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WAKE UP with BWW 11/17/14 - SIDE SHOW, PUNK ROCK, Elaine Stritch 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: It's a crazy-busy Monday! SIDE SHOW brings the freaks back to Broadway, PUNK ROCK and STRAIGHT WHITE MEN open off-Broadway, stars gather to celebrate Elaine Stritch and so much more!

TODAY'S TOP ITEMS:

- SIDE SHOW opens on Broadway tonight (check back for our live Review Roundup!); plus, PUNK ROCK (more here) and STRAIGHT WHITE MEN open off-Broadway!
- Bernadette Peters, Nathan Lane, Laura Benanti and more join together to celebrate Elaine Stritch tonight.
- Alexis Bledel and more participate in today's SIN CYCLE PLAYS readings, and Vanessa Redgrave reads from Joan Didion's BLUE NIGHTS...
- And the 2014 'Mimi' Awards honor playwright Stephen Adly Guirgis tonight!

NEWS YOU MISSED THIS WEEKEND:

- Carolee Carmello will reprise her role in FINDING NEVERLAND on Broadway!
- The Bollywood-inspired MONSOON WEDDING musical has found its cast and is eyeing a 2015 Broadway run!
- Rory O'Malley, Katie Finneran and more have joined Roundabout's MERTON OF THE MOVIES reading!
- Ahrens & Flaherty will be honored at York Theatre Company's 23rd Hammerstein Award Gala next week.
- Tony winners Derek McLane, Rob Ashford and Stephen Oremus have joined this year's Oscars' production team...
- And the Shubert Organization is officially taking over off-Broadway's New World Stages.

Broadway Weather Forecast: Rain all day -- heavier in the afternoon. Time to break out your most stylish raincoat and boots and splash toward the theatre district!

Quote of the Day: The indomitable Elaine Stritch on chemistry...

"I can't explain chemistry. I really can't. I haven't got a clue what it's all about. It just happens. It's like falling in love. You can't explain why you fall in love or explain why it's this particular person."
-- Elaine Stritch (via BrainyQuote)

What we're listening to: The new ANNIE movie soundtrack, out today!

Video of the Day: To prep for SIDE SHOW's return to Broadway tonight, watch Emily Skinner and Alice Ripley perform as the twins at the 52nd Tony Awards!

And finally, a Happy Birthday shout-out to Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, who turns 55 today!

Mastrantonio last appeared on Broadway in last year's The Winslow Boy. Before that, she was nominated for Best Actress in a Musical for Man of La Mancha in 2003. Among her other Broadway credits are The Marriage of Figaro, The Human Comedy, Oh, Brother!, Copperfield, Amadeus and West Side Story. She has also acted in several Shakespeare in the Park productions and appeared in the West End's A View from the Bridge. Mastrantonio is known for her roles in the films Scarface (1983) and The Color of Money, which earned her Oscar and Golden Globe nominations in 1986.

Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio (center) in THE WINSLOW BOY.
Photo by Joan Marcus.

See you bright and early tomorrow, BroadwayWorld!


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