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WAKE UP with BWW 1/22/2016 - THE HUMANS, HUNCHBACK Album & More!

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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 HUMANS starts previews tomorrow, the HUNCHBACK recording is released and more!

We had so much fun taking mug-shots of our fans at this year's BC/EFA Broadway Flea Market that we're adding a new weekly Friday morning tradition -- we call it Fan Fridays!

This week, meet Jamie Barniker!

Name: Jamie Barniker
Hometown: NYC via London
Last Show He Saw: CURIOUS INCIDENT
His Favorite Show: CURIOUS INCIDENT
Broadway Star He Wants to Meet: Judy Garland

THIS WEEKEND'S TOP ITEMS:

- Stephen Karam's THE HUMANS starts previews on Broadway this Saturday!
- London's Unicorn Theatre brings THE VELVETEEN RABBIT off-Broadway.
- La MaMa & Talking Band's symphonic play BURNISHED BY GRIEF begins tonight...
- And THEATER TALK celebrates Roundabout Theatre Company's 50th anniversary this weekend!

NEWS YOU MISSED YESTERDAY:

- CATS is returning to Broadway this summer!
- Claire Danes, Hank Azaria and Sanjit De Silva have signed on for DRY POWDER at The Public.
- CHINA DOLL, starring Al Pacino, has recouped on Broadway!
- Carrie St. Louis, Judy Kaye, Peter Scolari and more will join Broadway's WICKED next month...
- We got a first look (right) at Ben Forster in the art for 'PHANTOM' in the West End, footage from A BRONX TALE in rehearsal, plus photos of Jennifer Holliday and more supporting Arts-For-All, and a peek at HAIRSPRAY in Chicago!
- Glenn Close has found her leading men for SUNSET BOULEVARD in London, and FARINELLI AND THE KING with Mark Rylance is eyeing Broadway and the big screen!
- Billy Joel is giving $1 million to keep Long Island High School for the Arts up and running.
- MERCHANT OF VENICE, THE WINTER'S TALE and more are set for Lincoln Center Festival 2016!
- Darren Criss will join Betsy Wolfe for BROADWAY TODAY with the NY Pops this spring.
- And New York City by Mayor de Blasio declared January 20th "David Bowie Day"!

Broadway Weather Forecast: There's a blizzard warning in effect for Saturday and Sunday, so stay safe and warm, folks!

What we're listening to: THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME cast album, out today!

Video of the Day: Go in the recording studio with Jessie J as she lays down her version of "Grease Is The Word" for GREASE: LIVE!
And a Happy Birthday shout-out to Katie Finneran, who turns 45 today!
Finneran last starred on Broadway in IT'S ONLY A PLAY, and before that as 'Miss Hannigan' in ANNIE, PROMISES, PROMISES (which won her a Tony in 2010), MAURITIUS, NOISES OFF (for which she nabbed a Tony and a Drama Desk in 2002), THE ICEMAN COMETH, CABARET as 'Sally Bowles', PROPOSALS, THE HEIRESS and more. Among her off-Broadway credits are LOVE, LOSS, AND WHAT I WORE, AN OAK TREE, PIG FARM, ARMS AND THE MAN, BOSOMS AND NEGLECT, L'IL ABNER at Encores!, A FAIR COUNTRY, EDITH STEIN and more. Her biggest film role was in the remake of Romero's NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD. She has also appeared on the big screen in MOVIE 43, DEATH TO SMOOCHY, BEWITCHED and YOU'VE GOT MAIL. She is known for her role as 'Sharon Tyler' on the FOX series WONDERFALLS and has also appeared on the small screen in THE INSIDE, BRAM AND ALICE, FRASIER, SEX AND THE CITY, DRIVE, I HATE MY TEENAGE DAUGHTER, THE MICHAEL J. FOX SHOW and BLOODLINE on Netflix.
Katie Finneran in IT'S ONLY A PLAY.
Photo by Joan Marcus

See you bright and early on Monday, BroadwayWorld!



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