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Last updated : 25th April 2011

The New Victory Theater has announced its fall season of acclaimed family friendly shows from around the world, including the Bristol Riverside Theatre, Pennsylvania production of The Little Prince, adapted by Rick Cummins and John Scoullar from Antoine de Saint-Exupery's novella, performed by actors and puppets; Catherine Wheels Theatre Company, Musselburgh, Scotland, with Andy Manley's White, about two friends who look after birds; the Reduced Shakespeare Company's The Complete World Of Sports (abridged), written and performed by Reed Martin, Matt Rippy and Austin Tichenor; the Raw Metal Dance Company, Queensland, Australia production Untapped!, a mash-up of funk, tap, acrobatics and hip-hop featuring ten daredevil performers and musicians; Cirque Shanghai with Bai Xi, featuring a company of contortionists, aerialists and gymnasts performing an array of contemporary and traditional circus feats. The New Victory Theatre is located at 209 West 42nd Street, between 7th and 8th Avenues.

The Korean Yegam Theater Company return to New York with Jump, the unique show that combines a family sitcom with Tae-kwon-do, created by Choi Chul-ki, directed by Jun-Sang Lee, with martial arts choreography by Gye-Hwan Park, previewing from May 11th at New World Stages, opening on June 23rd. New World Stages is located at 340 West 50th Street, between 8th and 9th Avenues.

Christopher Fry's The Lady's Not For Burning, a darkly comic verse play debating the merits of life and death, hope and despair, with Todd Lawson, Anna Olivia Moore, Rob Skolits, Nick Fesette, Gwen Ellis, Jefferson Slinkard, Danny Makali'i Mittermeyer, Jean Tafler, Matthew Baldiga and Jared Thompson, directed by Bryan Close, will preview from May 21st at Walkerspace, opening May 24th. The producer is Parenthesis. Walkerspace is located at 46 Walker Street, between Church Street and Broadway.

The 14th season in the Musicals Tonight! series, which presents concert stagings of neglected musicals, will comprise: Milk And Honey, book by Don Appel, music and lyrics by Jerry Herman, about a busload of lonely American widows hoping to catch husbands while touring Israel, from October 11th to 23rd; All-American, book by Mel Brooks, music by Charles Strouse, lyrics by Lee Adams, set in a college where the principles of engineering are applied to football strategies and football strategies are used to teach the principles of engineering, from October 25th to November 6th; L'il Abner, book by Norman Panama and Melvin Frank, music by Gene De Paul, lyrics by Johnny Mercer, based on the satirical comic strip by Al Capp, from March 20th to April 1st; Sitting Pretty, book and lyrics by P G Wodehouse and Guy Bolton, music by Jerome Kern, which involves a family inheritance and a con artist with plans to abscond with the family jewels, from April 17th to 29th; and Something For The Boys, book by Herbert Fields and Dorothy Fields, music and lyrics by Cole Porter, in which three cousins convert the ranch they inherit near a military base into a boarding house for soldiers' wives, from May 1st to 13th. The producer is Mel Miller. Performances are at the Lion Theatre at Theatre Row, located at 410 West 42nd Street, between 9th and 10th Avenues.

On The Casting Couch: Patti Murin, Alexander Aguilar, Katie Boren, Lindsay Chambers, Max Kumangai, Liz Mikel, Kat Nejat, Josh Segarra, LaQuet Sharnell, Jason Tam, Teddy Toye and Alex Wyse will feature in the Douglas Carter Beane-Lewis Flinn musical Lysistrata Jones opening at the Judson Memorial Church Gymnasium on June 5th; and Joely Richardson and Cotter Smith will perform Michael Weller's Side Effects, opening at the Lucille Lortel Theatre on June 19th.

The Broadway Musical Quiz Book by Laura Frankos, published by Applause Theatre And Cinema Books, comprises nearly 80 quizzes on every aspect of the Broadway musical, including sections devoted to the careers of major Broadway stars, songwriters, directors, and producers. It also features thematic sections, such as musicals set in France, adaptations from literature, food and drink, British shows, references to sports, biographical shows, and jukebox musicals, plus questions covering each decade from 1900 to the present. With over 700 shows mentioned, and over 1200 questions, the book is detailed and thorough: the answer section doesn't merely list the answers, it provides further information on the quiz's subjects (and often on the wrong answers, too). More than just a compendium of trivia, it is an anecdotal history of musical theatre, with something for everyone who loves The Great White Way.

Arias With A Twist, a musical fantasy combining the talents of drag performer Joey Arias and puppet designer Basil Twist, will play at the Abrons Arts Center from September 14th. The Abrons Arts Center is located in the Henry Street Settlement at 466 Grand Street at Pitt Street.

Yangtze Repertory Theatre of America will stage the U.S. premiere of The Empress Of China, written and directed by Joanna Chan, based on the arrival of the first American trading vessel in Canton in 1784, examining how the two societies viewed the world and their places in it, with Andrei Drooz and Annie Q, playing at Theater for the New City from June 3rd. Theater for the New City is located at 155 1st Avenue, between East 9th and 10th Streets.

The Rumour Machine says: that Frank Langella will return to Broadway next season in a Roundabout Theatre Company production of Terrence Rattigan's Man And Boy, a confrontation between a father and his estranged son, against a backdrop of love, betrayal and high finance; and that Silence! The Musical, book by Hunter Bell, music and lyrics by Jon and Al Kaplan, an unauthorized parody of Silence Of The Lambs, directed by Christopher Gattelli, a 2005 FringeNYC award winner, will play at Theatre 80 from June. The Rumour Machine grinds on.