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WAKE UP with BWW 6/19/14 - HOLLER IF YA HEAR ME Opens, KINKY BOOTS Hits 500 and More!

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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: HOLLER IF YA HEAR ME opens on Broadway tonight, KINKY BOOTS celebrates 500 performances, SIDE SHOW opens at the Kennedy Center and more!

We bet you were wondering about the image of Constantine Maroulis (taken by our fabulous photographer Walter McBride) at the top of this edition of WAKE UP. More Broadway stars will be introducing our lovely morning feature in the weeks to come, so stay tuned! In the meantime, see how Maroulis means business with that dose of AM Broadway news...

WAKE UP with BWW 6/19/14 - HOLLER IF YA HEAR ME Opens, KINKY BOOTS Hits 500 and More!
Constantine Maroulis. Photo by Walter McBride.

TODAY'S TOP ITEMS:

NEWS YOU MISSED YESTERDAY:

Broadway Weather Forecast: Cloudy and rainy with a high of 76 degrees. With all this rain, the grass in Central Park had better be knee-high by the fourth of July...

Quote of the Day: In honor of HOLLER IF YA HEAR ME opening tonight on Broadway, words from Tupac Shakur on making the most of what we're given...

It's the game of life. Do I win or do I lose? One day they're gonna shut the game down. I gotta have as much fun and go around the board as many times as I can before it's my turn to leave.
-- Tupac Shakur (via BrainyQuote)

What we're listening to: Justin Timberlake. Not that we don't listen to him all the time, but we're prepping for next month's BROADWAY SINGS JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE concerts, featuring Tony winner Lena Hall, SMASH star Andy Mientus and a slew of other celebs!

WAKE UP with BWW 6/19/14 - HOLLER IF YA HEAR ME Opens, KINKY BOOTS Hits 500 and More!

And finally, a double Happy Birthday shout-out to Phylicia Rashad, who turns 67, and Kathleen Turner, who hits 61 today!

Rashad last appeared on Broadway in 2008 in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. Her other Broadway credits include August: Osage County, Cymbeline, Gem of the Ocean, A Raisin in the Sun -- for which she won the 2004 Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play -- Jelly's Last Jam, Into the Woods, Dreamgirls and The Wiz.

Three-time Tony nominee Turner's Broadway history includes the shows High, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, The Graduate, Indiscretions, and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.

WAKE UP with BWW 6/19/14 - HOLLER IF YA HEAR ME Opens, KINKY BOOTS Hits 500 and More!

See you bright and early tomorrow, BroadwayWorld!

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