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BWW Morning Brief October 24th, 2017: THE PORTUGUESE KID, THE LAST MATCH, and OEDIPUS EL REY Open and More!

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BWW Morning Brief October 24th, 2017: THE PORTUGUESE KID, THE LAST MATCH, and OEDIPUS EL REY Open and More!
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BWW Morning Brief October 24th, 2017: THE PORTUGUESE KID, THE LAST MATCH, and OEDIPUS EL REY Open and More!
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Today's Call Sheet:

-Roundabout's THE LAST MATCH opens tonight at the Laura Pels Theatre!

-THE PORTUGUESE KID, starring Jason Alexander, opens tonight at Manhattan Theatre Club!

-The Sol Project's OEDIPUS EL REY opens tonight at The Public!

-Ayad Akhtar and Doug Hughes chat JUNK as part of Lincoln Center Theater's Platform Series tonight!

-Lea DeLaria kicks off week engagement at Birdland Jazz Club tonight featuring several special guests!

-HAMILTON's Mandy Gonzalez makes her Cafe Carlyle debut tonight!

-Original Off-Broadway cast reunite for LEAVING LANNAHASSEE benefit reading tonight!

-And the Skivvies team up with DESPERATE MEASURES tonight for concert at the York!


BWW Exclusive: BWW's Caryn Robbins chats with THE BAND'S VISIT's Ari'el Stachel in the latest Debut of the Month!

BWW Morning Brief October 24th, 2017: THE PORTUGUESE KID, THE LAST MATCH, and OEDIPUS EL REY Open and More!


Set Your DVR for... when NBC goes behind-the-scenes of Lin-Manuel Miranda's 'Almost Like Praying' tonight!


What we're geeking out over: HARRY POTTER AND THE CURSED CHILD will apparate to Australia in 2019!

BWW Morning Brief October 24th, 2017: THE PORTUGUESE KID, THE LAST MATCH, and OEDIPUS EL REY Open and More!
Photo Credit: Manuel Harlan

What we're listening to: In the second episode of 'The Poddest Couple' podcast, BWW's Alan Henry and Matt Tamanini chat with Broadway diva once removed, Robbie Rozelle!


Social Butterfly: Matthew Morrison shared a touching photo of his first fist bump with his baby, Revel James Makai!


And a Happy Birthday shout-out to Raul Esparza, who turns 47 today!

BWW Morning Brief October 24th, 2017: THE PORTUGUESE KID, THE LAST MATCH, and OEDIPUS EL REY Open and More!

Raúl Esparza was nominated for Tony Awards for his performances in Speed-the-Plow, The Homecoming, Company and Taboo. His other Broadway credits include Leap of Faith,Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Arcadia, Chess, The Rocky Horror Show and Cabaret. He starred in the Encores! production of Anyone Can Whistle.

In 2012, Esparza became a recurring character on the long-running NBC drama series Law & Order: Special Victims Unit as Manhattan Assistant District Attorney Rafael Barba In 2013, his character became the first series regular ADA since the 11th season and the first regular male ADA in series history.


See you bright and early tomorrow, BroadwayWorld!



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