WAKE UP with BroadwayWorld - Monday, April 14, 2014 - Megan Mullally and Nick Offerman in ANNAPURNA, SUBMISSIONS ONLY 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.
The Bacon: See what's on the griddle today...
- Be sure to do a quick, Monday morning re-cap of your favorite webseries to prep for the premiere of SUBMISSIONS ONLY Season 3, Episode 4, airing tonight on BroadwayWorld!
- ANNAPURNA, with real-life husband and wife Megan Mullally and Nick Offerman, begins previews tonight at Theatre Row!
- Tune in! Disney's ALADDIN on Broadway will make three TV appearances on ABC this week, starting this morning with GMA.
- LADY DAY, starring Audra McDonald, opened on Broadway last night. See what the critics thought here, and, as always, check back later for curtain call photos and opening night interviews!
- And finally, the 2014 Olivier Award winners were announced on Sunday night in London. Check out the full list of winners here, re-live the night with our live blog, and stay tuned for our follow-up coverage of the ceremony!
Cup of Joe: Perk up and revisit Friday, Saturday and Sunday's big stories...
- THE CRIPPLE OF INISHMAAN, starring Daniel Radcliffe, began previews on Saturday night. Check out the show's first curtain call!
- Baz Luhrmann's STRICTLY BALLROOM THE MUSICAL opened Saturday in Sydney. Read the critical consensus here.
- Welcome back! Broadway vets Dianne Wiest (here) and James Earl Jones (here) will be returning to the stage this fall in RASHEEDA and YOU CAN'T TAKE IT WITH YOU, respectively.
- We got a first look at three Broadway shows: LADY DAY (here); CASA VALENTINA (here) and VIOLET (here)!
- Rehearsals have kicked off for MISS SAIGON in the West End, and we got a sneak peek behind the scenes here.
- Also in the UK, the National Theatre's recently laid-off WAR HORSE orchestra members are seeking a court order to block the use of a pre-recorded soundtrack in the play.
- And in other West End news, David Suchet will star in THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST this June.
- BROADWAY BARES: ROCK HARD! has set its steamy date for June 22 at the Hammerstein Ballroom!
- The stars of Roundabout's 2004 production of INTIMATE APPAREL, including Viola Davis, will reunite for a benefit reading this June.
- BILL W. AND DR. BOB has slated its off-Broadway closing date for May 4.
- Assuming everything went according to plan, President Obama and the First Lady were poised to attend Friday night's performance of A RAISIN IN THE SUN...
- And finally, BWW launched its newest, exclusive TV series, BROADWAY QUICK CHANGE with first guest Carly Rae Jepsen! Watch the first episode here.
Broadway Weather Forecast: Mostly cloudy, high of 69 degrees. Chance of the Mondays.
Quote of the Day: On keeping it fresh...
"Filming is quite exciting because every day is different, but it can involve long hours standing around in chilly locations. Theatre is a very different challenge because every night you're striving to keep it fresh, even though you might have been performing the same play for months."
-- Samantha Bond (via BrainyQuote)
What we're watching: Baz Luhrmann's first feature film and part one of the director's "Red Curtain Trilogy" - 1992's STRICTLY BALLROOM! The film was nominated for a Golden Globe and won three BAFTAs, as well as eight AFI Awards. It's now dancing to its own, revamped beat onstage in Luhrmann's native Sydney. Watch a TV spot for the show here!
And finally, a Happy Birthday shout-out to Abigail Breslin, hitting the big 18 today!
Breslin made her Broadway debut as Helen Keller in THE MIRACLE WORKER in 2010 and was recently seen in the film adaptation of AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY opposite Julia Roberts and Meryl Streep. Her other recent big screen credits include Perfect Sisters, Wicked Blood, Ender's Game, The Call, Zombieland and more. She made her movie debut in 2006's LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE, and her performance made her one of the youngest actresses ever to be nominated for an Academy Award. The film was later adapted for the stage and ran at off-Broadway's Second Stage Theatre in New York City last year.
See you bright and early tomorrow, BroadwayWorld!