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WAKE UP with BWW 8/11/2015 - Annie Baker's JOHN Opens 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: Annie Baker's JOHN opens off-Broadway, ON THE TOWN welcomes a new dancer and more!

Next up in our series of stars introducing BWW's morning feature is Cheryl Freeman (portrait by Walter McBride), who just appeared in TURN THE BEAT AROUND at 54 Below, recently starred off-Broadway in COUGAR THE MUSICAL and was last seen on Broadway in THE CIVIL WAR, PLAY ON!, THE WHO'S TOMMY, SHOUT UP A MORNING, AMEN CORNER and SHOW BOAT!

Cheryl Freeman wants you to WAKE UP with BWW!
Photo by Walter McBride


- Pulitzer-winning playwright Annie Baker's JOHN opens tonight off-Broadway!
- NYC Ballet soloist Georgina Pazcoguin dances into Broadway's ON THE TOWN tonight.
- And Mark Evans stars in THE FIX, beginning this evening at D.C.'s Signature Theatre...

Foster performs with The New York Pops!


- Montego Glover and Alex Finke are headed to LES MISERABLES this fall!
- Camryn Manheim and Patrick Page have signed on for Broadway's SPRING AWAKENING.
- Becky Gulsvig, Ben Fankhauser and more will join Abby Mueller in BEAUTIFUL on tour!
- Cameron Mackintosh has plans to bring HAMILTON across the pond in 2017...
- And we got a look (right) at Sutton Foster in concert with The New York Pops!

Broadway Weather Forecast: Thunderstorms for most of the day, with a high of 80 degrees. Stay safe and dry!

Quote of the Day: A word from birthday girl Viola Davis...

"And that's what people want to see when they go to the theater. I believe at the end of the day, they want to see themselves - parts of their lives they can recognize. And I feel if I can achieve that, it's pretty spectacular."
-- Viola Davis (via BrainyQuote)

What we're listening to: THE WIZ original star Dee Dee Bridgewater's new album DEE DEE'S FEATHERS, out today!

What we're watching: The musical horror film ALLELUIA! THE DEVIL'S CARNIVAL, featuring Adam Pascal. The flick launches a tour in L.A. today - check out the trailer below!

And a Happy Birthday shout-out to Viola Davis, who turns 50 today!
Davis last starred on Broadway in FENCES, which earned her the 2010 Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play. Before that, she appeared in KING HEDLEY II and took home the 2001 Tony for Best Featured Actress. She made her Broadway debut in SEVEN GUITARS in 1996. Among her off-Broadway credits are INTIMATE APPAREL, THE VAGINA MONOLOGUES, EVERYBODY'S RUBY, PERICLES and GOD'S HEART. Davis was nominated for an Oscar for her role as 'Mrs. Miller' in the film adaptation of DOUBT and for playing 'Aibileen Clark' in THE HELP. She currently stars as 'Annalise Keating' in HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER, recently appeared on the big screen in GET ON UP, and has SUICIDE SQUAD in the queue.
Viola Davis and Denzel Washington in FENCES on Broadway.
Photo by Joan Marcus

See you bright and early tomorrow, BroadwayWorld!

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