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Backstage Whispers overheard by Richard Andrews

Last updated : 20th May 2013

The musical A Gentleman's Guide To Love And Murder, book and lyrics by Robert L Freedman, music and lyrics by Steven Lutvak, adapted from the novel Israel Rank by Roy Horniman, with Jefferson Mays playing eight roles in the Music Hall comedy about a man who decides to eliminate those above him in the line of heirs to a family fortune in Edwardian England, directed by Darko Tresnjak, will preview from October 22nd at the Walter Kerr Theatre, with an official opening on November 17th.

Billy Crystal will play a limited season of his autobiographical one man show 700 Sundays, which has additional content by Alan Zweibel, playing numerous characters that have influenced who he is today, directed by Des McAnuff, previewing from November 5th the Imperial Theatre, with an official opening on November 13th. The design team comprises scenery by David F Weiner, lighting by David Lee Cuthbert, projection by Michael Clark, and sound by Steve Canyon Kennedy. The producers are Janice Crystal, Larry Magid and Face Productions.

The Acting Company will stage William Shakespeare's Hamlet, in which a young prince is obsessed with the idea that his uncle has killed his father and married his mother, directed by Ian Belknap, in repertoire with Tom Stoppard's Rosencrantz And Guildenstern Are Dead, which retells the story of Hamlet through the eyes of two of its minor characters, directed by John Rando, with John Skelley as Hamlet, in an Off Broadway theatre yet to be announced next January.

Roundabout Theatre Company will stage Terence Rattigan's The Winslow Boy, in which the defence of a boy expelled from school for stealing becomes a cause celebre, with Roger Rees and Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, directed by Lindsay Posner, at American Airlines Theatre in the fall. This replaces the previously announced production of Philip Barry's The Philadelphia Story, which has been postponed. Donald Margulies's Dinner With Friends, about the fallout when the marriage of one of a pair of inseparable couples breaks down, directed by Pam McKinnon, previously scheduled for American Airlines Theatre will now play at the Laura Pels Theatre, where the season has also added the premiere of Bekah Brunstetter's Cutie And Bear, in which a married man and financially strapped young woman begin a purely uncomplicated relationship that becomes anything but directed by Evan Cabnet. The Laura Pels Theatre at Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre is located at 111 West 46th Street, between 6th and 7th Avenues.

It has been confirmed that the recent American Repertory Theater, Cambridge, Massachusetts, production of Tennessee Williams's The Glass Menagerie, the story of an overbearing mother and her son, who is torn between an obligation to his family and his desire to break away, in 1930s St Louis, with Zachary Quinto, Cherry Jones, Celia Keenan-Bolger and Brian J Smith, directed by John Tiffany, will preview from September 5th at the Booth Theatre, with an official opening on September 26th. The design team comprises scenery and costumes by Bob Crowley, lighting by Natasha Katz, and sound by Clive Goodwin. The producers are Jeffrey Richards and John N Hart, and the A.R.T.

The York Theatre Company will stage the musical Storyville, book by Ed Bullins, music and lyrics by Mildred Kayden, about the birth of jazz in New Orleans, set during Mardi Gras in 1917, directed by Bill Castellino, previewing from July 15th, opening on July 23rd. The York Theatre Company's Theatre at Saint Peter's is on 54th Street, between Lexington and 3rd Avenues.

The Moose Hall Theatre Company's Inwood Shakespeare Festival will present free outdoor performances of William Shakespeare's King Lear, about a royal family divided, directed by Ted Minos, from June 5th to 22nd; and the premiere of Zapata! Tiger Of Morelos, an adventure based on the life of the Mexican rebel Emiliano Zapata, directed by Ted Minos, from July 17th to August 3rd; plus a programme of concert performances. The productions will be performed Wednesdays to Saturdays in Inwood Hill Park Peninsula, entrances at West 218th Street and Indian Road, and Isham Street and Seaman Avenue.

Soho Playhouse will stage Evolutionary Tales - A Hip-Hop Theatre Cycle, comprising Ingenious Nature, an investigation into the new science of sexual choice; Rap Guide To Evolution, interpreting Charles Darwin's theory of evolution for the hip-hop age; and The Canterbury Tales Remixed, retelling Geoffrey Chaucer's Medieval stories of lust, betrayal, infidelity, greed, jealousy, ambition, and the endless struggles between men and women; written and performed by Baba Brinkman, music and turntablism by Jamie Simmonds, directed by Darren Lee Cole and Dodd Looomis, playing in repertoire at the Players Theatre from May 31st. The Players Theatre is located at 115 MacDougal Street, at Minetta Lane.

Cause Dyke Drama and Mission Wreckio Ensemble Theater Company will stage the musical Lesbian Love Octagon, book and lyrics by Kim Kressal, music and additional lyrics by Will Larche, following the journey of a girl with a broken heart as she tries to cope with losing her girlfriend to her ex-girlfriend in the Lower East Side of the late '90s, with Jenny Atwood, Felicia Blum, Kristian Espiritu, Jax Jackson, Taneisha Duggan, Tracie N Franklin, Jaimie Kelton, Kelly Lockwood, Bernadette Marshman, Lindsay Naas, Allison O'Braza, Caitlin Lee Reed, Lauren Sapienza and Ti, plus a nightly guest star, at the Kraine Theater from June 5th. The Kraine Theatre is located at 85 East 4th Street, between The Bowery and 2nd Avenue.

The Rumour Machine says: that Allegiance, the musical about Japanese internment camps on U.S. soil during World War II, book by Marc Acito, Kuo and Lorenzo Thione, music and lyrics by Jay Kuo, with Lea Salonga, directed by Stafford Arima, with choreography by Andrew Palermo, which premiered at The Old Globe, San Diego, last fall, is aiming for Broadway next spring. The Rumour Machine grinds on.