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Backstage Whispers overheard by Richard Andrews

Last updated : 21st October 2013

The recent Primary Stages production of Bronx Bombers, telling the story of the greatest stars of the New York Yankees, conceived by Fran Kirmser, written and directed by Eric Simonson, will be remounted on Broadway, with Peter Scolari and Tracy Shayne joing original cast members C J Wilson, Christopher Jackson, Francois Battiste, Chris Henry Coffey, Bill Dawes, Keith Nobbs and John Wernke, previewing from January 10th at the Circle in the Square Theatre, with an official opening on February 6th. The design team comprises scenery by Beowulf Borritt, costumes by David C Woolard, lighting by Jason Lyons, and music and sound by Lindsay Jones. The producers are Fran Kirmser and Tony Ponturo.

Will Eno's The Realistic Joneses, about two suburban couples who share more than a surname, with Michael C Hall, Toni Collette, Marisa Tomei and Tracy Letts, directed by Sam Gold, will open on Broadway at a theatre yet to be announced in March. The producers are Jeffrey Richards, Jerry Frankel, Jam Theatricals, Stacey Mindich, and Susan Gallin and Mary Lu Roffe.

City Center Encores! will stage A Bed And A Chair: A New York Love Affair, conceived by John Doyle, Peter Gethers, and Jack Viertel, with songs by Stephen Sondheim arranged and performed by Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, reflecting a shared passion for the city, featuring Bernadette Peters, Norm Lewis, Jeremy Jordan, Cyrille Aimee, Meg Gillentine, Tyler Hanes, Grason Kingsberry and Elizabeth Parkinson, directed by John Doyle, with choreography by Parker Esse, at New York City Center from November 13th to 17th. New York City Center is located 131 West 55th Street, between 6th and 7th Avenues.

A concert staging of the musical Stars Of David, based on the book by Abigail Pogrebin in which prominent Jews talk about being Jewish, conceived by Aaron Harnick and Abigail Pogrebin, featuring songs by Marvin Hamlisch, Marilyn and Alan Bergman, Sheldon Harnick, Duncan Sheik and Steven Sater, Jeanine Tesori, Richard Maltby and David Shire, Tom Kitt, Michael Friedman, Amanda Green, Nathan Tysen and Chris Miller, Susan Birkenhead, Gaby Alter and Itamar Moses and Daniel Messe, performed by Janet Metz, Alan Schmuckler, Aaron Serotsky and Donna Vivino, directed by Gordon Greenberg, will play at the DR2 Theatre from November 13th. It is produced by Daryl Roth in association with Harbor Entertainment.

A new musical, Varsity Nights, book, lyrics and direction by Nicholas B Holstein, lyrics by Jeremy Blachman, music by Evan Hodges, about Texas high school football, tackling the issues of bullying, friendship and fitting in, with Edward Naranjo, Marissa Elizande, Rodrigo Macouzet and Brian Bogart, will play at the Hudson Theatre from July 15th. The Hudson Theatre is located at 145 West 44th Street, between 6th and 7th Avenues.

Backstage Pass To Broadway: True Tales Of A Theatre Press Agent a memoir by theatrical press agent Susan L Schulman, illustrated with previously unpublished photographs from her private collection, has just been published by Heliotrope Books. Schulman has survived some of the most celebrated train wrecks and backstage dramas on Broadway. In this entertaining book, Schulman shines the spotlight behind the show curtain, sharing true tales of her life in the theatre. She reveals what it is like to work with Broadway's most talented and creative people - sometimes behaving badly and often with astonishing grace - as they struggled to create theatre magic. Schulman has handled publicity for shows including Dream, Dancin', Sly Fox, State Fair, Applause, Death Of A Salesman, A Streetcar Named Desire and Death And The Maiden; and she has worked with actors, directors and producers such as Mary Martin, George C Scott, Lauren Bacall, Yul Brynner, Robert Redford, David Merrick, Bob Fosse, Raul Julia, Zero Mostel, Vanessa Redgrave, Henry Winkler, Lesley Ann Warren, Katharine Hepburn and Glenn Close.

Charles Dickens's A Christmas Carol, in a new adaptation by Patrick Barlow, in which 5 actors bring the story to life with only simple props and the power of imagination, directed by Joe Calarco, will preview from November 16th at the Theatre at St Clement's, opening on November 25th. The producers are Terri and Timothy Childs and Rodger Hess. Theatre at St Clement's is located at 423 West 46th Street, between 9th and 10th Avenues.

An Impossible Thing Productions will stage David Schulner's An Infinite Ache, which features a Jewish man and an Asian woman at the end of their first date, and charts the infinite directions in which lives could travel, with Eric Kuehnemann and Nancy Sun, directed by Joshua Warr, opening at The Gallery at Access Theater on November 7th. Access Theatre is located at 380 Broadway at White Street.

The Rumour Machine says: that John Steinbeck's Of Mice And Men, the classic tale of the Great Depression of two itinerant farm workers who buy a small farm of their own, but find the ensuing hardship tests their friendship to its limits, with James Franco and Chris O'Dowd, directed by Anna D Shapiro, may be Broadway bound next April, courtesy of producer David Binder; and that An American In Paris, adapted from the 1951 film about a former GI starting over post Second World War, featuring a score by George and Ira Gershwin, book by Craig Lucas, directed and choreographed by Christopher Wheeldon, with Bartlett Sher as 'creative consultant', is aiming to debut at the Theatre du Chatelet in Paris in December next year, with a Broadway transfer in mind for spring 2015, courtesy of producer Stuart Oken. The Rumour Machine grinds on.