WAKE UP with BWW 6/18/14 - GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE Tony Comes Home, A 'Very' HEATHERS Prom & 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: Pose with a Tony Award at 'GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE', have a 'very' experience at the HEATHERS prom, and prep your piece for AMERICAN IDOL auditions, all starting today!
TODAY'S TOP ITEMS:
- 'GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE' brings their Tony Award home and asks fans to pose with the honor today...
- New World Stages hosts A VERY HEATHERS PROM to celebrate yesterday's release of the HEATHERS World Premiere Cast Recording!
- Get your audition piece ready! AMERICAN IDOL XIV kicks off auditions in Minneapolis today and will continue its trek to 15 cities across the U.S.
- And MTC's WHEN WE WERE YOUNG AND UNAFRAID, starring Cherry Jones, opened last night (read our Review Roundup here), so stay tuned for currtain call photos!
NEWS YOU MISSED YESTERDAY:
- Great news for HARRY POTTER nerds! Rupert Grint will be making his Broadway debut alongside Matthew Broderick, Nathan Lane and more in IT'S ONLY A PLAY!
- Straight from its tour in Australia and New Zealand, THE ILLUSIONISTS - WITNESS THE IMPOSSIBLE will bring magic to Broadway this winter...
- Tony winner David Henry Hwang will be the new director for Columbia University's M.F.A. program in playwriting, with Pulitzer winner Lynn Nottage also joining the faculty.
- We got a first look at photos and highlights from BILLY ELLIOT at the Muny, pictures of Sandra Oh in DEATH AND THE MAIDEN in Chicago, and a sneak peek at THE LIGHTNING THIEF off-Broadway!
- Plus, WHEN WE WERE YOUNG AND UNAFRAID opened last night - watch highlights here!
- So much footage! (We're not complaining, we promise.) Check out highlights from SUBMISSIONS ONLY's 54 Below concert last month!
- Mandy Gonzalez and Telly Leung will lead concert performances of Kristy Hanson's SING ME HOME at NYMF next month...
- Tim Rice's FROM HERE TO ETERNITY will hit select U.S. theaters this fall.
- It's Christmas in June (or July, or September, or anytime, Idina!) Broadway legend Idina Menzel is putting out a holiday album later this year!
- Congrats! Broadway vet Zachary Levi and Missy Peregrym just celebrated a secret wedding in Maui.
Broadway Weather Forecast: Sunny, high of 88 degrees, with clouds later in the day and a chance of rain or even a thunderstorm in the evening. Might as well keep some rain gear handy!
Quote of the Day: In honor of the HEATHERS prom tonight, here's a thoroughly existential question from the bad boy himself...
Now that you're dead, what are you gonna do with your life?
-- J.D., Heathers (via IMDb)
1. My Block (NItty Remix)
2. Dopefiend's Diner
3. Life Goes On
4. I Get Around
5. Keep Ya Head Up
6. Me Against The World
7. Whatz Next
8. Dear Mama
9. Holler If Ya Hear Me
11. Resist The Temptation
12. Hail Mary
13. Unconditional Love
14. If I Die 2Nite
15. Only God Can Judge Me
16. California Love
17. Ghetto Gospel
Video of the Day: Watch highlights from the film version of HEATHERS, then go home and get ready for prom, all to the tunes of the new off-Broadway musical!
And finally, a Happy Birthday shout-out to Kerry Butler, who turns 43 today!
Butler last appeared on Broadway in Gore Vidal's The Best Man. Her other credits include Catch Me if You Can, Rock of Ages, Xanadu (which earned her a Tony nomination in 2008), Little Shop of Horrors, Hairspray, Beauty and the Beast, Blood Brothers, and Les Miserables. Butler just starred in Under My Skin off-Broadway this month and has also appeared in The Call, Miracle Brothers, Prodigal and Bat Boy: The Musical. The actress just hosted this year's Times Square Tony Awards simulcast alongside Justin Guarini.
See you bright and early tomorrow, BroadwayWorld!