WAKE UP with BWW 11/24/14 - Sondheim & Streep, Ahrens & Flaherty, 'GHOST BROTHERS' 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: Sondheim & Streep receive the 2014 Presidential Medal of Freedom, Ahrens & Flaherty will be honored at York's gala tonight, Stephen King's 'GHOST BROTHERS' musical comes to NYC and more!


- INTO THE WOODS' creator Stephen Sondheim, star Meryl Streep and more will be honored today with the Presidential Medal of Freedom!
- Speaking of awards, collaborators Ahrens & Flaherty will receive York's Oscar Hammerstein Award this evening.
- Stephen King's GHOST BROTHERS OF DARKLAND COUNTY musical stops at the Beacon tonight!
- Two readings of Shaw's THE MILLIONAIRESS will tread the boards in NYC tonight...
- And Idina Menzel and iLuminate will perform at Bloomingdale's holiday windows unveiling today -- stay tuned for photos!

Allison Williams as Peter Pan!


- We got an update on the WICKED movie!
- THE HEART OF ROBIN HOOD is coming to Broadway this spring!
- NBC unveiled a first look (right) at the PETER PAN LIVE! cast in costume.
- Sting is officially joining the cast of Broadway's THE LAST SHIP this winter!
- A new version of Disney's THE LITTLE MERMAID could be returning to the stage...
- The Tony Awards will start accepting Excellence in Theatre Education Award nominations early next year.
- We got a first look at NeNe Leakes in costume for CINDERELLA!
- Ethan Hawke will direct Zoe Kazan and the origial cast of THINGS WE WANT in a January benefit reading.
- Alice Ripley, Michael Cerveris and more will perform at Transport Group's upcoming gala...
- And next month, ABC will air a 'BACKSTAGE WITH DISNEY ON BROADWAY' special!

Broadway Weather Forecast: Rainy and windy with a high of 69 degrees; savor it -- the temperature is going to drop by Thanksgiving!

Quote of the Day: A word from the great Stephen Sondheim...

"I love the theater as much as music, and the whole idea of getting across to an audience and making them laugh, making them cry -- just making them feel -- is paramount to me."
-- Stephen Sondheim (via BrainyQuote)

What we're listening to: Disney's THE LITTLE MERMAID Legacy Collection soundtrack, out today!

Video of the Day: Watch SNL's ANNIE parody skit from this weekend!

And finally, a Happy Birthday shout-out to Sarah Hyland, who turns 24 today!

Hyland, best known for her role as 'Haley Dunphy' on Modern Family, made her Broadway debut in 2006's Grey Gardens with Christine Ebersole. She also starred in Hair at the Hollywood Bowl this summer. The actress will next be seen on the big screen in See You in Valhalla and has also appeared in the films Date and Switch, Vampire Academy, Struck by Lightning and more. Among Hyland's other TV credits are last year's Bonnie and Clyde miniseries, the TV movie Geek Charming, Lipstick Jungle and more.

Sarah Hyland in ABC's MODERN FAMILY.
Photo by Peter "Hopper" Stone/ABC

See you bright and early tomorrow, BroadwayWorld!

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