WAKE UP with BWW 7/16/14 - PUMP BOYS & DINETTES, 'WIDOW' at Powerhouse, 'LOVE' at WTF, 'FIDDLER' at Goodspeed 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 PUMP BOYS AND DINETTES opens tonight, and the regional theatre scene explodes tonight with Kyra Sedgwick starring in Powerhouse's THE DANISH WIDOW, FIDDLER ON THE ROOF opening at Goodspeed, and LIVING ON LOVE making its world premiere with Renée Fleming in Williamstown!
TODAY'S TOP ITEMS:
- Encores! Off-Center's PUMP BOYS AND DINETTES, starring Hunter Foster, Mamie Parris, Katie Thompson and more, opens tonight!
- Kyra Sedgwick stars in John Patrick Shanley's new play THE DANISH WIDOW, which begins this evening at Powerhouse.
- Adam Heller leads the cast of Goodspeed's 50th anniversary production of FIDDLER ON THE ROOF as it opens tonight!
- The World Premiere of LIVING ON LOVE, featuring soprano Renée Fleming, opens tonight at Williamstown Theatre Festival...
- Lillias White and more lead the NYMF reading of the new musical HARRIET, based on the life of Harriet Tubman.
- And Ben Crawford makes his solo debut at 54 Below this evening...
NEWS YOU MISSED YESTERDAY:
- HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH has recouped on Broadway, and SKYLIGHT recouped in the West End after just five weeks at Wyndham's!
- Josh Hamilton will star alongside Ewan McGregor and Maggie Gyllenhaal in Roundabout's THE REAL THING.
- ROCKY has been knocked out of the Broadway fight. And now that the Winter Garden Theatre has opened up as of next month, FINDING NEVERLAND could transfer to the Broadway venue this fall...
- Gloria Estefan's ON YOUR FEET! will have a staged reading in NYC this month before its Chicago premiere and fall Broadway run.
- Alli Mauzey, Josh Grisetti and Kevin Pariseau will star in Amas Musical Theatre's RED EYE OF LOVE...
- Ben Davis, Alexandra Silber, Tony Yazbeck and Louise Dearman are set to lead KISS ME, KATE at BBC Proms next month!
- Opening off-Broadway this fall, THE BELLE OF AMHERST will star Joely Richardson as Emily Dickinson.
- We got a first look at photos and highlights from THE ADDAMS FAMILY at the Muny in St. Louis!
- We learned that R&B star Deborah Cox will be singing the vocal tracks for Lifetime's upcoming Whitney Houston biopic...
- And finally, in case you missed it, Idina Menzel knocked it out of the ball park with her performance at last night's MLB All-Star Game!
Broadway Weather Forecast: Morning showers with clouds in the evening and a cool (at least for July) 80-degree high.
Quote of the Day: With Renée Fleming starring in WTF's LIVING ON LOVE from tonight, hear what she has to say about taking chances...
I've always been inspired by artists who have shown musical and intellectual curiosity and the courage to take risks.
-- Renée Fleming (via BrainyQuote)
VIdeo of the Day: In honor of PUMP BOYS AND DINETTES opening tonight with Encores!, re-live the show's 1982 Tony Awards performance!
And finally, a Happy Birthday shout-out to the lord of the dance, Michael Flatley, who turns 57 today!
Choreographer Michael Flatley brought Riverdance to Broadway in 2000. He is also the creator of the world renowned Irish dance shows Lord of the Dance, Feet of Flames and Celtic Tiger. Last month, the dancer was featured in a TV special called "Michael Flatley: A Night to Remember", celebrating his long and award-winning career.
See you bright and early tomorrow, BroadwayWorld!