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WAKE UP with BWW 8/4/2015 - Spanger Back in CHICAGO, WHORL INSIDE A LOOP 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: Amy Spanger heads back to the cell block, WHORL INSIDE A LOOP begins off-Broadway, GREY GARDENS starts at Bay Street and more!

TODAY'S TOP ITEMS:

- Amy Spanger returns as 'Roxie Hart' in Broadway's CHICAGO tonight!
- Sherie Rene Scott leads her new play WHORL INSIDE A LOOP, starting tonight at Second Stage, and INFORMED CONSENT begins at Primary Stages...
- Betty Buckley & Rachel York star in GREY GARDENS, commencing this evening at Bay Street!
- WEST SIDE STORY, starring Justin Matthew Sargent & Carolann M. Sanita, opens tonight at Music Circus!
- And Chuck Wagner brings LIVING THE DREAM to 54 Below, with Brenda Braxton & more set to appear in tonight's VILLAIN: DEBLANKS BC/EFA benefit.

York in GREY GARDENS!

NEWS YOU MISSED YESTERDAY:

- Michael Mayer will direct the West End revival of FUNNY GIRL, starring Sheridan Smith!
- Kelli O'Hara, Victoria Clark, Betsy Wolfe, Montego Glover and more are set for MasterVoices' 2015-16 season.
- THE VISIT is heading to Beijing, Singapore and beyond!
- We got a first look (right) at Betty Buckley and Rachel York in Bay Street's GREY GARDENS!
- Colin Quinn's THE NEW YORK STORY will return to Cherry Lane this fall.
- A new UK tour of SISTER ACT, helmed by Craig Revel Horwood, will launch next year!
- And Lady Gaga is working on her fifth album...

Broadway Weather Forecast: Partly cloudy with a high of 92 degrees on this lovely Tuesday...

Quote of the Day: A word from the UK's new FUNNY GIRL, Sheridan Smith...

"I don't mind being unlikely. I'd rather that than be predictable."
-- Sheridan Smith (via BrainyQuote)

What we're reading: Bernadette Peters' new children's book, STELLA AND CHARLIE, FRIENDS FOREVER, out today!

What we're watching: DRIVING MISS DAISY, starring Angela Lansbury and James Earl Jones, released on DVD today!

Video of the Day: HAMILTON's Jon Rua reimagined WEST SIDE STORY's iconic gym scene to the tune of 'Blurred Lines' - check it out below!
And a Happy Birthday shout-out to Kym Johnson, who turns 39 today! The Australian ballroom dancer and TV performer is known for her work on Dancing with the Stars, the touring dance production Burn the Floor, and in the film Strictly Ballroom.
Kym Johnson & Donny Osmond pose for
DANCING WITH THE STARS in 2009.
Photo by Craig Sjodin / ABC

See you bright and early tomorrow, BroadwayWorld!

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