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Backstage Whispers overheard by Richard Andrews

Last updated : 18th March 2013

New York Theatre Workshop's 2013/2014 season will include Will Power's Fetch Clay, Make Man, which explores the improbable bond that formed between two drastically different and influential cultural icons, Cassius Clay and Stepin Fetchit, in the 1960s, directed by Des McAnuff; What's It All About? - Bacharach Reimagined, a new revue featuring the music of Burt Bacharach, with Kyle Riabko, directed by Steven Hoggett; and Caryl Churchill's Love And Information, about how non-stop streams of information threaten the very essence of our humanity, directed by James Macdonald. NYTW is located at 79 East 4th Street, between Bowery and 2nd Avenue.

Transport Group will stage the musical The Memory Show, book and lyrics by Sara Cooper, music by Zach Redler, in which conflicting versions of the past collide when a daughter comes home to care for her aging mother, with Catherine Cox and Leslie Kritzer, directed by Joe Calarco, previewing from April 16th at The Duke on 42nd Street, open April 30th. The Duke on 42nd Street is located at 229 West 42nd Street, between 7th and 8th Avenues.

Paper Mill Playhouse's 75th season in 2013/2014 the will include the premiere of the musical Honeymoon In Vegas, music and lyrics by Jason Robert Brown, book by Andrew Bergman adapted from his screenplay of the 1992 movie, in which a reluctant groom and enthusiastic bride find their marriage plans disrupted by a Vegas wise guy, with Tony Danza , directed by Garry Griffin, with choreography by Denis Jones, from September 26th; Oliver!, book, music and lyrics by Lionel Bart, adapted from Charles Dickens's Oliver Twist, from November 21st; The Other Josh Cohen, book, music and lyrics by David Rossmer and Steve Rosen, the story of a good guy trying to break a streak of incredibly bad luck but faced with a moral dilemma in order to do so, from February 19th; South Pacific, music by Richard Rodgers, lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein, and book by Oscar Hammerstein and Joshua Logan, based on Tales of the South Pacific by James A Michener, about the clash of cultures between American service personnel and the locals on a Pacific island during World War II, from April 9th; and Grease, book, music and lyrics by Warren Jacobs and Jim Casey, the classic '50's high school musical, from May 28th. The Paper Mill Playhouse is located at 22 Brookside Drive in Millburn, New Jersey.

Ensemble Studio Theatre will stage Joe Gilford's Finks, based on the experiences of Jack Gilford and Madeline Lee Gilford and the House Un-American Activities Committee Blacklist of the 1950s, with Michael Cullen, Ned Eisenberg, Leo Ash Evens, Jason Liebman, Ian Lowe, Thomas Lyons, Aaron Serotsky and Miriam Silverman, directed by Giovanna Sardelli, previewing from March 28th at the Ensemble Studio Theatre, opening on April 6th. The Ensemble Studio Theatre is located at 549 West 52nd Street, between 10th and 11th Avenues.

On The Casting Couch: Makenna Ballard, Richard Bekins, Griffin Birney, Brooke Bloom, Kathleen Chalfant, Greg Keller, Kate Mulgrew, Maria Elena Ramirez and Mary Shultz will feature in Jenny Schwartz's Somewhere Fun, opening at the Vineyard Theatre on June 4th; and Jenna Fischer, Josh Hamilton, Leslie Bibb and Fred Weller will feature in Neil LaBute's Reasons To Be Happy, opening at the Lucille Lortel Theatre on June 11th.

The York Theatre Company will stage I'm A Stranger Here Myself, written and performed by Mark Nadler, exploring the depths of the European expatriate experience, through songs by German and French artists in the 1930s, from April 29th. The York Theatre Company's Theatre at Saint Peter's is on 54th Street, between Lexington and 3rd Avenues.

Signature Theatre has announced its 2013/2014 season, which will include Edward Albee's Laying An Egg, in which a middle-aged woman renews her vow to get pregnant with chaotic results, directed by David Esbjornson; - and potatoes, written and directed by Regina Taylor, in which a publisher faces the challenge of how to adapt his business in the rapidly changing digital age; August Wilson's How I Learned What I Learned, a one person play performed by Ruben Santiago-Hudson, charting a man's journey of self-discovery through adversity, directed by Todd Kreidler; Cheri, conceived, directed and choreographed by Martha Clarke, text by Tina Howe, based on the novel by Colette, a story of forbidden love between a young man and an older woman, fusing theatre, music and dance, with Herman Cornejo, Alessandra Ferri, Suzanne Bertish and Sarah Rothenberg; and David Henry Hwang's Kung Fu, in which a young martial artist comes to America from Hong Kong in the 1960s with the dream of becoming the biggest movie star in the world, directed by Leigh Silverman; plus as yet untitled plays by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins and Will Eno. The Pershing Square Signature Center is located at 480 West 42nd Street, between 9th and 10th Avenues.

Wendy Beckett's Love Therapy, about a young therapist who finds herself out of her depth when intimacy, attraction and passion collide with the healing process, with David Bishins, Christopher Burns, Alison Fraser, Margot White and Janet Zarish, directed by Evan Bergman, will preview from April 20th at the DR2 Theatre, opening on April 29th. The DR2 Theatre is located at 103 East 15th Street, between Union Square and Irving Place.

The Rumour Machine says: that the La Jolla Playhouse production of the sci-fi musical Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots, conceived and directed by Des McAnuff, using the music of Wayne Coyne and The Flaming Lips, choreographed by Bradley Rapier, may be Broadway bound next year, courtesy of producers Chunsoo Shin and the Dodgers; and that the musical Murder Ballad, by Julia Jordan and Juliana Nash, exploring the complications of love, the compromises we make, and the small betrayals that can ultimately undo us, directed by Trip Cullman, which premiered at Manhattan Theatre Club last fall, is looking for an open ended run, possibly to the Union Square Theatre, this summer. The Rumour Machine grinds on.