WAKE UP with BWW 6/3/14 - JUST JIM DALE Opens; IF/THEN, Ahrens & Flaherty Albums!
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: Roundabout's Just Jim Dale opens off-Broadway tonight, and the IF/THEN cast recording hits shelves today, along with Ahrens & Flaherty's live album NICE FIGHTING YOU.
TODAY'S TOP ITEMS:
- JUST JIM DALE opens off-Broadway tonight; watch just-released highlights from the solo show here!
- The IF/THEN cast recording is officially out today! Get your copy for the June 12 CD signing at the Madison Avenue Sony store in NYC.
- Ahrens & Flaherty release their double-CD 'Live at 54 Below' album set NICE FIGHTING YOU.
- This year's Tony nominees are stopping by the Empire State Building today, and CINDERELLA's Fran Drescher is getting a portrait at Sardi's; BWW will be at both, so stay tuned for photos!
- Plus, the Tony Awards just announced their student lottery, with a limited number of tickets available today at the Tony Pop-Up Shop!
NEWS YOU MISSED YESTERDAY:
- Jeremy Jordan and Laura Michelle Kelly will star in A.R.T's FINDING NEVERLAND!
- FROZEN's Kirsten Bell, WEEDS' Hunter Parrish, and GLEE's Jenna Ushkowitz and Amber Riley will lead HAIR at The Hollywood Bowl!
- Not only are Ahrens & Flaherty releasing their live 54 below album today, but the duo is also going to see a developmental lab production of their new musical ANASTASIA in NYC this August.
- Williamstown Theatre Festival will welcome Anna Chlumsky, Jason Danieley, The Skivvies and more this season...
- The Tony Awards will be broadcast in over 30 countries. Check out the details here! Plus, our own Randy Rainbow will be hosting a Tony Awards simulcast at 42West!
- More Tonys news -- BUYER & CELLAR's Barrett Foa will be Tweeting behind-the-scenes moments from the ceremony as CBS's social media reporter.
- Sutton Foster, Jonathan Groff, Zachary Quinto and more are set to perform at the Public's ONE THRILLING COMBINATION gala, honoring Marvin Hamlisch.
- LES MISERABLES star Ramin Karimloo and more snagged 2014 Dora nominations.
- MONTY PYTHON LIVE (Mostly) from London's O2 will hit U.S. theaters this July!
- MOTOWN announced that Josh Tower will play 'Berry Gordy' in the musical from June 17...
- This year's NYMF announced its full lineup, with musicals about Clinton, Oprah, Wikipedia, zombies and more!
- The new movie musical WALKING ON SUNSHINE will hit theaters June 27.
- BRADY BUNCH and Broadway star Ann B. Davis passed away at 88. Read what fellow actors and friends have said about Davis here.
- And read about this weekend's incident in which an actor was fired after physicially removing a heckler from the audience at Repertory East Playhouse's CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF...
Broadway Weather Forecast: High of 82 with scattered evening thunderstorms. Stay dry!
Quote of the Day: Jim Dale on hooking an audience...
It's a little like casting out hundreds of fishing lines into the audience. You start getting little bites, then more, then you hook a few, then more. Then you can start reeling them in and that's a loveliest feeling - the whole audience laughing with you.
-- Jim Dale (via BrainyQuote)
What we're looking forward to: The BULLETS OVER BROADWAY cast recording, out just after the Tonys on June 10!
And finally, a Happy Birthday shout-out to Anderson Cooper, who turns 48 today!
Cooper lent his voice to the 2011 revival of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying; his pre-recorded announcer's voice played the narrator, with Daniel Radcliffe and John Larroquette starring in the show. Cooper is best known for his work as a journalist and television personality and anchors the CNN news show Anderson Cooper 360°. He also hosted his daytime talk show -- Anderson Live -- from 2011-2013.
See you bright and early tomorrow, BroadwayWorld!