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WAKE UP with BWW 10/19/2015 - Bessie Awards, KILL FLOOR, ON YOUR FEET! 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? Today's big news: The Bessie Awards celebrate top dancers tonight, KILL FLOOR opens off-Broadway, and the creators/subjects of ON YOUR FEET! chat with Rita Moreno!

Next up in our series of stars introducing BWW's morning feature is Sean McDermott (portrait by Walter McBride), who has appeared on Broadway in GREASE, FALSETTOS, MISS SAIGON and STARLIGHT EXPRESS!

Sean McDermott wants you to WAKE UP with BWW!
Photo by Walter McBride

TODAY'S TOP ITEMS:

- The 2015 Bessie Awards are set for tonight, with AN AMERICAN IN PARIS star Robert Fairchild among the nominees!
- Marin Ireland stars in LCT3's KILL FLOOR, opening tonight off-Broadway.
- POPSTAR (more here) and CHASING THE RIVER get readings in NYC today...
- Rebecca Luker and more lead GTG/Project Shaw's THE DOCTOR'S DILEMMA tonight.
- And Rita Moreno sits down with ON YOUR FEET!'s Gloria & Emilio Estefan at 92Y this evening!

A WONDERFUL LIFE at Goodspeed!

NEWS YOU MISSED THIS WEEKEND:

- Imelda Staunton and GYPSY topped ths year's UK Theatre Awards!
- We got a first look (right) at A WONDERFUL LIFE at Goodspeed, plus a peek at Fred Barton's 'AMERICAN SHOWSTOPPERS' concert, and photos from the PRINCE OF BROADWAY sitzprobe in Japan!
- Darren Criss will host the Dramatists Guild Fund's LUCKY STARS gala.
- Members of Actors' Equity have filed a lawsuit against the union over L.A. small theater waivers.
- And nominations are now open for the 2015 BroadwayWorld Regional Awards in 70 regions worldwide!

Broadway Weather Forecast: It's a crisp, fall Monday! High of 55 and sunny.

What we're listening to: Lin-Manuel Miranda's demos from HAMILTON, IN THE HEIGHTS and more!

Video of the Day: Alex Brightman and the SCHOOL OF ROCK cast performing "You're In the Band" live!

And a Happy Birthday shout-out to John Lithgow, who turns 70 today!

Lithgow last appeared on Broadway in A DELICATE BALANCE with Glenn Close. Before that, the prolific stage actor starred on the Great White Way in THE COLUMNIST, ALL MY SONS, DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS, THE RETREAT FROM MOSCOW, THE PLAY WHAT I WROTE, SWEET SMELL OF SUCCESS (his second Tony in 2002), M. BUTTERFLY, REQUIEM FOR A HEAVYWEIGHT, BEYOND THERAPY, DIVISION STREET, BEDROOM FARCE, SPOKESONG, ONCE IN A LIFETIME, ANNA CHRISTIE, COMEDIANS, BOY MEETS GIRL, SECRET SERVICE, A MEMORY OF TWO MONDAYS / 27 WAGONS FULL OF COTTON, TRELAWNY OF THE 'WELLS', MY FAT FRIEND and THE CHANGING ROOM, which earned him his first Tony Award in 1973. He has also appeared at Shakespeare in the Park in KING LEAR, in THE MAGISTRATE in the West End and more.

A five-time Emmy winner, two-time Golden Globe honoree and twice Oscar-nominated actor, Lithgow is also well known for his TV roles as 'Dick Solomon' in 3RD ROCK FROM THE SUN and 'Arthur Mitchell' in DEXTER. He portrayed 'Lucas Sergeant' in Bob Fosse's movie ALL THAT JAZZ in the late '70s, and also appeared in critically acclaimed roles on the big screen in THE WORLD ACCORDING TO GARP and TERMS OF ENDEARMENT.

John Lithgow and Glenn Close in A DELICATE BALANCE.
Photo by Brigitte Lacombe

See you bright and early tomorrow, BroadwayWorld!


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