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Backstage Whispers overheard by Richard Andrews

Last updated : 15th April 2013

Manhattan Theatre Club and MCC Theater will stage the premiere of Sharr White's The Snow Geese, about a family in upstate New York facing a changing future during World War I, with Mary-Louise Parker, directed by Daniel Sullivan, previewing from October 1st at the Samuel J Friedman Theatre, with an official opening on October 24th.

The British show Potted Potter - The Unauthorised Harry Experience, which condenses all the J K Rowling books to 70 minutes, written and performed by Daniel Clarkson and Jefferson Turner, directed by Richard Hurst, will return to the Little Shubert Theatre, previewing from May 30th at opening on June 4th. The producers are Corey Ross/Starvox Entertainment and James Seabright/Potted Productions. The Little Shubert Theater is located at 422 West 42nd Street, between 9th and 10th Avenues.

It's Official! As previously forecast here, the musical Murder Ballad, conception, book and lyrics by Julia Jordan, music and lyrics by Juliana Nash, exploring the complications of love, the compromises we make, and the small betrayals that can ultimately undo us, with John Ellison Conlee, Rebecca Naomi Jones, Cassie Levy and Will Swenson, directed by Trip Cullman, with choreography by Doug Varone, which premiered at Manhattan Theatre Club last fall, will preview from May 7th at the Union Square Theatre, opening on May 22nd. The producers are Manhattan Theatre Club Productions, Niclas Nagler, Richard Frankel, Tom Viertel, Steven Baruch, Marc Routh, Simone Genatt Haft, Scott M Delman and Susanne Adamski. The Union Square Theatre is located at 100 East 17th Street, between Irving Street and Park Avenue.

The Mint Theater will stage N C Hunter's A Picture Of Autumn, a comedy in which a son who returns to find his family living in disarray in their decaying ancestral home tries to help them move on, with Christian Coulson, George Morfogen, Jonathan Hogan, Helen Cespedes, Curran Connor, Barbara Eda-Young, Katie Firth, Paul Niebanck and Jill Tanner, directed by Gus Kaikkonen, previewing from May 23rd, opening on June 10th. The Mint Theater is located at 311 West 43rd Street, between 8th and 9th Avenues.

It has been confirmed that Prospect Theater Company will stage the musical Unlock'd, book and lyrics by Sam Carner, music by Derek Gregor, a spoof 18th century romance based on Alexander Pope's The Rape Of the Lock, a tale of squabbling lovers, directed and choreographed by Marlo Hunter, at The Duke on 42nd Street from June 16th. The Duke on 42nd Street is located at 229 West 42nd Street, between 7th and 8th Avenues.

100 Years Of Flamenco In NYC is the latest exhibition at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, running until August 3rd. Artifacts on display include costume pieces and performance regalia, including La Argentina's lace mantilla and mirror, and male flamenco costumes of Mariano Parracastanets; oral histories; castanets, with instructions and recordings; brochures and programs; film of performances including Edison's 1 minute film of Carmencita from 1894; demonstration films by Matteo, Escudero and La Argentina; and engravings and photographs of Spanish dance performance and venues from Spain and New York. It will be accompanied by screenings of rarely seen documentary films, and a series of seminars and lectures, live presentations and Flamenco classes. The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts is located at 40 Lincoln Center Plaza.

Robin Amos Kahn and Gary Richards's Scrambled Eggs, a comedy charting one woman's journey through the stresses and strains of contemporary life, with Amy Van Nostrand, Anne O'Sullivan, Jim Frangione, Candace Brecker, Mary Catherine Wright and Michael Dean Morgan, directed by Matthew Penn, will play at the Beckett Theatre at Theatre Row from April 21st. Theatre Row is located at 410 West 42nd Street, between 9th and 10th Avenues.

The next season in the Encores! Off-Center series at New York City Center, presenting great but less often performed Off Broadway American musicals in concert, will comprise: The Cradle Will Rock, book, music and lyrics by Marc Blitzstein, a Brechtian allegory of corruption and corporate greed that pits exploited workers against greedy, union-busting businessmen, directed by Sam Gold, with choreography by Chase Brock, from July 10th to 13th; Violet, book and lyrics by Brian Crawley, music by Jeanine Tesori, based on Doris Betts's short story The Ugliest Pilgrim, set in the Deep South during the early days of the Civil Rights Movement, with Sutton Foster, directed by Leigh Silverman, on July 17th; and I'm Getting My Act Together And Taking It On The Road, book and lyrics by Gretchen Cryer, music by Nancy Ford, about singer attempting a comeback by performing songs that reflect women's changing roles and attitudes, directed and choreographed by Kathleen Marshall, from July 24th to 27th. New York City Center is located 131 West 55th Street, between 6th and 7th Avenues.

Ballybeg will stage Steven Simoncic's Broken Fences, a comedy about how neighbours from different worlds keep their connection without destroying themselves as their neighbourhood evolves, with Scott Aiello, Emilio Aquino, Brian J Carter, Benjamin Foro, Lori Funk, Clinton Lowe, Erika Rose and Krissy Shields, directed by Alex Levy, at Theater 54 at Shetler Studios from May 3rd. Shetler Studios is located at 244 West 54th Street, between Broadway and 8th Avenue.

The Rumour Machine says: that A Christmas Story, The Musical, the Joseph Robinette-Benj Pasek-Justin Paul adaptation of Jean Shepherd's stories about a young boy getting into scrapes in the period leading up to Christmas, directed by John Rando, with choreography by Warren Carlyle, will return to Broadway this Christmas. The Rumour Machine grinds on.