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WAKE UP with BWW 6/22/2015 - Kleban Prize, 'MIDSUMMER' in Theaters 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: The Kleban Prize for Musical Theatre is awarded today, Shakespeare's 'MIDSUMMER' fantasy play hits theaters across the country, and more!

TODAY'S TOP ITEMS:

- Sam Willmott and Sam Carner are honored with the 2015 Kleban Prize today!
- Reed Birney and Emily Skeggs lead GTG/Project Shaw's FANNY'S FIRST PLAY this evening.
- THE LAST FIVE YEARS' Jeremy Jordan returns to 54 Below tonight...
- The casts of RENT & A CHORUS LINE will reunite tonight in Broadway Sings for Pride's ROAR.
- And Julie Taymor's A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM comes to U.S. cinemas tonight!

Rosenthal & Stewart in 'DUDDY KRAVITZ'!

NEWS YOU MISSED THIS WEEKEND:

- Samantha Barks, Adam Chanler-Berat and more are set to star in the world premiere of AMELIE at Berkeley Rep!
- We got a first look (right) at Alan Menken's THE APPRENTICESHIP OF DUDDY KRAVITZ in Montreal, plus a peek at Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga in concert at Radio City.
- IT SHOULDA BEEN YOU's cast album will be released this August!
- BWW rounded up some Father's Day and summer-themed show tunes this weekend!
- And performer Danny McNie has passed away...

Broadway Weather Forecast: High of 89 degrees and sunny - a bright start to the week!

Quote of the Day: A word from birthday girl Cyndi Lauper, who turns 62 today...

"Understand where it is you want to go. Then picture yourself there. If you can picture yourself there, then you can be there. Bottom line."
-- Cyndi Lauper (via BrainyQuote)

What we're watching: The first trailer for the West End revival of THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST, starring David Suchet!

Video of the Day: In honor of Taymor's 'MIDSUMMER' in theaters today, watch the trailer for the film! (Plus read BWW's interview with the director!)

And a Happy Birthday shout-out to the legendary Meryl Streep, who turns 66 today!

Streep last starred on Broadway in Happy End. Before that, she appeared in The Cherry Orchard, Sercret Service, A Memory of Two Mondays / 27 Wagons Full of Cotton, and Trelawny of the 'Wells'. Among her off-Broadway credits are The Public's The Seagull and Mother Courage and Her Children, as well as Alice in Concert and Wonderland in Concert. The actress received her first of 19 Oscar nominations for The Deer Hunter and went on to win Academy Awards for Kramer vs. Kramer, Sophie's Choice and The Iron Lady. She was recently nominated for her role in the big screen adaptations of Into the Woods and the play August: Osage County. Among her other celebrated films are Julie & Julia, Doubt, The Devil Wears Prada, The Bridges of Madison County, Out of Africa and more. Streep also appeared in the HBO miniseries Angels in America, which earned her an Emmy in 2004. Her upcoming movies include Ricki and the Flash and Suffragette, with fellow stage vet Carey Mulligan.
Meryl Streep as 'The Witch' in Disney's INTO THE WOODS.

See you bright and early tomorrow, BroadwayWorld!



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