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Backstage Whispers overheard by Richard Andrews

Last updated : 22nd July 2013

It has been confirmed that the musical If/Then, book and lyrics by Brian Yorkey, music by Tom Kitt, about a woman approaching 40 who moves to New York City to make a fresh start, with Idina Menzel, directed by Michael Greif, will preview from March 4th at the Richard Rodgers Theatre, with an official opening on March 27th.

Manhattan Theater Club will stage the premiere John Patrick Shanley's Outside Mullingar, a romantic comedy about two introverted misfit 40 year olds in rural Ireland, with Brķan F O'Byrne and Debra Messing, directed by Doug Hughes, previewing from January 2nd at the Samuel J Friedman Theatre, with an official opening on January 23rd.

On The Casting Couch: Sebastian Arcelus, Fred Dalton Thompson and John Douglas Thompson will head the cast in Rupert Holmes's A Time To Kill, opening at the Golden Theatre on October 20th; Vanessa Aspillaga, Mia Barron, Robin De Jesus, Jeff Goldblum, Lizbeth Mackay, Emily Meade, Mary Beth Peil, Karen Pittman, Misha Seo and Laurie Metcalf will feature in Bruce Norris's Domesticated, opening at the Mitzi E Newhouse Theater on November 4th; and Ethan Hawke will be joined by Anne-Marie Duff in William Shakespeare's Macbeth, opening at the Vivian Beaumont Theater on November 21st.

The fall season at the Flea Theater will comprise Upstairs: Adriano Shaplin's Sarah Flood In Salem Mass, in which blood feuds, black magic, and the birth of capitalism merge in a portrait of a village on the brink, directed by Rebecca Wright, from September 24th; and the premiere of A R Gurney's Family Furniture, a coming of age story, directed by Thomas Kail, from November 12th; and Downstairs: Jonathan Caren's The Recommendation, about class, race, power and what happens to a friendship when the tables get turned, directed by Kel Haney, from August 23rd; and Mallery Avidon's Mary-Kate Olsen Is In Love, which follows an unhappily married woman who conjures up the actors-turned-celebrities Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen as a means of escape, directed by Kristen Seemel, from November 1st.

There's A Place For Us: The Musical Theatre Works Of Leonard Bernstein by Helen Smith, published by Ashgate, is a significant study of the works for theatre by the quintessential American musician. Helen Smith takes an in depth look at all eight of Leonard Bernstein's musical theatre pieces, from On the Town written by the 26 year old composer at the start of his career, to his second and last opera A Quiet Place in 1983. There is a focus on dramatic and musical structures, and on considering the ways in which Bernstein used particular musical styles and techniques to suit the work at hand, emphasizing the sheer variety of his theatre music. These works are analysed and considered against a background of musical and social context, as well as looking at Bernstein's orchestral, choral and chamber works. Smith provides an indispensable overview and shows what it is that constitutes the Bernstein 'sound'.

Variations Theatre Group will stage the premiere of Jay Prasad's Einstein, a bioplay telling the story of how a dropout with no prospects became the most renowned scientist of his time, with Richard Kent Green, Steven Bidwell, Steve Carter, Jill Catherine Durso, Brad Fryman, Grant Kretchik, Frank Palmer, Jay William Thomas, Sophie Vanier and Sheilagh Weymouth, directed by Randolph Curtis Rand, at the Theatre at St Clement's from August 2nd. The Theatre at St Clement's is located at 423 W 46th Street, between 9th and 10th Avenues.

Revolve Productions will stage Rebecca Gilman's The Glory Of Living, about a pair of criminals on the run in the rural south whose crimes turn from petty to more depraved, with Hannah Sloat, Hardy Pinnell, Stacee Mandeville, Amanda Gardner, Lindsey Liberatore, Laura Heckel, Stephen James Anthony, Chris Cornwell and Matthew Hansen, directed by Ashley Kelly Tata, previewing from August 1st at the Access Theater, opening on August 3rd. Access Theatre is located at 380 Broadway at White Street.

Forthcoming productions at 59E59 Theatres will include Micharl Mejias's Ghetto Babylon, about a summer the life of a 14 year old boy in the South Bronx in 1982, with Alejandro Rodriguez, Talia Marrero, Malik Ali, Rodney Roldan, Sean Carvajal, Andrew Schoomaker, directed by Gregory Simmons, previewing from August 1st, opening August 7th, produced by Dramatic Question Theatre and Andrew Frank; and Ken Urban's The Awake, a meditation on contemporary America - and how we live in a world we no longer understand, with Jeff Biehl, Jocelyn Kuritsky, Miranda Jackel, Dee Nelson, Maulik Pancholy, Andy Phelan and Lori Prince, directed by Adam Fitzgerald, previewing from August 22nd, opening on August 28th, produced by kef theatrical productions. 59E59 Theaters is located at 59 East 59th Street, between Park and Madison Avenues.

New York City Center's 10th Fall For Dance Festival, which will run from September 25th to October 5th, will comprise the works of 20 companies and choreographers from all over the world. These will include Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, American Ballet Theatre, Ballet Hispanico, BODYTRAFFIC, Colin Dunne, Dance Theatre of Harlem, doug elkins choreography, etc., Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo, Richard Alston Dance Company, Sara Mearns, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui and The Royal Ballet. New York City Center is located 131 West 55th Street, between 6th and 7th Avenues.

The Rumour Machine says: that Lincoln Center Theater's LCT3 production of Ayad Akhtar's Disgraced, set at a dinner party hosted by a successful Pakistani-American lawyer, who is moving up the corporate ladder while distancing himself from his cultural roots, where events get out of hand, directed by Kimberly Senior, may be remounted on Broadway next season, courtesy of producer Matthew Rego and the Araca Group. The Rumour Machine grinds on.