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Last updated : 22nd April 2013

It has been confirmed that Woody Allen's musical adaptation of his 1994 film Bullets Over Broadway, co-written with Douglas McGrath, about a struggling 1920s playwright who is forced to cast a mobster's talentless girlfriend in his latest drama in order to get it produced, incorporating existing period songs, directed and choreographed by Susan Stroman, will open at the St James Theatre next April. The design team will comprise scenery by Santo Loquasto, costumes by William Ivey Long, lighting by Donald Holder, and sound by Peter Hylenski. The producers are Julian Schlossberg and Letty Aronson.

The Public Theatre's new season will include Wallace Shawn's The Designated Mourner, in which three artist-intellectuals recount their experiences as their once-liberal country sinks into political crisis, with Deborah Eisenberg, Larry Pine and Wallace Shawn, directed by Andre Gregory; All The Faces Of The Moon, about America at the dawn of the corporate age, written and performed by Mike Daisey, directed by Jean-Michele Gregory; the Elevator Repair Service production of Arguendo, relating the Supreme Court case when a group of exotic dancers challenged a ban on public nudity, directed by John Collins; the musical Fun Home, book and lyrics by Lisa Kron, music by Jeanine Tesori, adapted from Alison Bechdel's memoir about her relationship with her father in the family funeral home, with Judy Kuhn, directed by Sam Gold; Wallace Shawn's Grasses Of A Thousand Colors, exploring the role of human beings in nature and the role of nature in human beings, with Julie Hagerty, Emily McDonnell, Shawn and Jennifer Tilly, directed by Andre Gregory; the Foundry Theatre production of Bertold Brecht's Good Person Of Szechwan, in which a good-hearted, penniless prostitute, is forced to disguise herself as a businessman so she can master the ruthlessness needed to be a 'good person' in a brutal world, with Taylor Mac, Annie Golden, David Turner and Lisa Kron, directed by Lear deBessonet; the premiere of Regular Singing, the final play in the quadrilogy The Apple Family Plays: Scenes From Life In The Country, written and directed by Richard Nelson documenting the life of a liberal family, in repertoire with the other plays That Hopey Changey Thing, Sweet And Sad, and Sorry; and William Shakespeare's Antony And Cleopatra, in a new version written and directed by Tarell Alvin McCraney, set in 18th century Saint-Domingue on the eve of revolution.

The Irish Repertory Theatre will stage Conor McPherson's The Weir, in which men in a pub swap ghost stories, with Dan Butler, Billy Carter, John Keating, Sean Gormley and Tessa Klein, directed by Ciaran O'Reilly, previewing from May 15th, opening May 23rd. The Irish Repertory Theatre is located at 132 West 22nd Street, between 6th and 7th Avenues.

On The Casting Couch: John Guare will be joined by Peter Maloney, David Pittu, Alison Cimmet, Jeffrey Kuhn, Jacquelyn Landgraf, Martin Moran, Kate Rigg, Omar Sangare and Timothy Splain in his play Three Kinds Of Exile, opening at Atlantic Theater Company on June 11th.

River District Theatre will stage Naked Darrow, a one man play written and performed by Gary L Anderson, presenting a portrait of the legendary attorney Clarence Darrow as his mind slips away, at the Drilling Company Theatre from June 5th. The Drilling Company Theatre is located at 236 West 78th Street, between Broadway and Amsterdam Avenue.

The New York Musical Theatre Festival, which runs from July 8th to 28th, has announced the titles of 11 full productions in this year's programme. These include: The Awakening Of Angel DeLuna, book by Judylynn Schmidt, music by Lee Ellis, lyrics by Judylynn Schmidt and Lee Ellis, in which a clown tries to save a circus; Icarus, book by Jason Slavick and the LAB Ensemble, music and lyrics by Nathan Leigh, where Greek mythology meets burlesque, puppetry and folk-rock; Marry Harry, book by Jennifer Robbins, music and lyrics by Dan Martin and Michael Biello, in which a man must choose between duty and love; That Lady From Maxim's, book, music and lyrics by Bryan Williams, a musical farce set in Victorian Paris; and Volleygirls, book by Rob Ackerman, music by Eli Bolin, lyrics by Sam Forman, in which a failed Olympian takes on coaching a no hope high school volleyball team. Further information can be found on the NYMF web site, via the link from Festivals in the Links section of New York TheatreNet.

Theater for the New City will stage White Noise by artist Tom Block, in which an artist suffers with an aging, bickering and tormented couple who are his patrons, directed by Moema Umann, to be played against a 25ft long mural by Block, based on a 13th century Sufi tract, which represents the psyche of the main character, from June 26th. Theater For The New City is located at 155 1st Avenue, between 9th and 10th Streets.

The Drilling Company will stage its 19th free Shakespeare in the Park(ing) Lot, season, with Cymbeline, a mystical tale of a Celtic king and his daughter, from July 11th to 27th; and Richard III, charting the ruthless pursuit of power, directed by Hamilton Clancy, from August 1st to 17th, performed in a municipal parking lot at the corner of Ludlow and Broome Streets.

The Rumour Machine says: that that Rocky The Musical, book by Thomas Meehan, lyrics by Lynn Ahrens, music by Stephen Flaherty, adapted from the 1976 boxing movie, directed by Alex Timbers, with boxing choreography by Steven Hoggett and dance choreography by Kelly Devine, which premiered in Hamburg, Germany, last fall, has designs on a Broadway opening at the Winter Garden Theatre during the 2013/1214 season. The Rumour Machine grinds on.