WAKE UP with BWW 7/2/14 - LADY DAY Hits 100, Ariana Grande Live, JUNE MOON Launches WTF & 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: LADY DAY marks the big 1-0-0, Ariana Grande debuts songs from her new album on MTV, and JUNE MOON starts this year's festival in Williamstown!
Next up in our series of Broadway stars introducing BWW's morning feature is Telly Leung (portrait by Walter McBride), who has appeared on the Great White Way in Godspell, Pacific Overtures, Flower Drum Song and RENT. Ease into the mid-week madness with a hot drink and skim today's news!
TODAY'S TOP ITEMS:
- LADY DAY, starring six-time Tony winner Audra McDonald, celebrates 100 performances this evening, so be sure to check back later for photos!
- Ariana Grande debuts new songs from her album MY EVERYTHING on MTV tonight.
- SPIDER-MAN's Justin Matthew Sargent and Rebecca Faulkenberry are set for SWEET DREAMS at 54 Below this evening...
- JUNE MOON kicks off the 2014 Williamstown Theatre Festival today!
NEWS YOU MISSED YESTERDAY:
- HERE LIES LOVE is officially London-bound; the show will open at the new Dorfman Theatre this fall!
- THE ILLUSIONISTS will conjure magic on Broadway at the Marriott Marquis Theatre this December...
- The 6th Annual National High School Musical Awards (Jimmy Awards) announced this year's winners: Jai' Len Josey and Jonah Rawitz!
- THE REALISTIC JONESES will leave the Broadway neighborhood this Sunday, July 6th.
- We got a look at highlights and photos from Encores! FAUST: THE CONCERT.
- John Bolton will join the cast of PAGEANT this Sunday, and Nikki Renee Daniels is now 'Nabulungi' in THE BOOK OF MORMON on Broadway!
- NT Live is set to air international broadcasts of JOHN and TREASURE ISLAND this winter...
- Tickets are now on sale for the premieres of BULL DURHAM and TUCK EVERLASTING at Atlanta's Alliance Theatre!
- Jason Alexander is directing BROADWAY BOUND in Los Angeles this August.
- Lou Diamond Phillips will take over the lead in THE KING AND I from July 10 in Melbourne; Jason Scott Lee has withdrawn from the show due to injury.
- Original Jersey Boy Frankie Valli is set to headline PBS's A CAPITOL FOURTH celebration.
- And finally, ABC's ONCE UPON A TIME has revealed casting for FROZEN's Anna and Kristoff!
Broadway Weather Forecast: Partly cloudy, high of 89 degrees, with a slight chance of thunderstorms. Pack your umbrella just in case!
Quote of the Day: In honor of LADY DAY's milestone, Billie Holiday talks about her original voice...
And finally, a Happy Birthday shout-out to Lindsay Lohan, who turns 28 today!
The actress is set to make her West End debut in Speed-the-Plow this fall. Lohan made her motion picture debut in Disney's remake of The Parent Trap in 1998 and went on to appear in Freaky Friday, Mean Girls and Disney's Herbie: Fully Loaded. Her debut solo album "Speak" came out in 2004, with "A Little More Personal (Raw)" the following year. After several years battling drug abuse and run-ins with the law, Lohan starred as Elizabeth Taylor in the TV biopic Liz & Dick in 2012. Her last film was The Canyons.
See you bright and early tomorrow, BroadwayWorld!