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Backstage Whispers overheard by Richard Andrews

Last updated : 30th July 2012

It has been confirmed that A Christmas Story, The Musical!, based on the stories of Jean Shepherd, about a young boy getting into scrapes in the period leading up to Christmas, book by Joseph Robinette, score by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, directed by John Rando, with choreography by Warren Carlyle, will preview from November 6th at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre, with an official opening on November 19th. The design team will include scenery by Walt Spangler, costumes by Elizabeth Hope Clancy, lighting by Howell Binkley, and sound by Ken Travis. The producers are Peter Billingsley, Gerald Goehring, Roy Miller, Michael F Mitri, Pat Flicker Addiss, Mariano Tolentino, Louise H Beard, Michael Filerman, Scott Hart, Timothy Laczynski, Bartner/Jenkins Entertainment, Angela Milonas and Bradford W Smith.

It's Official! As previously forecast here, David West Read's The Performers, a comedy set at the Adult Film Awards in Las Vegas, where an ex and a current porn star review their lives, with Henry Winkler, Cheyenne Jackson, Daniel Breaker, Ari Graynor and Jenni Barber, directed by Evan Cabnet, will preview from October 23rd at the Longacre Theatre, with an official opening on November 14th. The design team comprises scenery by Anna Louizos, costumes by Jessica Wegener Shay, lighting by Jeff Croiter, and sound by Nevin Steinberg. The producers are Robyn Goodman, Scott M Delman and Amanda Lipitz.

The Flea Theater's 2012/2013 season will include the premieres of Thomas Bradshaw's Job, based on the biblical text, exploring issues of faith, playing from August 31st; Krapp Hour, an adaptation of Beckett's Krapp's Last Tape by Anne Carson, in which an old man is listening to a series of tapes he has recorded detailing events in his life, performed by Alan Rickman; Arthur Yorinks's American Song, a 13 episode live theatre radio play series charting the history of the 20th century through song, from September 10th; A R Gurney's Heresy, examining 'big brother' government, directed by Jim Simpson, from September 29th; Hamish Linklater's The Vandal, about how we live and the stories we tell ourselves when we are haunted by the people we have loved and lost; and an as yet untitled play Beau Willimon directed by Joel Schumacher. The Flea Theater is located at 41 White Street, between Church and Broadway.

On The Casting Couch: Gretchen Mol, Darren Goldstein, Alfredo Narciso and Eric Nelsen will feature in Francine Volpe's The Good Mother, opening at the Acorn Thetre at Theatre Row on November 15th; and Bebe Neuwirth and Lorenzo Pisoni will head the cast of Terrence McNally's Golden Age, opening at Manhattan Theatre Club, New York City Center Stage I, on 4th December.

Lewis Black will perform Running On Empty, giving his take on politics, including this year's Presidential election, at the Richard Rodgers Theatre from October 9th to 14th.

The musical Soul Doctor, about the real-life unconventional rabbi Shlomo Carlebach, his passion for pop music and relationship with singer Nina Simone, book and direction by Daniel Wise, music by Shlomo Carlebach, lyrics by David Schechter, with Eric Anderson, Erica Ash, Meredith Kaye Clarke, Ryan Strand, Kenny Morris, Rachel Stern, Dionne Figgins, Ryan Duncan and Julia Osborne, choreographed by Camille A Brown, will preview from July 30th at New York Theatre Workshop, opening on August 13th. The producers are Jeremy Chess, Joel Kahn, Jerome Levy, Edward L Steinberg, Robert Beckwitt and Alan Zimbard. New York Theatre Workshop is located at 79 East 4th Street, between 2nd Avenue and Bowery.

Prospect Theatre Company will stage a revised version of the musical Working, inspired by Studs Terkel's collection of oral histories about vocations, book by Stephen Schwartz and Nina Faso, music by Stephen Schwartz, Craig Carnelia, Micki Grant, Mary Rodgers and James Taylor, lyrics by Stephen Schwartz, Craig Carnelia, Micki Grant, James Taylor and Susan Birkenhead, with new songs by Lin-Manuel Miranda, directed by Gordon Greenberg, with choreography by Josh Rhodes, playing at 59E59 Theaters from December 1st. 59E59 Theaters is located at 59 East 59th Street, between Park and Madison Avenues.

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, will play at the Theater at Madison Square Garden from December 13th to 30th.

Walt Stepp's Siren's Heart, a one person musical about Marilyn Monroe, performed by Louisa Bradshaw, directed by Lissa Moira, with choreography by Don Garverick, will play at the Actors Temple Theatre from August 5th. The Actors Temple Theatre is located at 339 West 47th Street, between 8th and 9th Avenues.

The Rumour Machine says: that the yet to open Shakespeare In The Park production of the James Lapine-Stephen Sondheim musical Into The Woods, in which characters from a number of fairytales don't live happily ever after, with Donna Murphy, Amy Adams, Gideon Glick, Cooper Grodin, Ellen Harvey, Ivan Hernandez, Jessie Mueller, Denis O'Hare and Kristine Zbornik, directed by Timothy Shreader and Liam Steel, may transfer to Broadway, possibly the Al Hirschfeld Theatre; and that the London production of Neil Simon's The Sunshine Boys, in which a vaudeville double act that broke up in acrimony is reunited for a television special, with Danny DeVito and Richard Griffiths, directed by Thea Sharrock, which has just ended its run, may transfer to Broadway later this year, courtesy of producers Sonia Friedman Productions and Richard Willis. The Rumour Machine grinds on.