WAKE UP with BroadwayWorld - Monday, April 28, 2014 - New York Pops Gala, FIDDLER AT 50, THE LAST SHIP 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...
- Megan Hilty, Laura Bell Bundy, Christian Borle, Will Chase, Patti LuPone and more will perform at the New York Pops gala tonight, which honors Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman!
- Tonight, Symphony Space is celebrating the 50th anniversary of THE FIDDLER ON THE ROOF with a concert honoring lyricist Sheldon Harnick and featuring many of the show's original stars!
- Sting's THE LAST SHIP is now in rehearsals, so stay tuned for a sneak peek...
- Plus, York Theatre's INVENTING MARY MARTIN (here) and Second Stage's THE SUBSTANCE OF FIRE opened off-Broadway yesterday; and BEAUTIFUL held its Actors Fund performance! Be sure to check back later for our coverage.
Cup of Joe: Perk up and revisit Friday, Saturday and Sunday's big stories...
- Some great awards news over the weekend: the Tonys set this year's final eligibility, and the Drama Desk nominations were announced!
- Gloria Estefan is bringing the new jukebox musical ON YOUR FEET to Broadway in 2015.
- The new Tupac Shakur musical HOLLER IF YA HEAR ME pushed previews back a couple of days to June 2...
- The X-Factor Musical I CAN'T SING announced it will close in the West End on May 10.
- In other UK news, a WEST END HEROES charity concert will play the Dominion in September, Chichester announced its full cast for GUYS AND DOLLS, and THE PERFECT MURDER is heading out on tour this fall!
- Speaking of tours, KINKY BOOTS will kick off its national tour in Las Vegas this September, plus JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT has added another series of dates!
- Taylor Louderman, Bobby Conte Thornton, Robin De Jesus, Telly Leung and more joined Paper Mill's GREASE this summer.
- It's rumored that A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM will be returning to Broadway soon...
- LOOPED producer Matthew Lombardo is reportedly planning on suing Valerie Harper for neglecting to inform him of her brain cancer prior to starting rehearsals for the show...
- Two Broadway divas -- Idina Menzel and Julie Andrews -- will appear on WATCH WHAT WHAT HAPPENS LIVE this Thursday!
- HBO revealed the official poster for THE NORMAL HEART. Check it out here!
- In other entertainment news, LATE NIGHT and SNL's Seth Meyers will be hosting the Emmys this August!
- And finally, some in-house headlines: Watch SUBMISSIONS ONLY, Season 3, Episode 5 here! And BWW's Jule Styne tribute concert at Joe's Pub is sold out!
Broadway Weather Forecast: Ain't it a glorious day? / Right as a mornin' in May / I feel like I could fly... Ok, so it's not quite May (so close!), but it's still pretty great outside, especially for a Monday. Mostly sunny with a high of 63.
Quote of the Day: On tradition!
What we're reading: FROZEN and THE BOOK OF MORMON star Josh Gad's satirical column for USA Today. He addresses everything from pop culture to politics to sports to social issues, all with his signature sense of humor.
See you bright and early tomorrow, BroadwayWorld!