WAKE UP with BWW 5/9/14 - STAGE FRIGHT, BWW's Jule Styne Tribute, Mother's Day & More!
Good morning, BroadwayWorld! Because we know all our readers eat, sleep and breathe Broadway, what could be better than waking up to it? This weekend's big news: The musical horror comedy film STAGE FRIGHT hits theaters today, BroadwayWorld.com's Jule Styne Tribute is set for Sunday, and Mother's Day doesn't have to be tame with free shows at BROADWAY BARES!
THIS WEEKEND'S TOP ITEMS:
- BEAUTIFUL's Jessie Mueller, Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil are set to appear on THEATER TALK today!
- Rachel York, Gary Beach, Judy Kaye and more star in Indianapolis Symphony's ANYTHING GOES in concert, beginning tonight and continuing through the weekend!
- Allie MacDonald and Douglas Smith star in the dark comedy musical film STAGE FRIGHT, which hits theaters today...
- This Sunday is the EVERYTHING'S COMING UP BROADWAYWORLD.COM: A JULE STYNE TRIBUTE at Joe's Pub! Check out Pat Cerasaro's timely Flash Friday article here and look forward to performances by Alice Ripley, Leslie Uggams, Liza Minnelli, Mandy Gonzalez and more!
- Calling all Hot Mamas! Who needs flowers when you have BC/EFA's BROADWAY BARES letting Moms in FREE to its SOLO STRIPS show this weekend...
WHAT YOU MISSED YESTERDAY:
- Hugh Jackman, Laura Donnelly and Cush Jumbo will lead Jez Butterworth's THE RIVER on Broadway this fall!
- FUN HOME, which ran at the Public last fall, is eyeing Broadway for Spring 2015...
- BEAUTIFUL: THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL is reportedly headed across the pond for a West End debut in early 2015!
- The West End's upcoming HARRY POTTER play, produced by author J.K. Rowling, is courting ONCE's John Tiffany and LET THE RIGHT ONE IN's Jack Thorne for its director/writer team.
- Lots of UK news yesterday! Vanessa Kirby and Ben Foster will appear alongside Gillian Anderson in A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE at the Young Vic this summer; and Rosalie Craig and Hadley Fraser will lead CITY OF ANGELS at the Donmar in the fall!
- Plus, David Hunter and Jill Winternitz will be the new 'Guy' and 'Girl' for the London production of ONCE, beginning next week...
- PBS's Live From Lincoln Center will be airing the NY Philharmonic's production of SWEENEY TODD, starring Bryn Terfel and Emma Thompson, as well as Broadway's THE NANCE with Nathan Lane!
- Also going from stage to screen is DRIVING MISS DAISY, starring Angela Lansbury and James Earl Jones. The production is heading to theaters next month!
- We got a first look at Christopher Sieber as 'Miss Trunchbull' in Broadway's MATILDA, plus David Hyde Pierce is featured in the new TV spot for 'GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE'.
- A stage adaptation of the book THE LIGHTNING THIEF will strike off-Broadway this summer!
- And finally, Goodspeed Musicals' RAZZLE DAZZLE gala will honor Sheldon Harnick in Connecticut next month...
Broadway Weather Forecast: For today, expect rain showers throughout the morning and extending into the afternoon, high of 59. Scattered thunder storms set for Saturday (high of 76), and finally some good news for Sunday -- sunny with a high of 75.
Quote of the Day: Theatre as a safe house...
What we're watching: Ok, so this might not be "Mom friendly" fare (then again, who's to say your Mom isn't super cool and totally twisted...), but the musical horror comedy STAGE FRIGHT hits theaters today, and we can't wait to see it! Starring Allie MacDonald and Douglas Smith, plus appearances by Minnie Driver and Meat Loaf, STAGE FRIGHT follows a teen working at a musical theatre camp who gets caught in the clutches of a masked killer. Just based on the trailer -- watch below -- we think it's bound to be darkly hilarious!
And finally a Happy Birthday shout-out to Candice Bergen, who turns 68 today!
Bergen last starred on Broadway in Gore Vidal's The Best Man in 2012 and was also seen onstage in 1984's Hurlyburly. Her next big screen role will be in the movie Merry Friggin' Christmas, followed by a film from Warren Beatty. Her TV credits include appearances on The Michael J. Fox Show, House, Boston Legal, Law & Order, Sex and the City and more.
See you bright and early Monday, BroadwayWorld!