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WAKE UP with BWW 10/27/2015 - SYLVIA, ANNIE GET YOUR GUN, HAMILTON's New King 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? Today's big news: SYLVIA does play bows on Broadway tonight, HAMILTON gets a new king, Megan Hilty leads ANNIE GET YOUR GUN and more!

Next up in our series of stars introducing BWW's morning feature is Bartlett Sher (portrait by Walter McBride), currrent director of Broadway's THE KING AND I and FIDDLER ON THE ROOF, as well as THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY on tour!

Bartlett Sher wants you to WAKE UP with BWW!
Photo by Walter McBride

TODAY'S TOP ITEMS:

- SYLVIA, starring Matthew Broderick and Annaleigh Ashford, opens on Broadway tonight!
- Andrew Rannells ascends the throne as 'King George III' in HAMILTON this evening...
- Megan Hilty stars in ANNIE GET YOUR GUN tonight at Encores!
- Signature Theatre's INCIDENT AT VICHY begins previews off-Broadway.
- And SETH'S BROADWAY DIARY, VOLUME 2 hits the shelves today!

Salonga, Takei, Leung and the cast of ALLEGIANCE!

NEWS YOU MISSED YESTERDAY:

- NFL legend Eddie George will be CHICAGO's next 'Billy Flynn'!
- Cher is working on a Broadway musical based on her life...
- THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY tour has found its full cast.
- We got a first look (right) at Broadway's ALLEGIANCE!
- Ghostlight will release a FIRST DAUGHTER SUITE cast recording.
- Josh Bergasse will direct & choreograph HAZEL at Drury Lane, and the musical could be headed to NY...
- You can listen to songs from the Broadway-bound AMERICAN PSYCHO, plus BroadwayHD, a new digital streaming service, will be bringing theatre straight to your screen!
- Ryan Murphy and Lea Michele's FUNNY GIRL won't be heading to Broadway any time soon...
- And Tony nominee and folk singer Leon Bibb has died at 93.

Broadway Weather Forecast: High of 60 degrees and cloudy today. Wear layers!

What we're listening to: Bernadette Peters narrating a 60th anniversary audiobook collection of ELOISE stories, out today!

Video of the Day: Watch a scene from the Royal Shakespeare Company's HENRY V, hitting US theaters next month!

And a Happy Birthday shout-out to John Cleese, who turns 76 today!

Cleese last appeared on Broadway in the original production of Monty Python's SPAMALOT. Before that, he starred in HALF A SIXPENCE and CAMBRIDGE CIRCUS (the latter which he also wrote). He has also taken the stage off-Broadway in his work NEW CAMBRIDGE CIRCUS, as well as in THE MERMAID FROLICS in London. Cleese is best known as co-founder of the comedy troupe Monty Python, behind the show MONTY PYTHON'S FLYING CIRCUS and the films AND NOW FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT, MONTY PYTHON AND THE HOLY GRAIL, LIFE OF BRIAN and THE MEANING OF LIFE. Cleese also wrote and starred in the series FAWLTY TOWERS, A FISH CALLED WANDA and FIERCE CREATURES. Among his other big screen credits are CLOCKWISE, two James Bond films, two HARRY POTTER films and the last three SHREK movies.

John Cleese at the opening party for Broadway's SPAMALOT.
Photo by Linda Lenzi

See you bright and early tomorrow, BroadwayWorld!


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