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WAKE UP with BWW 6/20/14 - JERSEY BOYS on the Big Screen, Powerhouse Kicks Off, BROADWAY BARES & 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? This weekend's big news: JERSEY BOYS serenade us on the big screen -- the movie opens wide today; the cast of ALADDIN appears at Barnes & Noble; tickets to King & Mellencamp's 'GHOST BROTHERS' tour go on sale; and BROADWAY BARES: ROCK HARD! hits the stage this Sunday!

Next up in our series of Broadway celebs introducting BWW's lovely morning feature is Max von Essen (portrait by Walter McBride), star of SUBMISSIONS ONLY, EVITA, LES MIS, DANCE OF THE VAMPIRES and more. WAKE UP with von Essen's charming smirk and get to reading this weekend's news!

WAKE UP with BWW 6/20/14 - JERSEY BOYS on the Big Screen, Powerhouse Kicks Off, BROADWAY BARES & More!
Max von Essen. Photo by Walter McBride.

THIS WEEKEND'S TOP ITEMS:

NEWS YOU MISSED YESTERDAY:

Broadway Weather Forecast: Mostly sunny with a high of 80 degrees for the weekend! Maybe our snark at yesterday's weather scared the rain away...

Quote of the Day: In honor of the new JERSEY BOYS film opening today, here's a quote from the musical that started it all...

They ask ya 'what was the high point?' The Hall of Fame, sellin' all those records, pullin' Sherry outta the hat? It was all great. But the first time the four of us made that sound, our sound... when everything dropped away and all there was was the music... that was the best.
-- Frankie Valli, Jersey Boys (via Wikiquote)

What we're watching: Set your DVR! SMASH alumni Christian Borle and Megan Hilty lend their voices to Disney Jr's first original movie LUCKY DUCK, which airs tonight.

WAKE UP with BWW 6/20/14 - JERSEY BOYS on the Big Screen, Powerhouse Kicks Off, BROADWAY BARES & More!

Video of the Day: Watch a clip of the JERSEY BOYS singing "Who Loves You" in Clint Eastwood's new movie adaptation, hitting theaters across the country today!

And finally, a Happy Birthday shout-out Olympia Dukakis, who turns 83 today!

Dukakis last appeared on Broadway in 2000's Rose. She also graced the Great White Way in Social Security, Who's Who in Hell, Abraham Cochrane and The Aspern Papers. Among her many off-Broadway credits are The Milk Train Doesn't Stop Here Anymore, The Singing Forest, A Mother, A Daughter, and A Gun, The Hope Zone, The Marriage of Bette and Boo, Curse of the Starving Class, Nourish the Beast, Baba Goya, Peer Gynt, The Memorandum, Father Uxbridge Wants To Marry, Electra, Crime and Crime and A Man's a Man.

The actress has quite a few films in the queue, including Outliving Emily, The Secret of the Gods, 7 Chinese Brothers and To the Flame. In 1987, Dukakis won an Academy Award, a Golden Globe and a BAFTA nomination for her performance in Moonstruck.

WAKE UP with BWW 6/20/14 - JERSEY BOYS on the Big Screen, Powerhouse Kicks Off, BROADWAY BARES & More!
Photo by Walter McBride

See you bright and early on Monday, BroadwayWorld!

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