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WAKE UP with BWW 1/22/2015 - Double-Dose of INTO THE WOODS, CHICAGO's New Roxie 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: Two productions of INTO THE WOODS launch tonight, Charlotte d'Amboise returns to CHICAGO, the Artios Awards are held tonight in NY and LA and more!

Next up in our series of stars introducing BWW's morning feature is Tony nominee Frank Wildhorn (portrait by Walter McBride), who has written the music for Broadway's Jekyll & Hyde, Bonnie and Clyde, Wonderland, Dracula, the Musical, The Civil War, The Scarlet Pimpernel and Victor / Victoria!

Frank Wildhorn wants you to WAKE UP with BWW!
Photo by Walter McBride

TODAY'S TOP ITEMS:

- Fiasco's INTO THE WOODS opens off-Broadway tonight. Check back later for our live Review Roundup!
- Tituss Burgess plays 'The Witch' in DreamCatcher's INTO THE WOODS, beginning tonight in Miami...
- Charlotte d'Amboise returns to CHICAGO as 'Roxie Hart' this evening.
- DA opens off-Broadway tonight at Irish Rep.
- Jonathan Groff and Cristin Milioti are among the presenters for tonight's 2015 Artios Awards!
- Don't forget to tune in to TODAY to watch the cast of HONEYMOON IN VEGAS perform.
- And the company of SNOW ORCHID meets the press, so stay tuned for photos and footage!

John Cameron Mitchell as HEDWIG!

NEWS YOU MISSED YESTERDAY:

- Anne Hathaway will return to the stage in GROUNDED, directed by Julie Taymor at the Public!
- We got a fiesty first look (right) at John Cameron Mitchell in HEDWIG on Broadway! Plus a glimpse of the Poe-themed NEVERMORE off-Broadway!
- THE ELEPHANT MAN will close a day early to let Bradley Cooper attend the Oscars...
- The Tony Awards have set their 2014-15 slate of events.
- Kevin Spacey will reprise his role as CLARENCE DARROW at The Old Vic this spring!
- Signature Theatre announced its cast for the musical KID VICTORY. Watch the trailer!
- Sherie Rene Scott's WHORL INSIDE A LOOP will play Second Stage this spring.
- MCC Theater announced an all-star lineup for its 2015 MISCAST GALA!
- And despite rumors of her exit, THE VIEW's Rosie Perez is officially returning to ABC next month...

Broadway Weather Forecast: Partly cloudy with a change of snow flurries early today. High of 42 - not bad!

Quote of the Day: A word from GROUNDED's Anne Hathaway...

"So as long as I'm a working actor, I can improve. I want to work with people that frighten me and excite me, and characters that I don't believe I'm the best person for the part but I'm still gonna try anyway. Those are my favorite roles."
-- Anne Hathaway (via BrainyQuote)

What we're watching: National Theatre Live's TREASURE ISLAND, airing internationally tonight!

Video of the Day: A brand new promo for CABARET, starring Emma Stone!

And a Happy Birthday shout-out to Katie Finneran, who turns 44 today!

Finneran is currently starring in It's Only a Play on Broadway. Among her past credits are Annie, Promises, Promises (she nabbed the 2010 Tony for her role), Mauritius, Noises Off (which earned her a Tony and a Drama Desk Award), The Iceman Cometh, Cabaret, Proposals, The Heiress, My Favorite Year, Two Shakespearean Actors and more. Among her TV credits are Wonderfalls, The Inside, I Hate My Teenage Daughter and The Michael J. Fox Show.

Katie Finneran at 54 Below last year.
Photo by Kevin Thomas Garcia.

See you bright and early tomorrow, BroadwayWorld!


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