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Backstage Whispers overheard by Richard Andrews

Last updated : 18th June 2012

David Mamet's Glengarry Glen Ross, about the cut-throat world of Florida real estate salesmen, with Al Pacino, directed by Daniel Sullivan, will preview from October 16th at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre, with an official opening on November 11th. The design team will include scenery by Eugene Lee and costumes by Jess Goldstein. The lead producers are Jeffery Richards, Jerry Frankel and Jam Theatricals.

It has been confirmed that the premiere of The Anarchist, written and directed by David Mamet, about the governor of a women's prison and a lifer who is trying to convince her that she is ready for parole, with Patti LuPone and Debra Winger, will preview from November 13th the Lyceum Theatre, with an official opening on December 2nd. The producers are Jeffrey Richards, Jerry Frankel and Howard and Janet Kagan.

The international touring production of Fela!, the back catalogue biomusical about the African composer and activist Fela Anikulapo Kuti, directed and choreographed by Bill T Jones, book by Jones and Jim Lewis, who also provided additional lyrics, with Sahr Ngaujah, Melanie Marshall and Paulette Ivory, will play a season at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre, previewing from July 9th, opening on July 14th, and running until August 4th. The design team comprises scenery and costumes by Marina Draghici, lighting by Rob Wierzel, projections by Peter Negrini and sound by Rob Kaplowitz.

It has been confirmed that last year's Steppenwolf Theatre, Chicago/Arena Stage, Washington production of Edward Albee's Who's Afraid Of Virginia Woolf?, the iconic darkly comic play detailing the breakdown of the 23 year marriage of a combative couple during a 'quiet evening with friends', with Tracy Letts, Amy Morton, Carrie Coon and Madison Dirks, directed by Pam MacKinnon, will preview from September 27th at the Booth Theatre, with an official opening on October 13th, 50 years to the day after the play's original Broadway opening. The design team comprises scenery by Todd Rosenthal, costumes by Nan Cibula-Jenkins, lighting by Allen Lee Hughes, and sound by Rob Milburn and Michael Bodeen. It will be presented by Jeffrey Richards, Jerry Frankel, Susan Quint Gallin and Mary Lu Roffe in association with Steppenwolf Theatre Company.

New Haarlem Arts Theatre, will stage the musical Sweet Charity, book by Neil Simon, music by Cy Coleman, lyrics by Dorothy Fields, in a Latino adaptation directed by Julio Agustin, with choreography by Lainie Munro, featuring Edlyn Gonzalez, Cedric Leiba J and Dennis Wit, at the Aaron Davis Hall from July 26th. The Aaron Davis Hall is located on Convent Avenue between 133rd and 135th Streets.

Dicapo Opera Theatre's production of the musical The Most Happy Fella, book, music, and lyrics by Frank Loesser, based on Sidney Howard's play They Knew What They Wanted, with Michael Corvino, Molly Mustonen, Lauren Hoffmeier, Brance Cornelius, Peter Kendall Clark, Lisa Chavez and Michael Hopewell, directed by Michael Capasso, with choreography by Francine Harman, has returned for a second run. Dicapo's 2012/2013 season will include Leoncavallo's I Pagliacci, directed by Michael Capasso; the premieres of The Martyrs, music by Thomas Pasatieri, libretto and direction by Daphne Malfitano, exploring the stories of two quintessentially American antiheroes, with Catherine Malfitano and Zeffin Quinn Hollis; and Marrying Mozart, a play with music by Mozart and libretto by Michael Capasso and Bill Van Horn, based on the novel by Stephanie Cowells, about the young Mozart in Vienna struggling to find work, directed by Michael Capasso; The Letter, music by Paul Moravec, libretto by Terry Teachout, based on Somerset Maugham's play in which an adulterous wife shoots her faithless lover dead, and then tries to escape hanging by lying about her crime, directed by Michael Capasso; Donizetti's Lucia di Lammermoor; and the musical Kismet, music and lyrics by Robert Wright and George Forrest, based on themes of Alexander Borodin, book by Charles Lederer and Luther Davies, adapted from Edward Knoblock's play. The Dicapo Opera Theatre is located at 184 East 76th Street, between 3rd and Lexington Avenues.

Children at Play will stage Woody Harrelson and Frankie Hyman's Bullet For Adolf, a broad comedy set in 1983 Houston, involving an unlikely group of characters and the disappearance of a World War II artefact, with Marsha Stephanie Blake, Raul Casso, Brandon Coffey, David Coomber, Shamika Cotton, Shannon Garland, Chris Myers and Nick Wyman, directed by Woody Harrelson, previewing from July 19th at New World Stages, opening on August 8th. New World Stages is located at 340 West 50th Street, between 8th and 9th Avenues.

US, written by and featuring Michelle Clunie, with Jeff LeBeau, a love story set against the backdrop of the 2008 Presidential election, examining power struggles in both politics and the bedroom, directed by Jennifer Gelfer, will preview from September 5th at the Lion Theatre at Theatre Row, opening on September 9th. Theatre Row is located at 410 West 42nd Street, between 9th and 10th Avenues.

The Rumour Machine says: that the current Goodman Theatre Chicago production of Eugene O'Neill's drama of shattered illusions The Iceman Cometh, with Nathan Lane and Brian Dennehy, directed by Robert Falls, is looking for a Broadway transfer; that Bullets Over Broadway, Woody Allen's musical adaptation of his film 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 Broadway during the 2013/2014 season, courtesy of producers Julian Schlossberg and Letty Aronson; that Frank Marcus's The Killing Of Sister George, about an actress whose character in a long running soap opera is killed off, in a revised version by Jeffrey Hatcher, directed by and starring Kathleen Turner, which will premiere at Long Wharf Theatre in New Haven in November, has an Off Broadway transfer in mind; that Motown, a back catalogue musical based on the life of Berry Gordy, the record producer who founded the Motown label, directed by Charles Randolph-Wright, with choreography by Bradley Rapier and Patricia Wilcox, is aiming for Broadway next year, courtesy of producers Kevin McCollum, Doug Morris and Gordy; and that a new stage adaptation of the George and Ira Gershwin 1951 musical film An American In Paris is being developed with a book by Craig Lucas, to be directed and choreographed by Christopher Wheeldon, with Broadway in mind courtesy of producers Stuart Oken and Van Kaplan. The Rumour Machine grinds on.