WAKE UP with BroadwayWorld - Friday, March 21, 2014 - Maybe This Time! CABARET Revival Begins Tonight, LES MIS Opens Sunday 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? For your most important theatre meal of the day, we've rounded up the big news you missed yesterday, what's on the agenda today, and a few extras to start your day off right.
First things first, HAPPY FRIDAY! OK, now for the news.
The Bacon: See what's on the griddle today...
- CABARET, starring Alan Cumming and Michelle Williams, begins previews on Broadway tonight!
- Stage stars Andrew Rannells and Stephanie J. Block join The New York Pops in concert. (Learn more and get a sneak peek HERE.)
- THIS WEEKEND: Hear the People Sing! LES MIS returns to the Great White Way this Sunday evening! Just one--well, two days more...
Cup of Joe: Go for that double-shot (lots to rehash today!) and revisit yesterday's big stories...
- ALADDIN opened on Broadway; check out our Review Roundup, plus highlights from the show! (And be sure to keep an eye out for curtain call shots and opening night videos later on...)
- Tony eligibility has been determined for Jessie Mueller in BEAUTIFUL and Debra Messing and Brían F. O'Byrne in OUTSIDE MULLINGAR.
- HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH, starring Neil Patrick Harris, revealed its first promo!
- Sing once again with me/Our strange duet... Norm Lewis and Sierra Boggess will reunite in PHANTOM this May!
- This May, Kristin Chenoweth will sing an aria or two in her Carnegie Hall return!
- Fantasia couldn't stay away from AFTER MIDNIGHT; she'll be back as a guest star this summer.
- Everyone's favorite Sherlock Benedict Cumberbatch will take on the Bard next year in HAMLET at the Barbican in London.
- And finally, more news from across the pond, Gemma Arterton is set to co-host the 2014 Olivier Awards!
Broadway Weather Forecast: Little Miss Sunshine! (Complete with a little bit of snark for the rain later...) Sunny with a high of 52; chance of showers late tonight.
Quote of the Day: It's competitive, sure, but theatre is also often about finding where you belong...
"Choosing to be in the theatre was a way to put my roots down somewhere with other people. It was a way to choose a new family."
-- Juliette Binoche
What we're listening to, watching, and dreaming a dream for: Short answer: everything LES MIS. Whether that be the original Broadway cast recording, Tom Hooper's 2012 Oscar-nominated film version, or the current cast of LES MIS performing "One Day More" on GOOD MORNING AMERICA last week. Sunday is too far away.
Video of the Day: The CABARET revival begins previews tonight, so watch Liza Minnelli sing "Maybe This Time" from the 1972 film adptation!
And finally, a double birthday shout-out to actor Matthew Broderick, who turns 52, and director/playwright Peter Brook, turning 89 today! Broderick has won Tony Awards for his performances in Brighton Beach Memoirs and How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying and was also nominated for The Producers in 2001. He most recently starred in Nice Work If You Can Get It on Broadway. Brook won the 1966 Tony Award for Best Direction of a Play for Marat/Sade, followed by the 1971 Tony for directing A Midsummer Night's Dream.
See you bright and early on Monday, BroadwayWorld! Enjoy your weekend!