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Backstage Whispers overheard by Richard Andrews

Last updated : 28th July 2014

Dr Seuss' How The Grinch Stole Christmas! - The Musical, the classic tale of a grumpy hermit who hatches a plan to steal Christmas from the Whos of Whoville, book and lyrics by Timothy Mason, and music by Mel Marvin, which includes 2 songs from the 1966 animated film, directed by Matt August, with choreography by Bob Richard, based on the original choreography by John DeLuca, will return to the Theater at Madison Square Garden from December 5th to 25th.

TACT/The Actors Company Theatre's 2014/2015 season at the Beckett Theatre at Theatre Row will comprise Frank Marcus's The Killing Of Sister George, about an actress whose character in a long running soap opera is killed off resulting in the disintegration of her life, directed by Drew Barr, previewing from September 23rd, opening on October 7th; and Beth Henley's Abundance, in which two mail order brides lured to the plains of Wyoming by the promise of new beginnings form an enduring friendship, directed by Jenn Thompson, previewing from February 17th, opening March 3rd. Theatre Row is located at 410 West 42nd Street, between 9th and 10th Avenues.

Theater for the New City will stage Extreme Whether, written and directed by Karen Malpede, dramatising the ordeal of climate scientists who are suppressed and discredited by people who oppose their predictions on global warming, with Jeff McCarthy, George Bartenieff, Kit Flanagan, Alex Tavis, Di Zhu and Tonia Rudi, from October 2nd, a co-production with Theater Three Collaborative. Theater for the New City is located at 155 1st Avenue at 10th Street.

The August Strindberg Repertory Theatre will stage Strindberg's Miss Julie, the story of a sexual liaison between a footman and his master's daughter, relocating the action to Louisiana, and including a ballet sequence that Strindberg specified in the original manuscript but has never been performed before, directed by Robert Greer, at the Gene Frankel Theatre from October 17th. The Gene Frankel Theatre is located at 24 Bond Street, between Lafayette Street and Bowery.

LAByrinth Theater Company's 2014/2015 season at the Bank Street Theater will include A Sucker Emcee, written and performed by Craig 'muMs' Grant, infused with hip-hop, slam poetry and personal recollections, charting the ups and downs of his journey from growing up in the Bronx to television fame, directed by Jenny Koons, in September; Lucy Thurber's The Insurgents, following an American wanderer, who has travelled across the country searching for something to believe in, only to find herself home again, directed by Lear deBessonet, in the new year; and Melissa Ross's Nice Girl, about the tragedy and joy of figuring out who you are and letting go of who you were supposed to be, directed by Mimi O'Donnell, next spring. The Bank Street Theater is located at 155 Bank Street, between Washington and West Streets.

On The Casting Couch: Heather Graham, Gia Crovatin, Callie Thorne and Frederick Weller will feature in Neil LaBute's The Money Shot, opening at the Lucille Lortel Theatre on September 22nd.

The Vineyard Theatre will stage Mike Bencivenga's Billy & Ray, set in 1940s Hollywood, telling the story of director Billy Wilder and novelist Raymond Chandler's attempt to adapt Double Indemnity for the screen, directed by Garry Marshall, previewing from October 2nd, opening on October 20th. The Vineyard Theatre is located at 108 East 15th Street, between Union Square East and Irving Place.

kef theatrical productions will stage an immersive production of Caroline Prugh's It's Only Kickball, Stupid, a time-bending comedy travelling between the 1980s and today, in which the heroine ponders how life does not turn out to be like playing in a kickball team, with Autumn Hurlbert, Eric T Miller, Lori Prince and Debargo Sanyal, directed by Adam Fitzgerald at the Hartley House Theatre from August 28th. The Hartley House Theatre is located at 413 West 46th Street, between 9th and 10th Avenues.

Bad With Money, a one man show written and performed by Ben Rimalower, charting his struggle to overcome an addiction to spending beyond his means, driving him to extreme lengths, taking in debt, drug addiction, prostitution and fraud, directed by Aaron Mark, will premiere at The Duplex from September 4th. The Duplex is located at 61 Christopher Street, between 7th Avenue and Waverley Place.

The fall season at the Flea Theatre will include the premiere of Kim Davies's Smoke, a sexual thriller that brings an entitled college student and a jaded wannabe artist (with more in common than they thought) past the verge, directed by Tom Costello, from August 22nd; The Cutthroat Series, 11 turn of the century French Grand Guignol plays - graphic, amoral horror entertainment - grouped in 2 and 3 play evenings, from September 22nd; and the premiere of Kate Robin's I See You, a romantic hurricane about a pair of middle aged Tribeca parents struggling to find purpose in a world headed for disaster, directed by Jim Simpson, from November 7th. The Flea Theater is located at 41 White Street, between Church and Broadway.

The Rumour Machine says: that the Shubert Organization, Broadway's largest theatre owner with 17 houses, is in negotiations to purchase New World Stages, the underground 5 theatre complex located below New World Plaza between 49th and 50th Streets and 8th and 9th Avenues. New World Stages is comprised of two 499 seater houses, two 350 seater houses and a 199 seater house. The former movie theatre complex, renovated at a cost of $23m and opened as a live venue in 2004, is currently owned by the Dutch company Stage Entertainment. The Rumour Machine grinds on.