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Last updated : 27th June 2011

The musical Bonnie & Clyde, telling the story of the Depression-era criminals who captured the imagination of the country, book by Ivan Menchell, music by Frank Wildhorn, lyrics by Don Black, featuring Laura Osnes and Jeremy Jordan, directed and staged by Jeff Calhoun, will preview from November 4th at the Schoenfeld Theatre, with an official opening on December 1st. The producers are Kathleen Raitt, Barry Satchwell Smith, Jerry Frankel, Jeffrey Richards, Michael Jenkins and Bob Bartner.

It has been confirmed that Relatively Speaking, a triple bill comprising Ethan Coen's Talking Cure, uncovering the sort of insanity than can only come from family, Elaine May's George Is Dead, exploring the hilarity of death, and Woody Allen's Honeymoon Motel, charting the sort of wedding day you don't forget, with Caroline Aaron, Bill Army, Lisa Emery, Ari Graynor, Steve Guttenberg, Danny Hoch, Julie Kavner, Fred Melamed, Grant Shaud and Marlo Thomas, directed by John Turturro, will preview from September 20th at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre, with an official opening on October 20th. The design team comprises scenery by Santo Loquasto, costumes by Donna Zakowska, lighting by Kenneth Posner and sound by Carl Casella. The producers are Julian Schlossberg and Letty Aronson with Edward Walson, Leroy Schecter and Roy Furman.

Prince Of Broadway, a revue featuring songs from Broadway musicals directed and/or produced by Harold Prince, book by David Thompson, directed by Prince, with co-direction and choreography by Susan Stroman, will launch in Toronto next summer, ahead of a prospective Broadway transfer in the fall. The design team comprises scenery and projection by Jerome Sirlin, costumes by William Ivey Long, lighting by Howell Binkley and sound by Peter Hylenski. The producers are Aubrey Dan, Martyn Hayes and Peter W Lamb for Dancap Productions.

Lincoln Center Theater's LCT3 production of Amy Herzog's 4000 Miles, about a nonagenarian and her grandson, who is grieving for his best friend, with Mary Louise Wilson, Gabriel Ebert, Greta Lee and Zoe Winters, directed by Daniel Aukin, will extend its current season at The Duke on 42nd Street to July 9th, and then return next spring as part of the season at the Mitzi E Newhouse Theater at Lincoln Center. The Duke on 42nd Street is located at 229 West 42nd Street, between 7th and 8th Avenues.

The Transport Group Theatre will stage Barry Conners's 1925 comedy The Patsy, exploring a family's aspirations of wealth, status and love, in pre-depression America, adapted as a monologue and performed by David Greenspan's, directed by Jack Cummings III, previewing from July 15th at The Duke on 42nd Street, opening on July 24th.

Ma-Yi Theater Company will stage the premiere of Carla Ching's The Sugar House At The Edge Of The Wilderness, a fractured adaptation of the Brothers Grimm fairy tale Hansel And Gretel, with Ali Ahn, Cindy Cheung, William Jackson Harper, Christopher Larkin, April Matthis and David Spangler, directed by Daniella Topol, previewing from November 8th at the Connelly Theater, opening on November 15th; and Qui Nguyen's The Inexplicable Redemption Of Agent G, in which a man returns to Vietnam, where his family and friends were viciously killed, looking for answers and revenge, with William Jackson Harper, Jon Hoche, Bonnie Sherman and Amy Kim Waschke, directed by Robert Ross Parker, from February 7th at the Beckett Theatre at Theatre Row, produced in association with Vampire Cowboys Theatre Company. The Connelly Theater is located at 220 East 4th Street, between Avenues A and B; and Theatre Row is located at 410 West 42nd Street, between 9th and 10th Avenues.

On The Casting Couch: David Garrison, Julie Halston, Marcia Jean Kurtz, Dan Butler and Richard Masur will comprise the cast of Charles Busch's Olive And The Bitter Herbs, opening at 59E59 Theaters on August 16th.

The New York Musical Theatre Festival, which runs from September 26th to October 16th, has announced the titles of the 12 invited Next Link Project productions in this year's programme. These include: The Brain That Wouldn't Die! In 3-D!!!, book and lyrics by T Sivak and E Gelman, music by T Sivak, about a scientist who keeps his fiancee's head alive while he hunts for a replacement body; Jack Perry Is Alive (And Dating), book and lyrics by Harrison David Rivers and Daniella Shoshan, music by Julia Meinwald, a day in the life of a contemporary Manhattanite in search of love; Madame X, book, music and lyrics by Gerard Alessandrini and Robert Hetzel, inspired by John Singer Sargent's portrait Madame X; Outlaws, book by Perry Liu, Joe Calarco and Alastair William King, music by Alastair William King and Perry Liu, lyrics by Perry Liu, a tale of youth and friendship, fame and violence, centred on Billy the Kid and Pat Garrett; Rio, book, music and lyrics by Mitch Magonet and Joey Miller, a re-imagining of Oliver Twist in contemporary Rio de Janeiro; and Time Between Us, book and lyrics by Brett Schrier and Tess Barker, music by Brett Schrier, charting how two college friends lives fail to live up to their dreams. Further information can be found on the NYMF web site, via the link from Festivals in the Links section of New York TheatreNet.

The Rumour Machine says: that the Transport Group Judson Memorial Church Gymnasium production of the musical Lysistrata Jones, book by Douglas Carter Beane, music and lyrics by Lewis Flinn, which relocates the story of Aristophanes's Lysistrata to a contemporary college, where the girls refuse sexual favours to the basketball team until they win a game, directed and choreographed by Dan Knechtges, may make the leap to Broadway in the fall, possibly to the Broadhurst or Walter Kerr; that the current Stratford Shakespeare Festival Ontario production of Jesus Christ Superstar, lyrics by Tim Rice, music by Andrew Lloyd Webber, chronicling the last seven days in the life of Jesus of Nazereth, with Paul Nolan, Josh Young, Chilina Kennedy, Brent Carver and Bruce Dow, directed by Des McAnuff, with choreography by Lisa Shriver, be also be Broadway bound; and that the London production of Peter Quilter's End Of The Rainbow, a play with music about the last days of Judy Garland, with Tracie Bennett, directed by Terry Johnson, is looking for a New York transfer next March. The Rumour Machine grinds on.