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WAKE UP with BWW 7/7/14 - 'Meet Your Heroes' at NYMF, THE LONG SHRIFT Off-Broadway and More!

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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: NYMF kicks off tonight with a concert celebrating some of the musical theatre world's top composers, James Franco directs THE LONG SHRIFT off-Broadway and more!

Next up in our series of Broadway stars introducing BWW's morning feature is Tony nominee Josh Young (portrait by Walter McBride), who last starred on Broadway in JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR. If that charming smile isn't enough to clear away your Monday morning cobwebs and scroll on down to the news, we don't know what is!

WAKE UP with BWW 7/7/14 - 'Meet Your Heroes' at NYMF, THE LONG SHRIFT Off-Broadway and More!
Josh Young wants you to WAKE UP with BWW!
Photo by Walter McBride.

TODAY'S TOP ITEMS:

NEWS YOU MISSED THIS WEEKEND:

Broadway Weather Forecast: Hot (high of 91 degrees) and sunny!

Quote of the Day: In honor of our musical theatre heroes and NYMF 2014 launch tonight, here some poetic advice from Michael John LaChiusa...

"The only way we live beyond our lives is to connect and carve ourselves into the souls of those we love."
-- Michael John LaChiusa, Little Fish (via Goodreads)

What we'll be adding to our playlist next week: The original cast album for LADY DAY, starring the incomparable Audra McDonald as Billie Holiday. Get a first listen and see the track list here before the release next Tuesday!

WAKE UP with BWW 7/7/14 - 'Meet Your Heroes' at NYMF, THE LONG SHRIFT Off-Broadway and More!

Video of the Day: Celebrate BRIGADOON's opening in Chicago with a video of Gene Kelly performing "Almost Like Being In Love" in the 1954 film version!

See you bright and early tomorrow, BroadwayWorld!

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