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Backstage Whispers overheard by Richard Andrews

Last updated : 25th August 2014

Irish Repertory Theatre's 2014/2015 season, performed at the DR2 Theatre, will include Conor McPherson's Port Authority, which comprises monologues by 3 characters whose lives intersect at a bus terminal, with Billy Carter, Peter Maloney, James Russell, directed by Ciaran O'Reilly, previewing from September 24th, opening on October 2nd; a musical adaptation of Truman Capote's A Christmas Memory, book by Duane Poole, music by Larry Grossman, lyrics by Carol Hall, set at an old-fashioned celebration of a traditional 1930s Southern Christmas, directed by Charlotte Moore, previewing from November 25th, opening on December 4th; and Hugh Leonard's Da, in which a man returns to his childhood home after his father's funeral only to find his father's ghost stubbornly unwilling to leave the house, directed by Charlotte Moore, previewing from January 14th, opening on January 22nd. The DR2 Theatre is located at 103 East 15th Street at Union Square.

On Your Feet!, a biomusical featuring the back catalogue of Gloria Estefan and her musician-producer-entrepreneur husband, Emilio Estefan, book by Alexander Dinelaris, directed by Jerry Mitchell, with choreography by Sergio Trujillo, will preview from October 5th next year at the Marquis Theatre, with an official opening on November 5th. The producers are James L Nederlander, Estefan Enterprises, Inc and Bernie Yuman

Bedlam will stage Anton Chekhov's The Seagull, which relates the romantic entanglements and regrets of a group of actors, writers and artists gathered on a Russian estate, adapted by Anya Reiss, and Jane Austin's Sense And Sensibility, following the fortunes of two early Victorian sisters as they chase their dreams from Devonshire to London and back, adapted by Kate Hamill, with Laura Baranik, Nigel Gore, Kate Hamill, Andrus Nichols, Jason O'Connell, John Russell, Vaishnavi Sharma, Samantha Steinmetz, Eric Tucker, and Stephan Wolfert, directed by Eric Tucker, with choreography by Alexandra Beller, playing in repertoire from October 30th at The Sheen Center opening on November 2nd and 9th. The Sheen Center is located at 18 Bleecker Street, between Mott and Elizabeth Streets.

On The Casting Couch: Joe Lisi, Jonny Orsini, Brenda Pressley and Karen Ziemba will feature in Walter Anderson's Almost Home, opening at the Acorn Theatre at Theatre Row on September 18th; and Cynthia Harris, Darrie Lawrence, Margot White and Caitlin O'Connell will feature in Frank Marcus's The Killing Of Sister George, opening at the Beckett Theatre at Theatre Row on October 7th.

Kimber Lee's brownsville song (b-side for tray), which moves fluidly through time as the family of a 17 year old whose life is cut short navigate their grief, with Sheldon Best, Sun Mee Chomet, Lizan Mitchell, Chris Myers and Taliyah Whitaker, directed by Patricia McGregor, with choreography by Paloma McGregor, will preview from October 4th at the Claire Tow Theater at Lincoln Center, opening on October 20th.

The Harlem Repertory Theatre's 2014/2015 season will include the musical The Wiz, book by William F Brown, music and lyrics by Charlie Smalls, which relocates the story of The Wizard Of Oz to a 1970s black urban environment, with Dion Millington, Marcus Barjon, Roberto A Guzman Jr, Derrick Montalvo and Eric 'Le Roy' Myles, a multimedia environmental production played in two spaces, directed and choreographed by Keith Lee Grant, opening on October 18th; in repertoire with the musical West Side Story, book by Arthur Laurents, music by Leonard Bernstein and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, which relocates the story of Shakespeare's Romeo And Juliet to Hell's Kitchen in the 1950s, with Alessandro Barbarotto, Marcus Barjon, Sean Beck, Natalia Cruz-Peguero and Anisha Torres, directed and choreographed by Keith Lee Grant, opening on October 24th. The Harlem Repertory Theatre is located at 308 West 133rd Street, between Frederick Douglass Boulevard and Adam Clayton Powell Jnr Boulevard.

Classic Stage Company has announced an addition to its 2014/2015 season. Ivan Turgenev's A Month In The Country, in which the wife of an older man falls in love with her son's tutor - but so does her ward, with Peter Dinklage and Taylor Schilling, directed by Erica Schmidt, will play from January 9th. Classic Stage Company is located at 136 East 13th Street, between 3rd and 4th Avenues.

Ruthless! The Musical, book, lyrics and direction by Joel Paley, music by Marvin Laird, which spoofs the genre of backstage musicals and films, with Sophia Anne Caruso, Rita McKenzie, Kim Maresca, Katie Sparer, Delaney Arizala, Joel Paley and Marvin Laird, will play at Stage 72 from September 5th. Stage 72 is located at 158 West 72nd Street, between Columbus and Amsterdam Avenues.

The Rumour Machine says: that the current London production of Shakespeare In Love, Lee Hall's adaptation of Tom Stoppard and Marc Norman's screenplay of the 1988 film, in which, plagued by debt, tormented by writer's block and in desperate need of a new hit, Shakespeare wrestles with writing his new play Romeo And Ethel, The Pirate's Daughter, with a cast headed by Lucy Briggs-Owen and Tom Batemen, directed by Declan Donnellan, may be Broadway bound, courtesy of producers Sonia Friedman and Disney Theatrical Productions; and that the musical It Shoulda Been You, conception and music by Barbara Anselmi, book and lyrics by Brian Hargrove, additional lyrics by Jill Abramovitz, Carla Rose Fisher, Michael Cooper, Ernie Lijoi and Will Randall, which explores the backstage tensions at an interfaith wedding, directed by David Hyde Pierce, with choreography by Noah Racey, is aiming for Broadway next March. The Rumour Machine grinds on.