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WAKE UP with BWW 7/31/2015 - SPAMALOT at the Bowl, DESCENDANTS 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? This weekend's big news: A starry SPAMALOT opens at the Hollywood Bowl and more!

Next up in our series of stars introducing BWW's morning feature is Tony winner Cady Huffman (portrait by Walter McBride), who last starred off-Broadway in THE LIFE + DEATH OF KENYON PHILLIPS and REVOLUTION IN THE ELBOW OF RAGNAR AGNARSSON FURNITURE PAINTER and has appeared on Broadway in THE NANCE, THE PRODUCERS and THE WILL ROGERS FOLLIES!

Cady Huffman wants you to WAKE UP with BWW!


- SPAMALOT, starring Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Christian Slater, Warwick Davis, Merle Dandridge and more, starts tonight at The Hollywood Bowl!
- MIGHTY REAL: A FABULOUS SYLVESTER MUSICAL returns to The Gramercy Theater this evening...
- And Constantine Maroulis joins the ROCK OF AGES band for a NJ gig tonight.



- Krysta Rodriguez, Andy Mientus and 20 newcomers will star in Deaf West's SPRING AWAKENING in New York!
- Holland Taylor, Rachel Dratch and Glenn Fitzgerald have signed on for MTC's RIPCORD!
- Oscar winner Lupita Nyong'o will star in ECLIPSED at The Public this fall.
- Benedict Cumberbatch might be busy, but there's still a chance his HAMLET could transfer next year...
- Stephanie J. Block is returning to Broadway this season, and CHICAGO will welcome back Amy Spanger & Carly Hughes!
- We got a first look (right) at photos and footage from BEAUTY AND THE BEAST at The Muny, plus highlights from DEAR EVAN HANSEN at Arena Stage.
- You can now sign up to get news about HARRY POTTER AND THE CURSED CHILD tickets, while ALADDIN will officially open next summer in London and is on the hunt for its cast!
- And finally, Valerie Harper is reportedly in a coma after being found unconscious backstage at Ogunquit's 'NICE WORK'...

Broadway Weather Forecast: Sunny all weekend with highs in the mid-80s and low 90s. Slap on some sunscreen and go on a summer adventure!

Quote of the Day: A word from birthday girl Mary-Louise Parker...

"It's good to feel stupid sometimes and do things that are out of your comfort zone."
-- Mary-Louise Parker (via BrainyQuote)

What we're listening to: "Ashes and Tears" from the DOCTOR ZHIVAGO cast recording, out today!

What we're watching: DESCENDANTS, featuring Kristin Chenoweth, premiering tonight on Disney Channel - check out the first six minutes below, plus order the soundtrack!

And a Happy Birthday shout-out to Mary-Louise Parker, who turns 51 on Sunday!
Parker last starred on Broadway in The Snow Geese and before that, in Hedda Gabler, Escape: 6 Ways to Get Away, Reckless, Proof, Bus Stop and Prelude to a Kiss. Among her off-Broadway credits are Heisenberg, in which she starred opposite Denis Arndt at MTC this May, as well as Dead Man's Cell Phone, Proof (which earned her a Tony in 2001), Communicating Doors, How I Learned to Drive, Four Dogs and a Bone, Babylon Gardens and The Art of Success. The actress is is well known for her role in the TV series Weeds and has also appeared on-screen in Fried Green Tomatoes, Bullets Over Broadway, HBO's adaptation of Tony Kushner's Angels in America, RED, The Blacklist and more.
Denis Arndt and Mary-Louise Parker in HEISENBERG.
Photo by Joan Marcus

See you bright and early on Monday, BroadwayWorld!

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