WAKE UP with BWW 6/13/14 - BUYER & CELLAR, Queen Margherita, Sandra Oh, MERMAID at TUTS & Father's Day!
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: On this lovely Father's Day weekend, BUYER & CELLAR celebrates 400 performances off-Broadway, Lesli Margherita addresses her subjects at 54 Below tonight, Sandra Oh, known to most as 'Cristina Yang' from GREY'S ANATOMY, stars in DEATH AND THE MAIDEN in Chicago, and Jessica Grové leads a starry cast in THE LITTLE MERMAID in Houston!
THIS WEEKEND'S TOP ITEMS:
- BUYER & CELLAR, starring Barrett Foa, plays its 400th performance off-Broadway today!
- MATILDA star Lesli Margherita brings ALL HAIL THE QUEEN to 54 Below this evening.
- Kay Trinidad, Jason Gotay, and Jeigh Madjus lead an industry reading of the new rock musical EMPTY CITY today...
- GREY'S ANATOMY's Sandra Oh stars in DEATH AND THE MAIDEN, beginning performances tonight at Chicago's Victory Gardens Theatre.
- Jessica Grové, Eric Kunze, Alan Mingo, Jr. and more star in Disney's THE LITTLE MERMAID for TUTS; the show begins tonight at the Hobby Center!
- On Sunday, Darren Criss, Lea Salonga and more will take part in AFTER THE STORM, a benefit for typhoon victims at the Kennedy Center in D.C.
- And finally, take your dad to see a show this weekend in honor of Father's Day!
NEWS YOU MISSED YESTERDAY:
- THE BEST NEWS EVER! Andrew Rannells will replace Neil Patrick Harris in HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH on Broadway this August!
- Jake Gyllenhaal is set to make his Broadway debut in Nick Payne's CONSTELLATIONS in January 2015.
- Michael McGrath has replaced Roger Bart in Broadway's FINDING NEVERLAND (read more here)...
- Tony-nominated sound designer John Gromada has started an online petition in response to the Tony Committee's decision to nix the Best Sound Design of a Play and Best Sound Design of a Musical Categories for the 2014-15 season.
- BUYER & CELLAR announced it will close off-Broadway at the end of July...
- Kelli O'Hara, Alec Baldwin and more will appear at June 30th's SHAKESPEARE IN AMERICA public forum at the Delacorte.
- Constantine Maroulis and Marilu Henner will lead readings of the new musical GETTIN' THE BAND BACK TOGETHER later this month...
- Stage and screen legend Ruby Dee has passed away at the age of 91, and Broadway is dimming its lights in honor of her legacy tonight...
- The upcoming NYCLU benefit will feature HEDWIG's Lena Hall, MENAGERIE's Celia Keenan-Bolger and more next month!
- Simon Callow and Nicholas Parsons will host THE GREAT BRITISH MUSICALS - IN CONCERT next month at the St. James in London.
- Emma Thompson will reprise her role as 'Mrs. Lovett' alongside Bryn Terfel as the title character in the English National Opera's production of SWEENEY TODD!
- Tim Driesen will lead the UK tour of JERSEY BOYS, running through August 2015.
- And a gala production of the SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE stage adaptation will benefit two charities in late July...
Broadway Weather Forecast: More thunderstorms today with a high of 79, but the sun comes out (tomorrow! sorry, couldn't resist...) Saturday and Sunday with an overall high of 81 degrees for the weekend.
Quote of the Day: In honor of BUYER & CELLAR's 400th performance today, Michael Urie talks about "blending in"...
Don't feel you have to stick to plans, because something better might come up; and try to blend in, because you see more. I've learnt that the principles of moving around a big city are the same everywhere; only the people and streets are different.
-- Michael Urie (via BrainyQuote)
What we're re-watching all weekend: The 2014 Tony Awards! This year's ceremony is now available on iTunes HD. Or, if you had a just one or two favorite performances from the evening's lineup, you can download the individual segements to help you relive the moments!
And finally, a Happy Birthday shout-out to Richard Thomas, who turns 63 today!
Thomas last appeared on Broadway in An Enemy of the People in 2012. Before that, he starred in Race, A Naked Girl on the Appian Way, Democracy, Love Letters, The Front Page, Fifth of July and more. He currently stars in the TV series The Americans. Among his other TV credits are White Collar, Law & Order: SVU, BloodHounds, inc, Rizzoli & Isles, Just Cause, Promised Land, The Waltons, and a slew of TV movies.
See you bright and early on Monday, BroadwayWorld!