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WAKE UP with BWW 7/20/2015 - Mrs. Smith's CAT-TACULAR and More!

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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 crazy cat lady tells her tale off-Broadway, and stage stars stand up for freedom in concert!

Next up in our series of stars introducing BWW's morning feature is Robin de Jesus (portrait by Walter McBride), who has appeared on Broadway in LA CAGE AUX FOLLES, IN THE HEIGHTS, WICKED and RENT!

Robin de Jesus wants you to WAKE UP with BWW!
Photo by Walter McBride

TODAY'S TOP ITEMS:

- MRS. SMITH'S BROADWAY CAT-TACULAR! opens off-Broadway tonight!
- Stephanie J. Block and more appear in BROADWAY UNPLUGGED at Town Hall this evening...
- And the stars gather for NYCLU's BROADWAY STANDS UP FOR FREEDOM benefit!

Ben Platt in DEAR EVAN HANSEN!

NEWS YOU MISSED THIS WEEKEND:

- President Obama and his daughters went to see HAMILTON this weekend!
- We got a first look (right) at Arena Stage's DEAR EVAN HANSEN, plus a peek at BENT at the Taper in Los Angeles!
- Kristin Chenoweth will receive her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Friday!
- Broadway has embraced virtual lotteries.
- And Tullahoma Theatre's RENT is continuing despite local religious opposition...

Broadway Weather Forecast: Partly cloudy today, with showers and potential thunderstorms this afternoon. High of 91. Yuck, Monday!

Quote of the Day: A word from Ian McKellen, who will soon appear in BEAUTY AND THE BEAST and has been all over the media lately for generally being awesome...

"Try and understand what part you have to play in the world in which you live. There's more to life than you know and it's all happening out there. Discover what part you can play and then go for it."
-- Ian Mckellen (via BrainyQuote)

What we're listening to: Two songs from BEND IT LIKE BECKHAM in the West End!

And a Happy Birthday shout-out to Judy Greer, who hits the big 4-0 today!

Greer made her Broadway debut in 2012's Dead Accounts. She has also appeared off-Broadway in Show People. She is well known for her role as 'Kitty Sanchez' in the Fox/Netflix series Arrested Development, as the voice of 'Cheryl Tunt' in the animated comedy series Archer, and as 'Bridget Schmidt' in Two and a Half Men. Among her film credits are The Wedding Planner, 13 Going on 30, 27 Dresses, Elizabethtown, Love and Other Drugs, The Descendants, Carrie, Men, Women & Children, Jurassic World, Ant-Man and more.
Judy Greer and Katie Holmes in DEAD ACCOUNTS.
Photo by Joan Marcus

See you bright and early tomorrow, BroadwayWorld!



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