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WAKE UP with BWW 12/1/2015 - 'BRIDGES' Tour, Groff Back in HAMILTON 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: 'BRIDGES' opens in Iowa, Jonathan Groff returns to HAMILTON and more!

Next up in our series of stars introducing BWW's morning feature is Samantha Massell (portrait by Walter McBride), who is currently starring in FIDDLER ON THE ROOF and was last seen in INTO THE WOODS at The Muny!

Samantha Massell wants you to WAKE UP with BWW!
Photo by Walter McBride

TODAY'S TOP ITEMS:

- THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY tour officially lifts its curtain tonight in Des Moines!
- Jonathan Groff returns to HAMILTON as 'King George III' tonight...
- Ann Hampton Callaway performs songs from THE HOPE OF CHRISTMAS at Barnes & Noble.
- And the Royal Court's HANGMEN, starring David Morrissey, transfers to Wyndham's this evening!

Redmond in GIGANTIC!

NEWS YOU MISSED YESTERDAY:

- Broadway's ALLEGIANCE is getting a cast album!
- Lupita Nyong'o and the full off-Broadway cast of ECLIPSED with reunite on the Great White Way.
- We got a first look (right) at Ryann Redmond and more in Vineyard's GIGANTIC, plus a peek at Adam Halpin in DADDY LONG LEGS, the new poster for GREASE: LIVE, and brand-new pics from THE WIZ LIVE!
- Tom Kitt, William Ivey Long and David Korins have joined the creative team for GREASE: LIVE.
- A new Betty Crocker musical, Marsha Mason-helmed STEEL MAGNOLIAS and more are set for 2016 at Bucks County Playhouse...
- CBS has ordered more episodes of SUPERGIRL, starring Melissa Benoist and Jeremy Jordan.
- And David Bowie is including a song from LAZARUS on his new BLACKSTAR album!

Broadway Weather Forecast: Rainy and in the low 50s today - don't forget to wear your boots, layers and grab your umbrella!

What we're looking forward to watching: ABC's screening of the original THE SOUND OF MUSIC film with Julie Andrews later this month!

Video of the Day: Check out this fun clip of the characters from NBC's THE WIZ LIVE! trying their hand at THE VOICE!

And a Happy Birthday shout-out to Bette Midler, who turns 70 today!
Midler last starred on Broadway in I'LL EAT YOU LAST: A CHAT WITH SUE MENGERS. Before that, she appeared in PRISCILLA, QUEEN OF THE DESERT, BETTE! DIVINE MADNESS, BETTE MIDLER'S CLAMS ON THE HALF SHELL REVUE, BETTE MIDLER and FIDDLER ON THE ROOF. She also took the stage in the recent benefit production of SHORT TALKS ON THE UNIVERSE and has appeared off-Broadway in SALVATION. Midler received a special Tony Award in 1974. Her record debut, THE DIVINE MISS M, earned her a Grammy Award for Best New Artist. Among her film credits are THE ROSE, for which she earned the Golden Globe for Best Actress, Academy Award nod, and Grammy Award, BEACHES -- for which she received her third Grammy Award, Record of the Year, for the film's title song, "Wind Beneath My Wings" -- FOR THE BOYS (Golden Globe and Oscar nominations), and the cult Halloween favorite HOCUS POCUS, among others. Midler also recently released her 25th album IT'S THE GIRLS and took it on tour across the country.
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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