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WAKE UP with BWW 8/6/2015 - HAMILTON Opens on Broadway!

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: HAMILTON opens on Broadway tonight!

Next up in our series of stars introducing BWW's morning feature is Tony winner Donna McKechnie (portrait by Walter McBride), who recently acted as standby for Chita Rivera in THE VISIT, has starred on Broadway in STATE FAIR, COMPANY, A CHORUS LINE, ON THE TOWN, PROMISES, PROMISES, HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS WIHTOUT REALLY TRYING and more!

Donna McKechnie wants you to WAKE UP with BWW!

TODAY'S TOP ITEMS:

- Lin-Manuel Miranda's new musical HAMILTON opens on Broadway tonight - be sure to check back for our Review Roundup!
- Broadway animal trainer Bill Berloni stars in the TV series FROM WAGS TO RICHES, premiering tonight.
- And Sutton Foster joins The New York Pops at their new summer home this evening...

The cast of HAMILTON on Broadway!

NEWS YOU MISSED YESTERDAY:

- We got a first look (right) at photos and highlights from HAMILTON on Broadway, plus an exclusive interview with THE WIZ LIVE! star Shanice Williams!
- Adam McKay is working with Funny Or Die on a Broadway-Bound ARCHIE musical...
- Caissie Levy, Mary Testa, Rachel Bay Jones and more will star in FIRST DAUGHTER SUITE at the Public.
- Broadway's FIDDLER ON THE ROOF announced more casting, and the BULLETS OVER BROADWAY tour has found its company!
- Audra McDonald & Thomas E. Tuft will be honored at Roundabout's 50th Anniversary Gala...
- Billie Joe Armstrong's THESE PAPER BULLETS! has found its stars at the Geffen.
- And Josh Young, Cady Huffman and more will appear in GUYS & DOLLS at 54 Below!

Broadway Weather Forecast: High of 84 and partly cloudy today, but it should be a fair day for Broadway in Bryant Park, plus tonight's fireworks after HAMILTON!

Quote of the Day: A word from our ten-dollar Founding Father, Alexander Hamilton...

"Those who stand for nothing fall for anything."
-- Alexander Hamilton (via BrainyQuote)

What we're looking forward to listening to: Pianist Anthony de Mare's LIAISONS collection of reimagined songs by Stephen Sondheim!

Video of the Day: Start your day off right with THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME's Ciara Renee rocking out to Bruno Mars' "Uptown Funk"!
And a Happy Birthday shout-out to Leslie Odom, Jr., who turns 34 today!
How fitting is this? Odom, Jr. plays the infamous Aaron Burr in HAMILTON, opening on his birthday on Broadway. He has also appeared on the Great White Way in LEAP OF FAITH and off-Broadway in the original production of HAMILTON, Tick, Tick...BOOM! and VENICE. Among Odom, Jr's TV credits are LAW & ORDER: SVU, GOTHAM, PERSON OF INTEREST and SMASH. Tweet him a happy birthday and a happy opening on Twitter @leslieodomjr!
Leslie Odom, Jr. in HAMILTON on Broadway.
Photo by Joan Marcus

See you bright and early tomorrow, BroadwayWorld!


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