WAKE UP with BroadwayWorld - Monday, May 5, 2014 - NY Critics' Awards, Off-Broadway Galas, SEA MARKS, August Wilson, Joe Iconis 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 this busy, busy Monday...
- The New York Drama Critics' Circle Award winners will be revealed tonight!
- SEA MARKS (here) and THE CITY OF CONVERSATION (here) open off-Broadway.
- Playwrights Horizons (here) and Second Stage (here) are hosting their annual galas off-Broadway, featuring the likes of Bryce Pinkham, Chip Zien, Stephanie J. Block, Anthony Rapp and more!
- The 2014 National August Wilson Monologue Competition takes place today, with high school students from Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, LA, New York, Pittsburgh and Seattle performing works by the renowned playwright.
- Broadway's Jackie Hoffman, Jake Epstein, John Tartaglia and more will appear in concert in KOOMAN & DIMOND: STILL NOT FAMOUS tonight!
- The Shapiro Sisters are showcasing their youthful talent at 54 Below.
- Joe Iconis stops by MURDER FOR TWO's "Murderous Musical Mondays" concert series this evening.
- And finally, Kristin Chenoweth performed at Carnegie Hall on Saturday night, so stay tuned for our exclusive, amazing coverage later on!
Cup of Joe: Perk up and revisit Friday, Saturday and Sunday's big stories...
- HERE LIES LOVE, THE OPEN HOUSE and FUN HOME won big at the 2014 Lortel Awards!
- Your very own BroadwayWorld.com, as well as Fathom Events, will be honored at the 2014 Theatre Museum Awards. We're so proud!
- Nathan Tysen and Arthur Perlman won the 2014 Kleban Prize for most promising musical theatre lyricist and librettist.
- We got a first look at MISS SAIGON in the West End (more here), and producer Cameron Mackintosh gave updates on a possible MISS SAIGON film adaptation!
- Hugh Panaro gave a farewell speech at his final night in PHANTOM OF THE OPERA. The actor has appeared in over 3,000 performances of the long-running musical...
- KINKY BOOTS will take a break this coming weekend to make room for Univision's upfronts, May 8-13.
- Randy Harrison is replacing Preston Sadleir in the new Off-Broadway musical ATOMIC; Sadleir is heading to the upcoming revival of TITANIC.
- Sir Ian McKellen and Trudie Styler will lead a gala reading of THE SEAGULL in London on June 1st.
- Diana Ross & The Supremes' version of FUNNY GIRL is now available on iTunes!
- Original WICKED stars Idina Menzel and Kristin Chenoweth are reportedly out of the running to lead the upcoming film adaptation of the musical. The reason: they're "too old".
Broadway Weather Forecast: Starting out the week with a nice spring day! Mostly sunny with a high of 66.
Quote of the Day: On site-specific work and illusion...
"At the end of the 1960s, I was part of the downtown theatrical movement in New York that was making work in alleyways, garages, gyms, churches, non-traditional spaces. The idea was to get away from the illusion of the conventional theatre. But then I thought, what's wrong with illusion?"
-- Robert Wilson (via BrainyQuote)
What we're watching: This weekend's SNL. Just in case you missed it, our favorite "Weekend Update" character -- the caustic 1860s newspaper critic Jebidiah Atkinson -- reveiwed the 2014 Tony nominations, as well as some classic Broadway plays. The result is hilarious.
Video of the Day: To prep for Milly and Abigail Shapiro's concert at 54 Below tonight, watch them perform "What Is This Feeling" below!
See you bright and early tomorrow, BroadwayWorld!