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WAKE UP with BWW 11/21/14 - POCATELLO Begins, PATTI ISSUES Returns, CHICAGO Celebrates, Mike Nichols Remembered 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: POCATELLO begins off-Broadway, PATTI ISSUES returns to NYC, plus CHICAGO hits a milestone and 'A PARTICLE OF DREAD' opens on Sunday!


- Broadway dims its lights tonight in honor of Mike Nichols, who passed away last night. He was 83.
- Samuel D. Hunter's POCATELLO begins performances at Playwrights Horizons...
- Ben Rimalower's PATTI ISSUES returns to New York City this weekend.
- And on Sunday, CHICAGO becomes Broadway's second longest-running Broadway show, and Sam Shepard's 'A PARTICLE OF DREAD' opens off-Broadway!



- Creator and original star John Cameron Mitchell will star as HEDWIG this winter!
- WICKED announced a slew of cast changes...
- Audra McDonald, Marc Kudisch, Carolee Carmello, Will Swenson and more will star in a reading of RAIN.
- Diane Lane and Tony Shalhoub will lead Lincoln Center's THE MYSTERY OF LOVE AND SEX next year!
- We got a first look (right) at Bradley Cooper and more in Broadway's THE ELEPHANT MAN!
- We also got a peek at Katie Brayben as 'Carole King' in London's BEAUTIFUL!
- LIVING ON LOVE with Renée Fleming could be Broadway-bound...
- And finally, legendary director Mike Nichols passed away yesterday at the age of 83. Read reactions from his friends and colleagues here, and watch a video retrospective here.

Broadway Weather Forecast: Coldest today with a high of 36 degrees, but Sunday's looking at a balmy 50. Mostly sunny all weekend!

Quote of the Day: A word from the great Mike Nichols...

"I think that to make something alive, instead of on a page, is an honorable task. And it turns me on."
-- Mike Nichols (via BrainyQuote)

What we're watching: Andrew Lloyd Webber's original London production of CATS, airing tonight as part of PBS's GREAT PERFORMANCES. Watch a preview below!

Video of the Day: The new trailer for PITCH PERFECT 2, hitting theaters this spring!

And finally, a Happy Birthday shout-out to Cherry Jones, who turns 57 today!

Jones last appeared on Broadway in The Glass Menagerie. Before that, she won a Tony and a Drama Desk Award each for Doubt and The Heiress. Jones has also starred onstage in Mrs. Warren's Profession, Faith Healer, Imaginary Friends, Major Barbara, A Moon for the Misbegotten, The Night of the Iguana, Angels in America, Our Country's Good, Macbeth and Stepping Out. On screen, the actress has appeared in the TV series '24' and Awake, and the films The Horse Whisperer, Erin Brockovich, The Village, Amelia and more.

Photo by Michael J. Lutch.

See you bright and early on Monday, BroadwayWorld!

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