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WAKE UP with BWW 11/26/14 - ILLUSIONISTS, Macy's Parade, Turkey Day 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 holiday weekend's big news: SOUL DOCTOR comes back to New York, DISENCHANTED! begins, THE ILLUSIONISTS bring magic to Broadway, performers from the Great White Way crowd this year's Thanksgiving Day Parade and more!

THIS HOLIDAY WEEKEND'S TOP ITEMS:

- SOUL DOCTOR returns to the stage tonight, and DISENCHANTED! begins performances off-Broadway.
- THE ILLUSIONISTS begins previews on Broadway this evening!
- The WICKED Second National Tour welcomes four new stars today...
- A starry ELF begins performances at Paper Mill.
- And BWW has rounded up a Thanksgiving schedule for you -- be sure to tune in for tomorrow's Broadway-packed Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade!

NEWS YOU MISSED YESTERDAY:

- Rupert Grint and Megan Mullally will be leaving IT'S ONLY A PLAY...
- Pasquale Aleardi and NaTasha Yvette Williams will join Broadway's CHICAGO next month.
- AUGUST RUSH is officially Broadway-bound and just set its cast for next month's workshop!
- Quvenzhane Wallis and the ANNIE cast performed 'It's the Hard Knock Life' on DANCING WITH THE STARS.
- THE LAST FIVE YEARS movie with Anna Kendrick and Jeremy Jordan will debut one day earlier!
- Students at two schools have banded together to respond to censorship in LEGALLY BLONDE and BLOODY, BLOODY ANDREW JACKSON (more here)...
- IT'S A BIRD... IT'S A PLANE... IT'S SUPERMAN is transferring to the West End.
- And GLEE is prepping for its final season - check out a new poster (right)!

Broadway Weather Forecast: High of 46 and rainy today, with some sun and a slight temperature drop on Thanksgiving. Sunny and 38 degrees on Friday, with clouds and warmer temps on Saturday and Sunday.

Quote of the Day: Some Thanksgiving-themed advice from entertainment mogul Oprah Winfrey...

"Be thankful for what you have; you'll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don't have, you will never, ever have enough."
-- Oprah Winfrey (via BrainyQuote)

What we're watching: Tonight's "making of" special, set to go behind the scenes of NBC's PETER PAN LIVE!

Video of the Day: Get a first look at Hugh Jackman as 'Blackbeard' in the trailer for PAN!

And finally, a Happy Birthday shout-out to Daniel Davis, who turns 69 today, S. Epatha Merkerson, who hits 62 on Friday, and Ryan Murphy, who celebrates his 49th birthday on Sunday!

Davis, well known as 'Niles' from the TV series The Nanny, last appeared on Broadway in La Cage aux Folles, and before that, in The Frogs, The Invention of Love, Wrong Mountain (which earned him a Tony nod in 2000), Amadeus, Othello and King Henry V.

Merkerson, who starred in TV's Law & Order for nearly two decades, has appeared on Broadway in Come Back, Little Sheba, The Piano Lesson and Tintypes. She just finished a run off-Broadway in Billy Porter's While I Yet Live.

Murphy is the creator of the cult TV series Nip/Tuck, GLEE and American Horror Story, as well as the film adaptation of Larry Kramer's The Normal Heart.

See you bright and early on Monday, BroadwayWorld!


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