WAKE UP with BWW 6/26/14 - MOTOWN, THE LION, ATOMIC, 'MUSCLES' 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: MOTOWN hits 500 shows, 'MUSCLES', THE LION and ATOMIC begin off-Broadway, GHOSTS screens in the UK and 'A GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE' appears on THE TONIGHT SHOW again this evening!



Broadway Weather Forecast: High of 85 degrees and partly cloudy today, with a cooler evening on the Great White Way.

Quote of the Day: In honor of MOTOWN's milestone, here's Berry Gordy on finding commonality in the genre and on Broadway...

I've discovered that Motown and Broadway have a lot in common - a family of wonderfully talented, passionate, hardworking young people, fiercely competitive but also full of love and appreciation for the work, for each other and for the people in the audience.
-- Berry Gordy (via BrainyQuote)

What we're reading: Since we can't get our hands on the whole thing yet, this just-released excerpt from Neil Patrick Harris's impending CHOOSE YOUR OWN AUTOBIOGRAPHY!

WAKE UP with BWW 6/26/14 - MOTOWN, THE LION, ATOMIC, 'MUSCLES' and More!

And finally, a double Happy Birthday shout-out to Sean Hayes and Nick Offerman -- both turn 45 today!

Hayes last appeared on Broadway opposite Kristin Chenoweth in Promises, Promises, for which he was nominated for a 2010 Tony Award. He also took part in the Encores! production of Damn Yankees in 2008. The actor last starred on TV in Sean Saves the World and is also known for his roles in Smash, Up All Night, Will & Grace and more.

Offerman starred opposite his wife Megan Mullally in Annapurna off-Broadway this spring -- the pair also frequently appear together on NBC's comedy series Parks and Recreation. He also appeared in off-Broadway's Adding Machine in 2008. His recent film credits include Believe Me, 22 Jump Street, Date and Switch, The Lego Movie, Tuna, We're the Millers and more. He has also appeared on TV in Axe Cop and Childrens Hospital.

WAKE UP with BWW 6/26/14 - MOTOWN, THE LION, ATOMIC, 'MUSCLES' and More!
Sean Hayes and Megan Hilty on SEAN SAVES THE WORLD.
Photo courtesy NBC.
WAKE UP with BWW 6/26/14 - MOTOWN, THE LION, ATOMIC, 'MUSCLES' and More!
Husband and wife Nick Offerman and Megan Mullally in ANNAPURNA.
Photo by Monique Carboni.

See you bright and early tomorrow, BroadwayWorld!

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