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Last updated : 26th May 2014

A new musical, Revolution In The Elbow Of Ragnar Agnarsson Furniture Painter, book, music and lyrics by Ivar Pall Jonsson, based on a story by Ivar and Gunnlaugur Jonsson, a sonic journey through the rise and fall of Elbowville (a small community within Ragnar Agnarsson's body), where a love triangle develops, shaking the community to its core, with Cady Huffman, Kate Shindle, Michael Biren, Patrick Boll, Zach Cossman, Karli DiNardo, Danielle Kelsey, Graydon Long, Brad Nacht, Josh Sassanella, Marrick Smith and Jesse Wildman, directed by Bergur Por Ingolfsson, with choreography Lee Proud, will preview from July 28th at the Minetta Lane Theatre, opening on August 13th. The producers are Karl Petur Jonsson/Revolution Productions and Theater Mogul. The Minetta Lane Theatre is located at 18 Minetta Lane, between 6th Avenue and MacDougal Street.

Roundabout Theatre Company's next Roundabout Underground production will be the premiere of Jeff Augustin's Little Children Dream Of God, set in an immigrant community in Maimi, about learning to start a new life by facing the one you left behind, directed by Giovanna Sardelli, previewing from January 22nd in the Black Box at Theatre Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre, opening on February 17th. The Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre is located at 111 West 46th Street, between 6th and 7th Avenues.

On The Casting Couch: John Lithgow will be joined by Annette Bening, Jessica Collins, Jessica Hecht, Jeremy Bobb, Steven Boyer, Glenn Fleshler, Slate Holmgren, Christopher Innvar, Chukwudi Iwuji, Clarke Peters, Jay O Sanders and Eric Sheffer Stevens in William Shakespeare's King Lear, opening at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park on August 5th; Alexander Sharp, Ian Barford, Helen Carey, Francesca Faridany and Enid Graham will head the cast of Simon Stephens's The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time, opening at the Barrymore Theatre on October 5th; and Tony Yazbeck, Jay Armstrong Johnson and Clyde Alves will head the cast of the Betty Comden-Adolph Green-Leonard Bernstein musical On The Town, opening at the Lyric Theatre on October 20th.

Thornton Wilder's Our Town, the tale of two families in a small provincial town in the early 20th century, with Amanda Brooklyn, Cory Asinofsky, Rachel B. Joyce, Mayaa Boateng, Kumiko Konishi, Patrick Fleury, Ashley Lanyon, Zoe Farmingdale, Yadin Goldman, Joe Flynn, Roland Lane, Ben Diserens and Jacob Presson, directed by James Presson, will play outdoors at the Green-Wood Cemetery in Brooklyn from June 11th to 28th, including midnight performances on Saturday nights. Green-Wood Cemetery is located at 500 25th Street Brooklyn at 5th Avenue.

A new software application, Scriptopia, the creation of stage director Kay Matschullat and developer by Andrew Mirsky, streamlines the dissemination of script alternations made during the rehearsal process, so that changes can be incorporated and distributed to all parties with a keystroke. It means that writers' script changes can go instantaneously to the complete artistic team, allowing quick comparison between old and new versions of the play. Revisions to the work can be shared and heard immediately. In addition, a feature of the app is that playwrights and directors can share notes with one another privately without disturbing the rehearsal process. Scriptopia is sold as a subscription.

Brad Fraser's Love And Human Remains, a dark comedy about the intertwined lives of 7 individuals and their search for love and sex, with Frances Brennand Roper, Zach McCoy, Kerri Lynn Miller, Nicholas Baroudi, Paul Castro Jr, Cassandra Paras, and Dan Almekinder, directed by Clyde Baldo, will open at the Peter Jay Sharp Theater at Playwrights Horizons on July 21st. Playwrights Horizons is located at 416 West 42nd Street, between 9th and 10th Avenues. The producer is Jennifer Rudolph.

Theater for the New City's Street Theater Company will stage its 38th annual free production, an operetta for the streets, Emergency!!!, book, lyrics and direction by Crystal Field, music by Joseph Vernon Banks, touring streets, parks and playgrounds throughout the 5 boroughs on weekends from August 2nd to September 13th.

Launchpad Of The American Theater: The O'Neill Since 1964, the latest exhibition at the New York Public Library For The Performing Arts, celebrates the 50th birthday of Eugene O'Neill Theater Center, in Waterford Connecticut. Since its founding in 1964, the O'Neill has shaped the course of the American and world theatre, creating standard practices and discovering new artists and new work in every discipline. Through its programs in plays, musicals, puppetry, cabaret, criticism, and an undergraduate school, the O'Neill has launched the careers of some of the most talented artists and most recognizable plays and musicals in the American theater. The exhibition charts the journey from past to present to future with drawings, interviews, videos, photographs, original scripts, and sound. The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts is located at 40 Lincoln Center Plaza.

The Bullpen, a solo play written and performed by Joseph Assadourian, in which he plays 18 characters in a dark comedy about a man on trial for a crime he claims he did not commit, judged by both a jury of his peers and the denizens of the bullpen in which he is being held, directed by Richard Hoehler, will preview from June 12th at The Playroom Theater, opening on June 22nd. The producers are Eric Krebs and The Fortune Society. The Playroom Theater is located at 151 West 46th Street, between Broadway and 6th Avenue.

The Rumour Machine says: that British actor James Corden may feature in a Broadway production of the Burt Shevelove-Larry Gelbart-Stephen Sondheim musical A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum, possibly directed by Alex Timbers, next spring, courtesy of producers Roy and Jill Furman and Emanuel Azenberg. The Rumour Machine grinds on.