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Backstage Whispers overheard by Richard Andrews

Last updated : 23rd June 2008

It has now been confirmed that Arthur Miller's All My Sons, with John Lithgow, Dianne Wiest, Patrick Wilson and Katie Holmes, directed by Simon McBurney, will preview from September 18th at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre, with an official opening on October 16th. It tells the story of a man who sold defective airplane parts to the military, and deflected the blame to his business partner, but his complicity comes to light when his son plans to marry the partner's daughter. The design team will include scenery and costumes by Tom Pye. The producer is Erik Falkenstein.

Indiana Jones meets When Harry Met Sally in a new romantic adventure musical that gives a modern twist to a classic tale in Eighty-1, written and directed by Mary Stewart-David, music by Clive Chang, musical staging by Kate Loprest, which will play at the June Havoc Theatre between July 14th and August 4th as part of the Midtown International Theatre Festival. Phileas Fogg IV must recreate his great-grandfather's eighty day journey around the world or lose his shirt; only two things stand in his way - his own ambition and a beautiful woman. The cast comprises Daniel Lincoln, Nicole Weiss, Brayden Hade, Jan Anaya, David Alberio and John Anthony Lopez. The producer is FACADE. The June Havoc Theatre is located in the Abingdon Theatre Arts Complex, 312 West 36th Street, 1st Floor, between 8th and 9th Avenues.

On The Casting Couch: Christian Hoff, Stockard Channing and Martha Plimpton will lead the cast of the musical Pal Joey, opening at Studio 54 on December 11th.

Joel Gross's Marie Antoinette: The Color of Flesh, with Samantha Ives, Amanda Jones, Jonathan Kells Phillips and Hugo Salazar Jr, directed by Robert Kalfin, will preview from June 26th at St Luke's Theatre, opening on July 10th. The play is a fictionalized love triangle between the French Queen Marie Antoinette, her portraitist, the renowned beauty Elisabeth Louise Vigee-Le Brun and Count Alexis de Ligne, an aristocrat and political radical, over a period of 20 years. The producers are Briana Seferian and Earl Productions. St Luke's Theatre is located at 308 West 46th Street, between 8th and 9th Avenues.

Classic Stage Company has announced further productions in its 2008/2009 season. Anton Chekhov's Uncle Vanya, the tragicomic story of dashed dreams, thwarted love and eternal longing, with Denis O'Hare, directed by Austin Pendleton, will open on January 14th. Anne Carson's An Oresteia, a two part play that gathers together the works of Aeschylus, Sophocles and Euripides to tell the epic story of the fall of the House of Atreus, part one directed by directed by Brian Kulick with Gisela Cardinas, and part two directed by Paul Lazar, will receive its world premiere in March. The season will also include a First Look Festival examining the work of Bertolt Brecht, with staged readings of The Caucasian Chalk Circle, The Good Person Of Szechuan, In The Jungle Of Cities and The Life Of Galileo, on September 15th, 22nd, 29th and October 6th; and an Open Rehearsal Series, at which audiences can experience different acting approaches and directorial interpretations of a classic work, with William Shakespeare's Othello on January 16th and 26th and February 2nd and 9th. Classic Stage Company is located at 136 East 13th Street, between 3rd and 4th Avenues.

Among the Broadway stars taking part in the celebrity presentations of pets from citywide animal shelters in the 10th annual Broadway Barks fundraising event will be Christine Baranski, Victoria Clark, Glenn Close, Harvey Fierstein, Boyd Gaines, Shuler Hensley, Cheyenne Jackson, Andy Karl, Lacey Kohl, Nathan Lane, Mario Lopez, Priscilla Lopez, Orfeh, Judy McLane, Matthew Morrison and Faith Prince. The event will be held in Shubert Alley on July 12th from 3.30pm to 6.30pm, produced by Broadway Care/Equity Fights AIDS. Co-hosted by Bernadette Peters and Mary Tyler Moore, the dog and cat adopt-a-thon benefits New York City animal shelters and adoption agencies. Shubert Alley is located alongside the Shubert and Booth Theatres between 44th and 45th Streets, between Broadway and 8th Avenue. Further information can be found on the Broadway barks web site, via the link from Festivals & Events in the Links section of New York TheatreNet.

Atlantic Theater Company's 2008/2009 season will include: at the Linda Gross Theater, Beau Willimon's Farragut North, a classic tale of hubris set against a contemporary landscape, about the lust for power and the costs people will endure to achieve it, directed by Doug Hughes, from October 22nd; Martin McDonagh's The Cripple Of Inishmaan, about the attempts of a crippled orphan boy in a remote Scottish Island to get a part in a Hollywood film being made on a neighbouring island, directed by Garry Hynes, from December 9th, a co-production with Druid, Galway; and the world premiere of Ethan Coen's Offices, a triple bill of work place comedies, directed by Neil Pepe, opening next spring; and at Atlantic Stage 2, the world premiere of What's That Smell: The Music Of Jacob Sterling, an absurd musical satire that charts the career of an eternally up and coming (and fictitious) musical theatre composer, written and performed by David Pittum, music by Randy Redd, from September 3rd. The Linda Gross Theater is located at 336 West 20th Street, between 8th and 9th Avenues, and Atlantic Stage 2 is located at 330 West 16th Street, between 8th and 9th Avenues.

The Rumour Machine says: that Kathleen Turner will star in Edward Albee's Me, Myself And I, a dark comedy about sibling rivalry between two identical twin brothers, on Broadway in the fall; and that the MCC Theater production of Neil LaBute's Reasons To Be Pretty, a comic drama about how a guy's social circle is thrown into turmoil when his remark about a female coworker's pretty face (and his girlfriend's lack thereof) get back to the girlfriend, currently playing at the Lucille Lortel Theatre, will open on Broadway in February, courtesy of producers Jeffrey Richards, Jerry Frankel and Steve Traxler. The Rumour Machine grinds on.