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WAKE UP with BWW 1/15/2016 - 'HORRORS' in Cleveland, ONCE Hits the Road!

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: A star-filled LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS opens tonight in Cleveland, and ONCE hits the road again!

We had so much fun taking mug-shots of our fans at this year's BC/EFA Broadway Flea Market that we're adding a new weekly Friday morning tradition -- we call it Fan Fridays!

This week, meet Julie James!

Name: Julie James
Hometown: Dayton, OH
Last Show She Saw: SPRING AWAKENING
Her Favorite Show: SWEENEY TODD
Broadway Star She Wants to Meet: Stephen Sondheim

THIS WEEKEND'S TOP ITEMS:

- LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS, starring Lauren Molina, opens tonight in Cleveland!
- Broadway vet David Beach joins SOMETHING ROTTEN! this evening.
- And the new ONCE national tour hits the road in Philly tonight!

Walker in costume for AMERICAN PSYCHO!

NEWS YOU MISSED YESTERDAY:

- NERDS THE MUSICAL will hit Broadway this spring!
- Audra McDonald is bringing 'LADY DAY' to London this summer.
- Alison Luff will play Broadway's next 'Fantine' in LES MISERABLES'...
- Lea DeLaria is set to return as host for the 61st Annual Obie Awards!
- We got a first look (right) at Benjamin Walker in AMERICAN PSYCHO (which found its full cast), a sneak peek at the cast of GREASE: LIVE! in rehearsal, plus an exclusive listen to Ciara Renee & Andrew Samonsky singing 'Someday' on the HUNCHBACK cast album!
- The producers of THE BIBLE and THE VOICE are working on a live Nativity musical for NBC, while the network would love to air a performance of Broadway's HAMILTON...
- Adam Lambert has signed on for FOX's ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW!
- A new musical by Joe Iconis and more are slated for Barrington Stage's 2016 season.
- Debra Messing has joined Abigail Breslin in ABC's DIRTY DANCING remake.
- And stage and screen stars Eddie Redmayne, Bryan Cranston and more are among the 2016 OSCAR nominees!

Broadway Weather Forecast: High of 51 and cloudy today, with rain and similar temps on Saturday, and back to overcast again on Sunday...

What we're listening to: Tony winner Johnny Gallagher's debut album, SIX DAY HURRICANE, out today. Listen to his single "Two Fists Full" below!

What we're watching: THE LADY IN THE VAN, starring Maggie Smith, hitting theaters across the U.S. today!
And a Happy Birthday shout-out to Andrea Martin, who turns 69 today!

Two-time Tony winner Andrea Martin is currently starring in Roundabout's NOISES OFF, which opened last night on Broadway. Before that, she appeared in Broadway's PIPPIN (and on tour), ACT ONE, EXIT THE KING, YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN, FIDDLER ON THE ROOF, OKLAHOMA!, CANDIDE and MY FAVORITE YEAR, as well as a concert production of FUNNY GIRL. Among her off-Broadway credits are ON THE TOWN, THE EXONERATED, THE VAGINA MONOLOGUES, NUDE NUDE TOTALLY NUDE, OUT OF THIS WORLD at Encores!, THE MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR, and SORROWS OF STEPHEN. Martin is well known for her role in the film MY BIG FAT GREEK WEDDING (which she'll reprise for the sequel) and has also appeared on the big screen in HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH. She currently stars in the Hulu original series DIFFICULT PEOPLE and also recently appeared on the small screen in WORKING THE ENGELS.

Andrea Martin (in red, center) with the cast of NOISES OFF.
Photo by Joan Marcus

See you bright and early on Monday, BroadwayWorld!


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