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Broadway AM Report, 12/16/2016 - AMELIE Opens in L.A. 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?

THIS WEEKEND'S BIG NEWS:

- DEAD POETS SOCIETY closes Off-Broadway on Sunday with a special benefit performance...
- HAMILTON hosts a live lottery and holiday #Ham4Ham show in Chicago this weekend.
- And the Broadway-bound musical adaptation of AMÉLIE, starring Phillipa Soo, opens tonight in Los Angeles!


Broadway AM Report, 12/16/2016 - AMELIE Opens in L.A. and More!
Maltby, O'Brien & Kenna in rehearsal
for THE SOUND OF MUSIC!

NEWS YOU MISSED YESTERDAY:

- THE SOUND OF MUSIC has found its new 'Maria' on tour, Encores! BIG RIVER has reeled in its complete cast, and the 42ND STREET national tour has found its full company!
- Both OTHELLO, starring Daniel Craig and David Oyelowo, and THE BAND'S VISIT with Tony Shalhoub, are eyeing Broadway.
- Debbie Gravitte, Orfeh, Keala Settle round out the all-female cast for JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR in concert!
- We got a look (right) inside rehearsal with THE SOUND OF MUSIC's Charlotte Maltby, plus a backstage peek at The Rockettes, and footage from this week's WAR PAINT Times Talk!
- BC/EFA's BROADWAY BARES has secured a date and venue for 2017...
- Jessie Mueller and Michelle Williams will appear at Lyric Opera's CHICAGO VOICES Gala.
- The Muny has announced its 2017 directors for next summer.
- A NIGHT WITH Janis Joplin's Mary Bridget Davies will play 54 Below for the first time.
- And Will Ferrell and Kristen Wiig have signed on for an original movie musical from HAIRSPRAY writing team Shaiman & Whitman!


Broadway Weather Forecast: High of 29 and sunny today, snowy on Saturday, and all the way up to 60 with rain on Sunday!


Set Your DVR... for FALSETTOS star Andrew Rannells, appearing this evening on NBC's THE TONIGHT SHOW!

Broadway AM Report, 12/16/2016 - AMELIE Opens in L.A. and More!
Christian Borle and Andrew Rannells in FALSETTOS on Broadway.
Photo by Joan Marcus

What we're geeking out over: THE SOUND OF MUSIC movie sing-a-long, airing this weekend on ABC!

Broadway AM Report, 12/16/2016 - AMELIE Opens in L.A. and More!


What we're watching: THE LION IN WINTER, based on James Goldman's play, screening now in 4K!


Video of the Day: Get ready for AMÉLIE's stage debut in Los Angeles with a clip from the original film!


And a Happy Birthday shout-out to Cicely Tyson, who turns 92 today!

Cicely Tyson last starred on Broadway opposite James Earl Jones in THE GIN GAME. Before that, she won a Tony and a Drama Desk Award for her role in THE TRIP TO BOUNTIFUL in 2013. Among her other Broadway credits are THE CORN IS GREEN, TRUMPETS OF THE LORD, CARRY ME BACK TO MORNINGSIDE HEIGHTS, A HAND IS ON THE GATE, TIGER, TIGER BURNING BRIGHT, THE COOL WORLD and JOLLY's PROGRESS, as well as Off-Broadway's MOON ON A RAINBOW SHAWL. The actress has recently appeared on the small screen in HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER and HOUSE OF CARDS and is well known for her part in the film THE HELP. Cicely received the Presidential Medal of Freedom this year.

Broadway AM Report, 12/16/2016 - AMELIE Opens in L.A. and More!
Cicely Tyson and James Earl Jones in THE GIN GAME.
Photo by Joan Marcus

See you bright and early on Monday, BroadwayWorld!


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