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Backstage Whispers overheard by Richard Andrews

Last updated : 16th December 2013

It's Official! As previously forecast here, the recent Arena Stage Washington production of 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 estranged son, with Estelle Parsons and Stephen Spinella, directed by Molly Smith, will be remounted at the Booth Theatre, previewing from April 1st, with an official opening on April 21st. The design team comprises scenery by Eugene Lee, costumes by Linda Cho, lighting by Rui Rita, and sound design by Darron L West. The producers are Larry Kaye and HOP Theatricals, Van Dean and The Broadway Consortium, Joan Raffe and Jhett Tolentino, and Rob Hinderliter and Dominick LaRuffa Jr, in association with KIRN Productions and Jonathan Demar.

Heathers The Musical, book, music and lyrics by Laurence O'Keefe and Kevin Murphy, adapted from the 1988 dark film comedy about a clique of deadly and domineering high school girls, directed by Andy Fickman, with choreography by Marguerite Derricks, will preview from March 17th at New World Stages, opening on March 31st. The producers are J Todd Harris, Andy Cohen, Amy Powers, Bruce Bendell, Jamie Bendell, Scott Prisand, Scott Benson and Big Block Theatrical. New World Stages is located at 340 West 50th Street, between 8th and 9th Avenues.

Women's Project Theater will stage the premiere of Jessica Dickey's Row After Row, a dark comedy set in a rural Pennsylvania tavern after a Civil War battle re-enactment, examining whether union among any people is possible, with Rosie Benton, Erik Lochtefeld and P J Sosko, directed by Daniella Topol, previewing from January 15th at New York City Center Stage II, opening on January 23rd. New York City Center is located 131 West 55th Street, between 6th and 7th Avenues.

On The Casting Couch: Kick Kennedy, Annemarie Agbodji, Inga Ballard, Robert Carroll, Michael Early, George Gloss, Alexis Kelley, Jeff Kline, Anthony Russo and Jose Sanchez will feature in Jean Anhouilh's Antigone, at The Theatre of the Church of Notre Dame from January 10th; David Anzuelo, Austin Cauldwell, Ella Dershowitz, Laura Esterman, Daniel Gerroll, Dea Julien and Keith Randolph Smith will feature in Thomas Bradshaw's Intimacy, opening at the Acorn Theatre at Theatre Row on January 29th; Alan Cumming and Michelle Williams will be joined by Bill Heck, Aaron Krohn, Linda Emond and Danny Burstein in the Joe Matseroff-John Kander-Fred Ebb musical Cabaret, opening at Studio 54 on April 14th; James Franco and Chris O'Dowd will be joined by Leighton Meester in John Steinbeck's Of Mice And Men, opening at the Longacre Theatre on April 16th; and Linda Lavin will head the cast of Nicky Silver's Too Much Sun, opening at the Vineyard Theatre on May 20th.

The Drilling Company's production of C Denby Swanson's The Norwegians, a black comedy about scorned women who hire nice gangsters to whack their ex-boyfriends, with Hamilton Clancy, Veronica Cruze, Karla Hendrick and Dan Teachout, directed by Elowyn Castle, will return from 9th January. The Drilling Company Theatre is located at 236 West 78th Street, between Broadway and Amsterdam Avenue.

Norman Bel Geddes: I Have Seen The Future, the latest exhibition at the Museum of the City of New York, is the first major exploration of the theatre and industrial designer described as "the Leonardo da Vinci of the 20th century". A visionary who was equally comfortable in the realms of fact and fiction, Bel Geddes played a significant role in the 1920s and 1930s, shaping not only modern America but also the nation's image of itself as innovator and leader into the future. Bel Geddes most famously expressed his dynamic vision of this American future - streamlined, technocratic, and optimistic - with his unforgettable Futurama exhibition at the 1939-40 New York World's Fair. Bringing together some 200 never before seen artifacts, including drawings, models, photographs, sketches and films of theatre sets and costumes for productions involving amongst others Kurt Weill and Max Reinhardt, a television studio for NBC, housing projects and appliances, aeroplanes and automobiles, the exhibition underscores that Bel Geddes sought nothing less the transformation of American society through design. The exhibition runs until February 10th. The Museum of the City of New York is located at 1220 5th Avenue, at 103rd Street.

Forthcoming productions at the Theater For The New City will include the premiere of Sotto Voce, written and directed by Nilo Cruz, the story of an older woman and younger man who find a unity of souls through their relationship with history and literature, playing from February 15th; and Charlotte's Song, written and choreographed by Nancy Ferragallo, an experimental dance and text work in which a daughter's experience with her schizophrenic mother is revealed from the point of view of one of her dolls, with Theresa Loving, Yvette Quintero and Celeste Hastings, co-directed by Andreas Robertz and Mario Golden,, co-choreographed by Celeste Hastings, from April 24th. Theater For The New City is located at 155 1st Avenue between 9th and 10th Streets.

The Mint Theater will stage John Van Druten's London Wall, which explores the lives and love affairs of the women employed as shorthand typists in a busy solicitor's office in 1930's London, with Julia Coffey, Katie Gibson, Matthew Gumley, Jonathan Hogan, Laurie Kennedy, Elise Kibler, Stephen Plunkett, Christopher Sears and Alex Trow, directed by Davis McCallum, from February 1st. The Mint Theater is located at 311 West 43rd Street, between 8th and 9th Avenues.