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WAKE UP with BroadwayWorld - Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - CASA VALENTINA Opens, Drama League Noms, Shakespeare's Birthday 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 - Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - CASA VALENTINA Opens, Drama League Noms, Shakespeare's Birthday and More!The Bacon: See what's on the griddle today...

WAKE UP with BroadwayWorld - Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - CASA VALENTINA Opens, Drama League Noms, Shakespeare's Birthday and More!Cup of Joe: Perk up and revisit yesterday's big stories...

Broadway Weather Forecast: Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May... (Shakespeare's Sonnet 18). Partly cloudy and windy. High of 58 degrees.

Quote of the Day: CABARET star Alan Cumming on the power of theatre...

"I was so scared of going back to the theatre after HAMLET. I didn't know if I'd do a play again because I was afraid of the power of it."
-- Alan Cumming (via BrainyQuote)

What we're looking forward to: Shakespeare in the Park. We can't wait to see The Public's MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING -- with Hamish Linklater and Lily Rabe -- and KING LEAR -- starring John Lithgow -- at the Delacorte. Plus, with rumors that Annette Bening could be joining LEAR, we're excited for the full casting announcements. Is it summer yet?

WAKE UP with BroadwayWorld - Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - CASA VALENTINA Opens, Drama League Noms, Shakespeare's Birthday and More!

Video of the Day: In an homage to Shakespeare, watch SHERLOCK's Benedict Cumberbatch as Rosencrantz and Kobna Holdbrook-Smith as Guildenstern in a scene from Tom Stoppard's play ROSENCRANTZ AND GUILDENSTERN ARE DEAD! The performance was filmed as part of the "National Theatre: 50 Years on Stage" celebration, which aired on PBS in February.

And finally, a Happy Birthday flashback shout-out to the Bard himself, William Shakespeare, who would have turned 450 today!

Shakespeare, who was born in Stratford-upon-Avon in 1564, is the world's most celebrated English-language playwright. He penned around 38 plays, 154 sonnets and (most likely) a few other works not officially attributed to him. He worked as an actor, writer and co-owner of the theatre troup called the Lord Chamberlain's Men, later the King's Men. Among his first recorded works are Richard III and Henry VI (parts I, II and III), followed by Titus Andronicus, The Comedy of Errors, The Taming of the Shrew and The Two Gentlemen of Verona. The Bard's comedies also include A Midsummer Night's Dream, Much Ado About Nothing, Twelfth Night and As You Like It, with Romeo and Juliet, Julius Caesar, Hamlet, Othello, King Lear, Macbeth, Antony and Cleopatra and more falling among his tragic works.

In celebration of his genius, many theaters in New York City, across the United States, around the world, and, of course, in the UK, are offering special performances and events in Shakespeare's name. The Royal Shakespeare Company will be shooting off fireworks this evening, for example, and the Broadway casts of Cinderella, Matilda and are handing out sonnets.

So, in the words of Malvolio in Twelfth Night, "Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon 'em." One might argue that Shakespeare did all three. Happy Birthday, Will!

WAKE UP with BroadwayWorld - Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - CASA VALENTINA Opens, Drama League Noms, Shakespeare's Birthday and More!
Portrait of William Shakespeare courtesy of Wikipedia

See you bright and early tomorrow, BroadwayWorld!

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