WAKE UP with BWW 3/14/2016 - 'DARLING' Off-Broadway, Trio of Galas 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: CSC, Vineyard and TDF host their star-studded 2016 galas tonight!

Next up in our series of stars introducing BWW's morning feature is Michael Cumpsty (portrait by Walter McBride), currrent star of off-Broadway's THE BODY OF AN AMERICAN!

Michael Cumpsty wants you to WAKE UP with BWW!
Photo by Walter McBride


- Patti LuPone and more come together for CSC's THE LADIES WHO SING SONDHEIM gala tonight!
- Timothy Olyphant stars in HOLD ON TO ME DARLING, opening tonight at Atlantic Theater.
- Vineyard Theatre's 2016 gala honors Kathleen Chalfant and Sam Rudy this evening...
- And James Monroe Iglehart hosts TDF's annual gala, celebrating Disney Theatrical!

Darren Criss performs with the New York Pops!


- Sara Bareilles has joined THE SPONGEBOB MUSICAL's songwriting team!
- We got a look (right) at Darren Criss and Betsy Wolfe with the New York Pops, plus highlights from the Shubert Foundation's 2016 High School Theatre Festival, and rehearsal footage for Cirque du Soleil's PARAMOUR!
- BC/EFA's 30th Annual Easter Bonnet Competition is set for the Minskoff next month.
- YOU'RE A GOOD MAN, CHARLIE BROWN is headed off-Broadway this May.
- The CW has renewed its musically-themed CRAZY EX-GIRLFRIEND series...
- And after your feedback, BWW has changed some things about our Message Boards!

Broadway Weather Forecast: Rainy with a high of 47 degrees. Don't forget your umbrella!

Quote of the Day: A word from birthday boy Billy Crystal...

"To be good, you need to believe in what you're doing."
-- Billy Crystal (via BrainyQuote)

What we're watching: FIDDLER's Jessica Vosk and 2Scoops singing a tune from EVITA like you've never heard it before!

Video of the Day: Check out Ariana Grande channeling THE SOUND OF MUSIC on SNL!

And a Happy Birthday shout-out to Billy Crystal, who turns 68 today!
Actor, comedian, TV host, writer and producer Billy Crystal made his Broadway debut with 700 SUNDAYS in 2004 and returned with a revival in 2013. The solo show won the 2005 Tony Award for Special Theatrical Experience and both the 2005 Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards for solo performance. Crystal rose to fame in Hollywood in the '80s and '90s, with roles in films such as WHEN HARRY MET SALLY..., CITY SLICKERS, ANALYZE THIS and MONSTERS, INC. and several appearances on SNL. He has hosted the Oscars nine times, a record that comes in second just behind Bob Hope, who hosted 19 times. Crystal recently appeared opposite Josh Gad in the short-lived TV series THE COMEDIANS.
Billy Crystal in 700 SUNDAYS on Broadway.
Photo by Carol Rosegg

See you bright and early tomorrow, BroadwayWorld!

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