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WAKE UP with BWW 12/9/14 - Sting Joins THE LAST SHIP, AUGUST RUSH 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: Sting treads the boards tonight in THE LAST SHIP, AUGUST RUSH comes to NYC, BLITHE SPIRIT kicks off its tour in LA, DINER begins in D.C. and more!

Next up in our series of stars introducing BWW's morning feature is music icon and creator of the new musical THE LAST SHIP. Sting (portrait by Walter McBride) joins the cast of his show on Broadway tonight!

Sting wants you to WAKE UP with BWW!
Photo by Walter McBride.

TODAY'S TOP ITEMS:

- Sting boards THE LAST SHIP on Broadway!
- Ethan Khusidman and Terrence Mann lead today's NYC workshop of the new musical AUGUST RUSH...
- Angela Lansbury stars in BLITHE SPIRIT, launching its North American tour tonight in Los Angeles.
- Sheryl Crow's new musical adaptation of DINER begins tonight in D.C.!
- And be sure to set your DVR! ALADDIN's James Monroe Iglehart and Adam Jacobs perform on THE VIEW this morning.

INTO THE WOODS premiere!

NEWS YOU MISSED YESTERDAY:

- FUN HOME's original cast will reprise their roles on Broadway!
- BEACHES is headed to Broadway with a stop in Chicago this summer...
- The new PRETTY WOMAN musical will hit Broadway in a year!
- We got a sneak peek at highlights from Broadway's HONEYMOON IN VEGAS and photos from SOUL DOCTOR off-Broadway.
- Disney's INTO THE WOODS celebrated its world premiere last night in NYC!
- Kate Baldwin will lead a revival of JOHN & JEN off-Broadway.
- Lillias White and Scott Wakefied are set to star in York's TEXAS IN PARIS...
- Klea Blackhurst, Tony Sheldon and more have joined next week's MR. MAGOO'S CHRISTMAS benefit.
- And THE ELEPHANT MAN, starring Bradley Cooper, could be eyeing a West End run!

Broadway Weather Forecast: Heavy rain with a high of 43 degrees - don't forget to bring your umbrella to the theatre!

Quote of the Day: Fitting words of wisdom from THE LAST SHIP creator (and now star) Sting...

"I see music as one language. If one musical form eats its own tail, it dies. So it needs to be a mongrel, it needs to be hybridised."
-- Sting (via BrainyQuote)

What we're listening to: Anika Larsen's SING YOU TO SLEEP, out today! Listen to "Somewhere Out There" below...

Video of the Day: The first official trailer for THE LAST FIVE YEARS movie, starring Anna Kendrick and Jeremy Jordan, was released yesterday, and we can't get enough of it!

And finally, a Happy Birthday shout-out to Judi Dench, who hits the big 8-0 today!

In the West End, Dench recently starred in Michael Grandage's Peter and Alice. She last appeared on Broadway as the voice of 'The Giant' in 2002's Into the Woods. Before that, the actress lead Amy's View -- for which she won a Tony Award in 1999 -- as well as King Henry V and Twelfth Night on Broadway. Among her other West End credits are A Little Night Music, The Good Companions and Cabaret. She made her professional debut in 1957 with the Old Vic and went on to work with the National and the RSC. Dench received Oscar nominations for her work in the films Mrs. Brown, Shakespeare in Love, Chocolat, Iris, Mrs Henderson Presents, Notes on a Scandal and Philomena.

Judi Dench in the National Theatre's
50 YEARS ON STAGE celebration last year.

See you bright and early tomorrow, BroadwayWorld!



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