WAKE UP with BWW 8/7/14 - PHOENIX Opens, Elaine Stritch Tribute at the Met Room and 50 SHADES!, 'ELBOW' & More in Bryant Park!
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!
TODAY'S TOP ITEMS:
- PHOENIX, with Julia Stiles (rocking it out in 10 Things I Hate About You below) and James Wirt, opens today off-Broadway!
- Come to the second-to-last BROADWAY IN BRYANT PARK concert today...
- And hear Elaine Stritch's favorite tunes at the Metropolitan Room's tribute to the late actress tonight, featuring Annaleigh Ashford, KT Sullivan, N'Kenge, Pia Zadora and more.
(SO MUCH) NEWS YOU MISSED YESTERDAY:
- THE AUDIENCE, starring Helen Mirren, set its dates on Broadway!
- SIDE SHOW is traveling from D.C. to Broadway this fall, featuring original stars Davie and Padgett!
- Celia Keenan-Bolger and more will star in Lincoln Center Theater's THE OLDEST BOY.
- Steve Martin's BRIGHT STAR announced the full cast and creative team for its San Diego run!
- Joe Pietro's CLEVER LITTLE LIES, starring Marlo Thomas, is aiming for Broadway.
- Benjamin Walker could be taking on another "bloody" role in AMERICAN PSYCHO: THE MUSICAL on Broadway!
- William Ivey Long joined the creative team for off-Broadway's THE BELLE OF AMHERST...
- And finally, Christian Borle is in final talks to join NBC's PETER PAN LIVE in two roles!
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...
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.
See you bright and early tomorrow, BroadwayWorld!