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Backstage Whispers overheard by Richard Andrews

Last updated : 25th February 2013

The Rascals: Once Upon A Dream, a staged concert event written by Steven Van Zandt, with music and lyrics by Felix Cavaliere and Eddie Brigati, featuring The Rascals's hit songs of the 1960s, accompanied by their history told through archival footage, narration and dramatic film segments, will preview from April 15th at the Richard Rodgers Theatre, with an official opening on April 18th, playing until May 5th.

Producer Cameron Mackintosh has announced 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 open on Broadway at a Shubert Theatre yet to be announced next spring. 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 ReGroup Theatre Company will stage John Howard Lawson's Success Story, about an upstart at a Madison Ave advertising firm in 1928 who will do anything to get ahead, with Allie Mulholland, Leah Wagner, James Aronson, Brandon Ruckdashel, Pooya Mohseni, Luke Guldan, Robert Benes, Arash Mokhtar, Tami McCarthy and Carly J Bauer, directed by Brian Stites; and Loud Speaker, a farce that satirises the press, politics and the theatre itself, with Matt Giroveanu, Hallie Goodman, Maurya Scanlon, Ave M Lindon, Tim Gilliss, Daniel Hainsworth, Claudia L Brown, Shawn Verrier, Goran Ivanovski and Wilson Carpenter, directed by Nic Davies, playing in repertoire at the Robert Moss Theater from March 5th. The Robert Moss Theatre is located at 440 Lafayette Street, between East 4th Street and Astor Place.

Pipeline Theatre Company will stage Clown Bar, book and lyrics by Adam Szymkowicz, music and additional lyrics by Adam Overett, which explores the seedy clown underbelly of vice and violence, in an immersive production featuring jugglers, contortionists, magicians, burlesque dancers and comedic musicians, with Willy Appelman, Andrew Farmer, Jessica Frey, Daniel Johnsen, Kelley Rae O'Donnell, Claire Rothrock, Dan Tracy, Amir Wachterman, Noah Zachary and Shane Zeigler, directed by Andrew Neisler, with choreography by Ben Hobbs, previewing from February 27th at Parkside Lounge, opening on March 1st. Parkside Lounge is located at 317 East Houston Street, between Clinton and Attorney Streets.

Princes Don't Live In Cyberland, written, directed and featuring Erika Jenko, with Charlotte Munson and Paula Rivera, in which women from three generations tell a story of the quest to find a Prince in contemporary America, will preview from February 26th at the Underground Lounge, opening on March 5th. The Underground Lounge is located at 955 West End Avenue, at 107th Street.

LabRats Theater Company will stage Lindsay Joy Murphy's The Rise And Fall Of A Teenage Cyberqueen, exploring the dangers of cyberspace, unravelling the intertwining lives of a family, exposing their lies and tracking their downward spiral, with Kathryn Wilson, Jacob Perkins, Daniela Mastropietro, Perry Lewis, Jinn S Kim and Casey Greig, directed by Padraic Lillis, at Access Theater from 27th February. Access Theater is located at 380 Broadway at White Street.

The Nylon Fusion Collective will stage Jack Karp's Incendiary Agents, in which, at the height of the Vietnam War, two brothers attempt a daring nighttime raid to sabotage the draft, but when their plan goes awry, they are each forced to choose between the principles they set out to defend and the people they care about, with Nick Walkonis, Eric Rice, Josh Sienkiewicz, Laura Pruden, Jamie Neumann, Alexei Bondar, and Alex C Ferrill, directed by Peter Jensen, previewing on March 1st at the New Ohio Theatre, opening on March 2nd. The New Ohio Theatre is located at 154 Christopher Street, between Greenwich and Washington Streets.

The Drilling Company will stage C Denby Swanson's The Norwegians, a black comedy about scorned women who hire nice gangsters to whack their ex-boyfriends, with Hamilton Clancy, Veronica Cruze, Karla Hendrick and Dan Teachout, directed by Elowyn Castle, from 7th March. The Drilling Company Theatre is located at 236 West 78th Street, between Broadway and Amsterdam Avenue.

The Rumour Machine says: that the Signature Theatre Virginia /Kennedy Center Washington production of the revue Kander And Ebb's Sing Happy, conceived and directed by Eric Schaeffer, with musical staging by Karma Camp, will find its way to Broadway in October, courtesy of producer Andrew Bryan and Blue Opus Productions; that the American Repertory Theater production of Tennessee Williams's The Glass Menagerie, the story of an overbearing mother and her son, who is torn between an obligation to his family and his desire to break away, in 1930s St Louis, with Cherry Jones, Zachary Quinto and Celia Keenan-Bolger, directed by John Tiffany, may be Broadway bound, courtesy of producer Jeffrey Richards; and that work is under way on a musical adaptation of Chazz Palminteri's semi-autobiographical solo show, A Bronx Tale, inspired the 1993 film of the same name, depicting a rough childhood on Bronx streets, populated by a cast of friends and enemies, book by Palminteri, music and lyrics by David Bryan, directed by Robert De Niro, with choreography by Sergio Trujillo, courtesy of producer Tommy Mottola. The Rumour Machine grinds on.