WAKE UP with BWW 8/8/14 - DOGFIGHT Goes to Europe, Edinburgh Fest Opens, '90s Hits Take the Stage 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? This weekend's big news: DOGFIGHT makes its European premiere, the 2014 Edinburgh International Festival kicks off in Scotland, Broadway stars join together for FROM MARKY MARK TO MICHAEL at 54 Below and more!
Next up in our series of Broadway stars introducing BWW's morning feature is Wesley Taylor (portrait by Walter McBride), who has appeared in The Addams Family and Rock of Ages, as well as NBC's musical drama Smash. Take a peek at Taylor's coy "mug shot" below, then prep for the weekend with our morning report!
THIS WEEKEND'S TOP ITEMS:
- Cate Blanchett leads THE MAIDS, opening tonight at Lincoln Center Festival...
- Jamie Muscato and Laura Jane Matthewson star in the European premiere of Pasek & Paul's DOGFIGHT, beginning tonight at Southwark Playhouse!
- Over 2,400 artists from 43 countries appear in the 2014 Edinburgh International Festival, which kicks off today!
- And Caissie Levy, Nic Rouleau, Amber Iman and more perform '90s hits in FROM MARKY MARK TO MICHAEL at 54 Below this evening.
NEWS YOU MISSED YESTERDAY:
- Pulitzer Prize finalist FUN HOME is coming to Broadway next spring!
- THE BEST LITTLE WHOREHOUSE IN TEXAS is returning to the Great White Way this season...
- Larry David has confirmed the title, director and opening date of his new Broadway play!
- Betsy Wolfe, Ann Harada and more have joined Transport Group's THE MUSIC MAN, in concert this coming Monday!
- ONCE will mark its 1,000th performance on Broadway next week.
- Audra McDonald will play Billie Holiday a little longer in Broadway's LADY DAY, now running through October 5...
- And finally, we got a first look (right) at Elizabeth Lail as FROZEN's 'Anna' in ONCE UPON A TIME!
Broadway Weather Forecast: Sunny with a high of 86 degrees for the whole weekend and zero percent chance of rain. Yay!
Quote of the Day: Anna Kendrick on theatre's "rock stars"...
I think there are rock stars within every subgenre, and for people who are obsessed with musical theater Sutton Foster and Audra MacDonald are like Beyonce to them. I'm sure the a cappella world has their own version of that, and that exists in every geeky subculture.
-- Anna Kendrick (via BrainyQuote)
What we're looking forward to: Speaking of Anna Kendrick... THE LAST FIVE YEARS film adaptation, starring Kendrick and Jeremy Jordan! The movie will have its world premiere at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival in September, and it has already sold for distribution all over the world. We can't wait! (Photo collage via Facebook.)
And finally, a Happy Birthday shout-out to Dustin Hoffman, who turns 78 today!
Hoffman has starred on Broadway in The Merchant of Venice (for which he was nominated for a Tony in 1990), Death of a Salesman and Jimmy Shine -- both won him Drama Desk Awards -- and A Cook for Mr. General. He worked as stage manager and standby in The Subject Was Roses in 1964 and also directed All Over Town in 1974. His breakthrough film role was in 1967's The Graduate. Since then, he has won two Oscars for his performances in Kramer vs. Kramer and Rain Man.
See you bright and early on Monday, BroadwayWorld!