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Backstage Whispers overheard by Richard Andrews

Last updated : 15th October 2012

A stage version of Breakfast At Tiffany's, adapted by Richard Greenberg directly from Truman Capote's novella, rather than the subsequent film, with Emilia Clarke, directed by Sean Mathias, (who directed a different adaptation of the story in London in 2009) will open on Broadway at a Shubert theatre yet to be announced in February. Set in New York in 1943, it is the story of a poor writer in love with a girl who needs rich, but as she begins falls for him, her past catches up with her. The design team will include scenery by Derek McLane and costumes by Colleen Atwood. The producers are Colin Ingram Productions, Donovan Mannato and Dominic Ianno.

It's Official! As previously forecast here, Nora Ephron's final play, Lucky Guy, about the prize winning newspaper columnist Mike McAlary, with Tom Hanks making his Broadway debut, directed by George C Wolfe, will preview from March 1st at the Broadhurst Theatre, opening on April 1st. The producers are Colin Callender, Roy Furman, Arielle Tepper Madover, Roger Berlind, Stacey Mindich, Robert Cole and Frederick Zollo, David Mirvish, Daryl Roth, James D Stern/Douglas L Meyer, Scott and Brian Zeilinger, in association with Sonia Friedman Productions and The Shubert Organization.

Theater for the New City will stage Bill Donnelly's The Tenant, in which an act of kindness by a New York couple in offering accommodation to a Korean immigrant woman has unforeseen consequences, with Vivian Chiu, Carson Lee, Alexandra Lawrence and David Rothstadt, directed by Vincent J Balzano, from 15th November. Theater for the New City is located at 155 1st Avenue, at 10th Street.

The 22nd season of the Food For Thought series of lunchtime readings of one act plays by Broadway performers at the historic Players Club, from October 31st, will include Susan Charlotte and Peter Stone's The Round Table; Tennessee Williams's Six Endings - A Streetcar Named Desire; George Bernard Shaw's Augustus Does His Bit; Tom Stoppard's The Boundary; a play by Noel Coward; Luigi Pirandello's The Man With The Flower In His Mouth; Harold Pinter's The Dumb Waiter and George Kaufman's If Men Played Cards As Women Do; Tennessee Williams's Talk To Me Like Rain; a play by David Ives; Christopher Durang's Sister Mary Ignatius Explains It All For You; David Mamet's Edmund; Joyce Carol Oates's Tone Clusters; and Henry James's The Real Thing, adapted by Susan Charlotte. Lunch is from 12noon, the performance begins at 2pm, and a question and answer session follows. The Players Club is located at 16 Gramercy Park South, on East 20th Street, between Park Avenue and Irving Place.

Apothecary Theatre Company will stage James McManus's Blood Potato, a confrontation between three brothers, a small-time crystal meth dealer with big plans, a soldier returned from the war in Iraq with few prospects, and a school bus driver skirting disaster, with Dennis Flanagan, Zach Griffiths, Mike Mihm, Beth Wittig and Carrie Wat, directed by Kevin Kittle, at the Clurman Theatre at Theatre Row, from November 1st. Theatre Row is located at 410 West 42nd Street, between 9th and 10th Avenues.

Horse Trade Theater Group will stage the premiere of the musical Isaac Babel And The Gangster King, book by Denis Woychuk and Stephen Vincent Brennan, music by Denny Blake and Denis Woychuk, lyrics by Denis Woychuk, in which 5 friends rehearse an operetta about the Jewish gangster Benya Krik, a folk hero made famous by the writer Isaac Babel, to be performed for Stalin's cohorts, during the 1936 Moscow purges, directed by Stephen Vincent Brennan, at the Kraine Theatre from November 1st. The Kraine Theatre is located at 85 East 4th Street, between The Bowery and 2nd Avenue.

AliveWire Theatrics will stage You Will Make A Difference, a devised piece drawing on sources from medieval pageant, through Arthur Miller's The Crucible, to the TV series My So-Called Life, examining career, love, babies and success, conceived and directed by Jeremy Goren, with Stephanie Eiss, Tara Elliott, Jeff Kitrosser, Nicki Kontolefa, Laura Riveros, Derek Spaldo, Martha Frances Liv Williams, Ben Lambert, Claire Lebowitz, Rishika Mehrishi, Samantha Rivers Cole and Courtney Ros, performed in various spaces on several floors of the West Park Presbyterian Church, from October 19th. The West Park Presbyterian Church is located at 165 West 86 Street, at Amsterdam Avenue.

How The Salts Got Down: A Family History In Parties, conceived by Mary Birnbaum, Christopher Oscar Pena and Andrew Broussard, written by Nastaran Ahmadi, David Ingber, and Christopher Oscar Pena, which reveals the story of a family through a series of celebrations, with Olivia Mora, Jody Flader, Bairbre Dowling, Dax Valdes, Scott Thomas, Kat Lee, Caitlin Saylor Stephens, Leigh Dunham, Alex Teicheira, Jojo Karlin and Frank Fransisco, will play at Hartley House, from October 25th. Hartley House is located at 413 W 46th Street, between 9th and 10th Avenues.

Provincetown Counter Productions in association with Mark Cortale will stage the 1940s musical thriller The Medium, book, music and lyrics by Gian Carlo Menotti, in which a fake medium is disturbed by a presence during a seance and loses her mind, with Jeffrey T Roberson, Stefanie Izzo, Edmund Bagnell, Shannon Carson, Peter Kendall Clark andMaria Elena Armijo, directed by Donna Drake, at the Marjorie S Deane Little Theatre, from October 25th. The Marjorie S Deane Little Theatre is located in the West Side Y, at 5 West 63rd Street, between Central Park West and Broadway.

The Rumour Machine says: that Eric Coble's The Velocity Of Autumn, a dark comedy about a woman in failing health who barricades herself in her house refusing to move into sheltered accommodation, who is visited by her son, with Estelle Parsons and Stephen Spinella, directed by Molly Smith, is looking for a Broadway opening in the spring, courtesy of producer HOP Theatricals. The Rumour Machine grinds on.