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WAKE UP with BWW 8/28/2015 - THE CHRISTIANS, HAMLET IN BED, Babs 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? This weekend's big news: THE CHRISTIANS and HAMLET IN BED begin off-Broadway and Babs gets a rerun on THE TONIGHT SHOW!

THIS WEEKEND'S TOP ITEMS:

- THE CHRISTIANS starts at Playwrights Horizons!
- Michael Laurence's HAMLET IN BED begins tonight at Rattlestick.
- Gerard Canonico, Brittney Johnson and more lead a reading of the new musical POLKADOTS today.
- And NBC re-airs Barbra Streisand's appearance on THE TONIGHT SHOW this evening...

The stars of 42nd STREET on tour!

NEWS YOU MISSED YESTERDAY:

- BWW interviewed producers Craig Zadan & Neil Meron about BOMBSHELL, THE WIZ and more!
- On Monday, you can tap dance for a chance to join DAMES AT SEA onstage.
- The Kevin Bacon-led premiere of REAR WINDOW has broken ticket sales records at Hartford Stage!
- We got a look at KINKY BOOTS 1,000th show celebration, plus a peek (right) at the cast of the new 42ND STREET tour, and photos from McQUEEN and 'YOU WON'T SUCCEED ON BROADWAY...' in the West End!
- Jon Hamm could star in an upcoming film adaptation of Pulitzer finalist for drama MARJORIE PRIME...
- Linda Purl, Brett Rickaby and Peter Van Norden will star in COPENHAGEN at Rubicon this fall.
- Vanessa Williams is slated to close this year's Broadway @ Town Hall series in Provincetown...
- Debbie Reynolds, Spike Lee and Gena Rowlands will receive honorary OSCARS.
- And Aaron Tveit is finally on Twitter!

Broadway Weather Forecast: Sunny with highs in the mid-80s today and tomorrow; partly cloudy Sunday and up to 90 degrees!

What we're looking forward to watching: Disney's live-action BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, which just wrapped production!

Video of the Day: The all-new promo for NBC's THE WIZ LIVE!, featuring David Alan Grier!
And a Happy Birthday shout-out to Peter Bartlett, who turns 73 today!
Bartlett currently plays 'Lord Clapham / Judge' in Broadway's SOMETHING ROTTEN! and will appear in SHE LOVES ME later this season. Among his past Broadway credits are Rodgers + Hammerstein's CINDERELLA, A FREE MAN OF COLOR, THE DROWSY CHAPERONE, THE FROGS, NEVER GONNA DANCE, VOICES IN THE DARK, BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, BOOM BOOM BOOM, GLORIA AND ESPERANZA and A PATRIOT FOR ME. A prolific entertainer, Bartlett has also appeared off-Broadway in THE ILLUSION, WHAT'S THAT SMELL: THE MUSIC OF JACOB STERLING, THE NEW CENTURY, RUDE ENTERTAINMENT, A CONNECTICUT YANKEE and CALL ME MADAM with Encores!, THE MOST FABULOUS STORY EVER TOLD and many more. He lended his voice to 'Lawrence' in Disney's THE PRINCESS AND THE FROG and also appeared as 'Kevin the Costume Designer' in the 2005 film version of THE PRODUCERS.
Peter Bartlett's opening night bow for SOMETHING ROTTEN!
Photo by Walter McBride

See you bright and early on Monday, BroadwayWorld!



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