WAKE UP with BWW 7/15/14 - Jenkins Back in NEWSIES, LADY DAY & HEDWIG on the Shelves, Menzel Goes MLB 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: Capathia Jenkins returns to NEWSIES as 'Medda', we can add two new Original Cast Recordings to our collection -- LADY DAY and HEDWIG -- and Idina Menzel performs at tonight's MBL All-Star Game!
TODAY'S TOP ITEMS:
- Original 'Medda' Capatha Jenkins returns to close out NEWSIES' run on Broadway!
- Everett Quinton's DROP DEAD PERFECT begins off-Broadway.
- Megan Hilty, Stephanie J. Block and more take part in the IT COULD BE WORSE Season 2 launch concert at 54 Below.
- Take a Tony-winner out to the ball game! IF/THEN's Idina Menzel will sing the National Anthem at tonight's MLB All-Star Game...
- And Stephen Berger, Larry Cahn, Dee Roscioli, Donna Vivino and more star in THE GIG, beginning today at NYMF!
NEWS YOU MISSED YESTERDAY:
- Broadway's HOLLER IF YA HEAR ME announced it will shutter this coming Sunday...
- We got a first look at highlights from MISS SAIGON in the West End, plus we got to meet BILLY ELLIOT's new star Ollie Jochim!
- Kerry Ellis is returning to WICKED in London, with Willemijn Verkaik playing her final performance this weekend...
- And speaking of WICKED, Chandra Lee Schwartz and Etai BenShlomo will be joining the show's US tour later this month as 'Glinda' and 'Boq'.
- Duncan Sheik and Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa's AMERICAN PSYCHO musical will be making its U.S. Premiere at Second Stage this winter!
- In the off-Broadway world, 50 SHADES! THE MUSICAL PARODY announced new cast members for next week, and DRUNK SHAKESPEARE has extended through mid-October.
- Patti LuPone will be starring in LA Opera's THE GHOSTS OF VERSAILLES next February...
- Betty Buckley is collaborating with T Bone Burnett on her new album GHOSTLIGHT, out this fall!
- And finally, coming up this Thursday, check out the casts of LES MIS, PIPPIN and more at BROADWAY IN BRYANT PARK!
Broadway Weather Forecast: Feels like deja vu! Thunderstorms with a high of 84 today. But hang in there -- looks like the clouds will be clearing up later this week.
Quote of the Day: In light of yesterday's wonderful news that AMERICAN PSYCHO will be traveling across the pond, hear what creator Duncan Sheik has to say about darkness in art...
What we're listening to: The LADY DAY AT EMERSON'S BAR AND GRILL Original Broadway Cast Recording, out today! Not only do we get to travel back in time to Billie Holiday's hey-day, we also get to live it through another stand-out entertainer -- six-time Tony winner Audra McDonald.
And finally, a Happy Birthday shout-out to Scott Foley, who turns 43 today!
Well known for his roles as 'Sean Kelly' in the long-running medical dramedy series Scrubs (please make a musical, please!), 'Henry Burton' in Grey's Anatomy, 'Patrick Devins' in True Blood and 'Jake Ballard' on Scandal, Foley starred on Broadway in 2003's The Violet Hour.
See you bright and early tomorrow, BroadwayWorld!