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WAKE UP with BWW 7/4/14 - A Star-Spangled, Spectacular Broadway Weekend!

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: It's the Fourth of July (yay!) and PBS's A CAPITOL FOURTH and NBC's MACY'S FOURTH OF JULY FIREWORKS SPECTACULAR round up some of the hottest talent from Broadway and the music scene tonight, THEATER TALK remembers 1776's Peter Stone, and Center Stage's digital project MY AMERICA launches on Fandor!

So, take a nice and proper (see below for Rose Hemingway's technique) sip of coffee, and scroll down to see what's in store for the holiday...

Rose Hemingway. Photo by Walter McBride.



Broadway Weather Forecast: Tut, tut. Looks like the 4th will be a rainy holiday, high of 75 degrees. Wear a poncho and go see fireworks anyway! Or stay dry and catch a Broadway show! On the other hand, Saturday and Sunday will be warm and sunny, so why not go on a belated Independence Day picnic when it's 83 and shining?

Quote of the Day: Patriotic advice from 1776 book writer Peter Stone...

This is a revolution, damnit! We're going to have to offend somebody!
-- Peter Stone (via BrainyQuote)

What we're looking forward to: Yesterday, NBC unveiled its poster art for PETER PAN: LIVE!, set to air in December. We can't wait to learn who will be playing the boy who never grows up, and we can't wait to watch the production as a kick-off to the Christmas season! We know, we know. One holiday at a time, right?

And finally, sharing a birthday with the United States of America is playwight Neil Simon, who turns 87 today!

Simon's prolific work for Broadway includes Promises, Promises, Brighton Beach Memoirs, Barefoot in the Park, The Odd Couple, Sweet Charity, 45 Seconds From Broadway, The Dinner Party, Little Me, The Sunshine Boys, Laughter on the 23rd Floor, Lost in Yonkers, Rumors, Biloxi Blues, Chapter Two, Last of the Red Hot Lovers, fitting for July 4th -- The Star-Spangled Girl -- and many more. He has received three Tony Awards for Best Play for Lost in Yonkers, Biloxi Blues and The Odd Couple. Oh, and he has a Broadway theatre named after him; Sting's THE LAST SHIP will play there in the fall.

Photo by Walter McBride

See you bright and early on Monday, BroadwayWorld!

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