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WAKE UP with BWW 8/19/2015 - MERCURY FUR, Industry Dance Awards 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: MERCURY FUR and DROP DEAD PERFECT start off-Broadway, OCTOBER SKY hits the Windy City stage, and the Industry Dance Awards recognize Broadway talent!

TODAY'S TOP ITEMS:

- The New Group's MERCURY FUR opens tonight off-Broadway!
- DROP DEAD PERFECT, starring Everett Quinton, begins tonight at St Clements.
- Rock opera THE LIFE AND DEATH OF KENYON PHILLIPS comes to Webster Hall tonight...
- The new musical adaptation of OCTOBER SKY starts tonight in Chicago.
- And Hudgens, Copeland & Moreno are among the 2015 Industry Dance honorees, feted tonight!

Mark Evans in Signature's THE FIX!

NEWS YOU MISSED YESTERDAY:

- Rachel Tucker and Jonah Platt will join Broadway's WICKED this fall!
- HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH will hang up his wigs next month...
- We got a first look (right) at photos and highlights from Signature Theatre's THE FIX, plus a peek behind the scenes at London's KINKY BOOTS!
- Kenneth Lonergan's HOLD ON TO ME DARLING will premiere at the Atlantic this season...
- MAMMA MIA!'s Christy Altomare will lead a reading of David Reiser's new musical JONI, while Matthew Broderick, Blythe Danner, Vanessa Williams & more are set for a reading of SHARPIES.
- And Aaron Tveit, Darren Criss, Lea Salonga and more are slated for ELSIE FEST next month!

Broadway Weather Forecast: High of 83 degrees and cloudy with a possible rainshower today.

Quote of the Day: A word from birthday boy, Peter Gallagher...

"To stay on the map you've got to keep showing up."
-- Peter Gallagher (via BrainyQuote)

What we're watching and singing along to: GREASE, hitting hundreds of theaters across the U.S. today!

Video of the Day: Watch highlights from Sutton Foster's concert in Provincetown!
And a Happy Birthday shout-out to Peter Gallagher, who turns 60 today!
Tony nominee Gallagher just wrapped his run in ON THE TWENTIETH CENTURY on Broadway, opposite Kristin Chenoweth. Among his other Broadway credits are THE COUNTRY GIRL, NOISES OFF, GUYS AND DOLLS, LONG DAY'S JOURNEY INTO NIGHT, THE REAL THING, THE CORN IS GREEN, A DOLL'S LIFE, HAIR and GREASE, as well as PAL JOEY with Encores! Gallagher's TV credits include TOGETHERNESS, COVERT AFFAIRS and THE O.C., as well as LAW & ORDER: SVU, RESCUE ME, CALIFORNICATION and more. On the big screen, he has appeared in AMERICAN BEAUTY, WHILE YOU WERE SLEEPING, THE PLAYER and more.
Kristin Chenoweth (Lily Garland) & Peter Gallagher (Oscar Jaffee)
in Broadway's ON THE TWENTIETH CENTURY.
Photo by Joan Marcus

See you bright and early tomorrow, BroadwayWorld!

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