WAKE UP with BWW 9/8/14 - 'IMAGINE' Benefit, Christine Ebersole, Teal Wicks 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: A starry 'IMAGINE' concert benefits cancer research, Christine Ebersole returns to 54 Below and more!
We're doing our Happy Birthday shout-out first today, because our WAKE UP "mugshot" features Teal Wicks, who turns 32! The actress has starred on Broadway as 'Elphaba' in WICKED, as well as in the Los Angeles and San Francisco productions. She also took the stage in Broadway's 2013 revival of JEKYLL & HYDE. Wicks is currently appearing in PIECE OF MY HEART off-Broadway.
TODAY'S TOP ITEMS:
- Broadway Inspirational Voices is set for tonight's "IMAGINE: A Concert of Hope" benefit to raise money for cancer research. BWW will be bringing you coverage, so stay tuned!
- Christine Ebersole returns to 54 Below for the month of September, beginning this evening...
- WICKED's Jesse JP Johnson celebrates the release of his album GINGER LOVE tonight!
- And Kevin Kline and Israel Horovitz will appear at the 92Y's MY OLD LADY screening.
NEWS YOU MISSED THIS WEEKEND:
- BEAUTIFUL will open in February at the West End's Aldwych Theatre. And a US tour kicks off next fall!
- Also in the UK, Bonnie Langford and Gary Wilmot will join DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS later this month, plus, 27 Billy Elliots will take the stage in a special, live finale performance on September 28!
- Alison Luff has joined the cast of Broadway's MATILDA as 'Miss Honey'...
- Joan Rivers will appear as the narrator a the new Johnny Carson musical, and the show is on the hunt for an actress to portray the legendary TONIGHT SHOW guest host!
- We got a sneak peek (right) at Paper Mill's Broadway-bound CAN-CAN!
- This month BC/EFA is auctioning off more than 50 lots of A CHORUS LINE memorabilia on eBay.
- Set your DVR! John Lithgow will host the STAR-SPANGLED SPECTACULAR live on PBS's 'Great Performances' next weekend, with a performance by Kristin Chenoweth!
- And Jane Lynch will be hosting next Monday's starry UPRISING OF LOVE benefit at the Gershwin Theatre.
Broadway Weather Forecast: Partly cloudy with a high of 79 degrees. Finally cooling off for fall (we hope)!
Quote of the Day: THE LAST FIVE YEARS star Anna Kendrick on finding good projects...
What we're looking forward to: The original Broadway production of INTO THE WOODS will be out on Blu-ray this December!
See you bright and early tomorrow, BroadwayWorld!