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WAKE UP with BWW 2/12/2015 - THE EVENTS, ICEMAN, FIRST DATE in Chicago, THE BODYGUARD on Tour & 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: THE EVENTS and THE ICEMAN COMETH open off-Broadway, FIRST DATE heads to Chicago, THE BODYGUARD tour kicks off in the UK and more!

TODAY'S TOP ITEMS:

- THE EVENTS opens at NYTW tonight, and THE ICEMAN COMETH, starring Nathan Lane & Brian Dennehy, kicks off at BAM!
- A revival of Rajiv Joseph's ANIMALS OUT OF PAPER opens in NYC this evening.
- FIRST DATE opens in Chicago tonight!
- Alexandra Burke stars in THE BODYGUARD's UK and Ireland tour, launching today!
- Sing karaoke for charity with Carson Kressley tonight, or stop by A VERY BROADWAY VALENTINE'S DAY at 54 Below...
- And the company of Manhattan Concert Productions' PARADE meets the press, so stay tuned for coverage!

NEWS YOU MISSED YESTERDAY:

- Patti LuPone & Michael Urie will star in Beane's SHOWS FOR DAYS at Lincoln Center!
- Michael C. Hall is covering for HEDWIG's John Cameron Mitchell while his knee heals next week...
- Emick, Hydzik, d'Amboise and Roberts have joined Lyric Opera's CAROUSEL!
- Broadway's LES MIZ will welcome a new batch of young revolutionaries this spring.
- We got a first look at MTC's THE WORLD OF EXTREME HAPPINESS...
- Helen Mirren will be honored at Roundabout's 2015 Gala, and Laura Benanti & Kristin Chenoweth will perform!
- The Actors Fund is set to tribute Michael Bloomberg at its 2015 Gala.
- Plus, Liza Minnelli will receive the 2015 Jack Valenti Legend Award...
- We got a peek (right) at Neil Patrick Harris blinged out in OSCARS gold on the cover of EW!
- And speaking of the OSCARS, Chris Pine, Shirley MacLaine and more have signed on to present at the ceremony.

Broadway Weather Forecast: Mixed rain and snow this afternoon, with a high of 41 degrees. Stay warm and dry on your way to the theatre!

Quote of the Day: A word from fashion diva and tonight's karaoke star Carson Kressley...

"I think ultimately I make people happy: Whether I'm doing the stage show, giving somebody a makeover, or designing clothing, the end goal is to make people smile."
-- Carson Kressley (via BrainyQuote)

What we're looking forward to watching: OSCARS host and former HEDWIG star Neil Patrick Harris on Bravo's INSIDE THE ACTORS STUDIO tonight!

James Lipton & Neil Patrick Harris on INSIDE THE ACTORS STUDIO.
Photo by Behar Anthony/Bravo

What we're listening to: THE LAST FIVE YEARS movie soundtrack!

Video of the Day: Watch a new promo for AIRLINE HIGHWAY at Manhattan Theatre Club!

And a Happy Birthday shout-out to Zach Grenier, who turns 61 today!

Grenier last appeared on Broadway in 2011's Man and Boy. He has also graced the Great White Way in 33 Variations (which earned him a Tony nomination in 2009), A Man for All Seasons, Voices in the Dark and Mastergate. He also played 'Dick Cheney' in Stuff Happens off-Broadway and has taken the stage in The Vandal, A Question of Mercy, Rhinoceros, Three Birds Alighting on a Field, The Fiery Furnace, Born Guilty, Woyzeck, Creditors, The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui and Talk Radio. Among Grenier's film credits are RoboCop, J. Edgar, Zodiac, Fight Club, Pulse, Twister and more. He is a series regular on The Good Wife and has also appeared on TV in 24, Deadwood and Law & Order.

Zach Grenier and Nathan Lane on THE GOOD WIFE.
Photo by Jeffrey Neira/CBS

See you bright and early tomorrow, BroadwayWorld!



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