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Backstage Whispers overheard by Richard Andrews

Last updated : 27th January 2014

Bernard Pomerance's The Elephant Man, telling the story of a man disfigured by disease who rose from a Victorian travelling freak show to become the toast of London society, with Bradley Cooper, Patricia Clarkson and Alessandro Nivola, directed by Scott Ellis, will open at a yet to be announced Shubert theatre this fall. The producer is producer James L Nederlander.

It has been confirmed that Will Eno's The Realistic Joneses, about two suburban couples who share more than a surname, with Michael C Hall, Toni Collette, Marisa Tomei and Tracy Letts, directed by Sam Gold, will preview from March 13th at the Lyceum Theatre, with an official opening on April 6th. The producers are Jeffrey Richards, Jerry Frankel, Jam Theatricals, Stacey Mindich, and Susan Gallin and Mary Lu Roffe.

Forbidden Broadway: Still Alive And Kicking, the legendary revue lampooning New York theatre, created and written by Gerard Alessandrini, directed by Phillip George and Gerard Alessandrini, will return on February 27th at the Davenport Theatre. The producers are John Freedson, Harriet Yellin and Paul Bartz, in association with Paul G Rice, Carol Ostrow, Paxton Quigley and Robert Driemeyer, Jamie DeRoy, Lawrence Poster and Tweiss Productions. The Davenport Theatre is located at 354 West 45th Street, between 8th and 9th Avenues.

Primary Stages will relocate from 59E59 Theatres to the Duke on 42nd Street for its 30th anniversary season, which will comprise Theresa Rebeck's Poor Behaviour, about infidelity and America as two couples spend a not-so-idyllic weekend in the country, directed by Evan Cabnet, in July; the premieres of Billy Porter's While I Yet Live, exploring coming of age in Pittsburgh amongst strong-willed, women directed by Sheryl Kaller, in September; and David Ives's Lives Of The Saints, a collection of short plays, directed by John Rando, next February. The Duke on 42nd Street is located at 229 West 42nd Street, between 7th and 8th Avenues.

On The Casting Couch: Lauren Velez, Anthony Chisholm, Dariush Kashani, Tony Plana, Armando Riesco, and Annapurna Sriramwill feature in Quiara Alegria Hudes's The Happiest Song Plays Last, opening at Second Stage Theatre on March 3rd; Hannah Bos, Michael Countryman, Peter Friedman, Danny McCarthy and Carolyn McCormick will feature in Will Eno's The Open House, opening at The Pershing Square Signature Center on March 3rd; Nina Arianda and Kathleen Chalfant will be joined by Tina Benko, Michael Esper, Michael Goldsmith and Lucas Hall in David Grimm's Tales From Red Vienna, opening at New York City Center Stage I on March 18th; and F Murray Abraham, Laura Osnes and Mary Beth Peil will head the cast of the Bertolt Brecht-Kurt Weill musical The Threepenny Opera, opening at the Linda Gross Theater on April 7th; Santino Fontana and Tony Shalhoub will be joined by Andrea Martin and Chuck Cooper in Moss Hart's Act One, adapted by James Lapine, opening at the Vivian Beaumont Theater at Lincoln Center on April 17th; and Neil Patrick Harris will be joined by Lena Hall in the John Cameron Mitchell-Stephen Trask musical Hedwig And The Angry Inch, opening at the Belasco Theatre on April 22nd.

Having found no suitable alternative venue, the award winning immersive environmental production of the musical Here Lies Love, music by David Byrne and Fatboy Slim, lyrics by David Byrne, charting the rise and fall of the Filipina First Lady Imelda Marcos, directed by Alex Timbers, with choreography by Annie-B Parson, will return to its original home at the Public Theater for an open ended run from March 24th, opening in April. It is expected the most of the original cast, headed by Ruthie Ann Miles and Jose Llana, will return. The producers are Joey Parnes and Emursive (Randy Weiner, Arthur Karpati, Jonathan Hochwald). The Public Theater is located at 425 Lafayette Street, between Astor Place and West 4th Street.

The Cake Shop Theatre Company will stage Ferdinand Bruckner's Pains Of Youth, in a new version by Martin Crimp, set in Vienna in 1932, centring on sexually entangled medical students who restlessly wander in and out of a boarding house, with Emily Batsford, Marcus D Harvey, Casey Hayes-Deats, Rachel McKeon, Lizi Myers, Danny Rivera and Jacob Trussell, directed by Katie Lupica, previewing from February 13th at the Access Theatre, opening on February 15th. Access Theatre is located at 380 Broadway at White Street.

A Date For The Evening, written and performed by Celestial Zenith, directed and choreographed by Shannon Stowe, in which a woman takes on a night of speed dating, struggling to connect to anyone in an attempt to mend her broken past, will play at Under St Marks from February 22nd. Under St Marks is located at 94 St Marks Place, between 1st Avenue and Avenue A.