WAKE UP with BroadwayWorld - Monday, April 7, 2014 - Atlantic's THREEPENNY OPERA Opens, Signature Honors Tunick 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...
- Atlantic Theater Company's THE THREEPENNY OPERA officially opens tonight, featuring Michael Park, Laura Osnes and more! Check back later for a review roundup and photos...
- Virginia's Signature Theatre hosts its annual Sondheim gala this evening in honor of the great orchestrator Jonathan Tunick. Look for performances from Heidi Blickenstaff ([title of show]), Pamela Myers (Into the Woods), Ron Raines (Show Boat, Chicago) and more!
- THE REALISTIC JONESES opened on Broadway last night, and BWW rounded up the reviews. Stay tuned for curtain call shots and opening night interviews with the company!
Cup of Joe: Perk up and revisit Friday, Saturday and Sunday's big stories...
- Friday witnessed the return of JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR, which announced a 50-city US arena tour starring Ben Forster, Michelle Williams, Brandon Boyd and JC Chasez!
- BWW learned that Lea Michele is in talks to join a new animated, Bollywood-style musical film from Kevin Lima (Enchanted), A.R. Rahman (Slumdog Millionaire) and Stephen Schwartz (Wicked). Plus, we got a preview of tracks from this week's Sondheim-centric GLEE episode!
- LADY DAY is jumping on the cast recording bandwagon with free copies for ticket buyers...
- New trailers were released for HBO's THE NORMAL HEART (watch here) and the upcoming film adaptation of VENUS IN FUR (view here).
- ALL THE WAY's Bryan Cranston announced he is writing a BREAKING BAD memoir!
- Sad news... The legendary Mickey Rooney passed away on Sunday at the age of 93.
- Christopher Sieber has been forced to push back his MATILDA debut as Miss Trunchbull again while his broken hand continues to heal...
- Nick Offerman, Lea DeLaria and more are set to lead an industry reading of the Broadway-bound CONFEDERACY OF DUNCES.
- And finally, tickets are now on sale for May's "Everything's Coming Up BroadwayWorld.com" at Joe's Pub!
Broadway Weather Forecast: The rain in Spain stays mainly in the plain... High of 50 with afternoon rain showers.
Quote of the Day: Stage acting has no expiration date...
"If you're sixty-something, pushing 70, the chances of you getting a tremendously fascinating part in the movies are very low, as to be almost negligible, or even in television. But in the theatre, there are still things to do, very interesting, very profound things."
-- Brian Dennehy (via BrainyQuote)
What we're watching (over and over!): Anna Kendrick's Disney princess extravaganza from this weekend's Saturday Night Live. She hosted the crap out of that episode, people, and we loved every minute of it!
Host Anna Kendrick ~ Saturday Night Live by HumanSlinky
Ariel The Little Mermaid, Anna Kendrick ~ SNL 4... by HumanSlinky
And finally, a Happy Birthday shout-out to Russell Crowe, who hits the big 5-0 today! The Oscar-winning movie actor hasn't taken his talents to the stage (yet), but he has tackled the big-screen musical as 'Javert' in Tom Hooper's 2012 film adaptation of LES MISERABLES. He can currently be seen on the silver screen in Noah. Among Crowe's major film credits are The Insider, Gladiator, A Beautiful Mind, Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World, Cinderella Man, American Gangster, State of Play and more.
See you bright and early tomorrow, BroadwayWorld!