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Last updated : 27th May 2013

Second Stage Theatre will stage the musical Little Miss Sunshine, book by James Lapine, music and lyrics by William Finn, adapted from the 2006 film about a family's road trip to California in order for the 7 year old daughter to take part in a beauty pageant, from October 15th. Second Stage Theatre is located at 305 West 43rd Street at 8th Avenue.

The Argentinean dance show Forever Tango, created and directed by Luis Bravo, featuring 16 tango dancers, will return to Broadway, opening a 10 week season at the Walter Kerr Theatre on July 9th.

The 2014 City Center Encores! series, presenting great but less often performed musicals in concert, will include Little Me, book by Neil Simon, music by Cy Coleman, lyrics by Carolyn Leigh, adapted from the novel by Patrick Dennis, in which a self-invented celebrity recalls the 7 men in her life, all portrayed by the same actor, with Christian Borle, directed by John Rando, from February 5th to 19th; The Most Happy Fella, book, music and lyrics by Frank Loesser, adapted from the play They Knew What They Wanted by Sidney Howard, a love triangle between an aging farmer, a young waitress and a handsome ranch hand, with Shuler Hensley, directed and choreographed by Casey Nicholaw, from April 2nd to 6th; and the first non American show to be featured, Irma La Douce, book and lyrics by Alexandre Breffort, music by Marguerite Monnot, English book and lyrics by Julian More, David Heneker and Monty Norman, the tale of a Parisian lady of the evening and the law student who falls in love with her, directed by John Doyle, from May 7th to 11th. New York City Center is located 131 West 55th Street, between 6th and 7th Avenues.

The Pearl Theater Company's 2013/1214 season will comprise George Bernard Shaw's You Never Can Tell, set in Edwardian England, where a woman and her grown up children are confronted by her husband who has been missing for many years, directed by David Staller, from September 3rd; the premiere of Terrence McNally's Away We Go, which encompasses backstage events in theatres in different time fames from ancient Athens to the 20th century, from November 12th; Jean-Paul Sartre's No Exit, in which three deceased characters are punished by being locked into a room together for eternity, from February 25th; and Richard Brinsley Sheridan's The Rivals, an 18th century English romantic comedy of manners, from April 22nd. The Pearl Theatre Company is located at 555 West 42nd Street, between 10th and 11th Avenues.

The Atlantic Theater Company's 2013/2014 season will include in the Linda Gross Theater: the premiere of Ethan Coen's Women Or Nothing, a comedy about two women so desperate to have a child that one of them will even sleep with a man, directed by David Cromer, previewing from August 28th, opening on September 16th; the musical The Threepenny Opera, book and lyrics by Bertolt Brecht, music by Kurt Weill, English adaptation by Marc Blitzstein, based on John Gay's The Beggar's Opera, about a charismatic scoundrel, but set in the underworld of Victorian London, directed and choreographed by Martha Clarke, in March; and the premiere of Stephen Adly Guirgis's Between Riverside and Crazy..., in which an ex-cop and his ex-con son struggle to hold on to one of the last rent stabilised apartments on Riverside Drive, in May; and at Atlantic Stage 2: Alan Sillitoe's The Loneliness Of The Long Distance Runner, in a contemporary adaptation by Roy Williams, about a young man in a prison school who turns to long distance running as an escape, in January. The Linda Gross Theater is located at 336 West 20th Street, between 8th and 9th Avenues, and Atlantic Stage 2 is located at 330 West 16th Street, between 8th and 9th Avenues.

I Hope They Serve Beer On Broadway, adapted and directed by Christopher Carter Sanderson, from the autobiographical writing of Tucker Max about drinking and sexual encounters, with Abe Goldfarb, Athena Reich, Jacklyn Collier, Robert Gonzales Jr, Mark Greenfield, Monica Hammond, Madame Rosebud, Samantha Opitz, Greg Petroff, Peter Reznikoff, Nicholas Teti and Kelly Tuohy, will play at The Cabaret at Roy Arias Studios from June 5th, and then transfer to 777 Theatre from July 5th. Roy Arias Studios is located at 300 West 43rd Street at 8th Avenue, and 777 Theatre is located at 777 8th Avenue, between 47th and 48th Streets.

TheatreworksUSA's 25th annual Free Summer Theatre Program will feature the premiere of a 60 minute musical The Civil War, book by Arthur Perlman, featuring traditional songs of the era, the story of people from different backgrounds fighting for the future of the nation, with both sides believing they are fighting for freedom, with Adam Fontanal, Max Kumangai, Alyse Alan Louis, Jim Stanek and Michael Thomas Walker, directed by Jonathan Silverstein, with choreography by Tracy Bersley, playing daytime performances from July 15th at the Lucille Lortel Theatre, opening on July 18th. A limited number of free tickets will be available to individuals at the theatre each day one hour prior to show time, while summer camps, youth programs and other social service organizations can make reservations for groups of ten or more. The Lucille Lortel Theatre is located at 121 Christopher Street, between Bleecker and Hudson Streets.

Forthcoming productions at Theatre Row will include the musical Money, book and lyrics by David Axlerod and Tom Whedon, music by Sam Pottle, a 1960s satirical comedy about a man looking for the meaning of life, with Robin Rightmyer, Meg Kiley Smith, David Andrew Laws and Logan Keeler, directed by Gerald Moshell, with choreography by Julia Strong and Kari Sweeney, previewing at the Studio on May 31st, opening on June 1st, produced by Stranger Productions; John R Brennan, Jason C Cooper and Mary Cimino's The Banana Monologues, a male response to the Vagina Monologues, performed by John R Brennan, directed by Debra Whitfield, previewing from June 13th at the Acorn Theatre, opening on June 24th, produced by Zipper Productions; and Alexander Harrington's The Great Society, which tells of Lyndon Johnson's struggle to end segregation and wage war on poverty at the same time as fighting the Vietnam War, directed by Seth Duerr, from August 3rd at the Clurman Theatre, produced by The York Shakespeare Company and Albert Podell. Theatre Row is located at 410 West 42nd Street, between 9th and 10th Avenues.