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Backstage Whispers overheard by Richard Andrews

Last updated : 29th July 2013

It has been confirmed that William Shakespeare's Romeo And Juliet, the story of lovers from two different warring families, with Orlando Bloom, Condola Rashad, Jayne Houdyshell, Brent Carver, Christian Camargo, Chuck Cooper, Roslyn, Conrad, Justin, Corey Hawkins and Geoffrey Owens, directed by David Leveaux, will preview from August 24th at the Richard Rodgers Theatre, with an official opening on September 19th. The design team comprises scenery by Jesse Poleshuck, costumes by Fabio Toblini, lighting by David Weiner, and sound by David Van Tieghem. The show will offer a Student Ticket Program, with 100 tickets per performance available in advance at $20 for students and educators.

Project Y Theatre Company will stage the premiere of Lee Blessing's A User's Guide To Hell, Featuring Bernard Madoff, in which the Ponzi schemer is taken on a tour of hell, which bears a more than passing resemblance to New York City, with Edward James Hyland, David Deblinger, Eric Sutton and Polly Lee, directed by Michole Biancosino, previewing from September 5th at Atlantic Stage 2, opening September 7th. Atlantic Stage 2 is located at 330 West 16th Street, between 8th and 9th Avenues.

On The Casting Couch: Kathryn Erbe, John Pankow, Victoria Mack, Tobi Aremu, Chris Bert, Alec Beard and Eve Bianco will comprise the cast of William Inge's Natural Affection, opening at the Beckett Theatre at Theatre Row on September 26th

Bayside! The Musical!, book, music, lyrics and direction by Bob and Tobly McSmith, an unauthorized musical parody of the television sitcom Saved By The Bell, with April Kidwell, choreographed by Jason Wise, will play at Theatre 80 from September 12th. The producers are John Capo and MediumFace Productions. Theatre 80 is located at 80 St Marks Place, between 1st and 2nd Avenues.

The Mint Theatre will stage George Kelly's Philip Goes Forth, the story of a young man in the 1930s who rebels against his father and a career in the family business and ventures to New York to write plays, directed by Jerry Ruiz, from August 24th. The Mint Theater is located at 311 West 43rd Street, between 8th and 9th Avenues.

The 2013/2014 season of St Ann's Warehouse in DUMBO, Brooklyn, will include: the Donmar Warehouse London all female production of William Shakespeare's Julius Caesar, with Jade Anouka, Frances Barber, Helen Cripps, Clare Dunne, Jennifer Joseph, Jenny Jules, Cush Jumbo, Irene Ketikidi, Carrie Rock, Harriet Walter and Danielle Ward, directed by Phyllida Lloyd; a new work by Daniel Kitson; Bartok's Bluebeard's Castle, directed by Daniel Kramer, a co-production of with New York City Opera; and the Tricycle Theatre London production of Lolita Chakrabarti's Red Velvet, based on the incident at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane in 1833 when Edmund Kean collapsed on stage whilst playing Othello, and a young black American actor was asked to take over, with Adrian Lester, Natasha Gordon, Charlotte Lucas and Eugene O'Hare, directed Indhu Rubasingham. St Ann's Warehouse is located at 29 Jay Street, at Plymouth Street.

Working Arts Theatre Project will stage Caitlin Murphy's Fruits Unheard Of, a bioplay about the photographer Diane Arbus, with Lil Malinich and Martin Markaj, directed by Jessica Dermody and Sharone Halevy, previewing from August 9th, opening on August 14th. Working Arts Theatre Project is located at 210 East 43rd Street, between 2nd and 3rd Avenues.

Avi Hoffman's Still Jewish After All These Years: A Meshugene Life In The Theatre, in which Avi Hoffman offers a tour through his career, sharing songs and stories of a life in show business, accompanied by Michael Larsen, will play at Stage 72 from August 10th. Stage 72 is located at 158 West 72nd Street, between Columbus and Amsterdam Avenues.

The Onomatopoeia Theatre Company will stage Thomas R Gordon's Dracula: Bloodlines - A Story About Love & Sex And Life & Death, in which powerful forces in contemporary New York City are struggling for the soul of a man named Morris Harker, the great great grandson of the man who supposedly defeated the immortal vampire 120 years ago, at the Gene Frankel Theatre from August 22nd. The Gene Frankel Theatre is located at 24 Bond Street, between Lafayette Street and Bowery.

Primary Stages has confirmed that Bronx Bombers, telling the story of the greatest stars of the New York Yankees, conceived by Fran Kirmser, written and directed by Eric Simonson,with Joe Pantoliano, Christopher Jackson, Francois Battiste, Chris Henry Coffey, Bill Dawes, Keith Nobbs and John Wernke, will premiere at the Duke on 42nd Street on September 17th. The Duke on 42nd Street is located at 229 West 42nd Street, between 7th and 8th Avenues.

The Rumour Machine says: that the Public Theater production of the David Byrne-Fatboy Slim disco musical Here Lies Love, about the life of Imelda Marcos, with Ruthie Ann Miles and Jose Llana, directed by Alex Timbers, with choreography by Annie-B Parson, is looking for an open ended transfer if a suitable location can be found; that Liza Minnelli and Alan Cumming may bring their concert act to the Marquis Theatre for a season in December, courtesy of producer Daniel Nardicio; that Hugh Jackman will return to Broadway next spring in a new musical Houdini, about the early 20th century illusionist and escapologist, music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz, directed by Jack O'Brien, courtesy of producers Scott Sanders and David Rockwell; that Tracy Letts's Killer Joe, in which a drug dealer who can't pay his debts orders a hit in an effort to solve his problems, will be Broadway bound next year, directed by director Pam MacKinnon, courtesy of producers Jeffrey Richards and Jerry Frankel; and that Ben Sprecher, producer of the twice postponed musical Rebecca, adapted from the novel by Daphne du Maurier, in which a man brings his second wife to the house where the shadow of his first wife still remains, original book and lyrics by Michael Kunze, music by Sylvester Levay, English book and lyrics by Christopher Hampton, is hoping third time's a charm sometime next year. The Rumour Machine grinds on.