WAKE UP with BWW 8/28/14 - IT'S ONLY A PLAY Begins, Shapiro Sisters and RELATIVITY at 54 Below, 'MOCKINGBIRD' 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: 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)!
TODAY'S TOP ITEMS:
- Broadway's IT'S ONLY A PLAY, starring Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick (below) begins previews tonight!
- The Shapiro Sisters celebrate their album 'LIVE OUT LOUD' at 54 Below this evening.
- Also at 54 Below, F. Michael Haynie and Sarah Beth Pfeifer star in RELATIVITY in concert!
- And TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD begins performances at the Regent's Park Open Air Theatre...
NEWS YOU MISSED YESTERDAY:
- Broadway's THE ELEPHANT MAN announced its full cast!
- Carole Shelley will step into the role of 'Miss Shingle' in 'GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE' this October!
- Noah Marlowe has signed on for I AM HARVEY MILK at Lincoln Center this fall!
- A.R.T.'s Broadway-bound FINDING NEVERLAND has broken box office and attendance records in Boston!
- We learned that the Shubert Organization's plans for a new Broadway theater are still up in the air...
- David Schwimmer and others are set for MCC Theater's 2014 Playlab series...
- Finally, Broadway composer Sandy Wilson has passed away at the age of 90.
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)
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).
See you bright and early tomorrow, BroadwayWorld!