WAKE UP with BWW 9/29/2015 - New Ruler for THE KING AND I, Nyong'o Onstage, BROADWAY SALUTES 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: THE KING AND I gets a new ruler, Lupita Nyong'o takes the stage and more!


- Hoon Lee takes the throne tonight in Broadway's THE KING AND I!
- The Public Theater's ECLIPSED, starring Lupita Nyong'o, begins previews.
- CATCH THE BUTCHER, with DEXTER's Lauren Velez, opens tonight at Cherry Lane.
- Bebe Neuwirth hosts the 7th Annual BROADWAY SALUTES this evening...
- And the company of ALLEGIANCE meets the press, so stay tuned for photos!

Rumer Willis as 'Roxie Hart'!


- The 70th Annual Tony Awards will be held on June 5, 2016.
- Broadway's DAMES AT SEA is continuing its 'Tap Happy Tuesdays' contest this fall!
- We got a look (right) at Rumer Willis as 'Roxie' in CHICAGO and Hoon Lee as 'The King' in THE KING AND I!
- Lucas Hnath's THE CHRISTIANS, currently playing off-Broadway, won this year's Kesselring Prize.
- The 2015 Broadway Flea Market & Grand Auction raised a record-breaking amount for BC/EFA!
- NEWSIES' Jack Feldman married his longtime partner, Matthew Liss.
- And Michael Burgess, star of Canada's LES MISERABLES, has passed away...

Broadway Weather Forecast: Cloudy with a high of 79 degrees today, thunderstorms tonight.

What we're listening to: Lena Hall's new album, SIN & SALVATION, out now!

And a Happy Birthday shout-out to Roger Bart, who turns 53 today!

Bart last starred on Broadway in YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN and before that, in THE FROGS, THE PRODUCERS (which earned him a Tony nomination in 2001), YOU'RE A GOOD MAN, CHARLIE BROWN (which won him a Tony and a Drama Desk in 1999), TRIUMPH OF LOVE, KING DAVID and BIG RIVER on Broadway and on tour. He also appeared in Encores! ON A CLEAR DAY YOU CAN SEE FOREVER, off-Broadway's FULLY COMMITTED, HENRY IV, PART I and PART II and UP AGAINST IT. Bart also earned a SAG Award for his role in DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES and provided the singing voice for the title role in Disney's HERCULES and 'Scamp' in LADY AND THE TRAMP II. Among his recent on-screen credits are the movie TRUMBO and the TV series MODERN FAMILY, HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER, IT'S ALWAYS SUNNY IN PHILADELPHIA and REVENGE.

Roger Bart at Inside Vineyard Theatre's 2015 Gala, celebrating Margo Lion.
Photo by Walter McBride

See you bright and early tomorrow, BroadwayWorld!

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