WAKE UP with BWW 8/14/14 - NEWSIES Reunion, LINCOLN'S FAVORITE SHAKESPEARE, Christmas in August 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: NEWSIES will 'stop the presses' at 54 Below tonight, Abe's Favorite scenes from the Bard go center stage in the Berkshires, The Rockettes bring Christmas to Sixth Avenue and more!
Next up introducing BWW's morning feature are the stars of off-Broadway's RED EYE OF LOVE, Josh Grisetti and Alli Mauzey! Apparently our news is pretty intoxicating, so be sure to scroll down for today's happenings!
TODAY'S TOP ITEMS:
- NEWSIES' Corey Cott, Andrew Keenan-Bolger, Ryan Steele and more reunite for STOP THE PRESSES at 54 Below tonight! Never could get over the fabulousness of all those boys dancing (below)...
- Brian Dennehy, Kathleen Chalfant and more stage scenes and soliloquies known and loved by Abraham Lincoln tonight in the Berkshires...
- Get a sneak peek at The Radio City Christmas Spectacular with a performance by The Rockettes today.
- Cast members from ON THE TOWN, MATILDA, MOTOWN and more appear in today's final BROADWAY IN BRYANT PARK presentation!
- And the company of THIS IS OUR YOUTH meets the press, so stay tuned for photos and video!
NEWS YOU MISSED YESTERDAY:
- The new musical FINDING NEVERLAND will make its Broadway debut next March!
- Kate Baldwin and Jason Danieley will lead Paper Mill's Broadway-Bound CAN-CAN revival this fall.
- Lillias White and more are set to star in Billy Porter's WHILE I YET LIVE off-Broadway...
- Now there are two Broadway-bound Stax Records projects in the mix! Robert Gordon is adapting his book RESPECT YOURSELF into a film and a musical.
- This weekend's Emmys will include a tribute or two for Robin Williams. See a photo (right) of Broadway's lights dimmed in his honor last night...
- And Richard Schiff and Nigel Lindsay have joined Lindsay Lohan in SPEED-THE-PLOW, set for an autumn run in London!
Broadway Weather Forecast: Sunny with a high of 79 degrees! Perfect for Bryant Park's last Broadway concert of the summer.
Quote of the Day: Brian Dennehy (about to take on Lincoln's favorite soliloquys) on aging in the theatre...
If you're sixty-something, pushing 70, the chances of you getting a tremendously fascinating part in the movies are very low, as to be almost negligible, or even in television. But in the theatre, there are still things to do, very interesting, very profound things.
-- Brian Dennehy (via BrainyQuote)
What we're watching: Disney's THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME, out on Blu-Ray this Saturday! And don't forget, Quasi Modo is about to take the stage at La Jolla Playhouse this October, followed by a spring run at Paper Mill Playhouse.
Video of the Day: It's a hard headline to face, but NEWSIES is coming to a close on Broadway soon. In honor of their "stop the presses" concert tonight, flash back to "Seize the Day" from the 1992 film!
And finally, a Happy Birthday shout-out to Steve Martin, who turns 69 today!
Steve Martin is an accomplished actor, comedian, musician, writer, producer and more. His new musical, Bright Star, is set to make its world premiere at The Old Globe this fall. Martin starred opposite Robin Williams in Waiting for Godot off-Broadway in 1988. He also produced 2002's The Elephant Man on Broadway and participated in Short Talks on the Universe that same year. Martin -- known for his prowess on the banjo -- has been touring with Edie Brickell and the Steep Canyon Rangers since 2013.
Among the actor's many film credits are The Muppet Movie, Three Amigos, Little Shop of Horrors, Planes, Trains & Automobiles, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Father of the Bride, Roxanne, Parenthood, Leap of Faith, The Pink Panther, and most recently, It's Complicated and The Big Year. He received an Honorary Academy Award this year and previously won an Emmy in 1969 for his work on The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour.
See you bright and early tomorrow, BroadwayWorld!