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WAKE UP with BWW 8/17/2015 - D23 EXPO, Broderick & Parker in P-Town 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: Matthew Broderick & Sarah Jessica Parker perform together in Provincetown tonight!

Next up in our series of stars introducing BWW's morning feature is Tony winner Alice Ripley (portrait by Walter McBride), who just appeared in 'ALL SONDHEIM' at 54 Below and has starred on Broadway in NEXT TO NORMAL, THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW, JAMES JOYCE'S THE DEAD, SIDE SHOW, KING DAVID, SUNSET BOULEVARD, THE WHO'S TOMMY and LES MISERABLES!

Alice Ripley wants you to WAKE UP with BWW!
Photo by Walter McBride
A peek at Disney's GIGANTIC,
set to feature music from the FROZEN team!


- Anthony Rapp, LaChanze & James Snyder will join Idina Menzel on the IF/THEN tour in select cities!
- The D23 EXPO was our dream come true! We got news about FROZEN's Robert Lopez & Kristen Anderson-Lopez writing music for GIGANTIC (check out a beautiful still to the right!), HAMILTON's Lin-Manuel Miranda joining the MOANA team, Disney's PETE'S DRAGON remake, the upcoming live-action BEAUTY AND THE BEAST and JUNGLE BOOK and more!
- Eden Espinosa will be heading to the recording studio...
- And speaking of albums, the West End's BEND IT LIKE BECKHAM will hit the studio soon, while NE-YO, Ariana Grande and more are lending their voices to the upcoming WE LOVE DISNEY compilation CD!

Broadway Weather Forecast: Mostly sunny with a high of 92 degrees - hope everyone has a bright Monday morning!

Quote of the Day: A word from birthday boy Robert De Niro...

"Good directors can bring certain things out of you, with their intensity or gentleness or sensitivity or understanding. They can make an actor feel he can do no wrong."
-- Robert De Niro (via BrainyQuote)

Video of the Day: Watch Josh Gad's surprise appearance at the D23 EXPO performing with FROZEN's Olaf on "In Summer" - perfect for today's hot weather!

And a Happy Birthday shout-out to Robert De Niro, who turns 72 today!
De Niro last starred on Broadway in CUBA & HIS TEDDY BEAR in 1986. He will soon co-direct with Jerry Zaks the new, possibly Broadway-bound, musical version of A BRONX TALE at Paper Mill this season. (He starred in and directed the original movie in 1993.) Among De Niro's recent film credits are LAST VEGAS, GRUDGE MATCH and THE CARRIER, and he has THE COMEDIAN, BUS 657, THE INTERN, JOY, HANDS OF STONE and DIRTY GRANDPA in the queue. De Niro won an Oscar for his role in THE GODFATHER PART II, as well as RAGING BULL, and earned nominations for TAXI DRIVER, CAPE FEAR, THE DEER HUNTER, AWAKENINGS and SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK. He received Golden Globe nominations for NEW YORK, NEW YORK opposite Liza Minnelli, as well as MIDNIGHT RUN, ANALYZE THIS and MEET THE PARENTS.

See you bright and early tomorrow, BroadwayWorld!

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