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WAKE UP with BWW 12/1/14 - ASSASSINS, CHICAGO's New Stars, Parsons Is MERTON OF THE MOVIES 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: ASSASSINS opens in London, CHICAGO welcomes a new 'Billy Flynn' and 'Mama Morton', Jim Parsons returns to Roundabout for its 'MERTON' benefit reading and more!

TODAY'S TOP ITEMS:

- ASSASSINS, featuring Aaron Tveit, opens tonight at the Menier Chocolate Factory!
- Broadway's CHICAGO welcomes Pasquale Aleardi and NaTasha Yvette Williams this evening...
- Jim Parsons stars in Roundabout's MERTON OF THE MOVIES reading tonight!
- Annaleigh Ashford returns to 54 Below with LOST IN THE STARS tonight.
- Billy Porter and the cast of KINKY BOOTS appear at this year's Winter's Eve at Lincoln Square!
- And Chita Rivera presents TUCK EVERLASTING writing team Chris Miller and Nathan Tysen with the 2014 Fred Ebb Award.

Cast of PETER PAN LIVE!
at Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

NEWS YOU MISSED THIS WEEKEND:

- BWW is beyond excited to premiere Anna Kendrick's "On the Steps of the Palace" from Disney's INTO THE WOODS this Wednesday at noon!
- We announced our first-ever BWW Album Award winners, including Ramin Karimloo, Idina Menzel and IF/THEN!
- Speaking of Menzel, the star has confirmed that FROZEN 2 is in the works...
- Watch all the performances from this year's Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, and check out a photo (right) of the PETER PAN cast!
- Sierra Boggess, Lindsay Mendez, Derek Klena and more will appear in ASTEP's NEW YORK CITY CHRISTMAS benefit.
- N'Kenge will return to MOTOWN THE MUSICAL following her maternity leave...
- Tom Hiddleston, Gillian Anderson, SCOTTSBORO BOYS and more topped London's 2014 Evening Standard Awards!
- A ROCKY HORROR sequel -- SHOCK TREATMENT -- is headed to the London stage this April.
- And Lindsay Lohan could be returning to the stage in Mamet's OLEANNA...

Broadway Weather Forecast: Cloudy this morning with scattered showers this afternoon. High of 60 degrees. What is this strange, strange season?

Quote of the Day: A few words from birthday girl Bette Midler...

"I hope to keep entertaining in some way until I can't physically entertain any longer. It's what I was born to do, and I love this profession."
-- Bette Midler (via BrainyQuote)

What we're listening to: Alice Ripley's 'The Kite Song' from A CHRISTMAS MEMORY at Irish Rep!

Video of the Day: In case you missed last week's THE MAKING OF PETER PAN LIVE! on NBC, you can watch the full special below!

And finally, a Happy Birthday shout-out to Bette Midler, who turns 68 today!

The Divine Miss M last appeared on Broadway in I'll Eat You Last: A Chat with Sue Mengers. Before that, she starred on the Great White Way in Bette! Divine Madness, Bette Midler's Clams on the Half Shell Revue, Bette Midler and Fiddler on the Roof. She won a special Tony Award in 1974 for "adding lustre to the Broadway season." Midler also just released her first studio album in eight years, titled It's the Girls. Her debut album, 1972's The Divine Miss M, set her on the path that has led her to earn Grammys, Emmys, Golden Globes and Academy Award nominations in a career that has spanned over 40 years. Midler has also appeared in over two dozen films, including The Rose, Beaches, Ruthless People, Hocus Pocus, First Wives Club and For The Boys.

Bette Midler in I'LL EAT YOU LAST on Broadway.
Photo by Richard Termine.

See you bright and early tomorrow, BroadwayWorld!


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