 7th to 19th. Performances are at the Lion Theatre at Theatre Row. The producer is Mel Miller. Theatre Row is located at 410 West 42nd Street, between 9th and 10th Avenues.

On The Casting Couch: Saul Williams, Christopher Jackson, Saycon Sengbloh, Ben Thompson, John Earl Jelks, Joshua Boone, Dyllon Burnside and Tonya Pinkins will head the cast of the Tupac Shakur-Todd Kreidler musical Holler If Ya Hear Me, opening at the Palace Theatre on June 19th.

Working Theater will stage James McManus's Cherry Smoke, in which a back alley fighter and a runaway try to form a life together, with Molly Carden, Patrick Carroll, Julie Jesneck and Vayu O'Donnell, directed by Tamilla Woodard, previewing from April 22nd at Urban Stages, opening on May 1st. Urban Stages is located at 259 West 30th Street, between 7th and 8th Avenues.

Vineyard Theatre's 2014/2015 season will include the premiere of the musical Brooklynite, book by Peter Lerman and Michael Mayer, music and lyrics by Peter Lerman, in which a hardware clerk dreaming of being a superhero meets a superhero dreaming of a quiet life, inspired by the real Brooklyn Superhero Supply Company located in Park Slope, with characters created by Michael Chabon and Ayelet Waldman, directed by Michael Mayer, with choreography by Steven Hoggett; and Branden Jacobs-Jenkins's Gloria; Or Ambition, about an ambitious group of editorial assistants at a Manhattan magazine, each of whom hopes for a book deal before they turn 30, directed by Evan Cabnet. The Vineyard Theatre is located at 108 East 15th Street, between Union Square East and Irving Place.

Lincoln Center Theater will stage the premiere of Sarah Ruhl's The Oldest Boy, about a young American boy who is believed to be a reincarnation of a high Buddhist teacher, directed by Rebecca Taichman, previewing from October 16th at the Mitzi E Newhouse Theater, opening on November 10th.

The Rumour Machine says: that the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical The King And I will be staged by Lincoln Center Theater next year, possibly featuring Kelli O'Hara. The Rumour Machine grinds on.