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WAKE UP with BWW 7/6/2015 - 'SPELLING BEE', The Muny's HOLIDAY INN 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: The original cast of 'SPELLING BEE' reunites in concert, HOLIDAY INN begins at The Muny and more!

Next up in our series of stars introducing BWW's morning feature is Joshua Henry (portrait by Walter McBride), who last appeared in PARADE in concert and counts VIOLET, BRING IT ON, PORGY AND BESS, THE SCOTTSBORO BOYS, AMERICAN IDIOT, GODSPELL and IN THE HEIGHTS among his Broadway credits!

Joshua Henry wants you to WAKE UP with BWW!
Photo by Walter McBride

TODAY'S TOP ITEMS:

- We are T-H-R-I-L-L-E-D about tonight's 'SPELLING BEE' reunion concert at Town Hall!
- An all-Asian American cast leads AWAKE AND SING!, starting tonight at The Public.
- Danny Elfman kicks off this year's Lincoln Center Festival with music from Tim Burton's films...
- And a starry cast checks in at The Muny's HOLIDAY INN, beginning tonight in St. Louis!

NEWS YOU MISSED THIS WEEKEND:

- American Ballet Theatre's Misty Copeland will join ON THE TOWN next month!
- Southwark's IN THE HEIGHTS is headed to London.
- Toronto's KINKY BOOTS, starring Alan Mingo Jr., will play through November...
- And the West End's BILLY ELLIOT just welcomed a new 'Billy' to the stage!

Broadway Weather Forecast: High of 81 degrees and partly cloudy to start the week.

Quote of the Day: A word from ''SPELLING BEE' star Jesse Tyler Ferguson...

"I don't like improv at all. It terrifies me. I like to know exactly what I'm going to say. Being surprised does make me a better actor. Anytime I'm afraid of something that makes me rise to the occasion, it scares me, but it's what makes great actors - being in the moment."
-- Jesse Tyler Ferguson (via BrainyQuote)

What we're watching: Christina Bianco's National Anthem diva medley, in honor of Independence Day!
Video of the Day: Nicole Scherzinger performing CAROUSEL's "If I Loved You" on A CAPITOL FOURTH!
And a Happy Birthday shout-out to Geoffrey Rush, who turns 64 today!
Rush won a Tony in 2009 for his role in Broadway's Exit the King, which had originated in Australia and earned him a Helpmann Award nomination. He made his stage debut in QTC's Wrong Side of the Moon and continued to work with the company for four years. Rush has appeared in productions of Shakespeare's The Winter's Tale and Troilus and Cressida, Oscar Wilde's The importance of Being Earnest, The Marriage of Figaro, the Aussie tour of The Drowsy Chaperone, The Diary of a Madman at BAM and more. He won an Oscar for 1996's Shine and is also known for his roles in the films LES MISERABLES, Elizabeth, Shakespeare in Love, Quills, the Pirates of the Caribbean movies, the TV movie The Life and Death of Peter Sellers (which earned him an Emmy and a Golden Globe), The King's Speech, The Book Thief and more.
Geoffrey Rush in A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM
at Her Majesty's Theatre in Melbourne in 2012. Photo by Jeff Busby.

See you bright and early tomorrow, BroadwayWorld!


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