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Backstage Whispers overheard by Richard Andrews

Last updated : 17th November 2014

The inaugural season of Masterworks Theater Company, which will focus on repertoire from the classical theatre, will comprise Tennessee Williams's The Glass Menagerie, the story of an overbearing mother and her son, who is torn between an obligation to his family and his desire to break away, in 1930s St Louis, directed by Christopher Scott, from 8th May; and William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream, a tale of lovers and lunatics, fairies and factotums, from 5th June, at the 47th Street Theater. The 47th Street Theater is located at 304 West 47th Street, between 8th and 9th Avenues.

On The Casting Couch: original cast members Laura Michelle Kelly and Carolee Carmello will be joined by Kelsey Grammer and Matthew Morrison in the James Graham-Gary Barlow-Elliot Kennedy musical Finding Neverland, opening at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre on April 15th.

The Playwrights Realm will stage Anton Dudley's City Of, in which, on a rainy night in Paris, four lost and lonely Americans discover that their lives and their dreams are intertwined in ways they would never have imagined, directed by Stephen Brackett, previewing from 26th January at the Peter Jay Sharp Theater at Playwrights Horizons, opening on 5th February. Playwrights Horizons is located at 416 West 42nd Street, between 9th and 10th Avenues.

The 26th annual Gypsy Of The Year Competition, the variety show featuring Broadway 'Gypsies' (chorus members from Broadway and Off Broadway shows), which is the culmination of the fall fundraising effort of Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, will take place at the New Amsterdam Theatre at 4.30pm on December 8th and 2pm on December 9th. Awards will be presented to the companies that raised the most money, and for the winning talent presentation. Last year's show raised $4,343,234, making a total of $57,277,815 so far. Further information can be found on the BC/EFA web site, via the link from Organisations in the Links section of New York TheatreNet.

Forthcoming productions at Theatre Row will include The Actual Dance, the story of a husband's journey through the uncharted waters of his wife's illness, written and performed by Samuel A Simon, directed by Kate Holland, with movement by Marine Sialelli, opening at The Studio on January 10th; Victor L Cahn's Villainous Company, in which a missing package draws three women are drawn into a suspenseful game of cat and mouse, directed by Eric Parness, previewing from January 9th at the Clurman Theatre, opening on January 12th, produced by Rachel Reiner Productions; Damon Chua's Film Chinos, a noir infused drama of spy-versus-spy intrigue and dangerous romantic liaisons, set in Peking in 1947, with Rosanne Ma, Jean Brassard, James Henry Doan, Katie Lee Hill and Benjamin Jones, directed by Kaipo Schwab, previewing from January 17th at the Beckett Theatre, opening on January 22nd, produced by Pan Asian Repertory Theatre; and a revised version of Joe Pintauro's Snow Orchid, an Italian family drama set in 1960s Brooklyn, with Robert Cuccioli and Angelina Fiordellisi, directed by Valentina Fratti, previewing from February 3rd at the Lion Theatre, opening on February 8th, produced by Miranda Theatre Company. Theatre Row is located at 410 West 42nd Street, between 9th and 10th Avenues.

Bread & Puppet Theater will return to Theater for the New City from December 4th, bringing their signature powerful imagery, masked characters and giant papier-mache puppets, in Captain Boycott and The Nothing Is Not Ready Circus, directed by Peter Schumann. Theater for the New City is located at 155 1st Avenue at 10th Street.

Cast members from a number of Broadway shows, including A Gentleman's Guide To Love And Murder, The Last Ship, On The Town, Side Show, Matilda The Musical and Pippin, plus the Radio City Rockettes, will be featured in the 88th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on Thursday November 27th from 9am to noon. The parade begins at 77th Street and Central Park West and makes its way down 6th Avenue to Macy's on 34th Street. Further information can be found on the MTDP web site, via the link from Festivals & Events in the Links section of New York TheatreNet.

The August Strindberg Repertory Theatre will stage Strindberg's Kristina, a biographical play about the 17th century neurotic Swedish Queen, the unacknowledged basis for the Greta Garbo film Queen Christina, directed by Whitney Aranson, at the Gene Frankel Theatre from March 6th. The Gene Frankel Theatre is located at 24 Bond Street, between Lafayette Street and Bowery.

The Rumour Machine says: that Dave, a musical adapted from the 1994 movie about a temp agency operator bearing an uncanny resemblance to the President of the United States who is asked to secretly stand in for him when the Commander-in-Chief falls into a coma, book by Thomas Meehan, music by Tom Kitt, lyrics by Nell Benjamin, is aiming for Broadway late next year, courtesy of Warner Bros Theatre Ventures; and that and that the musical Monsoon Wedding, book by Sabrina Dhawan, music by Vishal Bhardwaj, lyrics by Susan Birkenhead, adapted from the 2001 Bollywood movie about the fraught preparations for an arranged marriage in India, directed by Mira Nair, is aiming for a Broadway opening in November next year, courtesy of producers Margo Lion, Stephen Hendel and Colin Callender. The Rumour Machine grinds on.