WAKE UP with BWW 9/2/14 - Andrea Martin Returns to PIPPIN, 'NICE WORK' on Tour 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: Andrea Martin returns to PIPPIN, and 'NICE WORK' and DIRTY DANCING head out on tour!
Next up in our series of Broadway stars introducing BWW's morning feature is the one and only Cyndi Lauper (portrait by Walter McBride), pop star and Tony Award winning composer and lyricist for KINKY BOOTS! We hope you had a fun and relaxing Labor Day weekend, but now it's back to the Broadway grind. Scroll down for the news!
TODAY'S TOP ITEMS:
- Original Tony-winning star Andrea Martin (see vintage 'Greek Wedding' clip below) returns to Broadway's PIPPIN tonight!
- The NICE WORK IF YOU CAN GET IT National Tour opens in Dallas this evening.
- And the DIRTY DANCING tour opens at the National Theatre!
- Plus, Dee Hoty reprises her role as 'Violet Newstead' in 9 TO 5: THE MUSICAL; the show begins tonight at Walnut Street.
NEWS YOU MISSED THIS THREE-DAY WEEKEND:
- We got a first look (right) at Andrew Rannells onstage during the finale of HEDWIG!
- Matthew James Thomas will star in the title role of PIPPIN for the tour's Denver engagement.
- Broadway vet Victoria Mallory died on August 30 after a battle with pancreatic cancer. She was 64.
- More details were revealed on South Williamsport High School's cancellation of SPAMALOT for its "gay themes"...
- Nikki Davis-Jones will no longer be starring as 'Elphaba' on the UK tour or in the London production of WICKED.
- And after being rushed to Mount Sinai Hospital last week, Joan Rivers is being brought out of her medically induced coma. BWW will continue to bring you updates on her condition...
Broadway Weather Forecast: Partly cloudy with a high of 92 degrees (yikes!), then thunderstorms throughout the evening.
Quote of the Day: In honor of Andrea Martin's return to Broadway...
What we're watching tonight: ABC's THE STORY OF FROZEN special; watch a sneak peek about the song "Do You Want to Build a Snowman?" below!
And finally, a Happy Birthday shout-out to Chad Kimball!
Kimball was nominated for a Tony Award for his portrayal of 'Huey Calhoun' in MEMPHIS. He originated the role at La Jolla Playhouse in 2008 and went on to star in the Broadway production through fall 2011. Among his other Broadway credits are LENNON, GOOD VIBRATIONS and INTO THE WOODS. Off-Broadway, Kimball has starred in MURDER IN THE FIRST, MY LIFE WITH ALBERTINE, BAT BOY: THE MUSICAL and GODSPELL.
See you bright and early tomorrow, BroadwayWorld!