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WAKE UP with BWW 2/24/2016 - HOLD ON TO ME DARLING, BILLY ELLIOT on Tour 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: HOLD ON TO ME DARLING starts off-Broadway and BILLY ELLIOT heads across the UK!

TODAY'S TOP ITEMS:

- Atlantic Theater Company's HOLD ON TO ME DARLING begins tonight!
- The first group of 'Access for All' NYC students visit Broadway's HUGHIE today.
- BILLY ELLIOT launches its first ever UK and Ireland tour at Theatre Royal Plymouth...
- Cherry Lane launches its 'Mentor Project 2016' with THE SURGEON AND HER DAUGHTERS.
- And THE SHAKESPEAREAN JAZZ SHOW brings the Bard to Feinstein's/54 Below this evening!

The cast of DISASTER! on Broadway!

NEWS YOU MISSED YESTERDAY:

- CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY will bow in London next year and begin on Broadway soon!
- Sally Field is eyeing a Broadway return in THE GLASS MENAGERIE...
- We got a first look (right) at DISASTER! on Broadway, FAMILIAR off-Broadway, and THE MAIDS in London, plus photos of SMOKEFALL's opening bows and CHICAGO's 8,000 performance celebration!
- It's gala time! SHUFFLE ALONG director George C. Wolfe will be honored at O'Neill Center, Roundabout will fete Audra McDonald, Patti LuPone is slated for CSC's THE LADIES WHO SING SONDHEIM event, Michael Urie & Ryan Spahn will host Vineyard's starry evening, and a slew of big names have signed on for Atlantic's gala.
- Ken Clark, Summer Smart and more round out the cast of HAZEL in Chicago...
- And Colt Prattes will take on the role of 'Johnny' in ABC's DIRTY DANCING remake!

Broadway Weather Forecast: Rainy and windy with a high of 56 today. Don't forget your waterproof gear!

What we're watching: Last night's FINDING YOUR ROOTS on PBS, featuring Neil Patrick Harris uncovering his heritage. Watch a clip below!


Video of the Day: Watch Theatre Royal Plymouth's promo for BILLY ELLIOT, heading out on tour today!


And a Happy Birthday shout-out to Barry Bostwick, who turns 71 today!
Barry Bostwick last starred on Broadway in NICK & NORA. Before that, he took the New York stage in THE ROBBER BRIDEGROOM, for which he won the 1977 Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical, THEY KNEW WHAT THEY WANTED (Tony nomination in 1976), GREASE (another Tony nom in 1972), SOON, HAMLET and COCK-A-DOODLE DANDY. He also appeared in the national tour of THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE, off-Broadway in a concert production of SHE LOVES ME and in COLETTE. Bostwick is known for playing 'Brad Majors' in THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW. Among his TV credits are WHAT I LIKE ABOUT YOU, SPIN CITY, COUGAR TOWN, LAW & ORDER: SVU and SCANDAL.
Barry Bostwick (center) and the original Broadway cast
of GREASE at GYPSY OF THE YEAR 2011.
Photo by Peter James Zielinski

See you bright and early tomorrow, BroadwayWorld!



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