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Backstage Whispers overheard by Richard Andrews

Last updated : 3rd June 2013

Roundabout Theatre Company will stage Sophie Treadwell's Machinal, the expressionist drama about women's financial dependence on men, and one woman's attempt to break free, with Rebecca Hall, directed by Lyndsey Turner, previewing from December 20th at the American Airlines Theatre, with an official opening on January 16th.

Producer Cameron Mackintosh has confirmed that the 'reimagined' production of the musical Les Miserables, original lyrics by Alain Boublil and Jean-Marc Natel, music by Claude-Michel Schonberg, English lyrics by Herbert Kretzmer, original adaptation by Trevor Nunn and John Caird, with additional material by James Fenton, adapted from the novel by Victor Hugo, directed by Laurence Connor and James Powell, with musical staging by Michael Ashcroft, which is currently touring both the US and the UK, will return to the Imperial Theatre, the show's home on Broadway for nearly 13 years, previewing from March 1st, with an official opening on March 23rd. The design team comprises scenery by Matt Kinley inspired by the paintings of Victor Hugo, costumes by original designer Andreane Neofitou with additional costumes by Christine Rowlands, lighting by Paule Constable, projections by Fifty-Nine Productions, and sound by Mick Potter.

The Workshop Theater Company will stage Daniel Damiano's The Golden Year, in which, after decades of hard work, a Long Island couple embark on their retirement, only to discover that life can be surprisingly unpredictable, with Ellen Barry, Gerry Goodstein and Joseph Franchini, directed by Kathy Gail MacGowan, from June 6th. The WorkShop Theater is located at 312 West 36th Street, between 8th and 9th Avenues.

The musical Soul Doctor, about the real-life unconventional rabbi Shlomo Carlebach, his passion for pop music and relationship with singer Nina Simone, conceived by Jeremy Chess, book and direction by Daniel Wise, music by Shlomo Carlebach, lyrics by David Schechter, additional material by Neshama Carlebach, with Eric Anderson, will preview from July 17th at Circle In The Square, with an official opening on August 15th. The producers are Jeremy Chess, Jerome Levy, Robert Beckwitt, Edward Steinberg, Joel Kahn and Danny Boy Productions. The design team comprises scenery by Neil Patel, costumes by Maggie Morgan, lighting by Jeff Croiter, and sound by John Shivers and David Patridge.

Squeaky Bicycle Productions will stage Dylan Lamb's Alligator Summer, a farce in which two southern families have taken refuge in an attic after an endless army of alligators have overrun their town, with Mark A Keeton, Annalisa Loeffler, Nicholas Yenson, Nathan Brisby, Jackie Krim, Erin E McGuff and Dylan Lamb, directed by Brandi Varnell, previewing on June 20th at the Dorothy Strelsin Theatre, opening on June 21st. The Dorothy Strelsin Theatre is located at 312 West 36th Street, between 8th and 9th Avenues.

New York Theatre Workshop's 2013/2014 season will conclude with the American premiere of Cinderella/Cendrillon, written and directed by JoŽl Pommerat, an adult take on the classic fairy tale that explores the question of how one navigates both the ashes of the past and the concrete realities of the present, opening next May. NYTW is located at 79 East 4th Street, between Bowery and 2nd Avenue.

Random Access Theatre Company will stage William Shakespeare's rom com Much Ado About Nothing, set in Macau during its Golden Age in the 17th Century as a Portuguese colony and trading post in south eastern China, adapted and conceived by Jessica Ko, with Holly Chou, Andreas Damm, Sean Devare, Jeff Dickamore, Leo Giannopoulos, Jessica Ko, Rachel Lin, Paul Notice, Keith Panzarella,Tristan Schaffer-Goldman, Joseph Thornhill and Jen Tsay, directed by Casey Cleverly, at Hartley House, First Street Green Art Park and Brooklyn Bridge Park, from June 6th. The locations are Hartley House, 413 West 46th Street, between 9th and 10th Avenues; First Street Green Art Park, 33 East 1st Street at East Houston Street; and Granite Prospect, Brooklyn Bridge Park.

On The Casting Couch: Zachary Levi and Krysta Rodriguez, with Sara Chase, Kristoffer Cusick, Blake Hammond, Kate Loprest and Vicki Noon will feature in the Austin Winsberg-Alan Zachary musical First Date, opening at the Longacre Theatre on August 4th.

New Dog Theatre Company will stage A Little More Than You Wanted To Spend, written and performed by Chris Clavelli, in which one man seeks to find meaning in the world, embarking on a harrowing, funny and spiritual journey, directed by John Hickok, at the Drilling Company Theater from June 6th. The Drilling Company Theater is located at 236 West 78th Street, between Broadway and Amsterdam Avenue.

The Broadway League has announced that Broadway shows grossed $1.14bn during the 2012/2013 theatre season running from May 28th 2012 to May 26th 2013, down 0.1% down on last year's record, with 11.6m paid attendances, down 6.2% from 12.33m the previous year. In 2012/2013 there were 46 new productions, comprising 15 musicals (9 new, 4 revivals, and 2 returns), a record breaking 26 plays (14 new and 12 revivals), and 5 special events, performing for a total of 1,430 playing weeks, down 6.0% from 1,522 the previous year.

Treasure House Theater will stage Anton Chekhov's The Cherry Orchard, adapted by Jean-Claude van Itallie, in which an aristocratic Russian woman returns to her family's rural estate at the brink of the Revolution, with Tim Barber, Allyson Boate, Corrin Carlson, Eric Cotti, Justin Dobies, Josh Frank, Caroline Franklin, Sarai Heria and Nancy Rich, directed by Daniel Paul, previewing from June 6th at the ArcLight Theater, opening on June 12th. The ArcLight Theater is located at 152 West 71st Street, between Columbus Avenue and Broadway.

Medicine Show Theatre Company will stage Henry Fielding's The Tragedy Of Tragedies; or, The Life And Death Of Tom Thumb The Great, a satire on the pretentions of 18th century serious tragedy, directed by Barbara Vann, from 6th June. The Medicine Show Theatre is located at 549 West 52nd Street, between 10th and 11th Avenues.