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Backstage Whispers overheard by Richard Andrews

Last updated : 20th August 2012

It's Official! As previously forecast here, Kinky Boots, the stage musical adaptation of the 2005 film, about how a conservative British shoe factory was saved from closing by producing fetish footwear at the suggestion of a drag performer, book by Harvey Fierstein, music and lyrics by Cyndi Lauper, with a cast headed by Stark Sands and Billy Porter, directed and choreographed by Jerry Mitchell, will preview from March 5th at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre, with an official opening on April 4th. The design team comprises scenery by David Rockwell, costumes by Gregg Barnes, lighting by Kenneth Posner, and sound by John Shivers. The producers are Daryl Roth and Hal Luftigm.

Frankie Valli And The Four Seasons On Broadway will play at the Broadway Theatre from October 19th to 27th.

Turning Page, a one person show written and performed by Angelica Page, about her late mother, the actress Geraldine Page, directed by Wilson Milam, will premiere at the Cherry Lane Studio Theatre from October 11th. The Cherry Lane Studio Theatre is located at 38 Commerce Street, between Barrow and Bedford Streets.

Tickets are now on sale for Broadway Week, organised by NYC & Company in partnership with The Broadway League, taking place from September 4th to 16th. The annual event offers two-for-one tickets to 19 Broadway shows as well as a free dessert with a ticket stub from one of the participating productions in over 25 restaurants in the Theatre District. Further information can be found on the Broadway Week web site via the link from Festivals & Events in the Links section of New York TheatreNet.

Buenos Aires's Museo Evita will hold an exhibition Evita: Passion And Action, comprising dresses, shoes and other personal items, along with art, photographs, documents and other materials relating to the work Argentina's most famous First Lady, Maria Eva Duarte de Peron, at New York's Consulate General of Argentina, from September 7th to 28th. The Consulate General of Argentina is located at 12 West 56th Street, between 5th and 6th Avenues.

The Keen Company's 2012/2013 season at the Clurman Theatre at Theatre Row will comprise a revised version of the two handed Stephen Sondheim revue Marry Me A Little, conceived by Craig Lucas and Norman Rene, with Lauren Molina and Jason Tam, directed by Jonathan Silverstein, previewing from September 11th, opening on October 2nd; and A R Gurney's The Old Boy, about a successful politician facing the demons of his past while wrestling with his conscience and the old boy network which has served him so well, also directed by Silverstein, from February 12th. Theatre Row is located at 410 West 42 Street, between 9th and 10th Avenues.

DR2 Kids Theatre in partnership with Theatreworks USA will stage The Velveteen Rabbit, written and directed by Kevin Del Aguila, adapted from Margery Williams's novel about the adventures of a stuffed rabbit, from November 16th; and the musical Bunnicula, book Charles Busch, music by Sam Davis, lyrics by Mark Waldrop, adapted from the books by Deborah and James Howe about orphaned rabbit with mysterious habits and sharp fangs, directed by Carl Andress, with choreography by Connor Gallagher, from February 8th. The DR2 Theatre is located at 103 East 15th Street, between Union Square and Irving Place.

The Radio City Christmas Spectacular, featuring as always Santa Claus, in the form of Charles Edward Hall, making his yearly visit from the North Pole, the Radio City Rockettes, and the Living Nativity, will return to Radio City Music Hall from November 9th to December 30th.

Australian Made Entertainment will stage Louis Nowra's Cosi, an epic comedy about theatre, madness, illusion, sanity and life, with Duke Anderson, Zach Bubolo, Olivia Etzine, Kathleen Foster, Matthew Foster, Laura Iris Hill, Joseph Thornhill, Stuart Williams, Annie Worden, Adam Zivkovic and Clint Zugel, directed by Jesse Michael Mothershed, previewing from September 7th at Urban Stages, opening on September 9th. Urban Stages is located at 259 West 30th Street, between 7th and 8th Avenues.

Beautiful Soup Theater Collective will stage Isaac Bashevis Singer's Yentl, adapted from the story by Leah Napolin, in which a Jewish girl disguises herself as a boy to enter religious training, with Mallory Berlin, Peter Oliver, Kim Sweet, Leonardo Abraham, Luke Anthony, Kira Chirstoforidis, Jael Golad, Orlando Iriarte, Alexander Kafarakis, Evan Kaplan, Anna Kirkland, James Asher Rees, Yael Shavitt, Yarden Shoval and Noelle Stewart, directed by Steven Carl McCasland, at the Gene Frankel Theatre from October 10th. The Gene Frankel Theatre is located at 24 Bond Street, between Lafayette Street and Bowery.

The Theatre Project will stage Sean Pomposello's Barbicide, the story of a barber in 1960s Queens who has just been released from prison after being framed by a local mob boss, directed by Christian Amato, at the Players Theatre opening on October 4th. The Players Theatre is located at 115 MacDougal Street, at Minetta Lane.

The Rumour Machine says: that the recent Williamstown Theatre Festival production of Bernard Pomerance's The Elephant Man, the story of the deformed John Merrick who was rescued from a freak show by a doctor at the London Hospital and became a prominent figure in Victorian society, with Bradley Cooper, Patricia Clarkson and Shuler Hensley, directed by Scott Ellis, is looking for a Broadway transfer next year; and the stage adaptation of the Disney film Aladdin, with a new book by Chad Beguelin and an expanded score by Alan Menken, Howard Ashman and Tim Rice, which has played regional dates, is aiming for Broadway. The Rumour Machine grinds on.