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WAKE UP with BWW 2/12/2016 - Duncan in Neverland, Broadway in Oz 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: Sandy Duncan flies back to Neverland, big Broadway names head to Oz to celebrate Stephen Schwartz, 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 Miriam Ashwal!

Name: Miriam Ashwal
Hometown: Staten Island, NY
Last Show She Saw: SOMETHING ROTTEN!
Her Favorite Show: FUN HOME
Broadway Star She Wants to Meet: Idina Menzel

THIS WEEKEND'S TOP ITEMS:

- Sandy Duncan returns to Neverland on Broadway tonight!
- NELL GWYNN, starring Gemma Arterton, opens in the West End.
- Danai Gurira's FAMILIAR begins previews tonight at Playwrights Horizons...
- Sutton Foster, Aaron Tveit and Betty Buckley head down under to celebrate Stephen Schwartz.
- And MISERY and ALLEGIANCE play their final performances on Broadway this weekend!

Gray, Burns & Rapp in IF/THEN!

NEWS YOU MISSED YESTERDAY:

- Disney's FROZEN will hit the stage in Denver before heading to Broadway!
- Ken Watanabe will return to THE KING & I in March, while Jarrod Spector and Anika Larsen are leaving Broadway's BEAUTIFUL.
- We got a first look (right) at Burns, Gray & Hydzik in the IF/THEN tour, plus photos from HER REQUIEM at LCT3!
- ECLIPSED is committed to bringing 10,000 girls to see the show.
- Audra McDonald and Harold Prince are among the first inductees into the Lincoln Center Hall of Fame...
- STRICTLY BALLROOM will dance into London this Christmas, SHOW BOAT is transferring to the West End, and MOTOWN has extended its run!
- And BWW is excited to start streaming Ben Cameron's BROADWAY SESSIONS this Sunday.

Broadway Weather Forecast: Chilly this weekend with highs in the 20s. Cloudy today and Saturday, with sun on Sunday!

Quote of the Day: A word from FINDING NEVERLAND's newest star Sandy Duncan...

"I would rather work less and do the things that I really want to do."
-- Sandy Duncan (via BrainyQuote)

What we're listening to: Leslie Odom Jr.'s new single "Good For You" featuring his HAMILTON co-star Daveed Diggs!


Video of the Day: Flash back to Sandy Duncan as 'Peter Pan' with a TV performance of "I'm Flyin'" on OMNIBUS!


And a Happy Birthday shout-out to Christina Ricci, who turns 36 today!

Christina Ricci made her Broadway debut in 2010's TIME STANDS STILL and returned to the stage two years later for A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM at Classic Stage Company. She also took part in THE 24 HOUR PLAYS in 2003 and 2004. Ricci rose to fame with her portrayal of 'Wednesday Addams' in THE ADDAMS FAMILY movies in the '90s and went on to appear on the big screen in NOW AND THEN, CASPER, THE ICE STORM, BUFFALO '66, THE OPPOSITE OF SEX, SLEEPY HOLLOW, MONSTER and more. Among her TV credits are her Emmy-nominated run as a paramedic on GREY'S ANATOMY, playing stewardess Maggie Ryan in PAN AM, and taking on the title role in Lifetime's LIZZIE BORDEN TOOK AN AX and THE LIZZIE BORDEN CHRONICLES.
Christina Ricci in A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM at CSC.
Photo by Joan Marcus

See you bright and early on Monday, BroadwayWorld!



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