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Backstage Whispers overheard by Richard Andrews

Last updated : 16th July 2012

It has been confirmed that Ruth and Augustus Goetz's The Heiress, adapted from Henry James's novel Washington Square, about a woman being pulled between her father and a suitor who may be motivated by greed, with David Strathairn, Jessica Chastain, Dan Stevens and Judith Ivey, directed by Moises Kaufman, will preview from October 7th at the Walter Kerr Theatre, with an official opening in November 1st. The design team comprises scenery by Derek McLane, costumes by Albert Wolsky, lighting by David Lander, and sound by Leon Rothenberg. The producers are Paula Wagner, Roy Furman and Stephanie P McClelland.

It has been confirmed that Craig Wright's Grace, a thriller about a young couple who are starting a new life but come into conflict with their neighbours, with Paul Rudd, Michael Shannon, Kate Arrington and Edward Asner, directed by Dexter Bullard, will preview from September 13th at the Cort Theatre, with an official opening on October 4th. The design team includes scenery by Beowulf Boritt, costumes by Tif Bullard, and lighting by David Weiner. The producers are Debbie Bisno, Fox Theatricals and Paula Wagner.

Fried Chicken And Latkes, a one person show written and performed by Rain Pryor, taking an irreverent and poignant look at racism in the late 60s early 70s, will preview from July 21st at the Actors Temple Theater. The producer is Edmund Gaynes in association with Daryl Sledge/Mother's Boy. The Actors Temple Theater is located at 339 West 47th Street, between 8th and 9th Avenues.

On The Casting Couch: Rob McClure will be joined by Jim Borstelmann, Jenn Colella, Erin Mackey, Michael McCormick, Christiane Noll, Zachary Unger and Wayne Alan Wilcox in the Christopher Curtis-Thomas Meehan musical Chaplin, opening at the Barrymore Theatre on September 10th

The musical Bare, book and lyrics by Jon Hartmere, music by Damon Intrabartolo, with additional songs by Hartmere and Lynne Shankel, the story of a group of teens as they wrestle with their identities, sexuality and religion at a co-ed Catholic boarding school, directed by Stafford Arima, with choreography by Travis Wall, will preview from November 19th at New World Stages, opening on December 9th. The producers are Randy Taradash, Paul Boskind and Martian Entertainment and Gregory Rae.

Harlem Repertory Theatre will stage a chamber production of the musical Dreamgirls, book and lyrics by Tom Eyen, music by Henry Krieger, telling the story of a Supremes like singing group, with Alexandra Bernard, Isis Kenney, Natalia Peguero, Dennis Williams, Oscar Aguirre, Eric Myles, Darilyn Castilio, Magnus Percinthe, Janique Evans and Dion Millington, directed and choreographed by Keith Lee Grant, at the 133rd Street Arts Center from August 17th. The first act will be performed in the proscenium theatre and the second act will be performed in an open loft space on the building's 3rd floor. The 133rd Street Arts Center is located at 308 West 133rd Street, between 8th and St Nicholas's Avenues.

Forthcoming productions at 59E59 Theaters will include My Mind Is Like An Open Meadow, a one person show written and performed by Erin Leddy, a meditation on consciousness, memory, loss, fear and the creative process, directed by Jonathan Walters, from August 1st, a Hand2Mouth Theatre production; Philip Ridley's Tender Napalm, an explosive and poetic exploration of love in the face of catastrophe, directed by Paul Takacs, from August 23rd, produced by The Shop; and Fly Me To The Moon, written and directed by Marie Jones, a black comedy investigating whether we are valued more in life or in death, with Tara Lynnne O'Neill and Kate Tumelty, from September 5th, produced by Green Shoot Productions. 59E59 Theaters is located at 59 East 59th Street, between Park and Madison Avenues.

Concerts For City Greens, the free outdoor concert series held at Tudor City Greens, will continue with Neil Sedaka, plus Jim Van Slyke, Marquee Five, Carole Demas and Holland Grossman on August 1st at 6.30pm; the music of Ann Hampton Callaway on September 12th at 6.30pm; and the songs of Michael John LaChiusa on October 3rd. The concerts take place at the South Park of Tudor City Greens Park, between 41st and 42nd Streets, and 1st and 2nd Avenues.

New York City Center's 9th Fall For Dance Festival, which will run from October 27th to November 6th will comprise the works of 20 companies and choreographers from all over the world. These will include Lizt Alfonso Dance of Cuba, Richard Alston Dance Company and the Ballet Boyz from the United Kingdom, the Royal Ballet of Flanders, China's TAO Dance Theater, Australian Ballet, the Vertigo Dance Company from Israel and Pontus Lidberg Dance from Sweden and New York. Other home grown talent will include Lil Buck, the Joffrey Ballet, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Jessica Lang Dance, Mark Morris Dance Group, New York City Ballet and Trisha Brown Dance Company.

The Rumour Machine says: that Kinky Boots, the stage musical adaptation of the 2005 film, about how a conservative British shoe factory was saved from closing by producing fetish footwear at the suggestion of a drag performer, book by Harvey Fierstein, music and lyrics by Cyndi Lauper, with a cast headed by Stark Sands and Billy Porter, directed and choreographed by Jerry Mitchell, will find a Broadway home at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre early next year, courtesy of producers Daryl Roth and Hal Luftigm; and that a compilation musical based on the long running television musical variety show Soul Train, and its creator and host Don Cornelius, is aiming for Broadway, courtesy of a group of producers that includes Earvin 'Magic' Johnson. The Rumour Machine grinds on.