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Backstage Whispers overheard by Richard Andrews

Last updated : 21st July 2014

It's Official! As previously forecast here, the musical An American In Paris, adapted from the 1951 film about a former GI starting over in a city rebuilding after the Second World War, featuring a score by George and Ira Gershwin, book by Craig Lucas, directed and choreographed by Christopher Wheeldon, which is debuting at the Theatre du Chatelet in Paris in December, with Robert Fairchild, Leanne Cope, Veanne Cox, Jill Paice, Brandon Uranowitz and Max von Essen, will preview from March 13th at the Palace Theatre, prior to an official opening April 12th. The design team comprises scenery and costumes by Bob Crowley, lighting by Natasha Katz, and sound by Jon Weston.

Second Stage Theatre will stage the musical adaptation of Bret Easton Ellis's American Psycho, book by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, music and lyrics by Duncan Sheik, about a 1980s 'having it all' Wall Street trader who is also a serial killer, directed by Rupert Goold, who directed the London premiere, opening next March. It is produced in association with Act 4 Entertainment and Edward R Pressman.

Mario Correa's Tail! Spin!, verbatim reenactments of the sex scandals that brought down Congressman Anthony Weiner, Governor Mark Sanford, Congressman Mark Foley and Senator Larry Craig, with Rachel Dratch, directed by Dan Knechtges, will preview from September 18th at the Lynn Redgrave Theater, opening on October 1st. The producers are Billy Zavelson, Marianne Mills, Kristen Stein, Ben Feldman and Jeffrey Sosnick/Neal Rubinstein, in association with Clifford Lee Johnson III. The Lynn Redgrave Theatre is located at 45 Bleecker Street, at Lafayette Street.

William Luce's The Belle Of Amherst, a one-woman play about the reclusive 19th century poet Emily Dickinson, from her poems, diaries and letters, performed by Joely Richardson, directed by Steve Cosson, will preview from October 7th at the Westside Theatre, opening on October 19th. The producer is The Belle Company Too. The Westside Theatre is located at 407 West 43rd Street, between 9th and 10th Avenues.

Amas Musical Theatre in association with North Haven Arts and Enrichment will stage the premiere of the musical Red Eye Of Love, book and lyrics by Arnold Weinstein and John Wulp, music by Sam Davis, adapted from Weinstein's mad-cap love triangle that pits a young, forthright idealist against a wealthy, jaded materialist, in pursuit of the same girl, with Josh Grisetti, Alli Mauzey, Kevin Pariseau, Dylan Boyd, Katie Chung, Patch David, Daniel Lynn Evans, Tracie Franklin, Katie Hagen and Daniel May, directed by Ted Sperling, with choreography by Lainie Sakakura and Alex Sanchez, previewing from August 27th at the Dicapo Opera Theatre, opening on September 4th. The Dicapo Opera Theatre is located at 184 East 76th Street, between 3rd and Lexington Avenues.

Abingdon Theatre Company's 2014/2015 season will comprise the premiere of Catherine Butterfield's It Has to Be You, a comedy looking at what can happen when adult siblings must juggle responsibilities for their own children as well as an aging parent, directed by Stuart Ross, from October 3rd; Iddo Netanyahu's A Happy End, following a Jewish family in 1932 as they consider leaving Berlin amid the imminent rise of the Nazi Party, directed by Alex Dmitriev, from February 27th; and the premiere of Sheldon Bull's Mallorca, a comedy in which male bonding takes a toll when four men in the midst of personal crises discover the meaning of friendship, directed by Donald Brenner, from May 29th.

Brad Zimmerman will perform his one man show My Son The Waiter, A Jewish Tragedy, about how he waited tables in New York for a 29 years, before finally taking himself seriously enough to study stand-up comedy, and write a one-man show about waiting until his mid-50s to perform onstage, previewing from at October 10th at Stage 72, opening on October 19th. Stage 72 is located at 158 West 72nd Street, between Columbus and Amsterdam Avenues.

Right Down Broadway Productions will stage Kari Floren's Voices Of Swords, about two families dealing with aging parents in very different ways, with Loni Ackerman, Bob Ari, Phillip Christian, Gillien Goll, Michael McKenzie and Celia Schaefer, directed by Eve Brandstein, previewing from August 15th at Walkerspace, opening on August 20th. Walkerspace is located at 46 Walker Street between Broadway and Church Street.

Dana Leslie Goldstein's Daughters Of The Sexual Revolution, in which, as the country celebrates the bicentennial of its revolution in 1976, three women engage in their own revolutionary activities, with Mick Bleyer, Charles E Gerber, Luke Hofmaier, Corie Randolph, Laurie Schroeder, Michael Selkirk and Christine Verleny, directed by Susanna Frazer, will open at the Workshop Theater Company on September 18th. The Workshop Theater Company is located at 312 West 36th Street, between 8th and 9th Avenues.

Horizon Theatre Rep will stage Culture Shock! 1911-1922, a programme of German Expressionist plays, texts and fragments responding to the apocalyptic mood and agitated spiritual state of early 20th century in Europe, including August Stramm's Sancta Susanna, translated by Henry Marx; Franz Kafka's The Guardian Of The Tomb, translated by J M Ritchie; Ernst Toller's The Transfiguration, translated by Edward Crankshaw; Gottfried Benn's Ithaka, translated by J M Ritchie; and Lothar Schreyer's Crucifixion, translated by Mel Gordon, directed by Rafael De Mussa, previewing from September 4th at Access Theatre, opening on September 7th. Access Theatre is located at 380 Broadway at White Street.