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Backstage Whispers overheard by Richard Andrews

Last updated : 17th March 2014

Manhattan Theatre Club's 2014/2015 season will include on Broadway: Donald Margulies's The Country House, about a family gathering of famous and longing-to-be-famous creative artists at their Berkshires summerhouse during the Williamstown Theatre Festival, with Blythe Danner, directed by Daniel Sullivan, previewing from September 9th at the Samuel J Friedman Theatre, opening on October 2nd, a co-production with the Geffen Playhouse, Los Angeles; and Off Broadway at New York City Center - Stage I: David Auburn's Lost Lake, in which a woman is sucked into the life of a stranger after she rents his lakeside home, directed by Daniel Sullivan, previewing from October 21st, opening on November 11th; and Frances Ya-Chu Cowhig's The World Of Extreme Happiness, about a young Chinese woman who leaves the countryside for the city but finds that its streets aren't paved with gold, directed by Eric Ting previewing from February 3rd, opening on February 24th, a co-production with the Goodman Theatre, Chicago.

WilHorse Trade Theater Group will present the Less Than Rent Theatre premiere production of the musical Little Mac, Little Mac, You're The Very Man!, book and lyrics by Sean Patrick Monahan and James Presson, music by Alexander Sage Oyen, adapted from Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill's The Threepenny Opera, relocating the story to the Wild West, including real people of different eras, with Tom Sanchez, Cory Asinofsky, Ben Diserens, Rachel B Joyce, Alex Kramer, Matthew George, Sarah Daniels, Joe Flynn, Brittany N Williams, Anthony Vaughn Merchant, Jillian Rorrer, Eugenio Vargas and Lance Lemon, directed by Charlie Polinger, at The Kraine Theater from April 3rd. The Kraine Theater is located at 85 East 4th Street, between 2nd Avenue and Bowery.

Stephen Garvey's The Bardy Bunch: The War Of The Families Partridge And Brady, a musical situation comedy of errors - a mash-up of a dozen Shakespeare plays set in the 1970s and featuring the two classic TV families, with Sean McDermott, Lori Hammel, Kristy Cates, Chuck Bradley, Talisa Friedman, Alex Goley, Chaz Jackson, Erik Keiser, Christiana Little, Joan Lunoe, Mitch McCarrell, Cali Elizabeth Moore, Matthew Dorsey Moore, Thomas Poarch, Danielle Sacks, Mike Timoney, Zach Trimmer and Annie Watkins, directed by Jay Stern, with choreography by Lorna Ventura, will play at Theatre at St Clements from March 20th. The producer is Silverhair Productions. Theatre at St Clements is located at 423 West 46th Street, between 9th and 10th Avenues.

On The Casting Couch: Suzanne Bertish, Carson Elrod, Claire Karpen, Amelia Pedlow, David Pittu, Dave Quay and Paxton Whitehead will feature in David Ives's The Heir Apparent, opening at the Classic Theatre Company on April 8th; Chloe Grace Moretz will be joined by Tamara Tunie, Jennifer Westfeldt, Lili Taylor, Ben Livingston Michael O'Keefe, Daryl Sabara and David Townsend in Scott Z Burns's The Library, opening at The Public Theater on April 15th; and Ewan McGregor and Maggie Gyllenhaal will be joined by Cynthia Nixon in Tom Stoppard's The Real Thing, opening at the American Airlines Theatre on October 30th

Red Bull Theater will stage Charles Ludlam's The Mystery Of Irma Vep, a tongue in cheek tribute to gothic horror movies, which borrows liberally from melodramatic film classics, with Arnie Burton and Robert Sella, directed by Everett Quinton, previewing from April 10th at the Lucille Lortel Theater, opening on April 17th. The Lucille Lortel Theatre is located at 121 Christopher Street, between Bleecker and Hudson Streets.

The New York Musical Theatre Festival, which runs from July 7th to 27th, has announced the titles of 10 of the invited Next Link Project productions in this year's programme. These include: Academia Nuts, book and lyrics by Becca Anderson and Dan Marshall, music by Julian Blackmore, set at the National High School Quizbowl Championship, where a dreamy eyed brainiac unexpectedly falls for a football obsessed slacker rival; The Mapmaker's Opera, book and lyrics by Victor Kazan, music by Kevin Purcell, about two star-crossed lovers on the eve of the Mexican Revolution whose fate is sealed by a desperate quest to save two birds; Mother Jones And The Children's Crusade, book, music and lyrics by Cheryl E Kemeny, in which a crusader for justice leads ragged mill children on a march to end child labour; Somewhere With You, book by Peter Zinn, music and lyrics by J T Harding, a coming-of-age love story about a new generation of Southerners growing up in the early 2000s; and Valueville, book, music and lyrics by Rowen Casey, set in a giant superstore following a comedic journey about the price we pay at the final checkout. Further information can be found on the NYMF web site, via the link from Festivals in the Links section of New York TheatreNet.

New York Theatre Workshop will stage Red-Eye To Havre de Grace, an action-opera about Edgar Allen Poe's last days on a lecture tour from Virginia to New York, by Lucidity Suitcase Intercontinental, created by Thaddeus Phillips, Jeremy Wilhelm, David Wilhelm, Geoff Sobelle, Sophie Bortolussi and Ean Sheehy, with Ean Sheehy, Alessandra Larson, Jeremy Wilhelm and David Wilhelm, directed by Thaddeus Phillips, with choreography by Sophie Bortulussi, previewing from April 22nd, opening May 1st. New York Theatre Workshop is located at 79 East 4th Street, between 2nd Avenue and Bowery.