WAKE UP with BWW 8/5/2015 - THE WIZ LIVE! Finds Dorothy, Cumberbatch in HAMLET, McDonald & Swenson in Williamstown & 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: NBC's THE WIZ LIVE! has found its Dorothy, Benedict Cumberbatch becomes HAMLET at the Barbican, McDonald & Swenson take the stage in Williamstown and more!
Next up in our series of stars introducing BWW's morning feature is Tony winner Linda Lavin (portrait by Walter McBride), who will soon be seen on Broadway in OUR MOTHER'S BRIEF AFFAIR. Among her past credits are THE LYONS, COLLECTED STORIES, THE TALE OF THE ALLERGIST'S WIFE, THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK, GYPSY, BROADWAY BOUND, LAST OF THE RED HOT LOVERS, IT'S A BIRD...IT'S A PLANE...IT'S SUPERMAN and more!
TODAY'S TOP ITEMS:
- NBC's THE WIZ LIVE! has found its Dorothy, announced early this morning on TODAY!
- Benedict Cumberbatch stars in HAMLET, beginning tonight at the Barbican, while GRAND HOTEL opens in Southwark.
- Audra McDonald & Will Swenson lead A MOON FOR THE MISBEGOTTEN, starting tonight in Williamstown.
- And 54 Below is busy with a Theodore Bikel tribute and KulturfestNYC's ANOTHER HUNDRED YEARS!
NEWS YOU MISSED YESTERDAY:
- Tony winner Frank Langella is returning to Broadway in THE FATHER this spring.
- Julie Andrews will helm MY FAIR LADY in Sydney next year!
- NYC Ballet soloist Georgina Pazcoguin will succeed Megan Fairchild in ON THE TOWN...
- David Alan Grier will play the Cowardly Lion in NBC's THE WIZ LIVE!
- A CONFEDERACY OF DUNCES, starring Nick Offerman, could be headed to Broadway...
- John Rapson & Kevin Massey will star in the GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE national tour.
- We got a first look (right) at WAITRESS at A.R.T., plus a peek at Barbra Streisand wearing designs by the late Arnold Scaasi, and highlights from CYMBELINE at Shakespeare in the Park!
- The cast of SPRING AWAKENING will reunite again, and Michael Urie and more have signed on for the upcoming CLUE tribute, all at 54 Below.
- And NBC's BEST TIME EVER WITH NEIL PATRICK HARRIS will hold an NYC casting call!
Broadway Weather Forecast: Partly cloudy with a high of 87 degrees and clear tonight!
Quote of the Day: A word from HAMLET star Benedict Cumberbatch...
See you bright and early tomorrow, BroadwayWorld!