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WAKE UP with BWW 8/28/14 - IT'S ONLY A PLAY Begins, Shapiro Sisters and RELATIVITY at 54 Below, 'MOCKINGBIRD' 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: Broadway's IT'S ONLY A PLAY, starring renowned stage duo Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick, begins previews tonight, The Shapiro Sisters "live out loud" and RELATIVITY gets a concert -- both at 54 Below -- and TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD starts tonight at London's Open Air Theatre.

Next up in our series of Broadway stars introducing BWW's morning feature is Teal Wicks (portrait by Walter McBride), current star of off-Broadway's PIECE OF MY HEART, who has appeared on Broadway in WICKED and JEKYLL & HYDE. Teal and BWW hope you're thirsty for some news (after your coffee, of course)!

WAKE UP with BWW 8/28/14 - IT'S ONLY A PLAY Begins, Shapiro Sisters and RELATIVITY at 54 Below, 'MOCKINGBIRD' and More!
Teal Wicks wants you to WAKE UP with BWW!
Photo by Walter McBride.

TODAY'S TOP ITEMS:

WAKE UP with BWW 8/28/14 - IT'S ONLY A PLAY Begins, Shapiro Sisters and RELATIVITY at 54 Below, 'MOCKINGBIRD' and More!

NEWS YOU MISSED YESTERDAY:

Broadway Weather Forecast: Clear, high of 81 degrees, and sunny!

Quote of the Day: In honor of TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD in London, have some wise words from author Harper Lee...

"You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view... Until you climb inside of his skin and walk around in it."
-- Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird (via Goodreads)

What we're looking forward to reading: Dave Itzkoff's forthcoming Robin Williams biography (just announced yesterday!). See the actor below, pictured with his daughter Zelda. Photo via Instagram.

WAKE UP with BWW 8/28/14 - IT'S ONLY A PLAY Begins, Shapiro Sisters and RELATIVITY at 54 Below, 'MOCKINGBIRD' and More!

Video of the Day: Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga will release their album of duets, CHEEK TO CHEEK, on September 23. Check out their first official video for "I Can't Give You Anything But Love" below!

And finally, a Happy Birthday shout-out to Peter Bartlett, who turns 72 today!

Bartlett is a prolific Broadway performer, currently onstage as 'Sebastian' in Rodgers + Hammerstein's Cinderella. He has also starred in A Free Man of Color, The Drowsy Chaperone, The Frogs, Never Gonna Dance, Voices in the Dark, Beauty and the Beast, Boom Boom Boom, Gloria and Esperanza and A Patriot for Me. Bartlett has also appeared in several works by playwright Paul Rudnick, such as Jeffrey, The Naked Truth, and The Most Fabulous Story Ever Told (for which he was nominated for a Drama Desk Award).

WAKE UP with BWW 8/28/14 - IT'S ONLY A PLAY Begins, Shapiro Sisters and RELATIVITY at 54 Below, 'MOCKINGBIRD' and More!
Peter Bartlett at the 74th Annual New York Drama Critics' Circle Awards.
Photo by Walter McBride.

See you bright and early tomorrow, BroadwayWorld!

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