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Last updated : 20th June 2011

The Kennedy Center production of the musical Follies, book by James Goldman, music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, in which a group of former Follies stars return to their theatre as it is about to be demolished, provoking memories and a reassessment of their lives and what could have been, directed by Eric Schaeffer, with choreography by Warren Carlyle, which has just ended its run, will transfer to Broadway, for a season at the Marquis Theatre. The cast was headed by Bernadette Peters, Jan Maxwell, Danny Burstein, Ron Raines and Elaine Paige. The design team comprises scenery by Derek McLane, costumes by Gregg Barnes, lighting by Natasha Katz and sound by Kai Harada.

The 41st annual Lincoln Center Out Of Doors Festival, presenting over 100 free performances at various locations around the Lincoln Center campus, will run from July 27th to August 14th. Performances, many of which are world premieres, will include: Eiko and Koma performing Water, a dance piece to a score by Robert Mirabal; Steve Cropper's Tribute To The "5" Royales with Bettye Lavette, Ellis Hooks and Dylan LeBlanc; Javier Limon's flamenco piece Mujeres de Agua featuring Concha Buika, La Shica and Sandra Carrasco; and Ponderosa Stomp: She's Got The Power! A Girl Group Extravaganza celebrating the phenomenon of 1950s girl groups. Further information can be found on the Lincoln Center web site, via the link from Major Venues & Companies in the Links section of New York TheatreNet.

The next production at the Irish Repertory Theatre will be Karoline Leach's Tryst, a romantic thriller set in Edwardian London, about a handsome con-man preying on rich lonely women, who finally meets his match, with Mark Shanahan and Andrea Maulella, directed by Joe Brancato, previewing from July 1st, opening on July 7th. The Irish Repertory Theatre is located at 132 West 22nd Street, between 6th and 7th Avenues.

Classic Stage Company's 2011/2012 season will include Anton Chekhov's The Cherry Orchard, which paints a picture of rural Russia at the brink of the Revolution, with John Turturro and Dianne Wiest, directed by Andrei Belgrader, from November 9th; Bertolt Brecht's Galileo, about the persecution of the philosopher by the church for his radical views about astronomy and science, with F Murray Abraham, directed by Brian Kulick, from February 1st; and William Shakespeare's comedy of lovers and lunatics, A Midsummer Night's Dream, with Bebe Neuwirth, directed by Tony Speciale, from March 28th. Classic Stage Company is located at 136 East 13th Street, between 3rd and 4th Avenues.

The Town Hall has announced its 5th Summer Broadway Festival, conceived by Scott Siegel, a series of Monday night events featuring Broadway performers. Broadway Winners: The Award Winning Music Of Broadway on July 11th, with Tom Wopat heading a host of Broadway stars, will celebrate music created on the Great White Way that won Tonys, Grammys and Oscars; Broadway's Rising Stars, on July 18th, will feature students from New York City's performing arts schools and programs, directed by Scott Coulter; and All Singin! All Dancin!, on July 25th, will feature a cast of Broadway regulars interpreting musical theatre's greatest songs and dances, directed and choreographed by Lorin Lotarro and Mark Stuart. The Town Hall is located at 123 West 43rd Street, between 6th Avenue and Broadway.

New York Classical Theatre company will stage free outdoor performances of William Shakespeare's history play Henry V, with a cast of 40, directed by Stephen Burdman, opening on July 6th, as part of the River to River Festival. Audience members will journey with King Henry and his army from England (Battery Park) across the English Channel (New York Harbor) by boat to France (Governors Island), where the Battle of Agincourt will be staged in front of Fort Jay. The public can also attend open rehearsals during the preceeding weeks. Further information can be found on the NYCT web site, via the link from Off Broadway Venues & Companies in the Links section of New York TheatreNet.

TheatreworksUSA's 23rd annual Free Summer Theatre Program will feature the 90 minute young audience oriented show The Yellow Brick Road, a contemporary salsa and merengue-infused musical inspired by The Wizard Of Oz, based on L Frank Baum's Oz stories, book by Mando Alvarado and Tommy Newman, music and lyrics by Jaime Lozano and Newman, with Virginia Cavaliere, Lexi Rhoades, Natalie Toro, Ryan Duncan, Frank Viveros and Cedric Leiba Jr, directed by Devanand Janki, choreographed by Janki and Robert Tatad, playing daytime performances from July 19th at the Lucille Lortel Theatre, opening July 27th. A limited number of free tickets will be available to individuals at the theatre each day one hour prior to show time, while summer camps, youth programs and other social service organizations can make reservations for groups of ten or more. The Lucille Lortel Theatre is located at 121 Christopher Street, between Bleecker and Hudson Streets.

The Rumour Machine says: that the recent Lincoln Center Theater production of Jon Robin Baitz's Other Desert Cities, the family drama that takes place over the course of a Christmas Eve, with a former matinee idol turned politician, his screenwriter wife and their novelist daughter, which featured Stockard Channing, Stacy Keach, Thomas Sadoski and Elizabeth Marvel, directed by Joe Mantello, will be remounted at the Booth Theatre in the fall; that a 'new' Gershwin musical, Nice Work If You Can Get It, book by Joe DiPietro, score from the George and Ira Gershwin back catalogue, a comedy about a Long Island playboy and his entanglements with bootleggers and golddiggers, featuring Matthew Broderick, directed and choreographed by Kathleen Marshall, is aiming for a Broadway debut next spring, courtesy of producers Roger Berlind, Sonia Friedman, Roy Furman and Scott Landis; and that Tennessee Williams's A Streetcar Named Desire, which follows the woes of a faded Southern belle, and her road to madness aided by her violent brother in law, with Blair Underwood, directed by Emily Mann, will be Broadway bound next season, courtesy of producer Stephen Byrd and Front Row Productions. The Rumour Machine grinds on.