WAKE UP with BWW 9/26/14 - SWEENEY TODD, DISGRACED, YOU CAN'T TAKE IT WITH YOU 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: SWEENEY TODD airs on PBS as part of Live From Lincoln Center, ANNIE kicks off its national tour today, DISGRACED begins previews tomorrow, and YOU CAN'T TAKE IT WITH YOU opens on Sunday!
Next up in our series of Broadway stars introducing BWW's morning feature is Steven Booth (portrait by Walter McBride), star of the KINKY BOOTS national tour. Now kick off your weekend (yay Friday!) with some news!
THIS WEEKEND'S TOP ITEMS:
- Set your DVR! SWEENEY TODD, starring Emma Thompson and Bryn Terfel airs as part of PBS's Live From Lincoln Center, plus IT'S ONLY A PLAY duo Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick appear on THE TONIGHT SHOW!
- The new ANNIE national tour kicks off today in Detroit, and THE TRIP TO BOUNTIFUL with Cicely Tyson opens tonight in L.A.
- PRIDE, starring Imelda Staunton, Dominic West and more, hits theaters in the U.S. today!
- GREAT BRITAIN, starring Lucy Punch, opens tonight in the West End.
- Broadway's DISGRACED begins previews on Saturday...
- And YOU CAN'T TAKE IT WITH YOU, featuring James Earl Jones, opens Sunday night!
WHAT YOU MISSED YESTERDAY:
- DOCTOR ZHIVAGO is headed to Broadway next spring!
- Lots of news from across the pond yesterday! WOLF HALL comes to the Winter Garden in Spring 2015, plus Simon Jones is set to join Angela Lansbury on BLITHE SPIRIT's North American Tour.
- We got a first look (right) at Craig Revel Horwood in drag as 'Miss Hannigan' for the ANNIE UK National Tour...
- Al Pacino will star in SALOME in the West End in 2016.
- And BEAUTIFUL found its Carole King for the UK production -- Katie Brayben!
Broadway Weather Forecast: High of 81 degrees and sunny all weekend. Enjoy this little Indian summer while it lasts!
Quote of the Day: In honor of SWEENEY TODD on Live at Lincoln Center tonight, hear from Emma Thompson on tapping into your creativity...
If you're actually allowing your creative part to control your writing rather than a more commercial instinct or motive, then you'll find that all sorts of interesting things will bubble up to the surface.
-- Emma Thompson (via BrainyQuote)
Video of the Day: Prep for tonight's SWEENEY TODD on PBS with a clip of Emma Thompson singing "Worst Pies in London"!
And finally, a Happy Birthday shout-out to Mary Beth Hurt, who turns 67 today!
Hurt is a three-time Tony nominee for Benefactors (1986), Crimes of the Heart (1982) and Trelawny of the Wells (1976). Among her other Broadway credits are The House of Blue Leaves, Top Girls, A Delicate Balance, The Secret Rapture, The Misanthrope, The Cherry Orchard, Boy Meets Girl, Secret Service, The Member of the Wedding, The Rules of the Game and Love for Love.
See you bright and early on Monday, BroadwayWorld!