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Backstage Whispers overheard by Richard Andrews

Last updated : 23rd June 2014

It's Official! As previously forecast here, the musical Honeymoon In Vegas, music and lyrics by Jason Robert Brown, book by Andrew Bergman adapted from his screenplay of the 1992 movie, in which a reluctant groom and enthusiastic bride find their marriage plans disrupted by a Las Vegas wise guy who falls in love with the bride, with Tony Danza, Rob McClure and Brynn O'Malley, directed by Garry Griffin, with choreography by Denis Jones, will preview from November 18th at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre, with an official opening on January 15th. The producers are Dena Hammerstein, Roy Gabay, Rich Entertainment Group, Dan Farah, Metro Card, Dan Frishwasser, King's Leaves, Leslie Greif/Thom Beers, Suzi Dietz & Lenny Beer, Howard Hoffman/Anna Czekaj, Important Musicals, Sharon Karmazin, Krauss Freitag/Boyle Koenigsberg, L G Scott, Rick Steiner, Martin Markinson, and Ruth & Steve Hendel/Ken Greiner, in association with Paper Mill Playhouse in New Jersey, where the show premiered last season.

The Illusionists - Witness The Impossible, which features the international illusionists Dan Sperry, Jeff Hoibson, Andrew Basso, Kevin James, Mark Kalin, Jinger Leigh and Joaquin Kotkin, will make its U.S. debut in a Christmas season at the Marquis Theatre, from November 26th to January 4th. It is presented by Road Show Theatrical. The original producers are Simon Painter, Tim Lawson and Magicspace Entertainment.

Classical Theatre of Harlem will stage William Shakespeare's Romeo 'n Juliet, relocating the world's greatest love story to contemporary Harlem, with Sheldon Best, Natalie Paul, Jamie Rezanour, Zainab Jah, Dorcus Sowunmi, Jason Delane, Jameal Ali, Emmanuel Brown, Kambi Gathesha, Clark Harris, Keldrick Crowder, Ty Jones, Anthony Lalor, Levell Franklin, Amara Granderson, Patricia Janvier, Jared Lewis and Djake Souare, adapted and directed by Justin Emeka, at the Richard Rodgers Amphitheater in Marcus Garvey Park from July 5th to 27th. The Richard Rogers Amphitheater is located on 5th Avenue between 122nd and 124th Streets.

Rattlestick Playwrights Theater's 2014/2015 season will include the premieres of Robert Boswell's The Long Shrift, in which a teenager jailed for rape is released and confronts his accuser, with Allie Gallerani, Scott Haze, Brian Lally, Ahna O'Reilly and Ally Sheedy, directed by James Franco, from July 7th; Juarez: A Mythology Documentary, conceived and directed by Ruben Polendo, a portrait of a community in crisis and transformation, with gangs, cartels, corruption, drugs and familial honor, from September 3rd, a co-production with Theater Mitu; Keith Josef Adkins's Pitbulls, set in a bible-belt, war-loving, dog-fighting community, exploring what it costs to be an individual in America, directed by Leah Gardiner, from November 6th; Laith Nakli's Shesh Yak, in which a Syrian-American writer confronts a leader in the anti-Syrian government movement during the Arab Spring, directed by Bruce McCarty, from January 15th, a co-production with LaiLou Productions; Laura Eason's The Undeniable Sound Of Right Now, set in a struggling rock club in 1992, directed by Kristen Kelly, from March 20th; and Michael Laurence's Hamlet In Bed, a darkly comic story about an actor who wants to find his birth mother and play Hamlet, directed by Lisa Peterson, from May 14th. Rattlestick Playwrights Theater is located at 224 Waverly Place, between West 11th and Perry Streets.

On The Casting Couch: Lillias White, S Epatha Merkerson, Elain Graham, Susan Heyward, Kevyn Morrow, Sharon Washington and Larry Powell will feature in Billy Porter's While I Yet Live, opening at New 42nd Street Studios on October 12th; and Tony Yazbeck, Jay Armstrong Johnson and Clyde Alves will be joined by Megan Fairchild, Alysha Umphress and Elizabeth Stanley in the Betty Comden-Adolph Green-Leonard Bernstein musical On The Town, opening at the Lyric Theatre on October 20th.

Cherry Lane Theatre's 2014/2015 season will include the premiere of Lisa Ramirez's To The Bone, set among contemporary Latina immigrant poultry workers, with Lisa Ramirez, Annie Henk, Liza Fernandez, Paola Lazaro-Munoz, Xochitl Romero, J J Perez, Gerardo Rodriguez and Haynes Thigpen, directed by Lisa Peterson, previewing from September 9th, opening September 17th; and Sheila Callaghan's Everything You Touch, a darkly comic look at the struggle to find an identity that is more than skin deep, set in the fashion industry of the 1970s and today, directed by Jessica Kubzansky, playing from February 13th, a co-production with Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, Boston Court and True Love Productions. The Cherry Lane Theatre is located at 38 Commerce Street, between Barrow and Bedford Streets.

The Puppet Shakespeare Players and STT Productions will stage the premiere of Puppet Titus Andronicus, a comedic take on Shakespeare's blood and guts drama Titus Andronicus, performed by Adam Weppler, Sarah Villegas, Christopher Gebauer, Alex Offenkrantz, Tom Foran, Drew Torkelson, Shane Snider, A J Cote, Mindy Leanse, Ryan Rinkel, Ross Hamman and Abby Judd, directed by Ryan Rinkel, at the Beckett Theatre at Theatre Row, from July 24th. Theatre Row is located at 410 West 42nd Street, between 9th and 10th Avenues

The Attic Theater Company will stage Preston Sturges's comedy Strictly Dishonorable, in which an upper class couple wander into a Hell's Kitchen speakeasy in search of adventure - and find it in spades, with William Austin, Michael Labbadia, Thomas Christopher Matthews, Keilly McQuail, Nick Ritacco, John Robert Tillotson, Christopher Tocco and Ryan Trout, directed by Laura Braza, previewing from July 22nd at The Flea Theater, opening on July 26th. The Flea Theater is located at 41 White Street, between Church and Broadway.

The Rumour Machine says: that A R Gurney's Love Letters, a two hander tracing the development of a couple's relationship over a 50 year period through their correspondence, possibly featuring Anjelica Huston, directed by Gregory Mosher, may be heading to Vivian Beaumont Theater at Lincoln Center in the fall, courtesy of producers Nelle Nugent and Barbara Broccoli. The Rumour Machine grinds on.