WAKE UP with BWW 7/28/14 - PHOENIX Rises, GHETTO KLOWN in the Park, Hall, Pinkham & Seibert in Concert 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: PHOENIX, starring Julia Stiles and James Wirt, begins tonight at Cherry Lane, John Leguizamo's GHETTO KLOWN comes to Central Park, and three concerts highlight Broadway talent this evening at 42West, Joe's Pub and 54 Below!
Next up in our series of Broadway stars introducing BWW's morning feature is composer and lyricist Benj Pasek (portrait by Walter McBride), who was nominated for a Tony Award for his work on A CHRISTMAS STORY THE MUSICAL last year and also wrote DOGFIGHT, which ran at Second Stage in 2012. Take note of Pasek's positive attitude and chase away those Monday mopes with the news!
TODAY'S TOP ITEMS:
- PHOENIX, starring Julia Stiles and James Wirt, begins tonight off-Broadway!
- John Leguizamo (below) goes solo this evening at SummerStage in GHETTO KLOWN.
- Lena Hall, Billy Magnussen and Constantine Maroulis rock 42West tonight in BROADWAY THE HARDWAY!
- A GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE star Bryce Pinkham supports Zara Aina tonight with BROADWAY SINGS ITS HEART OUT at Joe's Pub...
- And ROCKY's Margo Seibert goes solo in BUSY BEING FREE at 54 Below tonight!
NEWS YOU MISSED THIS WEEKEND:
- RIO is in development for the stage and will premiere in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in time for the 2016 Olympics, with its sights set on Broadway! Plus, a live version of ALVIN & THE CHIPMUNKS is also being crafted...
- SPIDER-MAN: TURN OFF THE DARK is finally swinging back into action -- an arena tour is in the works for 2015-16!
- Dr. Seuss' HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS! is returning to New York City this winter.
- And finally, OF MICE AND MEN may have closed on Sunday, but the production will be filmed in front of an invited audience tomorrow!
Broadway Weather Forecast: Morning thunderstorms with a high of 83, then cloudy the rest of the day. Sounds like a Monday, but just remember... the sun will come out--sorry, sorry. I won't go there.
Quote of the Day: Leguizamo on his obvious high school "profession"...
What we're looking forward to: THIS IS OUR YOUTH, which closed in Chicago over the weekend but will soon reappear on Broadway!
And finally, a Happy Birthday shout-out to Sally Struthers, who turns 68 today!
Struthers has starred on Broadway in Grease, The Odd Couple and Wally's Cafe. The singer has appeared on television in Gilmore Girls, General Hospital, Dinosaurs, Nine to Five, All in the Family and more and recently starred in the movies Waiting in the Wings: The Musical and Hollywood Musical!
See you bright and early tomorrow, BroadwayWorld!