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Backstage Whispers overheard by Richard Andrews

Last updated : 18th August 2014

The current American Repertory Theater production of Finding Neverland, the stage musical adaptation of the 2004 film and the play The Man Who Was Peter Pan by Allan Knee, about how J M Barrie came to write Peter Pan, book by James Graham, music and lyrics by Gary Barlow and Elliot Kennedy, with Jeremy Jordan and Laura Michelle Kelly, directed by Diane Paulus, with choreography by Mia Michaels, will be remounted on Broadway at a Nederlander theatre yet to be announced next March. The producer is Harvey Weinstein.

It has been confirmed that the design team for the musical Side Show, opening at the St James Theatre on November 17th, will comprise scenery by David Rockwell, costumes by Paul Tazewell, lighting by Jules Fisher and Peggy Eisenhauer, sound by Peter Hylenski, and illusions by Paul Kieve.

The Kaufman Center has announced its fall Broadway Close Up season in the Merkin Concert Hall, an inside look at the world of musical theatre. It will comprise: Bound For Broadway, in which Liz Callaway interviews the writers of 5 new shows, including Tuck Everlasting, book by Claudia Shear, music by Chris Miller, lyrics by Nathan Tysen, Ever After, book and lyrics by Marcy Heisler, music by Zina Goldrich, Date Of A Lifetime, book and lyrics by Carl Kissin, music by Rob Baumgarten Jr, and When We Met, book by Dan Collins in collaboration with Sally Wilfert and Michael Winther, music and lyrics by Julianne Wick Davis, on October 6th; The Work Of Jason Robert Brown, with the composer discussing his past and upcoming projects Sean Hartley, on October 27th; Hallelujah, Broadway!, featuring Heaven related songs from the Broadway repertoire, with Joshua Henry and Barbara Walsh, hosted by Sean Hartley, on November 17th; and I've Heard That Song Before! The Songs Of Jule Styne, with Howard McGillin, Julia Murney, Matthew Scott, Kate Baldwin and Heidi Blickenstaff, hosted by David Loud, on December 8th and 10th. The Merkin Concert Hall is located at 129 West 67th Street, between Broadway and Amsterdam Avenue.

On The Casting Couch: Holly Hunter and Bill Pullman will be joined by Richard Chamberlain, Nadia Gan, Morocco Omari, Ben Schnetzer and Raviv Ullman in David Rabe's Sticks And Bones, opening at the Pershing Square Signature Center in October.

The Keen Company's 2014/2015 at the Clurman Theatre at Theatre Row will include Lee Blessing's A Walk In The Woods, charting the developing relationship of two cold war arms negotiators, with Kathleen Chalfant and Paul Niebanck, directed by Jonathan Silverstein, previewing from September 9th, opening on September 30th; and the musical John & Jen, book and music by Andrew Lippa, book and lyrics by Tom Greenwald, the story of a woman and her relationships with her younger brother, and her son in a changing America between 1950 and 1990, directed by Jonathan Silverstein, previewing from February 10th, opening on March 3rd. Theatre Row is located at 410 West 42nd Street between 9th and 10th Avenues.

Harvey Fierstein will host the Broadway League and the Coalition of Broadway Unions and Guilds 6th annual Broadway Salutes, a celebration of those who have made Broadway great for decades, with special recognition for those who have worked 25, 35, and 50 years in their respective theatrical craft, directed by Marc Bruni, from 3.30pm on September 23rd in Anita's Way, the open public space next to the Stephen Sondheim Theatre, between 42nd and 43rd Streets. The event is created to honor a wide range of theatre professionals - including stagehands, actors, producers, casting directors, general managers, theatre owners, publicists, ushers, designers, directors, choreographers, musicians - who have dedicated their careers to the Broadway theatre industry, which generates an income of over $3bn to New York every year.

The 2014/2015 season at the Abrons Arts Center will include the premieres of Labyrinth, a tragicomic, autobiographically inspired retelling of the Theseus myth by choreographer Mark Dendy, from October 9th; Pretty Filthy, book by Bess Wohl, music and lyrics by Michael Friedman, a verbatim musical exploration of the porn industry, directed by Steve Cosson, from January 30th, produced by The Civilians; and I'm Looking For Helen Twelvetrees, about a man who seeks out a star of the early talkies, with Brooke Bloom and David Greenspan directed by Leigh Silverman, from March 19th. The Abrons Arts Center is located at 466 Grand Street, at Pitt Street.

Hereafter Musical, book, music and lyrics by Vinnie Favale and Frankie Keane, in which spirits summoned at a seance reveal that the afterlife isn't all sweetness and light, with Frankie Keane, Deborah Tranelli, Pierce Cravens, Jill Shackner, Paul Blankenship, Eileen Faxas, Carolyn Mignini, Courtney Capek, Tanisha Gary, Kissy Simmons, Margaret Kelly and Alan Kalter, directed by Terry Berliner, will preview from September 13th at the Snapple Theater Center, opening on October 25th. The Snapple Theater Center is located at 210 West 50th Street at Broadway.

Theatre for a New Audience's 2014/2015 season will include The Valley Of Astonishment, written and directed by Peter Brook and Marie-Helene Estienne, about the experiences of individuals who rewrite the rules of sensory perception so that sound has a colour, and colour has a taste, with Kathryn Hunter, Marcello Magni and Jared McNeill, from September 14th; Christopher Marlowe's Tamburlaine, the two part epic tale of the warrior king's rampage across Persia, Turkey and Egypt in pursuit of power, with John Douglas Thompson, reshaped into one play by director by Michael Boyd, from November 1st; and William Shakespeare's The Two Gentlemen Of Verona, a romantic comedy of cross dressing and misunderstandings, directed by Jessie Austrian and Ben Steinfeld, from April 24th, a Fiasco Theater production. Theatre for a New Audience is located at the Polonsky Shakespeare Center, 262 Ashland Place in Fort Greene, Brooklyn.