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WAKE UP with BWW 12/31/2015 - Annaleigh Ashford, Nathan Lane and More Ring in the New Year!

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: It's almost 2016, and Broadway stars are celebrating at 54 Below, with the NY Phil, in Las Vegas and more tonight!

THIS WEEKEND'S TOP ITEMS:

- Annaleigh Ashford rings in 2016 at Feinstein's/54 Below tonight!
- Nathan Lane narrates the New York Philharmonic's New Year's Eve concert.
- The McKittrick Hotel hosts THE KING'S WINTER MASQUERADE this evening...
- Patina Miller, Norm Lewis, Capathia Jenkins and more celebrate New Year's Eve in Las Vegas.
- And MOZART IN THE JUNGLE's Bernadette Peters stops by TODAY, so be sure to check back for clips!

The cast of NOISES OFF!

NEWS YOU MISSED YESTERDAY:

- Old Navy responded to BWW on their t-shirt controversy.
- We got a first look (right) at NOISES OFF, plus a peek at GOTTA DANCE's opening in Chicago and photos from this year's KENNEDY CENTER HONORS!
- Read both Tonya Pinkins' and director Brian Kulick's full statements on the actress' departure from 'MOTHER COURAGE'...
- GYPSY's Imelda Staunton made the Queen's 2016 Honours list!
- ANNIE is getting a new star on tour for the New Year!
- HUGHIE, starring Forest Whitaker, has pushed back its first preview on Broadway...
- Plus, we rounded up 2015's most fascinating people in theatre and 11 awesome theatre happenings of 2015!

Broadway Weather Forecast: High of 49 and cloudy today with temps in the mid-40s and sunny all weekend!

Quote of the Day: A word from birthday girl Bebe Neuwirth...

"People are at their happiest if they are true to themselves. I think that applies to their chosen profession, friends and relationships. It goes for your health too. If you are true to yourself, it seems to me everything should work out pretty well."
-- Bebe Neuwirth (via BrainyQuote)

What we're looking forward to watching: The second season of GALAVANT, premiering this weekend! Check out Kylie Minogue rocking out to a new Alan Menken tune below!

Video of the Day: Watch the final #Ham4Ham of 2015, featuring Tevye's three daughters from FIDDLER singing a new version of "Matchmaker, Matchmaker"!

And a Happy Birthday shout-out to Bebe Neuwirth, who turns 57 today!

Two-time Tony winner Bebe Neuwirth last starred on Broadway as 'Morticia Addams' in THE ADDAMS FAMILY. Before that, she appeared in FOSSE, CHICAGO (for which she recently returned as 'Mama Morton' last year), DAMN YANKEES, SWEET CHARITY, LITTLE ME, DANCIN' and A CHORUS LINE, as well as a concert production of FUNNY GIRL. Among her off-Broadway credits are GOLDEN AGE, A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM, HERE LIES JENNY, WRITER'S BLOCK, THE EXONERATED, EVERETT BEEKIN, PAL JOEY at Encores!, UPSTAIRS AT O'NEALS' and more. She also took the stage in the West End in KISS OF THE SPIDER WOMAN. She is well known for her Emmy-winning role as 'Dr. Lilith Sternin in CHEERS and FRASIER. The actress currently stars on TV in CBS's MADAME SECRETARY.

Bebe Neuwirth and company in Career Transition for Dancers' 2015 PEARL JUBILEE.
Photo by David Dupuy.
See you bright and early on Monday, BroadwayWorld!


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