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WAKE UP with BWW 1/23/2015 - IT'S ONLY A PLAY's New Address, SCHOOL OF ROCK, NEVERMORE and 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: IT'S ONLY A PLAY moves to its sister theater tonight, SCHOOL OF ROCK hunts for its leading players, NEVERMORE opens on Sunday and more!

Next up in our series of stars introducing BWW's morning feature are BWW's own Richard Ridge and THE LAST SHIP creator Sting (portrait by Walter McBride)!

Richard Ridge and Sting want you to WAKE UP with BWW!
Photo by Walter McBride

THIS WEEKEND'S TOP ITEMS:

- IT'S ONLY A PLAY reopens at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre tonight!
- Ashley Brown and more join Broadway By The Beach's SONGS FOR A NEW WORLD benefit this evening...
- The new SCHOOL OF ROCK musical holds open auditions this Saturday in New York City and Chicago!
- NEVERMORE, inspired by poet Edgar Allan Poe, opens off-Broadway on Sunday.
- A bunch of Broadway vets gather for Sunday's CUTTING EDGE COMPOSERS at 54 Below...
- And the company of PLACEBO meets the press today, so stay tuned for photos!

JOHN & JEN!

NEWS YOU MISSED YESTERDAY:

- HAPPY TRAILS is aiming for Broadway next year!
- Menken, Zippel and Fierstein are working on a MRS. DOUBTFIRE musical!
- John Goodman and Tom Sturridge will star in AMERICAN BUFFALO in the West End.
- Jim Dale is bringing his solo show to London!
- Lenny Wolpe and Jared Grimes will appear in the RADIO CITY SPRING SPECTACULAR.
- Melissa Ross's OF GOOD STOCK replaces SWING OF THE SEA at MTC this season...
- Lincoln Center Festival 2015 announced an amazing lineup, featuring the Druid Theatre and more!
- NT Live will broadcast EVERYMAN, starring Chiwetel Ejiofor, this summer.
- We got a sneak peek (right) at Keen Company's JOHN & JEN!
- And Rob McClure is set to present the 5th Annual Clive Barnes Theatre Award next week...

Broadway Weather Forecast: Sunny with a high of 42 degrees today, with "wintry mix" on Saturday, then back to sunny and clear on Sunday before some late-night snow showers.

Quote of the Day: A word from birthday girl Chita Rivera...

"You take a plug and put it in a socket, and that's what the theatre is-it lights up right away. You speak, and they respond immediately."
-- Chita Rivera (via BrainyQuote)

What we're watching: STRANGE MAGIC, based on Shakespeare's A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM and featuring the talents of Broadway's Kristin Chenoweth and Alan Cumming, in theaters today!

And a Happy Birthday shout-out to Chita Rivera, who turns 82 today!

Rivera will return to Broadway this spring in The Visit. She has also starred on the Great White Way in The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Chita Rivera: The Dancer's Life, Nine, Kiss of the Spider Woman (her second Tony in 1993), Jerry's Girls, The Rink (which earned Chita her first Tony Award in 1984), Merlin, Bring Back Birdie, Chicago, Bajour, Bye Bye Birdie, West Side Story, Shinbone Alley, Mr. Wonderful, Seventh Heaven and Can-Can. Among her big screen credits are Sweet Charity, Chicago, a TV movie version of Pippin, several theatre documentaries and more.

Chita Rivera in CHITA'S BACK! at Birdland.
Photo by Kevin Alvey

See you bright and early on Monday, BroadwayWorld!



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