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Backstage Whispers overheard by Richard Andrews

Last updated : 19th March 2012

It has been confirmed that the previously postponed musical Rebecca, adapted from the novel by Daphne du Maurier, in which a man brings his second wife to the house where the shadow of his first wife still remains, original book and lyrics by Michael Kunze, music by Sylvester Levay, English book and lyrics by Christopher Hampton, directed by Michael Blakemore and Francesca Zambello, with choreography by Graciela Daniele, will open as previously planned at the Broadhurst Theatre in the fall. The originally announced cast was headed by Sierra Boggess, Tam Mutu and Karen Mason. The design team comprises scenery by Peter J Davidson, costumes by Jane Greenwood, lighting by Mark McCullough, special effects by Gregory Meeh and projections by Sven Ortel. The producers are Ben Sprecher, Louise Forlenza, The Shubert Organization, Peter Bezemes, Tony Fusco, Larry Feinman, Nanda Anand and Peter Bogyo, presented by arrangement with and based on the production by Vereinigte Buhnen Vienna.

It's Official! As previously forecast here, Ruth and Augustus Goetz's The Heiress, adapted from Henry James's novel Washington Square, about a woman being pulled between her father and a suitor who may be motivated by greed, with David Strathairn and Jessica Chastain, directed by Moises Kaufman, will open at a Broadway theatre yet to be confirmed in the fall. The producers are Paula Wagner, Roy Furman and Stephanie P McClelland.

The Irish Repertory Theatre and Gingold Theatrical Group will stage the four act version of George Bernard Shaw's Man And Superman, about a man's determination to not marry his ward, and how she pursues him, with Brian Murray, Janie Brookshire, Jon Fletcher, Jonathan Hammond, Laurie Kennedy, Max Gordon Moore, Paul O'Brien, Margaret Robinson, Brian Sgambati and Zachary Spicer, directed and adapted by David Staller, previewing from April 26th, opening on May 6th. The Irish Repertory Theatre is located at 132 West 22nd Street, between 6th and 7th Avenues.

The Pearl Theatre Company's 2012/2013 season will include Figaro, adapted by Charles Morey from Pierre Beaumarchais's The Marriage Of Figaro, from October 19th; In Acting Shakespeare, an autobiographical one man play written and performed by James DeVita, about how the former Long Island fisherman became an actor through discovering Shakespeare, from January 10th; Shakespeare's history play Henry IV, Part 1, combining comic conspiracies with heroic deeds, as insurrection threatens the English throne, from February 15th; and the premiere of Terrence McNally's Away We Go, which encompasses backstage events in theatres in different time fames from ancient Athens to the 20th century, from April 19th. The Pearl Theatre Company will relocate to the Signature Theatre Company's former home at 555 West 42nd Street, between 10th and 11th Avenues, from the start of the 2012/2013 season.

Alfred R Kahn and Culture Project will stage Drew Larimore's Out Of Iceland, a modern day fairy tale set at the end of the earth, with Michael Bakkensen, Jillian Crane and Lea DeLaria, directed by Josh Hecht, previewing from March 24th at Walkerspace, opening on April 22nd. Walkerspace is located at 46 Walker Street, between Broadway and Church Street.

Frog & Peach Theatre Company, will stage William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream, the comedy of lovers, lunatics and faries, with Erick Gonzalez, Treasure Davidson, Kyla D'Souza, Stephen Siano, Jonathan Wexler Reed, Amy Frances Quint, Alan Altschuler, Vivien Landau and Lenny Ciotti, directed by Lynnea Benson, previewing from April 26th at The West End Theatre, opening on April 30th. The West End Theatre is located at 263 West 86th Street, between West End Avenue and Broadway.

Forthcoming shows at Theatre Row will include The New Group's production of David Rabe's An Early History Of Fire, in which a young man in a small Midwestern town is torn between his conservative immigrant father and the radical tide of change in the 1960s, with Deema Aitken, Gordon Clapp, Erin Darke, Jonny Orsini, Devin Ratray, Dennis Staroselsky, Theo Stockman and Claire Van Der Boom, directed by Jo Bonney, at the Acorn Theatre, from April 5th; and Cause Celebre and Mary J Davis's premiere of Susan Charlotte's Women Of A Certain Age, a comedy examining the trials, tribulations and triumphs that life presents, with Drena De Nero, Larry Pine and Rosemary Prinz, directed by Antony Marsellis, previewing from April 26th at the Beckett Theatre, opening on May 20th. Theatre Row is located at 410 West 42nd Street, between 9th and 10th Avenues.

Blessed Unrest will stage The Storm, adapted by Laura Wickens from Ostrovsky's story of romance and immorality unleashed as its heroine attempts to escape her loveless marriage through forbidden passion, with Sora Baek, Zenzele Cooper, Andrew Dahl, Marco De Ornella, Dave Edson, Tim Eliot, Jason Griffin, Terria Joseph, Darrell Stokes and Laura Wickens, directed by Jessica Burr, at the Interart Theatre, from April 13th. Interart Theatre is located at 500 West 52nd Street, between 10th and 11th Avenues.

Frank Strausser's Psycho Therapy, a comedy in which an ex-boyfriend steps in for a reluctant fiancee in a couples therapy session, with Jan Leslie Harding, Laurence Lau, Alexander Cendese and Gabrielle Miller, directed by Michael Bush, will return to the Cherry Lane Theatre, from April 8th. The producers are Barbara Ligeti and Wishing Well Productions. The Cherry Lane Theatre is located at 38 Commerce Street, between Barrow and Bedford Streets.

The Rumour Machine says: that Rob Ashford will direct and choreograph Disney's stage adaptation of Tim Burton film of Alice In Wonderland, with a book by Linda Woolverton, and creative participation by Burton. The Rumour Machine grinds on.