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WAKE UP with BWW 12/14/2015 - MARJORIE PRIME, MOTHERSTRUCK 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: Lois Smith leads MARJORIE PRIME, opening tonight off-Broadway!

TODAY'S TOP ITEMS:

- MARJORIE PRIME, starring Lois Smith, opens tonight at Playwrights Horizons!
- Staceyann Chin's MOTHERSTRUCK, directed by Cynthia Nixon, opens off-Broadway.
- And Victoria Clark, Betsy Wolfe and more RAISE THE ROOF! in concert tonight!

The cast of DTC's DINER!

NEWS YOU MISSED THIS WEEKEND:

- Broadway's FUN HOME has recouped its investment!
- Marlee Matlin and Camryn Manheim will exit Broadway's SPRING AWAKENING early...
- We got a first look (right) at DINER at Delaware Theatre Company!
- THE WIZ LIVE! producers will reunite with Fatima Robinson on her new dance drama.
- A study suggests British theatre's gender gap is steadily closing...
- Nick Jonas hopes to return to the Great White Way with his own compositions.
- And Quentin Tarantino wants to adapt THE HATEFUL EIGHT for the stage!

Broadway Weather Forecast: High of 65 degrees and rainy this evening in the city.

Quote of the Day: A word from Josh Groban, who just had some amazing news break this morning!

"Don't try to be like me. Try to be like yourself. Try to be very good at being yourself."
-- Josh Groban (via BrainyQuote)

What we're looking forward to listening to: Broadway's THE COLOR PURPLE cast album, set for release next month!

Video of the Day: Get your week started with Lin-Manuel Miranda & Stephen Colbert rapping BUTTON: THE AMERICAN MUSICAL!

And a Happy Birthday shout-out to Alice Ripley, who turns 52 today!

Ripley will return to Broadway in AMERICAN PSYCHO this spring. She last appeared in NEXT TO NORMAL, which won her the Tony for Best Actress in a Musical in 2009. She was also nominated for a Tony for her performance in 1998's SIDE SHOW. Among her other Broadway credits are LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS, THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW, JAMES JOYCE'S THE DEAD, KING DAVID, SUNSET BOULEVARD, THE WHO'S TOMMY and LES MISERABLES, as well as a benefit production of CHILDREN AND ART and DREAMGIRLS in concert. Off-Broadway, the actress has taken the stage in WILD ANIMALS YOU SHOULD KNOW, CHEF'S THEATER: A MUSICAL FEAST, THE VAGINA MONOLOGUES, and concert productions of LITTLE FISH, JUBILEE, CHESS and LI'L ABNER. She has also released albums with her band, RIPLEY.

Alice Ripley in ALL SONDHEIM at Feinstein's/54 Below earlier this year.
Photo by Walter McBride
See you bright and early tomorrow, BroadwayWorld!

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