WAKE UP with BWW 5/14/14 - HONOR BOUND, Elaine Paige, ONE MAN, TWO GUVNORS and More!
Good morning, BroadwayWorld! Because we know all our readers eat, sleep and breathe Broadway, what could be better than waking up to it? Today's big news: HONOR BOUND opens off-Broadway, Elaine Paige launches her new show and ONE MAN, TWO GUVNORS kicks off its UK tour!
TODAY'S TOP ITEMS:
- HONOR BOUND opens tonight off-Broadway at St. Luke's Theatre!
- Julian Ovendon, Leigh Zimmerman and more kick off the first episode of THE ELAINE PAIGE SHOW tonight.
- ONE MAN, TWO GUVNORS, seen in the West End and on Broadway, launches its UK tour at the Lyceum Theatre!
- MOTHERS AND SONS star and Tony nominee Tyne Daly visits THE TALK, airing from New York City today...
- Daphne Rubin-Vega, Robin De Jesus and more join Lance Horne in the LIVE FROM GRAMERCY PARK series tonight.
- OF MICE AND MEN's James Franco appears at Barnes & Noble today to discuss his collection of short stories, PALO ALTO.
WHAT YOU MISSED YESTERDAY:
- Not only did we share exclusive footage of Kristin Chenoweth's recent concert at Carnegie Hall, but we also got confirmation that the Broadway diva will be returning to the stage next spring in ON THE TWENTIETH CENTURY!
- We also got a sneak peek at the West End company of SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE in rehearsal...
- Tons of albums news yesterday! Kelli O'Hara and Steven Pasquale will celebrate the 'BRIDGES' album release at Barnes & Noble next Friday; the IF/THEN cast album is now available for pre-order; Elaine Paige's ULTIMATE COLLECTION is out now in a deluxe edition; the BEAUTIFUL recording is coming out with a vinyl edition next month; and finally, Linda Eder will record her first live album in June!
- The American Theater Wing wants to stop selling Tony Award medallions to investors..
- And in other awards news, FUN HOME, HEATHERS and more are among this year's Off Broadway Alliance Award nominees, plus Estelle Parsons will receive the 2014 Lifetime Achievement Obie Award next week!
- West End JERSEY BOYS star Ryan Molloy is coming to the States as Frankie Valli this July!
- Also in July, Audra McDonald and more will lead a benefit reading of THE FIRST WIVES CLUB screenplay.
- Extensions, extensions and more extensions! Broadway's ROCKY will now run through March 2015; CASA VALENTINA (here) and Fran Drescher in CINDERELLA will play through the end of June; and off-Broadway, QUEEN OF THE NIGHT runs until the end of August, with MY BIG GAY ITALIAN WEDDING/FUNERAL extending through September!
- Broadway's THE LAST SHIP announced its complete cast and set an on-sale date of June 9.
- Off-Broadway's A PIECE OF MY HEART also rounded out its roster.
- Finally, in regional casting news, Joshua McGuire and Rupert Everett will lead MOZART at the Chichester Festival, and Jessica Grové will be reprising her role as 'Ariel' in THE LITTLE MERMAID at TUTS this summer!
Broadway Weather Forecast: Some rain this morning, then clouds this afternoon with a high of 65.
Quote of the Day: Theatre has time for everyone and everything...
What we're looking forward to AND currently watching: The just-released trailer for Alan Menken's upcoming musical comedy series GALAVANT -- watch below! And speaking of fairytales, we can't wait to see who will play FROZEN's Queen Elsa in ABC's ONCE UPON A TIME. I know, I know, it's not until next season, but we are totally geeking out over this character cross-over. So much good TV, so little time! That's why they invented the DVR...
Video of the Day: In honor of ONE MAN, TWO GUVNORS kicking off its National Tour at the Lyceum today, check out a clip of the production's original star James Corden performing as part of the "National Theatre: 50 Years On Stage" event earlier this year!
Blanchett starred in Plenty in the West End in 1999 and later took on the lead role of Hedda Gabler at the Syndey Theatre Company in 2004. She and her husband Andrew Upton acted as Artistic Directors of the Sydney Theatre from 2007-2012, where Blanchett starred in A Streetcar Named Desire, Uncle Vanya and The Maids, which will appear at Lincoln Center this August. The actress has won two Academy Awards for her performances in The Aviator and Blue Jasmine. She is also known for her roles in The Lord of the Rings trilogy and the films Elizabeth: The Golden Age, Notes on a Scandal, and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.
McCutcheon is a singer and actress perhaps best known for her role as 'Tiffany Mitchell' in the BBC's EastEnders and for her potrayal of 'Natalie' in the 2003 romantic comedy Love Actually. As a solo pop artist, she hit No. 1 with her debut single "Perfect Moment" and went on to release three albums. McCutcheon starred onstage as 'Eliza Doolittle' in My Fair Lady in 2002; her performance won her the Olivier Award that year.
See you bright and early tomorrow, BroadwayWorld!