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WAKE UP with BWW 12/12/14 - SOUND OF MUSIC Nuns Get Christmasy, EVERY BRILLIANT THING 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? This weekend's big news: THE SOUND OF MUSIC nuns gather at 54 Below, Billboard celebrates Idina Menzel and Ariana Grande, and EVERY BRILLIANT THING opens on Sunday!

THIS WEEKEND'S TOP ITEMS:

- Set your DVR! The cast of SIDE SHOW performs on TODAY and Idina Menzel stops by LIVE WITH KELLY & MICHAEL this morning.
- THE SOUND OF MUSIC nuns (above in the movie version) host a Christmas party at 54 Below tonight.
- Idina Menzel and Ariana Grande will be among the honorees at tonight's Billboard Women in Music Awards...
- And EVERY BRILLIANT THING opens off-Broadway this Sunday!

EVERY BRILLIANT THING off-Broadway!

NEWS YOU MISSED YESTERDAY:

- Sting will stick with THE LAST SHIP through January 24!
- A.R.T. will premiere the (hopefully Broadway-bound) WAITRESS musical next summer.
- Jerry Mitchell is returning to direct the 25th Anniversary edition of BROADWAY BARES in June!
- Christopher John O'Neill will join THE BOOK OF MORMON on Broadway next month.
- We got a look at highlights from off-Broadway's DISENCHANTED, plus photos from EVERY BRILLIANT THING!
- Damian Lewis is set to star in AMERICAN BUFFALO in the West End this spring.
- A stage adaptation of Matthew Warchus's film PRIDE could be coming in 2016 or 2017...
- Menken, Yorkey & Nelson are developing a CORRINA, CORRINA musical for Audra McDonald!
- And INTO THE WOODS and its stars are among the nominees for this year's Golden Globes!

Broadway Weather Forecast: Sunny all weekend with a high of 44 on Sunday. Perfect for pounding the pavement and seeing some shows!

Quote of the Day: Stage and screen vet Cheyenne Jackson on his true home...

"I'm a Broadway baby, through and through. It's my first love, and it's what brought me to New York in the first place."
-- Cheyenne Jackson (via BrainyQuote)

What we're watching: SIX DANCE LESSONS IN SIX WEEKS, starring Gena Rowlands and Cheyenne Jackson, hits select theaters today!

Audio of the Day: Listen to BWW's exclusive preview of Allison Williams and the Lost Boys singing "I Won't Grow Up" from NBC's PETER PAN LIVE! soundtrack, out December 16!

And finally, a Happy Birthday shout-out to Cathy Rigby, who turns 61 today!

Rigby, best known for her Tony-nominated portrayal of Peter Pan on Broadway, on tour, and on television over the course of 30 years, has also appeared on the Great White Way in Seussical and Jekyll & Hyde. The former gymnast also founded a theatrical production company with her husband Tom McCoy.

Cathy Rigby in PETER PAN at TUTS in 2012.
Photo by Isaac James.

See you bright and early on Monday, BroadwayWorld!



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