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Backstage Whispers overheard by Richard Andrews

Last updated : 28th April 2014

It's Official! As previously forecast here, George S Kauffman and Moss Hart's You Can't Take It With You, a comedy about two completely different families whose worlds collide when their children become engaged, with James Earl Jones, directed by Scott Ellis, will open at a Shubert theatre yet to be announced on September 28th. The producers are Jeffrey Richards, Jerry Frankel, Steve Traxler, Jessica Genick and Will Trice.

On The Casting Couch: Lily Rabe and Hamish Linklater will be joined by Brian Stokes Mitchell, John Glover, Ismenia Mendes and John Pankow in William Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing, at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park from June 3rd.

MCC Theater's 2014/2015 season at the Lucille Lortel Theatre will comprise the premiere of Neil LaBute's The Money Shot, in which two film actors whose careers are in decline debate how far they will go in the next day's shooting, directed by Terry Kinney, from September 3rd; Simon Stephens's Punk Rock, showing 17 year olds in England flirting and posturing their way through the day before their A-Level mock exams, directed by Trip Cullman, from October 29th; Jennifer Haley's The Nether, an intricate crime drama and a sci-fi thriller in an online virtual world, directed by Anne Kaufman, from February 4th; and Robert Askins's Permission, charting the problems encountered when a couple try to make Christian Domestic Discipline the new foundation of their marriage, from April 29th. The Lucille Lortel Theatre is located at 121 Christopher Street, between Bleecker and Hudson Streets.

Atlantic Theater Company will stage the premiere of the musical Found, book by Hunter Bell and Lee Overtree, music and lyrics by Eli Bolin, crafting real notes and letters from Davy Rothbart's Found Magazine (which collects paper detritus) into a story of ambition, betrayal and loyalty, directed by Lee Overtree, previewing from September 18th at the Linda Gross Theater, opening on October 14th. The Linda Gross Theater is located at 336 West 20th Street, between 8th and 9th Avenues.

Forthcoming productions at The Workshop Theater Company will include: Christie Perfetti Williams's An Appeal To The Woman Of The House, set on the on the Alabama-Tennessee border in 1961 as a group of lost Freedom Riders ask for shelter, with Ric Sechrest, Heather Cunningham, John Graham, James Michael Armstrong, Daryl Lathon, Laura Killeen, Shaun Bennet Fauntleroy, Ben Schnickel and Elise Rovinsky, directed by DeLisa White, from May 3rd, produced by Retro Productions; and And To The Republic, a modern political thriller inspired by Shakespeare's Roman plays, setting original text against a contemporary 24-hour news cycle, with Tiffany Baker, Jordan Kaplan, Madeleine Maby, Jordan Reeves, Jacques Roy and Tom Schwans, directed by Geordie Broadwater, opening on May 24th, produced by The Guerrilla Shakespeare Project. The Workshop Theater Company is located at 312 West 36th Street, between 8th and 9th Avenues.

Voyage Theater Company and B2Y Entertainment will stage the premiere of Daniel Libman's Intermission, in which a couple attendending the opening night of a play find themselves swept into the action, with Michael Brusasco, Jessica Griffin, Carol Todd and Margot White, directed by Wayne Maugans, opening at the Clurman at Theatre Row on May 2nd. Theatre Row is located at 410 West 42nd Street, between 9th and 10th Avenues.

Carrie Robbins's double bill of adaptations of R D Robbins's stories Sawbones, set in a Civil War Field Hospital where a freeman of color brings in a teenage rebel with a shattered leg, and The Diamond Eater, set in a German labour camp where a Jewish surgeon is forced to transplant a gypsy's kidney into a Jew as an experiment to determine if the Jew will survive, with Wynn Harmon, Eric Kuttner, Thomas Leverton, Tony Naumovski, Lynn Writght, Gregory Marlow, Alexander Salamat, and Jenny Vath, directed by Tazewell Thompson, will preview on May 21st at HERE Arts Center, opening on May 22nd. HERE Arts Center is located at 145 6th Avenue, between Spring and Broome Streets.

Axis Company will stage the premiere of In The Park, a solo show written and performed by Edgar Oliver, charting a journey through Prospect Park, guiding the audience to hidden landscapes few have ever seen, while revealing his innermost longings and regrets, directed by Randy Sharp, previewing on May 8th, opening on May 9th. The Axis Theatre is located at 1 Sheridan Square, between West 4th Street and Washington Place.

Make Music New York will hold its 8th annual festival of over 1,000 free concerts, featuring music of all genres and styles, throughout the 5 boroughs of New York City on June 21st, the summer solstice, from 10am to 10pm. The festival is modelled on France's Fete de la Musique, first held in 1982 in Paris, and an annual event throughout the country ever since. The idea has been picked up in 726 cities around the world, including London, Beijing, Tokyo and Sydney. In New York hundreds of individual artists, both amateurs and professionals, have signed on to produce free concerts on sidewalks, parks, closed streets and community gardens in 57 neighbourhoods from Astoria to Williamsburg. Further information about taking part or attending an event can be found on the MMNY web site, via the link from Festivals & Events in the Links section of New York TheatreNet.

China's female percussion group, The Red Poppy Ladies, who combine traditional Kung Fu with synchronistic drumming, will return with Mulan The Musical, the classic folktale of a young girl's bravery in the face of adversity, at La MaMa's Ellen Stewart Theatre from June 30th. The Ellen Stewart Theatre is located at 66 East 4th Street, between Bowery and 2nd Avenue.

The Rumour Machine says: that An Act Of God, adapted by David Javerbaum from his book The Last Testament: A Memoir By God, is aiming for Broadway next year, courtesy of producer Jeffrey Finn. The Rumour Machine grinds on.