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Backstage Whispers overheard by Richard Andrews

Last updated : 17th December 2012

It has been confirmed that 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, Cory Michael Smith and George Wendt, directed by Sean Mathias, (who directed a different adaptation of the story in London in 2009) will preview from March 5th at the Cort Theatre, with an official opening on March 20th. 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 to fall for him, her past catches up with her. The design team will comprise scenery by Derek McLane, costumes by Colleen Atwood, lighting by Peter Kaczorowski, projections by Wendall K Harrington, and music and sound by Rob Milburn and Michael Bodeen. The producers are Colin Ingram Productions, Donovan Mannato and Dominic Ianno.

Lyle Kessler's Orphans, about two troubled brothers who kidnap a mobster, with Alec Baldwin and Shia LaBeouf, directed by Daniel Sullivan, will preview from March 19th at the Schoenfeld Theatre, with an official opening on April 7th. The producers are Frederick Zollo and Robert Cole.

The Amoralists's 2013 season will comprise Lyle Kessler's Collision, showing what happens when all the wrong people meet at exactly the right time in a college dormitory, with Michael Cullen, Craig 'muMs' Grant, James Kautz, Nick Lawson and Anna Stromberg, directed by David Fofi, playing at the Rattlestick Playwrights Theater from January 10th; Rantoul And Die, written and directed by Mark Roberts, revealing how far will a man go to hang on to a woman, next summer; and the premiere of Derek Ahonen's The Cheaters Club, a Savannah horror story, next fall. Rattlestick Playwrights Theater is located at 224 Waverly Place, between West 11th and Perry Streets.

It has been confirmed that Woody Allen's musical adaptation of his 1994 film Bullets Over Broadway, co-written with Douglas McGrath, about a struggling 1920s playwright who is forced to cast a mobster's talentless girlfriend in his latest drama in order to get it produced, incorporating period songs, directed and choreographed by Susan Stroman, is aiming for a Broadway premiere during the 2013-14 season. The design team will include scenery by Santo Loquasto, costumes by William Ivey Long, and lighting by Donald Holder. The producers are Julian Schlossberg and Letty Aronson.

The York Theatre Company's Musicals In Mufti series of semi-staged performances will continue with Two By Two, book by Peter Stone, music by Richard Rodgers, lyrics by Martin Charnin, based on the Clifford Odets's The Flowering Peach, the story of Noah and the Ark retold with Noah and his family characterized in modern Jewish vernacular, directed by Martin Charnin, February 15th to 17th; Hollywood Pinafore, book and lyrics by George S Kaufman, music by Sir Arthur Sullivan, which relocates the story of Gilbert & Sullivan's H.M.S. Pinafore to a 1940s Hollywood studio, directed by Marc Kaufman, March 1st to 3rd; Happy Hunting, book by Howard Lindsay and Russell Crouse, music by Harold Karr, lyrics by Matt Dubey, written for Ethel Merman, about a society hostess who sets out to find a titled suitor for her daughter, but then falls for him herself, directed by David Glenn Armstrong, March 15th to 17th; and Silk Stockings, book by George S Kaufman, Leueen MacGrath and Abe Burrows, music and lyrics by Cole Porter, adapted from the film Ninotchka, about a Soviet diplomat's attempts to resist the temptations of Paris, directed by Stuart Ross, March 22nd to 24th. The York Theatre Company's Theatre at Saint Peter's is on 54th Street, between Lexington and 3rd Avenues.

On The Casting Couch: America Ferrera will be joined by Emily Ackerman, Kristin Griffith, Ken Marks, Tobias Segal and Myra Lucretia Taylor in Laura Marks's Bethany, opening at City Center Stage II on January 20th; Bo Bice, Alexander Gemignani, Erik Hayden, Justin Hosek, Jane Pfitsch and Leenya Rideout will feature in the musical Pump Boys And Dinettes, opening at Circle in the Square Theatre on April 8th; and Brandon Victor Dixon and Valisia Lekae will be joined by Charl Brown, Morgan James, Saycon Sengbloh, John Jellison and N'Kenge in Motown: The Musical, opening at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre on April 14th.

The Public Theater is to stage Venice, a hip-hop musical inspired by Shakespeare's Othello, book by Eric Rosen, music by Matt Sax, lyrics by Sax and Rosen, with additional music by Curtis Moore, directed by Rosen, with choreography by Sergio Trujillo, previewing from May 28th, opening on June 13th. The Public Theater is located at 425 Lafayette Street, between Astor Place and West 4th Street.

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Grimly Handsom, written and directed by Julia Jarcho, a dark comedy about crime, desire, and shifting identity, in which a pair of sinister Christmas tree salesmen have come to wreak havoc in the city, with Jenny Seastone Stern, Ben Williams and Pete Simpson, will play at Incubator Arts Project form January 3rd. The Incubator Arts Project is located at 131 East 10th Street, between 2nd and 3rd Avenues.