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WAKE UP with BWW 6/25/2015 - AMAZING GRACE, RUTHLESS! 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: AMAZING GRACE arrives on Broadway, RUTHLESS! returns to NYC and more!

TODAY'S TOP ITEMS:

- AMAZING GRACE begins previews on Broadway this evening!
- RUTHLESS! THE MUSICAL begins tonight off-Broadway.
- Brenda Braxton, Frenchie Davis and more lead INVISIBLE LIFE, starting tonight at the Apollo...
- And Mary Testa stars in Bard SummerScape's intimate OKLAHOMA!

Groff in Encores! A NEW BRAIN!

NEWS YOU MISSED YESTERDAY:

- Matthew James Thomas, Aaron Lazar, Patina Miller & more have signed on for Bay Street's reading of THE PRINCE OF EGYPT!
- We got a first look at photos (right) & highlights from Encores! A NEW BRAIN, plus a peek at MTC's OF GOOD STOCK, Taye Diggs glammed up as HEDWIG, and footage and shots from HAIRSPRAY at The Muny!
- Billy Porter, Tituss Burgess & Adam Lambert are set for Logo's LGBT Pride event this weekend.
- Tituss Burgess is working on new musical based on a Whitney Houston film!
- And entertainment photographer Marc Raboy has passed away...

Broadway Weather Forecast: High of 83 and mostly sunny today, with rain late tonight.

Quote of the Day: In honor of AMAZING GRACE beginning on Broadway, a word from its star Josh Young...

"As an artist, I think you always have to take care of yourself as a person probably even more than the average person because your body is so important to your art."
-- Josh Young (via BrainyQuote)

Video of the Day: Watch Todrick Hall and Joseph Gordon-Levitt mash up HAIRSPRAY and GREASE!
And a Happy Birthday shout-out to Hunter Foster, who turns 46 today!
Tony nominee Hunter Foster (Sutton Foster's brother) last starred on Broadway in The Bridges of Madison County. Among his past credits are Hands on a Hardbody, Million Dollar Quartet, Hair, Little Shop of Horrors, Urinetown, The Producers, Martin Guerre, Footloose, King David and Grease. He wrote the book for off-Broadway's Jasper in Deadland and has appeared onstage in Encores! Pump Boys and Dinettes, Burning, Ordinary Days, Happiness, Dust, Frankenstein, A New Musical, an oak tree, Modern Orthodox, Earth Girls Are Easy and more. Foster just finished directing a production of Company at Bucks County Playhouse. He also made an appearance on his sister's TV series Bunheads; maybe we'll see him on TV Land's Younger next!
Hunter Foster in Encores! PUMP BOYS AND DINETTES.
Photo by Joan Marcus

See you bright and early tomorrow, BroadwayWorld!



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