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Backstage Whispers overheard by Richard Andrews

Last updated : 19th August 2013

Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, a biomusical about the writer and singer, book by Douglas McGrath, score by Carole King and her collaborators Gerry Goffin, Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil, with Jessie Mueller, Jake Epstein, Anika Larsen, Jarrod Spector, Jeb Brown and Liz Larsen, directed by Marc Bruni, with choreography by Jason Howland, will preview from November 21st at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre, with an official opening on January 12th. The design team comprises scenery by Derek McLane, costumes by Alejo Vietti, lighting by Peter Kaczorowski, and sound by Brian Ronan. The producers are Paul Blake and Sony/ATV Music Publishing.

Manhattan Theatre Club will stage Dennis Kelly's Taking Care Of Baby, exploring the elusive nature of truth and the depths people will go to expose it, following the death of a baby, with Reed Birney, Margaret Colin, Kristen Bush and Amelia Campbell, directed by Erica Schmidt, previewing from November 5th at New York City Center Stage II, opening on November 19th. New York City Center is located 131 West 55th Street, between 6th and 7th Avenues.

That Face: The Art Of Ken Fallin - Broadway, Hollywood & Wall Street, an exhibition featuring the work of the caricaturist and illustrator most famously seen in the poster of Forbidden Broadway and in Playbill's Stage Portrait, will open at New World Stages Gallery on September 12th. Ken Fallin has been a regular contributor to The Wall Street Journal, The Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, The Hollywood Reporter, The Boston Globe, The Chicago Tribune and The New Yorker. New World Stages is located at 340 West 50th Street, between 8th and 9th Avenues.

Ars Nova will stage the premiere of Matthew-Lee Erlbach's Eager To Lose, a burlesque farce, with John Behlmann, Richard Saudek, Emily Walton, Stacey Yen and burlesque performer Tansy, co-created and directed by Wes Grantom and Portia Krieger, with choreography by Tansy, previewing from October 9th, opening on October 22nd. Ars Nova is located at 511 West 54th Street, between 10th and 11th Avenues.

The Jerome Kern Encyclopedia by Thomas S Hischak, recently published by Scarecrow, consists of entries on people, theatre and film musicals, songs, subjects, and themes related to the composer. Not only are all of Jerome Kern's stage and screen projects from 1904 to 1946 covered, but there are also entries on all the major librettists and lyricists with whom he worked, as well as producers, directors, actors, and other individuals who figured prominently in his career. Approximately 100 of Kern's most important songs are discussed, and other entries address awards, collaborations, working methods, song styles, and other related subjects. The book also includes a brief biography of Kern, a chronology of his life and work, and appendices on recordings, interpolations, revivals, and remakes. The most complete work on one of America's greatest composers, this fascinating, readable, and extensive look at Kern will appeal to theatregoers, movie musical fans and musical theatre professionals.

Tickets are now on sale for Broadway Week, offering two-for-one tickets to 19 Broadway shows, taking place from September 2nd to 15th. The annual event is organised by NYC & Company in partnership with The Broadway League. Further information can be found on the Broadway Week web site via the link from Festivals & Events in the Links section of New York TheatreNet.

The New Yiddish Rep will stage Samuel Beckett's Waiting For Godot, in which famously nothing happens - twice, performed in Yiddish, with English and Russian supertitles, translated by and featuring Shane Baker, with Rafael Goldwasser, Avi Hoffman, Nicholas Jenkins and David Mandelbaum, directed by Moshe Yassur, at the Castillo Theater, from September 20th. The Castillo Theatre is located at 543 West 42nd Street, between 10th and 11th Avenues.

Matthew Freeman's Why We Left Brooklyn, set at a farewell party for a couple leaving the city, where hopes, dreams, successes and failures are traded, with Rebecca Davis, David DelGrosso, Amanda Jones, Jay Leibowitz, Sarah K Lippmann, Susan Louise O'Connor, Andrew Schwartz, Imran Sheikh, Moira Stone and Matthew Trumbull, directed by Kyle Ancowitz, will preview from August 29th at the 4th Street Theatre, opening on September 4th. The 4th Street Theatre is located at 83 East 4th Street, between Bowery and 2nd Avenue.

The Group Theatre Too will stage Yankee Wives, written and directed by David Rimmer, a look behind the scenes at six women thrown together because their husbands happen to play for the same Major League baseball team, with Jennifer Laine Williams, Samantha Strelitz, Eliza Simpson, Chudney Sykes, Cristina Marie and McKenna Fox, playing at The Hudson Guild Theater from August 29th. The Hudson Guild Theater is located at 441 West 26th Street, between 9th and 10th Avenues

The Rumour Machine says: that Tommy Tune is working on reshaping the current London musical Top Hat, a stage version of the 1935 Fred Astaire-Ginger Rogers film, an all singing, all dancing, backstage musical comedy of mistaken identity, featuring a score by Irving Berlin, adapted by Matthew White and Howard Jacques, from the screenplay by Dwight Taylor and Allan Scott, directed by Matthew White, with choreography by Bill Deamer, with Broadway in mind; that the upcoming touring production of the London show We Will Rock You, a dystopian futuristic musical featuring the songs of the group Queen, book and direction by Ben Elton, choreography by Arlene Phillips, with Brian Justin Crum, P J Griffithi, Jacqueline Arnold, Jared Zirilli, Ruby Lewis, Ryan Knowles and Erica Peck, is aiming for a Broadway transfer next summer, courtesy of producers Queen Theatrical Productions, Tribeca Theatrical Productions, Phil McIntyre Entertainment and NETworks Presentations; and that a new musical The Last Ship, book by Brian Yorkey and John Logan, music and lyrics by Sting, incorporating biographical elements from Sting's life in his boyhood home of Newcastle, England, directed by Joe Mantello, with choreography by Steven Hoggett, is aiming for a Broadway debut in the fall of next year, courtesy of producers Jeffrey Seller and Kathryn Schenker. The Rumour Machine grinds on.