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Backstage Whispers overheard by Richard Andrews

Last updated : 22nd December 2014

It's Official! As previously forecast here, a new musical, Something Rotten, book by Karey Kirkpatrick and John O'Farrell, music and lyrics by Wayne Kirkpatrick and Karey Kirkpatrick, set in Shakespeare's time, where two brothers, desperate to write a hit play of their own, end up inventing the musical, directed and choreographed by Casey Nicholaw, will preview from March 23rd at the St James Theatre, with an official opening on April 22nd. The producer is Kevin McCollum

School Of Rock - The Musical, adapted from the 2003 film about a musician who pretends to be a substitute teacher and transforms his students into a rock band, book by Julian Fellowes, music by Andrew Lloyd Webber, lyrics by Glenn Slater, in addition to songs from the original score, directed by Laurence Connor, with choreography by JoAnn M Hunter, will preview from November 2nd at the Winter Garden Theatre, with an official opening on December 6th. The design team comprises scenery and costumes by Anna Louizos, lighting by Natasha Katz, and sound by Mick Potter. The producers are the Really Useful Group, Warner Music Group, Access Industries and the Shubert and Nederlander Organizations.

Mint Theater Company will stage Ferenc Molnar's Fashions For Men, in a translation by Benjamin Glazer, a comedy in which a saintly haberdasher in 1910s Budapest is faced with a crisis that severely tests his goodness, with Mark Bedard, Joe Delafield, Jeremy Lawrence, Rachel Napoleon, Annie Purcell, Kurt Rhoads, Michael Schantz, Maren Searle, John Seidman, Jill Tanner, John Tufts and Gabra Zackman, directed by Davis McCallum, previewing from February 3rd, opening on March 1st.

A coming of age rock musical, One Day, adapted from journal entries written by teens spanning two decades, with Brenna Bloom, Chase O'Donnell, Marco Ramos, Honey Ribar, Aaron Scheff, Austin Scott, Benjamin Shuman, Andy Spencer, Aliya Stuart, Nyseli Vega and Charlotte Mary Wen, book, music, lyrics and co-direction by Michael Sottile, choreography and co-direction by Ray Leepe, will preview from February 7th at 3LD Art & Technology Center, opening on February 19th. The producers are Carl Levin, Jamie Bendell, Scott & Marnie Prisand, Bruce Bendell, Sheryl Regan, Tom Ross, Whistling Mario Productions, Scott Benson and Big Block Entertainment. 3LD Art and Technology Center is located at 80 Greenwich Street, at Rector Street.

On The Casting Couch: Neve McIntosh and Clifford Samuel will head the cast in David Greig's The Events, opening at New York Theatre Workshop on February 12th; Anna Camp, Oliver Hollmann, Ebon Moss-Bachrach, Robert Sella, Jeanine Serralles, Danny Wolohan and Damian Young will feature in Nick Jones's Verite, opening at the Claire Tow Theater at Lincoln Center on February 18th; Arnie Burton, Carson Elrod, Rick Holmes, Kelly Hutchinson and Liv Rooth will feature in David Ives's Lives Of The Saints, opening at the Duke on 42nd Street on February 24th; and The Rockettes will be joined by Laura Benanti, with narration by Whoopi Goldberg in the New York Spring Spectacular, opening at Radio City Music Hall on March 26th.

The 12th annual Broadway Unplugged concert, created and hosted by Scott Siegel, with Broadway artists performing without microphones, will be staged at The Town Hall on January 26th. The event will feature American musical theatre songs performed by around 20 artists, including Emily Skinner, Tonya Pinkins, Chuck Cooper, Jeff McCarthy, William Michals and Elizabeth Stanley. The Town Hall is located 123 West 43rd Street, between 6th Avenue and Broadway.

Forthcoming productions at 59E59 Theaters will include Megan Campsi's The Subtle Body, translated by Grant Zhong, about an 18th century English doctor who travels to China to study traditional medicine, whose wife falls for their translator, directed by Michael Leibenluft, from February 12th, produced by Gold No Trade; the musical Long Story Short, book, music and lyrics by Brendan Milburn and Valerie Vigoda, adapted from David Schulner's play An Infinite Ache, charting the relationship of an unlikely couple - one Jewish, one Asian-American - from first date to old age, with Pearl Sun and Bryce Ryness, directed by Kent Nicholson, from February 28th, produced by Prospect Theater Company; and David Briam Colbert's C.O.A.L. (Confessions Of A Liar), in which a man revisits his early life in a small West Virginia town and attempts to come to terms with the lies he has told to change his truth, directed by Craig Baldwin, from March 5th, produced by Mary J Davis and MBL Productions. 59E59 Theaters is located at 59 East 59th Street, between Park and Madison Avenues.

The Rumour Machine says: that Joseph Kesselring's classic 1940s comedy Arsenic And Old Lace, with Debbie Allen and Phylicia Rashad as the sisters who poison 'sad and lonely old men' as a act of charity, and bury them in the basement of their Victorian home in Brooklyn, directed by Otis Sallid, is aiming to be Broadway bound in the in the 2015/2016 season; and Rachel Wagstaff and Duncan Abel's Sherlock Holmes, a mystery within a mystery that explores the legendary consulting detective's personal history as he solves a new case, is aiming for a Broadway debut in 2017, courtesy of producers Antonio R Marion and Kimberly Much. The Rumour Machine grinds on.