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WAKE UP with BWW 12/19/14 - O'Hara & Morrison at Carnegie Hall, Joe Iconis at 54 Below, ANNIE 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: Kelli O'Hara and Matthew Morrison hit Carnegie Hall, Christmas comes to 54 Below, PRESTO CHANGE-O gets a starry reading and ANNIE hits theaters today!


- Kelli O'Hara and Matthew Morrison reunite in HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS at Carnegie Hall!
- A slew of stars bring holiday cheer to 54 Below in this weekend's JOE ICONIS CHRISTMAS SPECTACULAR.
- Jeremy Jordan and Kerry Butler star in Barrington Stage's NYC reading of PRESTO CHANGE-O this morning.
- Be sure to look for GIGI's Victoria Clark on HOMELAND this Sunday...
- And the new ANNIE movie hits theaters across the country today!


- Andrew Lloyd Webber's SCHOOL OF ROCK is headed for Broadway next winter!
- CABARET is launching a national tour in January 2016!
- THE EXORCIST play could be coming to Broadway...
- Dakin Matthews and Rod McLachlan have signed on for Broadway's THE AUDIENCE.
- Kerry Ellis might be the next to star as 'Grizabella' in the West End's CATS...
- THE LAST FIVE YEARS film soundtrack will be released in February!
- We got a sneak peek at the Met's MERRY WIDOW, featuring Renée Fleming, Nathan Gunn and Kelli O'Hara!
- Laura Osnes will join Steven Pasquale in Lyric Opera of Chicago's CAROUSEL; plus, Osnes will reunite with CINDERELLA star Santino Fontana for A BROADWAY ROMANCE with the NY Phil!
- And we got a spectacular look at Neil Patrick Harris in a new promo for AHS: FREAK SHOW!

Broadway Weather Forecast: Mostly sunny with a high of 40 all weekend!

Quote of the Day: In honor of ANNIE's arrival on the big screen, hear from its pint-sized star Quvenzhané Wallis...

"Nothing else matters except that I have fun, and I'm still having fun."
-- Quvenzhané Wallis (via BrainyQuote)

What we're watching: LIFE OF AN ACTRESS, THE MUSICAL, making its NYC debut today. Check out the trailer below!

Video of the Day: A new clip from INTO THE WOODS (just one more week!), featuring Anna Kendrick and Chris Pine!

And finally, a Happy Birthday shout-out to Cicely Tyson, who turns 81 today!

Tyson won a Tony Award last year for her performance in The Trip to Bountiful, in which she went on to star in several regional productions and a TV movie adaptation. Among her other Broadway credits are The Corn Is Green, Trumpets of the Lord, Carry Me Back to Morningside Heights, A Hand is on the Gate, Tiger, Tiger Burning Bright, The Cool World and Jolly's Progress. The actress was nominated for an Oscar and a Golden Globe for her performance in the film Sounder in 1972. She won two Emmys for The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman two years later. Tyson has also appeared on the big screen in Diary of a Mad Black Woman, The Help, and many more.

Photo by Joan Marcus

See you bright and early on Monday, BroadwayWorld!

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