WAKE UP with BWW 6/25/14 - TICK, TICK... BOOM!, THE LAST SHIP, PIECE OF MY HEART, TARZAN 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: Encores! Off-Center's TICK, TICK... BOOM! bursts onto the stage tonight, THE LAST SHIP sails into Chicago and TARZAN treads the boards at the Muny, and PIECE OF MY HEART opens off-Broadway while MURDER FOR TWO finishes its run!
Next up in our series of Broadway stars introducing BWW's morning feature is Michael James Scott (portrait by Walter McBride), who is currently appearing in Aladdin and The Book of Mormon on Broadway and has also played roles in Elf, Hair, The Pirate Queen, Tarzan, All Shook Up and Mamma Mia!. Scott wants you to take a sip of that delicious coffee, then onward to today's news!
TODAY'S TOP ITEMS:
- Lin-Manuel Miranda, Leslie Odom Jr. and Karen Olivo star in Encores! Off-Center's TICK, TICK... BOOM!, opening tonight! Get a sneak peek at the cast here.
- Sting's THE LAST SHIP opens in Chicago tonight and looks forward to its fall run on Broadway!
- Beginning tonight off-Broadway is PIECE OF MY HEART, featuring Zak Resnick, Leslie Kritzer, de'Adre Aziza, Teal Wicks and more. Plus, FUERZA BRUTA WAYRA premieres this evening!
- MURDER FOR TWO rounds out a "killer" yearlong run off-Broadway today...
- TARZAN, with Nicholas Rodriguez in the lead, opens tonight at the Muny in St. Louis!
- Set your DVR! Susan Boyle will appear on LIVE! WITH KELLY & MICHAEL this morning.
NEWS YOU MISSED YESTERDAY:
- Rose Byrne and Annaleigh Ashford will join James Earl Jones in YOU CAN'T TAKE IT WITH YOU this fall (more here)!
- We got a first look at Sting's Broadway-bound THE LAST SHIP, opening tonight in Chicago!
- BROADWAY BARES: ROCK HARD! raised more than $1.3 million for BC/EFA on Sunday night; check out highlights from the show!
- Haven Burton joined KINKY BOOTS as 'Lauren' yesterday; and Lindsay Roginski will be making her Broadway debut in CHICAGO as 'Roxie Hart' at the end of the month!
- Off-Broadway, Max Crumm will star in THE FANTASTICKS as 'Matt/The Boy' beginning in July...
- A stage adaptation of Gabriel Kahane's THE AMBASSADOR, helmed by ONCE's John Tiffany, will run in NYC, LA and North Carolina.
- Manhattan Theatre Club will stage the World Premiere of THE SWING OF THE SEA in 2015, plus the theater just set the cast for THE WORLD OF EXTREME HAPPINESS!
- Vanessa Hudgens, Corey Cott, Victoria Clark, Kate Burton and more will appear in an NYC reading of GIGI, which is headed to D.C.'s Kennedy Center, followed by Broadway.
- Who doesn't like to hear stage and screen greats talk Shakespeare? Jessica Chastain, Annette Bening and more will appear at the SHAKESPEARE IN AMERICA public forum at the Delacorte later this month!
- And finally, BUYER & CELLAR ends off-Broadway next month, but the show is traveling to London next spring!
Broadway Weather Forecast: Stay dry at the theatre! Thunderstorms in the afternoon and evening, high of 82 degrees.
Quote of the Day: In honor of Sting's THE LAST SHIP opening in Chicago, some serious words from the composer /lyricist...
I don't need to manufacture trauma in my life to be creative. I have a big enough reservoir of sadness or emotional trauma to last me.
-- Sting (via BrainyQuote)
What we're listening to: THE JERSEY BOYS movie soundtrack, mixed with a little of "The Very Best of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons" CD, which is now at No. 1 on Amazon, thanks to Clint Eastwood's film!
And finally, a Happy Birthday shout-out to June Lockhart, who turns 89 today!
Lockhart starred on Broadway in 1947's For Love or Money, for which she won the '48 Tony Award for Outstanding Performance by a Newcomer, and The Grand Prize in 1955. Lockhart is well known for her roles in the TV series Lassie, Lost in Space and Petticoat Junction. More recently, the actress made an appearance in 2006 in the long-running medical drama Grey's Anatomy.
See you bright and early tomorrow, BroadwayWorld!