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Backstage Whispers overheard by Richard Andrews

Last updated : 15th September 2014

It's Official! As previously forecast here, Wendy Wasserstein's The Heidi Chronicles, in which a feminist art historian and her friends search for political, professional and personal fulfilment from the 1960s to the 1980s, with Elizabeth Moss, Bryce Pinkham, Jason Biggs and Tracee Chimo, directed by Pam MacKinnon, will open at a Broadway yet to be announced next March. The design team includes scenery by John Lee Beatty and costumes by Jessica Pabst. The producers are Jeffrey Richards, Jerry Frankel, Susan Gallin and Mary Lu Roffe.

The 15th annual New Yorker Festival will take place from October 10th to 12th. Events will include the magazine's contributors in conversations with artists, musicians and performers, including Stephen Sondheim, Randy Newman, Roger Corman, Lena Dunham, Julianna Margulies, Bill Hader, Jeff Goldblum and Larry David; panel discussions including Sting, John Logan, Joe Mantello and Rachel Tucker; book signings and poetry readings; comedy and improv; a private tour of the Frick; and a tasting walk from Greenwich Village to Chinatown led by Calvin Trillin. Further information can be found on the New Yorker Festival web site, via the link from Festivals & Events in the Links section of New York TheatreNet.

On The Casting Couch: Erin Davie and Emily Padgett will be joined by Matthew Hydzik, Robert Joy and David St Louis in the Bill Russell-Henry Krieger musical Side Show, opening at the St James Theatre on November 17th.

Prospect Theater Company's 2014/2015 season will comprise the musicals The Underclassman, book by Peter Mills and Cara Reichel, music and lyrics by Peter Mills, exploring F Scott Fitzgerald's coming of age as a writer on the eve of World War I and his first romance with the debutante Ginevra King, inspired by Fitzgerald's first novel This Side Of Paradise, with Jessica Grove, Ginevra King, Piper Goodeve, Alex Wyse, Jordan Bondurant, Elizabeth Burton, Jason Edward Cook, Holland Grossman, C J Pawlikowski, Davey Rosenberg and Michael Ruocco, directed by Cara Reichel, with choreography by Christine O'Grady, from November 9th at The Duke on 42nd Street; and Long Story Short, book by Brendan Milburn and Valerie Vigoda, music by Brendan Milburn, lyrics by Valerie Vigoda, adapted from David Schulner's An Infinite Ache, a whistle stop tour of a 50 year romance and marriage, directed by Kent Nicholson, from February 28th at 59E59 Theaters. The Duke on 42nd Street is located at 229 West 42nd Street, between 7th and 8th Avenues. 59E59 Theaters is located at 59 East 59th Street, between Park and Madison Avenues.

The Metropolitan Opera is to open its $25 rush tickets to online application in an effort to develop the opera audience by broadening access to the company's productions. Prospective ticket buyers can log on to the Met website the evening before a performance they would like to see to enter. Successful applicants will receive an email by noon the day of the performance and will be able to purchase up to two $25 tickets up until 2 hours before curtain time.

Brian Jaffe's auction packed comedy Going Once! Laugh Twice!, an interactive parody of the prestigious world of art auctions, with Marlain Angelides, Elaine Baez, Breena Beck, Ben Cole, Daniel Damiano, Wes Drummond, Deborah Frost, Brian Jaffe, Winston Shaw and Scott Martin Watson, directed by Eric Parness, will preview from September 25th at St Luke's Theatre, opening on October 15th. St Luke's Theatre is located at 308 West 46th Street between 8th and 9th Avenues.

The York Theatre Company's 2014/2015 season will include main stage productions of Texas In Paris, a musical play written by Alan Govenar, with spirituals, cowboy songs and country hymns, the story of two strangers - one white, one black - with no professional experience, invited to France to perform at the Maison des Cultures du Monde, with Lillias White, from January 27th; and Harold And Maude, book and lyrics by Tom Jones, music by Joseph Thalken, based on the 1971 film, the quintessential May-December romance, sparked when a death obsessed teenager meets a 79 year old at a funeral, from May 12th. The York Theatre Company's Theatre at Saint Peter's is on 54th Street, between Lexington and 3rd Avenues.

Park Avenue Armory and Trusty Sidekick Theater Company will stage site specific immersive productions of The 7 And Mysteries Of Toulouse McLane, written and directed by Drew Petersen, in which audiences in the North Hall will follow a group of mysterious figures who offer clues about the life of the curious Ms McLane, whose past is uniquely intertwined with the Armory building, from October 13th to 30th; and The Haunting of Ichabod Crane, written and directed by Max Dana and Jonathan Shmidt Chapman, in which audiences will climb the grand staircase, enter a mysterious room and sit at a large banquet table to conjure the spirit of the nervous schoolteacher Ichabod Crane and experience the tale of Headless Horseman, from October 25th to 30th. The company comprises Jamie Agnello, Jessica Cannizzaro, Max Dana, Chris Gabriel, Amy Jensen, Retta Leaphart, Spencer Lott, Peter Musante, Drew Petersen, Summer Shapiro, Robert Stevenson and Jason Vance. The Park Avenue Armory is located at 643 Park Avenue, between 66th and 67th Streets.

The Rumour Machine says: that the current Royal Shakespeare Company productions of Wolf Hall and Bring Up The Bodies, adapted by Mike Poulton from the novels by Hillary Mantel, about the machinations at the court of Henry VIII, directed by Jeremy Herrin, which is currently playing in London, is looking at a Broadway transfer next spring, possibly to the Winter Garden Theatre, courtesy of producers Jeffrey Richards and Jerry Frankel. The Rumour Machine grinds on.