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WAKE UP with BroadwayWorld - Tuesday, April 1, 2014 - CASA VALENTINA, Vanessa Williams in AFTER MIDNIGHT and More!

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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.WAKE UP with BroadwayWorld - Tuesday, April 1, 2014 - CASA VALENTINA, Vanessa Williams in AFTER MIDNIGHT and More!

THIS JUST IN -- Hugh Jackman will be stepping down as this year's Tonys host and leaving showbusiness forever -- à la Shia LaBeouf. He Tweeted this morning: "I AM NOT FAMOUS ANYMORE #stopcreating #goodbyetonys #wolverinequits #pooflikehoudini ... "

Just kidding. That would be the worst. And we don't want to make you suffer longer than necessary. HAPPY APRIL FOOLS' DAY! Time for breakfast.

WAKE UP with BroadwayWorld - Tuesday, April 1, 2014 - CASA VALENTINA, Vanessa Williams in AFTER MIDNIGHT and More!The Bacon: See what's on the griddle today...

WAKE UP with BroadwayWorld - Tuesday, April 1, 2014 - CASA VALENTINA, Vanessa Williams in AFTER MIDNIGHT and More!Cup of Joe: Perk up and revisit yesterday's big stories...

Broadway Weather Forecast: This beautiful weather might seem like an April Fools' Day prank, but trust me, it's not! Mostly sunny with a high of 56 on the Great White Way today.

Quote of the Day: Failure is important, even if it sucks...

"I submit all my plays to the National Theatre for rejection. To assure myself I am seeing clearly."
-- Howard Barker (via BrainyQuote)

What we're looking forward to: New albums. With so much news in the past few weeks about this season's Original Broadway Cast Recordings, we can't wait to shuffle a playlist full of songs from BEAUTIFUL, THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY, ROCKY, VIOLET, IF/THEN and ALADDIN, plus tunes from FUNNY GIRL's remastered, 50th anniversary set.

WAKE UP with BroadwayWorld - Tuesday, April 1, 2014 - CASA VALENTINA, Vanessa Williams in AFTER MIDNIGHT and More!

Video of the Day: While we wait for Vanessa Williams to take the spotlight in AFTER MIDNIGHT, watch the Multi-Platinum artist channel old Hollywood as she sings "Breathless" from her 2009 album THE REAL THING!

And finally, a Happy Birthday shout-out to Susan Boyle, turning 53, and Debbie Reynolds, hitting 82 today! After her jaw-dropping performance of "I Dreamed A Dream" from Les Miserables on "Britain's Got Talent" in 2009, Boyle's album, titled after the song, became the UK's best-selling debut album of all time. The GRAMMY nominee's other albums include The Gift (2010), Someone to Watch Over Me (2011) and Standing Ovation (2012). She toured the Scotland last summer and is prepping for a global tour in 2014. Reynolds has appeared on Broadway in Woman of the Year, Debbie and Irene, for which she was nominated for the 1973 Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical. She also appeared in the US tour of Annie Get Your Gun in 1977. Reynolds recently appeared in HBO's Behind the Candelabra.

WAKE UP with BroadwayWorld - Tuesday, April 1, 2014 - CASA VALENTINA, Vanessa Williams in AFTER MIDNIGHT and More!
Photo of Susan Boyle by Hugh Stewart for Harpers Bazaar.
Photo of Debbie Reynolds by Walter McBride.

See you bright and early tomorrow, BroadwayWorld!

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