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Backstage Whispers overheard by Richard Andrews

Last updated : 27th October 2014

Roundabout Theatre Company's 2015/2016 season at the American Airlines Theatre will include Emile Zola's Therese Raquin, in a new adaptation by Helen Edmundson, in which a young wife, with a sickly husband and forbidding mother in law, falls in love with another man, and together they murder the husband, setting in motion a spiral of guilt, which ruins their lives, with Keira Knightley, directed by Evan Cabnet, previewing from October 1st, with an official opening on October 29th; and Michael Frayn's Noises Off, showing the onstage and behind the scenes travails of a group of actors performing in a touring production of a farce, with Andrea Martin, directed by Jeremy Herrin, opening in January 2016.

The recent award winning MCC Theater production of Robert Askins's irreverent puppet comedy Hand To God, about a foul-mouthed sock puppet who teaches students at the Christian Puppet Ministry that urges that can drive a person to give in to their darkest desires, with Steven Boyer, Geneva Carr, Marc Kudisch, Sarah Stiles and Michael Oberholtzer, directed by Moritz von Stuelpnagel, with fight direction by Robert Westley, will be remounted on Broadway, previewing from March 12th at the Booth Theatre, with an official opening on April 7th. The design team comprises scenery by Beowulf Boritt, costumes by Sydney Maresca, lighting by Jason Lyons, sound by Jill B C Du Boff, and puppets by Marte Johanne Ekhougen. The producer is Kevin McCollum.

The 26th annual Gypsy Of The Year Competition, the variety show featuring Broadway 'Gypsies' (chorus members from Broadway and Off Broadway shows), which is the culmination of the fall fundraising effort of Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, will take place at the New Amsterdam Theatre at 4.30pm on December 8th and 2pm on December 9th, hosted by Seth Rudetsky. Awards will be presented to the companies that raised the most money, and for the winning talent presentation. Last year's show raised $4,343,234, making a total of over $57.2m so far. Further information can be found on the BC/EFA web site, via the link from Organisations in the Links section of New York TheatreNet.

Making Books Sing will stage the premiere of the musical The Amazing Adventures Of Harvey And The Princess, book by Barbara Zinn Krieger, music and lyrics by Laurie Berkner, adapted from the children's book Harvey The Child Mime, written and illustrated by Loryn Brantz, with Sarah Charles, Liam Fennecken, Laura Hankin and Ben Laxton, directed by Marty Johnson, with mime direction by Bill Bowers, at Theatre 3 from November 15th. Theatre 3 is located at 311 West 43rd Street, between 8th and 9th Avenues.

On The Casting Couch: Kristin Chenoweth and Peter Gallagher will be joined by Andy Karl, Mark Linn-Baker, Michael McGrath and Mary Louise Wilson in the Betty Comden-Adolph Green-Cy Coleman musical On The Twentieth Century, opening at the American Airlines Theatre on March 12th; and Tatiana Maslany and Thomas Sadoski will feature in Neil LaBute's The Way We Get By, at Second Stage Theatre from May 12th.

This year's 24 Hour Plays On Broadway will take place at the American Airlines Theatre at 8pm on Sunday November 17th. A group of actors, playwrights and directors will come together on the evening of Saturday November 16th, and form teams to write and rehearse 6 short plays to be performed 24 hours later. The plays will be interspersed with 6 songs. Those involved will include actors Melanie Griffith, Amanda Seyfried, Uzo Aduba, Peter Dinklage, Nina Dobrev, Pablo Schreiber, Billy Crudup, Rachel Dratch, Seth Green, Taran Killam, Justin Long, Stephen Merchant, Diane Neal, Jay Pharoah and Julia Stiles; writers Christina Anderson, David Cross, David Lindsay Abaire and Jonathan Marc Sherman; and directors America Ferrera, Andy Fickman and Kathy Najimy. Further information can be found on The 24 Hour Plays web site, via the link from Festivals & Events, in the Links section of New York TheatreNet.

Heart And Lights, the show featuring the Rockettes at Radio City Music Hall, which was cancelled just before it started previewing last March, will re-emerge as New York Spring Spectacular, with a storyline by Joshua Harmon about three New Yorkers who change each other's lives in unexpectedly wonderful ways on a tour of the city, directed and choreographed by Warren Carlyle, with Diane Paulus and Randy Weiner as co-creative directors, previewing from March 12th, with an official opening on March 26th. The production will retain the previous costumes and innovative technology, including 3D effects, elaborate animatronics and GPS elements, and feature original songs, classics and pop hits. It will now be co-produced by Harvey Weinstein.

The 19th annual Kids' Night On Broadway, in which kids from 6 to 18 can attend a Broadway show for free if they come with a paying adult, will take place from January 9th to 15th. Tickets will be on sale from 11am on November 5th for the Broadway and Off Broadway shows that are participating. Theatre fans who join The Broadway Fan Club are eligible for special pre-sale opportunities. There will also be pre-theatre parties, educational and interactive workshops intended to introduce kids to the theatre, via activities such as dance lessons, a make up station and karaoke, with cast and crew members of Broadway shows participating. Certain theatre district restaurants will offer family friendly dinner discounts, and free entrees for each child accompanied by an adult who also purchase an entree. Parking discounts will also be available. Further information can be found on the Kids' Night web site via the link from Festivals & Events in the Links section of New York TheatreNet.