WAKE UP with BWW 5/21/14 - MISS SAIGON, STARS IN THE ALLEY 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: MISS SAIGON returns to the West End, and stars gather for a pre-Tonys, outdoor STARS IN THE ALLEY concert!
TODAY'S TOP ITEMS:
- MISS SAIGON, starring Eva Noblezada and Alistair Brammer, opens tonight in the West End!
- Norm Lewis hosts the 2014 STARS IN THE ALLEY outdoor concert today, featuring Kelli O'Hara and more.
- Celia Keenan-Bolger and Jimmi Simpson host Colt Coeur's Spring Benefit this evening...
- The cast of Paper Mill's GREASE meets the press today, so stay tuned for photos and a preview of the show!
- And don't forget to set your DVR! Broadway vet Nathan Lane returns to MODERN FAMILY as 'Pepper' for tonight's season finale.
WHAT YOU MISSED YESTERDAY:
- The Gloria Estefan musical ON YOUR FEET! will get a pre-Broadway run in Chicago before arriving Fall 2015 on Broadway, helmed by Jerry Mitchell!
- Paige Faure and Nancy Opel will star in CINDERELLA come June.
- Annette Bening and more will join John Lithgow in KING LEAR at Shakespeare in the Park this summer!
- Disney announced dates for a FROZEN ON ICE arena tour... So it's not Broadway, but it's getting there!
- We got a look at the new HEDWIG TV spot and JUST JIM DALE (here) off-Broadway!
- MURDER FOR TWO will close off-Broadway on June 29, while AMERICAN HERO has extended its run through June 15.
- Broadway Inspriational Voices launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund its second holiday album. Phylicia Rashad, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Stephanie J. Block, Billy Porter and more are backing the project...
- We learned that BRIDGES' Steven Pasquale is heading to Netflix!
- We got a first look at David Hunter and Jill Winternitz in the London production of ONCE, plus new images from MISS SAIGON!
- And finally, Maureen Lipman and Harry Shearer will join Oliver Cotton in the West End transfer of his play, DAYTONA.
Broadway Weather Forecast: Cloudy all day with showers in the evening. High of 68 degrees. (As long as it's clear this morning for STARS IN THE ALLEY, all is well...)
Quote of the Day: On theatre and truth...
"A lot of people think theatre must be much harder work than film, but anything histrionic or superfluous gets seen on camera so you have to work to distil it into a complete sense of what's true."
-- Eddie Redmayne (via BrainyQuote)
What we're looking forward to reading: Yesterday, HEDWIG star Neil Patrick Harris shared the cover art for his new "choose-your-own-autobiography" book, and we can't wait to delve into the entertainer's life story! The book is set for release on October 14.
See you bright and early tomorrow, BroadwayWorld!