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WAKE UP with BWW 5/30/14 - BWW Awards, Rory O'Malley, Drama Desks 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: The Public Theater hosts two panels on race this weekend, public TV gets in on the Tonys game, Rory O'Malley shows us why it doesn't take a village to raise a child -- it takes a pub, the BWW Awards wrap voting today, and the Drama Desk Awards will be held this Sunday night!



Broadway Weather Forecast: A few thunderstorms today with a high of 69 degrees, but it's looking up on Saturday and Sunday with some sun and a high of 73 for the weekend.

Quote of the Day: Faith Prince on her "theatre" face...

I have a very 'theatre' face. I have what they call a wide mask. I probably would have been a big film star in the '20s with the silent films where they used a lot of key lighting, and make-up carved out your face.
-- Faith Prince (via BrainyQuote)

What we're looking forward to: Angelina Jolie in Disney's MALEFICENT, hitting theaters today! The movie has a WICKED-esque quality, giving us the evil witch's "origin story". Not to mention Elle Fanning is such a talented young actress. Plus, it looks damn beautiful. Go see it!

WAKE UP with BWW 5/30/14 - BWW Awards, Rory O'Malley, Drama Desks and More!

And finally, a Happy Birthday shout-out to Idina Menzel, who turns 43 today!

Menzel, considered one of the great actresses of musical theatre, kicked off her career in 1996 with RENT; she reprised her role as 'Maureen' for the film version in 2005. She later appeared in Broadway's AIDA but made an everlasting mark with her Tony-winning run as the green-skinned 'Elphaba' in WICKED, in which she starred opposite fellow diva Kristin Chenoweth in 2003. She is currently leading the new musical IF/THEN on Broadway following her success voicing the character 'Elsa' in Disney's animated movie musical FROZEN.

WAKE UP with BWW 5/30/14 - BWW Awards, Rory O'Malley, Drama Desks and More!
Idina Menzel in IF/THEN. Photo by Joan Marcus.

See you bright and early on Monday, BroadwayWorld!

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