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Backstage Whispers overheard by Richard Andrews

Last updated : 19th November 2012

Roundabout Theatre Company will stage Philip Barry's The Philadelphia Story, a comedy set at a society wedding, where the bride isn't sure who to marry when her ex husband turns up on the day before the ceremony, directed by Alex Timbers, at the American Airlines Theatre next fall.

The premiere of Artist Of Light, by the glow-suit dance group iLuminate, combining mythical elements with music, art and dance, created and directed by Miral Kotb, with book by Athena S Bienvenu, and choreography by John 'JRock' Nelson, Dario Mejia and Marcus Allan Cobb, will play at The Duke on 42nd Street from November 23rd. The Duke on 42nd Street is located at 229 West 42nd Street, between 7th and 8th Avenues.

The TerraNova Collective will stage the premiere of Robert Askins's P.S. Jones And The Frozen City, a comic book superhero adventure story, with Joe Paulik, Bobby Moreno, Preston Martin, Sofia Jean Gomez, Diana Oh, Steven Rishard and Jenny Seastone Stern, directed by Jose Zayas, previewing from December 3rd at the New Ohio Theatre, opening on December 10th. The New Ohio Theatre is located at 154 Christopher Street, between Greenwich and Washington Streets.

The recent production of Thomas Bradshaw's Job, based on the biblical text, exploring issues of faith, with Bradley Anderson, Mimi Augustin, Jaspal Binning, Ugo Chukwu, Alex Coelho, Timothy Craig, Jimmy Dailey, Edgar Eguia, Eric Folks, Cleo Gray, Grant Harrison, Layla Khosnoudi, Adam Lebowitz-Lockard, Abraham Makany, Sean McIntyre, Chester Poon, Ivano Pulito, Marie-Claire Roussel, Stephen Stout and Jennifer Tsay, directed by Benjamin Kamine, will return to The Flea Theater from January 4th. The Flea Theater is located at 41 White Street, between Church Street and Broadway.

On The Casting Couch: Ethan Hawke will be joined by Brooks Ashmanskas, Vincent D'Onofrio and Zoe Kazan in Jonathan Marc Sherman's Clive, opening at the Acorn Theatre at Theatre Row on February 7th; and Judy Kuhn will be joined by Ryan Silverman and Melissa Errico in the James Lapine-Stephen Sondheim musical Passion opening at the Classic Stage Company in February.

Kara Manning's Sleeping Rough, about an American woman who flees to London after experiencing a devastating loss, directed by Sam Buntrock, will play at the Wild Project from April 3rd. The producer is Page 73 Productions. The Wild Project is located at 195 East 3rd Street, between Avenues A and B.

Katharine Hepburn: Dressed For Stage And Screen is the latest exhibition at the New York Public Library For The Performing Arts, running until January 5th. It includes selections from Hepburn's personal collection of performance clothes, featuring gowns from The Philadelphia Story, Adam's Rib and Long Day's Journey Into Night, and casual modern dress from Guess Who's Coming To Dinner and On Golden Pond. Stage costumes designed for Hepburn by Valentina, Howard Greer, Cecil Beaton and Jane Greenwood, and film and television costumes by Margaret Furse, Ruth Morley and Noel Taylor are among some 40 items on display. The exhibition also includes pieces from Hepburn's personal wardrobe - clothing that was worn for publicity appearances, as well as for casual and rehearsal wear. The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts is located at 40 Lincoln Center Plaza.

Theater for the New City will stage Richard Ploetz's Deceit, which examines how far some people are willing to take their lies to protect the fragile nature of 'being normal', with Steven Hauck, Glory Gallo, Mario Golden and Josh Zirger, directed by Andreas Robertz, from January 10th. Theater for the New City is located at 155 1st Avenue, between 9th and 10th Streets.

Forthcoming productions at Theatre Row will include the premiere of Bumbug The Musical, book, music and lyrics by Samrat Chakrabarti and Sanjiv Jhaveri, which relocates the story of Charles Dickens's A Christmas Carol to the Indian immigrant community of New York, with Kiarri Andrews, Andrew Guilarte, Brooke Ishibashi, Matthew Knowland, Adrienne C Moore, Debargo Sanyal, Lipica Shah and Falu, directed by Mercedes Murphy, previewing from December 5th at the Clurman Theatre, opening on December 15th, produced by LAUGHistan; and Karel Capek's R.U.R., the 1920s dystopian future shock play that invented the word robot, adapted by Lee Eric Shackleford, directed by Valentina Fratti, in repertoire with Richard Manley's The Truth Quotient, a contemporary play in which humans seek companionship from artificial beings, directed By Eric Parness, from January 9th at the Beckett Theatre, produced by Resonance Ensemble. Theatre Row is located at 410 West 42nd Street, between 9th and 10th Avenues.

The Diet Show, a revue about dieting, by Gilbert Gottfried, Sean Pomper and Karen Katz, featuring former contestants from The Biggest Loser, plus comedian Key Fitz and plus-size model Krista Mays, directed by Sean Pomper, will play at Stage 72, formerly the Triad Theater, from November 20th. Stage 72 is located at 158 West 72nd Street, between Columbus and Amsterdam Avenues.

EndTimes Productions will stage its 6th Naked Holidays, the darkly comic Yuletide bacchanalia of theatre, music and burlesque, putting a bawdy spin on winter traditions, by Russell Dobular, Leal Vona, and the Naked Holidays Ensemble, with Jarrod Bates, Matthew Glowgowski, Michael Carbonne, Jesse Gabriel, Chris Johnston, Leal Vona, Dave Chura, Chris Lazarro, Kelly Riley, Tara Marie Bohn, Alesandra Nahodil, Meridith Szalay, Lacy Allen, Sarah Schoofs, Samantha Cooper, Sarah Pencheff, Lee'At Bruhl, Serena Miller, Alinca Hamilton, Kara Addington, Rebecca Perlman and Robert Gonyo, directed by Russell Dobular and Leal Vona, playing at the Times Square Arts Center from November 30th. The Times Square Arts Center is located at 669 8th Avenue, at 43rd Street.