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WAKE UP with BWW 5/15/2015 - Drama League Awards, WHAT I DID LAST SUMMER 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? This weekend's big news: The Drama League Awards luncheon is today, BEND IT LIKE BECKHAM begins in London, and WHAT I DID LAST SUMMER opens off-Broadway on Sunday!

THIS WEEKEND'S TOP ITEMS:

- The 2015 Drama League Awards are set for today!
- The new BEND IT LIKE BECKHAM musical starts tonight in the West End.
- GHOST THE MUSICAL launches an Asian tour today...
- glory|struck's immersive AMERICAN IDIOT begins this evening in Los Angeles.
- And the Pearl's DON JUAN and WHAT I DID LAST SUMMER open off-Broadway on Sunday!

Parsons in AN ACT OF GOD!

NEWS YOU MISSED YESTERDAY:

- Deborah Cox is headlining the North American tour of THE BODYGUARD next fall!
- We got a first look (right) at Jim Parsons and more in AN ACT OF GOD!
- UCI Drama is holding an open call for Broadway's ALLEGIANCE next month.
- Jesse Tyler Ferguson has unveiled this year's Tony Awards 'Tie The Knot' bow tie...
- MOTOWN has set its West End dates!
- Martin Scorsese will recreate Kenneth Branagh's original Manchester production of MACBETH for the big screen.
- James Houghton will be recognized with a special award at the 2015 Obies...
- John Kander and Lin-Manuel Miranda are set for a one-on-one discussion following THE VISIT!
- And Nancy Opel, Noah Racey and more will appear in HOLIDAY INN at The Muny.

Broadway Weather Forecast: High of 74 and partly cloudy today, with rain in the morning tomorrow and a high in the mid-80s on Sunday!

Quote of the Day: In honor of her amazing casting news, a word from Deborah Cox...

"I never take on anything that is just for the money or just for, you know. I always have to connect with it in a very personal way because I believe the audience will sense whether I'm into it or not, so I don't take on projects that I'm not really passionate about."
-- Deborah Cox (via BrainyQuote)

Video of the Day: Get an extended sneak peek at Santino Fontana in Rachel Bloom's CRAZY EX-GIRLFRIEND series!

And a Happy Birthday shout-out to Cleavant Derricks, who turns 62 today!
Derricks last appeared on Broadway in Brooklyn. He originated the role of 'James "Thunder" Early' in Dreamgirls, for which he also did the vocal arrangements, and for which he won a Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in 1982. Among Derricks' other Broadway credits are Big Deal, Your Arms Too Short to Box With God, But Never Jam Today, and the 1977 revival of Hair. The actor more recently starred in the national tours of Brooklyn and The Full Monty and often appears in regional productions across the U.S.
Cleavant Derricks & E. Faye Butler in Goodman's
PULLMAN PORTER BLUES in Chicago.
Photo by Liz Lauren
See you bright and early on Monday, BroadwayWorld!



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