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WAKE UP with BWW 12/10/14 - AN AMERICAN IN PARIS, THE AMBASSADOR 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: AN AMERICAN IN PARIS opens in Paris, THE AMBASSADOR comes to BAM and more!

TODAY'S TOP ITEMS:

- The Broadway-bound AN AMERICAN IN PARIS opens tonight in The City of Light!
- THE AMBASSADOR, directed by ONCE's John Tiffany, begins this evening at BAM.
- And Pasadena Playhouse opens its panto version of 'SLEEPING BEAUTY', starring Disney's Olivia Holt!

AN AMERICAN IN PARIS - in Paris!

NEWS YOU MISSED YESTERDAY:

- We caught up with the INTO THE WOODS company at the film's big premiere!
- We got a first look at Broadway's HONEYMOON IN VEGAS (here) and AN AMERICAN IN PARIS (right)!
- BC/EFA's GYPSY OF THE YEAR broke records with over $5 million raised.
- THE VISIT, starring Chita Rivera, is aiming for a Spring 2015 opening on Broadway!
- LOVE LETTERS will close early on Broadway this weekend...
- Grammy winner Jennifer Nettles will make her Broadway debut as 'Roxie Hart' in CHICAGO!
- Laura Osnes is set to lead workshops of the new musical SOMEWHERE IN TIME in 2015.
- The American Theatre Wing will honor James Earl Jones at its 2015 gala.
- And Laura Benanti and Whoopi Goldberg have joined Radio City's NEW YORK SPRING SPECTACULAR!

Broadway Weather Forecast: Rain this morning with a high of 41 degrees; snow this afternoon and evening.

Quote of the Day: Birthday boy Kenneth Branagh on channeling your inner child...

"The best actors, I think, have a childlike quality. They have a sort of an ability to lose themselves. There's still some silliness."
-- Kenneth Branagh (via BrainyQuote)

What we're listening to: Disney's FROZEN soundtrack, in honor of its No. 1 ranking for 2014 on the Billboard 200!

Video of the Day: In honor of AN AMERICAN IN PARIS opening over in la belle France tonight, watch a scene from the film with Gene Kelly and Leslie Caron!

And finally, a Happy Birthday shout-out to Kenneth Branagh, who turns 54 today!

Oscar nominee Branagh's new live-action version of Cinderella, starring Lily James, will hit theaters in March. He has also directed and starred in several Shakespeare adaptations for the big screen. As an actor, he last appeared on Broadway in The Play What I Wrote in 2003. His recent screen credits include the TV series Wallander and the films Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit and My Week with Marilyn. Branagh was knighted in 2012.

Kenneth Branagh celebrating MACBETH at the Park Avenue Armory.
Photo by Walter McBride.

See you bright and early tomorrow, BroadwayWorld!



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