WAKE UP with BWW 8/26/14 - YOU CAN'T TAKE IT WITH YOU Begins, Dossett Heads to PIPPIN, DIRTY DANCING on Tour 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: YOU CAN'T TAKE IT WITH YOU starts its fireworks show tonight on Broadway, the DIRTY DANCING tour kicks off in D.C., NEWSIES' John Dossett travels over to PIPPIN and more!
Next up in our series of Broadway stars introducing BWW's morning feature is de'Adre Aziza (portrait by Walter McBride), who is currently starring in PIECE OF MY HEART off-Broadway and has also appeared on Broadway in PASSING STRANGE--for which she was nominated for a 2008 Tony--WOMEN ON THE VERGE OF A NERVOUS BREAKDOWN, MIKE TYSON: UNDISPUTED TRUTH and A NIGHT WITH JANIS JOPLIN. Take sultry sip of your morning joe and get on down to today's lineup!
TODAY'S TOP ITEMS:
- YOU CAN'T TAKE IT WITH YOU, starring James Earl Jones, begins performances tonight on Broadway!
- The North American tour of DIRTY DANCING (check out an iconic clip below), starring Samuel Pergande and Jillian Mueller, begins today in Washington, D.C.
- NEWSIES' John Dossett joins PIPPIN as 'Charles' tonight!
- The World Premiere of MY MANANA COMES begins previews tonight at Playwrights Realm.
- Simon Callow returns to the St. James in JUVENALIA this evening.
- And the soundtrack to the short musical film 'GRIND', featuring performances by Anthony Rapp and more, is out today!
NEWS YOU MISSED YESTERDAY:
- The Tonys, THE NORMAL HEART, Jessica Lange, Allison Janney and more all took home honors at last night's Emmy Awards ceremony. Read the full list of winners!
- We got a look (right) at the new artwork for Broadway's SIDE SHOW.
- T.R. Knight will return to the stage in POCATELLO at Playwrights Horizons this season...
- Danny Ashok has boarded the Broadway-bound production of DISGRACED; rehearsals begin today!
- Sierra Boggess is returning to 54 Below with FINDING THE BALANCE...
- And finally, husband-and-wife team Audra McDonald and Will Swenson took the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge to a new level...
Broadway Weather Forecast: 86 degrees and sunny! Keep it up August, this is beautiful!
Quote of the Day: Wise thoughts from YOU CAN'T TAKE IT WITH YOU star James Earl Jones...
When I read great literature, great drama, speeches, or sermons, I feel that the human mind has not achieved anything greater than the ability to share feelings and thoughts through language.
-- James Earl Jones (via BrainyQuote)
What we're watching: HBO's THE NORMAL HEART, out on DVD and Blu-ray today! The film took home the 2014 Emmy Award for 'Outstanding Television Movie' last night; it received 16 nominations this year.
And finally, a Happy Birthday shout-out to Keke Palmer, who turns 20 today!
Palmer is making her Broadway debut as the title role in CINDERELLA this fall and also appeared this year in the TV version of the play THE TRIP TO BOUNTIFUL. She rose to fame after starring in the film AKEELAH AND THE BEE in 2006. She also recently appeared in the movie JOYFUL NOISE with Queen Latifah, Dolly Parton and Jeremy Jordan. Palmer is known for her role in the Nickelodeon show TRUE JACKSON, VP and will soon appear in a recurring role on Showtime's MASTERS OF SEX, now hosts her own talk show on BET, and is working on her second studio album. Her first, SO UNCOOL, was released in 2007.
See you bright and early tomorrow, BroadwayWorld!