WAKE UP with BWW 1/18/2016 - MLK Day, MERMAN'S APPRENTICE & 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: MERMAN'S APPRENTICE celebrates its cast album tonight at Birdland, plus the 2015 Sydney Theatre Awards were announced!


- Tom Kitt & Brian Yorkey have written a new song for Carly Rae Jepsen in GREASE: LIVE, plus Didi Conn and Barry Pearl are making cameos!
- Broadway's TUCK EVERLASTING has found its full company.
- We got a look (right) at Ken Fallin's latest caricature for Broadway's CHINA DOLL!
- Lin-Manuel Miranda and Stephen Schwartz will be among this year's honorees at the Dramatists Guild of America Awards.
- Tim Curry has signed on for FOX's ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW, while Trisha Yearwood will lead FOX's live musical event THE PASSION this spring.
- The cast of HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL is reuniting for its 10th anniversary!
- And Neil Patrick Harris is in talks to play the villain in Netflix's A SERIES OF UNFORTUNATE EVENTS series...

Broadway Weather Forecast: High of 30 and cloudy today, but the sun will come out tomorrow!

What we're listening to: Michael Arden's rendition of 'Out There' from THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME cast recording (plus listen to 'Made of Stone' here)!

What we're looking forward to watching: HBO's presentation of Audra McDonald in LADY DAY AT EMERSON'S BAR & GRILL, airing this spring!

Video of the Day: Watch the latest promo for FOX's GREASE: LIVE!, with new behind-the-scenes footage and more!
And a Happy Birthday shout-out to Jesse L. Martin, who turns 47 today!

Martin, best known for playing 'Tom Collins' in the original Broadway and West End productions and 2005 film adaptation of RENT, last starred on the Great White Way in THE MERCHANT OF VENICE. Among his other Broadway credits are THE GOVERNMENT INSPECTOR and TIMON OF ATHENS. He has also appeared off-Broadway in THE WINTER'S TALE at Shakespeare in the Park and in THE ARABIAN NIGHTS, as well as THE THREEPENNY OPERA at Williamstown Theatre Festival. Martin plays 'Detective Joe West' on TV in THE FLASH and before that, 'Detective Ed Green' on LAW & ORDER, with a recurring role as 'Scott Nichols', artistic director of the Manhattan Theatre Workshop, in NBC's SMASH.

Grant Gustin and Jesse L. Martin in THE FLASH.
Photo courtesy The CW.

See you bright and early tomorrow, BroadwayWorld!

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