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Backstage Whispers overheard by Richard Andrews

Last updated : 26th August 2013

It has been confirmed that the musical The Bridges Of Madison County, book by Marsha Norman, music and lyrics by Jason Robert Brown, adapted from the novel by Robert James Waller, about a brief love affair between a National Geographic photographer and an Italian-American housewife in 1965 Iowa, with Kelli O'Hara and Steven Pasquale, directed by Bartlett Sher, will preview from January 13th at the Schonfeld Theatre, with an official opening on February 27th. The design team comprises scenery by Michael Yeargan, costumes by Catherine Zuber, lighting by Donald Holder, and sound by Jon Weston. The producers are Jeffrey Richards, Stacey Mindich and Jerry Frankel.

UnsungMusicalsCo will stage the 1950 musical revue Bless You All!, a celebration of the golden age of the Broadway revue, featuring sketches by Arnold Auerbach and songs by Harold Rome, with James Beaman, Jeremy Benton, Jennifer Lee Crowl, Tari Kelly, Lindsay Roberts and Billie Wildrick, directed by Ben West, with choreography by Ray Hesselink, previewing from September 19th at the Connelly Theatre, opening on September 22nd. The Connelly Theatre is located at 220 East 4th Street, between Avenues A and B.

The Cherry Lane Theatre's 2013/2014 season will include the premieres of Charles Fuller's One Night..., which looks at what has happened to women in the U.S. Armed Forces when their decision to serve their country exposes them to an unforeseen battle against their fellow soldiers, directed by Clinton Turner Davis, previewing from October 17th, opening on October 30th; and a revised version of Joe Pintauro's Snow Orchid, about an Italian family living in Brooklyn in 1964, directed by Valentina Fratti, from January 7th. The Cherry Lane Theatre is located at 38 Commerce Street, between Barrow and Bedford Streets.

Looking Glass Theatre will stage the premiere of Justine Lambert and Kenneth Nowell's The Goddess, a contemporary fairy tale about an open marriage, with Tricia Alexandro, Claudia Mason, Larry Mitchell, Sarah Nedwek and Chris Stack, directed by Alice Jankell, previewing from October 10th at the Write Act Rep Theatre, opening on October 13th. Write Act Rep Theatre is located at 309 East 26th Street, between 1st and 2nd Avenues.

The Actors' Fund of America's annual Auction Of 1000 Stars is now live for interested parties to place bids on the host of theatrical memorabilia and once in a lifetime experiences on offer until September 10th. Among the experiences are: premium tickets to Kinky Boots The Musical and dinner at Sardi's; tickets to The Trip To Bountiful and meet Vanessa Williams; tickets to Cinderella plus a weekend stay at the Palace Hotel; house seats to Betrayal starring Daniel Craig and Rachel Weisz; tickets to Big Fish and a backstage tour with cast member Brad Oscar; and a guest spot on Seth Rudetsky's XM Radio Show, Seth's Big Fat Broadway. The Actors' Fund is a non profit organization that provides for the social welfare of all entertainment professionals. Further information can be found on the Auction Of 1000 Stars web site, via the link from Festivals & Events in the Links section of New York TheatreNet.

Atlantic Theater Company's Atlantic for Kids will stage the premiere of the musical Tilly The Trickster, book and direction by Jeremy Dobrish, music and lyrics by Drew Fornarola, adapted from Molly Shannon's book about a mischievous child who loves playing pranks, but one day finds the tables are turned, with Laura Barbiea, David Bernstein, Elizabeth Ness, Ronald Peet, Robbie Rescigno and Mia Weinberger, choreographed by Alison Beatty, playing daytime performances at Linda Gross Theater from 21st September. The Linda Gross Theater is located at 336 West 20th Street, between 8th and 9th Avenues.

Urban Stages will remount its production of Greg Kalleres's Honky, a black comedy that navigates the murky waters of race, rhetoric and basketball shoes, with Scott Barrow, Philip Callen, Dave Droxler, Danielle Faitelson, Anthony Gaskins, Chris Myers, Reynaldo Piniella and Arie Bianca Thompson, directed by Luke Harlan, previewing from October 22nd, opening on October 27th. Urban Stages is located at 259 West 30th Street, between 7th and 8th Avenues.

The Abrons Arts Center will stage a workshop production of Last Two People On Earth: An Apocalyptic Vaudeville, in which, following a flood of biblical proportions, the last two people on the planet discover their common language is song and dance, so they chronicle the rise and fall, and hopeful rise again of humankind, through music that runs the gamut from Rodgers & Hammerstein and Stephen Sondheim to R.E.M. and Queen, created by and featuring Mandy Patinkin and Taylor Mac, directed and choreographed by Susan Stroman, from December 14th to 21st. The Abrons Arts Center is located at 466 Grand Street, at Pitt Street.

The Manchester England International Festival production of William Shakespeare's Macbeth, the bloody tale of ambition, with Kenneth Branagh and Alex Kingston, directed by Rob Ashford and Branagh, will transfer to the Park Avenue Armory in next June.

Cirque Eloize will perform Cirkopolis, combining the worlds of circus, dance and theatre in a story of rebellion set in a city that symbolises mechanism and crushes individuality, directed by Jeannot Painchaud and Dave St Pierre, at The Skirball Center for the Performing Arts, from December 18th to January 5th. The Skirball Center for the Performing Arts is located at 566 LaGuardia Place, at Washington Square South.

The Rumour Machine says: that Terence McNally's new play Mothers And Sons, in which, 20 years after her son's death, a mother turns up at the door of his former lover and they struggle to reconcile their vastly different worlds, with Tyne Daly, directed by Sheryl Kaller, is aiming for Broadway next spring, courtesy of producers Tom Kirdahy, Paula Wagner and Debbie Bisno, and Alan and Barbara Marks and Wade Turnbull; and that the musical Dames At Sea, book and lyrics by George Haimsohn and Robin Miller, music by Jim Wise, the spoof 1920s backstage musical, directed and choreographed by Randy Skinner, is aiming for Broadway next year, courtesy of producers Infinity Theatre Company and Perry Street Theatricals. The Rumour Machine grinds on.