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WAKE UP with BWW 8/7/14 - PHOENIX Opens, Elaine Stritch Tribute at the Met Room and 50 SHADES!, 'ELBOW' & More in Bryant Park!

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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: PHOENIX, starring Julia Stiles and James Wirt, opens off-Broadway, the Met Room celebrates Elaine Stritch, BROADWAY IN BRYANT PARK returns for one of its final shows this summer and more!

Next up in our series of Broadway stars introducing BWW's morning feature is Tony winner and prolific actress Lillias White (portrait by Walter McBride), who has appeared in Fela!, The Life, Chicago, 'How to Succeed', Once on This Island, Carrie, Dreamgirls, Cats and Barnum. Check out White's nonchalant grace below before heading on down to the news!

WAKE UP with BWW 8/7/14 - PHOENIX Opens, Elaine Stritch Tribute at the Met Room and 50 SHADES!, 'ELBOW' & More in Bryant Park!
Lillias White wants you to WAKE UP with BWW!
Photo by Walter McBride.

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WAKE UP with BWW 8/7/14 - PHOENIX Opens, Elaine Stritch Tribute at the Met Room and 50 SHADES!, 'ELBOW' & More in Bryant Park!

(SO MUCH) NEWS YOU MISSED YESTERDAY:

Broadway Weather Forecast: High of 84 degrees and mostly sunny. We've been having great luck for Broadway in Bryant Park this summer - stop by today to see the casts of JERSEY BOYS, CABARET, 50 SHADES! and 'REVOLUTION IN THE ELBOW'!

Quote of the Day: A word or two from Julia Stiles...

I like analyzing human behavior. It's complex. That's what keeps me going.
-- Julia Stiles (via BrainyQuote)

What we're looking forward to reading: Alan Cumming's memoir NOT MY FATHER'S SON, which hits the shelves in October...

WAKE UP with BWW 8/7/14 - PHOENIX Opens, Elaine Stritch Tribute at the Met Room and 50 SHADES!, 'ELBOW' & More in Bryant Park!

Video of the Day: Watch the cast of Broadway's THE LION KING sing "Circle of Life" on the subway!

And finally, a Happy Birthday shout-out to Michael Shannon, who turns 41 today!

Shannon has starred on Broadway in Grace, Ambassador and Butterflies Are Free, as well as off-Broadway's The Little Flower of East Orange, Mistakes Were Made, Our Town, Bug and Killer Joe. He was nominated for an Oscar for his role in the film Revolutionary Road and is a regular on HBO's Boardwalk Empire. Shannon also helped found A Red Orchid Theatre in Chicago, where he regularly appears and performs.

WAKE UP with BWW 8/7/14 - PHOENIX Opens, Elaine Stritch Tribute at the Met Room and 50 SHADES!, 'ELBOW' & More in Bryant Park!
Michael Shannon in TFANA's THE KILLER earlier this summer.
Photo by Gerry Goodstein.

See you bright and early tomorrow, BroadwayWorld!

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