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WAKE UP with BWW 8/5/14 - KING LEAR and 'SUNDAY' in the Park, Fitzgerald as Flynn in CHICAGO 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: KING LEAR opens at Shakespeare in the Park, and SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE begins in D.C., plus Christopher Fitzgerald returns to CHICAGO in a new role and more!

Next up in our series of Broadway stars introducing BWW's morning feature is Nellie McKay (portrait by Walter McBride), who appeared in 2006's The Threepenny Opera. Soak up McKay's demure charm and scroll down to peruse the news!

WAKE UP with BWW 8/5/14 - KING LEAR and 'SUNDAY' in the Park, Fitzgerald as Flynn in CHICAGO and More!
Nellie McKay wants you to WAKE UP with BWW!
Photo by Walter McBride.

TODAY'S TOP ITEMS:

WAKE UP with BWW 8/5/14 - KING LEAR and 'SUNDAY' in the Park, Fitzgerald as Flynn in CHICAGO and More!

NEWS YOU MISSED YESTERDAY:

WAKE UP with BWW 8/5/14 - KING LEAR and 'SUNDAY' in the Park, Fitzgerald as Flynn in CHICAGO and More!
Chita Rivera in
Williamstown's THE VISIT!

Broadway Weather Forecast: High of 88 degrees today and mostly sunny, but there's a small chance of showers this evening.

Quote of the Day: Annette Bening, who stars alongside John Lithgow in KING LEAR, on finding your voice...

We all perform our lives in a way. And the actor is a perfect metaphor to get at that theme of 'how do we find our authentic selves?' And that we all - whether we're actors or not - perform ourselves. As a way of searching. As a way of fumbling around and trying to say, is this my voice? Is this who I am?
-- Annette Bening (via BrainyQuote)

What we're listening to: The Public Theater's A SECOND CHANCE cast recording, out online and in stores today! A SECOND CHANCE tells the story of a recent widower and a divorcée who meet and discover a connection, despite their reservations.

WAKE UP with BWW 8/5/14 - KING LEAR and 'SUNDAY' in the Park, Fitzgerald as Flynn in CHICAGO and More!

Video of the Day: In honor of Signature's production, watch a clip of Bernadette Peters and Mandy Patinkin in Broadway's SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE, which debuted in 1984 and aired on Showtime in 1986!

See you bright and early tomorrow, BroadwayWorld!

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