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WAKE UP with BWW 10/22/14 - FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, SETH'S BROADWAY DIARY 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 FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE opens tonight off-Broadway and Seth Rudetsky launches his new book series!

Next up in our series of Broadway stars introducing BWW's morning feature is T.R. Knight (portrait by Walter McBride), now starring in POCATELLO off-Broadway. Best known for his role as 'George' in GREY'S ANATOMY, Knight has appeared on the Great White Way in A LIFE IN THE THEATRE, TARTUFFE and NOISES OFF. Now on to the news!

T.R. Knight wants you to WAKE UP with BWW!
Photo by Walter mcBride.

TODAY'S TOP ITEMS:

- THE FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE opens tonight at the Public!
- Seth Rudetsky's releases his new book today (details below)...
- The cast of Classic Stage Company's ALLEGRO will appear and perform tonight at the 92Y...
- NAMT's 2014 Festival of New Musicals kicks off today with "The 46th Minute," hosted by Lindsay Mendez!
- And be sure to set your DVR! THE RIVER's Hugh Jackman visits today's LIVE WITH KELLY AND MICHAEL.

Highlights from DISGRACED!

WHAT YOU MISSED YESTERDAY:

- Victoria Clark and Dee Hoty are joining Vanessa Hudgens in GIGI in D.C. this winter!
- Robert Askins' HAND TO GOD is coming to Broadway in 2015.
- Grande and Zakrin will join Broadway's ROCK OF AGES next month, with Maroulis rocking into the winter...
- Josh Kaufman will play his first performance in PIPPIN on Halloween. And speaking of PIPPIN, the whole national tour has been dedicated to Denver Center's Randy Weeks, who passed away this month.
- Andy Mientus will take a hiatus from LES MIS to film for THE FLASH this fall...
- We got a first look at highlights from Broadway's DISGRACED (right), off-Broadway's FORTRESS (opening tonight) and MEMPHIS in the West End!
- Tatiana Maslany and Thomas Sadoski will star in LaBute's THE WAY WE GET BY off-Broadway.
- So much great casting news! Olivia Holt, Lucy Lawless, Tamyra Gray and more signed on for 'SLEEPING BEAUTY' in Pasadena!

Broadway Weather Forecast: Yuck. Rain all day with a high of 58 degrees, so bundle up, slip on your boots and don't forget your umbrella!

Quote of the Day: THE RIVER's Hugh Jackman on failure...

"With age, you see people fail more. You see yourself fail more. How do you keep that fearlessness of a kid? You keep going. Luckily, I'm not afraid to make a fool of myself."
-- Hugh Jackman (via BrainyQuote)

What we're reading: SETH'S BROADWAY DIARY -- the first in a series -- out today! Seth Rudetsky is hosting a book launch concert at Don't Tell Mama tonight, featuring Kelli O'Hara, Judy Kuhn and more.

Video of the Day: A promo for Kevin Spacey's NOW: IN THE WINGS ON A WORLD STAGE, airing on Ovation next month!

And finally, a double Happy Birthday shout-out to Jesse Tyler Ferguson (39) and Jeff Goldblum (61)!

Ferguson, current star of the long-running comedy Modern Family, has appeared on Broadway in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, which won the 2005 Drama Desk for Outstanding Ensemble, On the Town, and On the Twentieth Century in concert for the Actors' Fund. He has also appeared in The Merchant of Venice and The Winter's Tale at Shakespeare in the Park.

Goldblum last appeared on Broadway in Theresa Rebeck's Seminar. Before that, he starred in The Pillowman, The Play What I Wrote, The Moony Shapiro Songbook and Two Gentlemen of Verona. He got his start in the Jurassic Park movies and Independence Day and recently appeared on the big screen in The Grand Budapest Hotel, with Mortdecai in the queue.

See you bright and early tomorrow, BroadwayWorld!


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