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WAKE UP with BWW 4/23/2015 - THE VISIT, AIRLINE HIGHWAY, Drama Desk Noms 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: Chita Rivera returns to Broadway in THE VISIT, with New Orleans taking over MTC in AIRLINE HIGHWAY, plus the 2015 Drama Desk noms will be announced!

TODAY'S TOP ITEMS:

- THE VISIT and AIRLINE HIGHWAY open on Broadway tonight - check back for our Review Roundups!
- Judith Light and Jessie Mueller are announcing the 2015 Drama Desk nominees this afternoon.
- Irish Rep's THE BELLE OF BELFAST opens tonight off-Broadway...
- And IT SHOULDA BEEN YOU is putting on a benefit performance for the Alzheimer's Association today!

Borle & company in SOMETHING ROTTEN!

NEWS YOU MISSED YESTERDAY:

- Cicely Tyson and James Earl Jones Will are returning to Broadway in THE GIN GAME this fall!
- We got a look (right) at new pics and footage from SOMETHING ROTTEN!, plus highlights from AIRLINE HIGHWAY, and a peek at Andrea McArdle in HELLO DOLLY!
- Chita Rivera, Norm Lewis, Marin Mazzie and more will celebrate the works of Kander & Ebb at CSC's 2015 gala.
- The Broadway-Bound BEACHES musical has announced its new creative team!
- And Derek Hough could be off DWTS and the NEW YORK SPRING SPECTACULAR for the rest of the season...

Broadway Weather Forecast: Cloudy with a high of 55 degrees, but no rain!

Quote of the Day: In honor of THE VISIT's revenge-laiden premiere and the Bard's birthday, a word from Bill Shakespeare...

"If you prick us do we not bleed? If you tickle us do we not laugh? If you poison us do we not die? And if you wrong us shall we not revenge?"
-- William Shakespeare, The Merchant of Venice (via BrainyQuote)

What we're watching/listening to: Megan Hilty, Skylar Astin and more recording the JAMES AND THE GIANT PEACH cast album!

Video of the Day: In case you missed it, watch Brandy and the cast of CHICAGO perform 'Roxie' on TODAY!

And a Happy Birthday shout-out to Savannah Wise, who turns 31 (and, of course, William Shakespeare, who would have celebrated his 451st birthday) today!

Wise last starred on Broadway in Ragtime and before that, Rock of Ages and Les Miserables. She also appeared off-Broadway in Lucky Guy and played 'Jessica' on NBC's cult series Smash. Her other TV credits include It Could Be Worse, Blue Bloods, Royal Pains, Gossip Girl, Rescue Me and Law & Order: Criminal Intent.

Savannah Wise and Kyle Dean Massey in 2011's LUCKY GUY.

See you bright and early tomorrow, BroadwayWorld!


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