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Wake Up With BWW 12/16: Broadway-Bound HOUDINI Musical in the Works, and More!

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New Broadway bound musical HOUDINI recently held a cross continental virtual developmental reading starring Tony Award nominee Ramin Karimloo (Les Misérables, Anastasia) as Harry Houdini and Tony Award nominee Laura Osnes (Rodgers + Hammerstein's Cinderella, Bandstand) as Bess Houdini.

A new ad for The Prom features NFL football players, in a campaign assuring viewers that 'men love musicals.'

Work is underway on Her Majesty's Theatre in London, in preparation for the return of The Phantom of the Opera on the West End. The show's official Twitter account shared a video of the theatre, in its various stages of renovation.

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Wake Up With BWW 12/16: Broadway-Bound HOUDINI Musical in the Works, and More!
1) Wake Up With BWW 12/16: Broadway-Bound HOUDINI Musical in the Works, and More! Breaking: HOUDINI Musical Set Sights on Broadway; Ramin Karimloo and Laura Osnes Take Part in Virtual Reading

Producer Karl Sydow (The Last Ship) has just announced that the new Broadway bound musical HOUDINI directed by Federico Bellone (Mary Poppins in Milan, Dirty Dancing), recently held a cross continental virtual developmental reading starring Tony Award nominee Ramin Karimloo (Les Misérables, Anastasia) as Harry Houdini and Tony Award nominee Laura Osnes (Rodgers + Hammerstein's Cinderella, Bandstand) as Bess Houdini.. (more...)


2) Wake Up With BWW 12/16: Broadway-Bound HOUDINI Musical in the Works, and More! VIDEO: NFL Players Travis Kelce, JuJu Smith-Schuster, and Justin Tucker Say 'Men Love Musicals' in New Ad For THE PROM
by Stage Tube

A new ad for The Prom features NFL football players, in a campaign assuring viewers that 'men love musicals.'. (more...)


3) Wake Up With BWW 12/16: Broadway-Bound HOUDINI Musical in the Works, and More! BWW Flashback: Relive the Greatest Performances of the Late Ann Reinking

As BroadwayWorld sadly reported, Broadway legend Ann Reinking has passed away, via the star's sister-in-law Dahrla Reinking. She was 71 years old.. (more...)


4) Wake Up With BWW 12/16: Broadway-Bound HOUDINI Musical in the Works, and More! VIDEO: Laura Benanti's Melania Trump Drops Hints About Her Post-White House Plans on THE LATE SHOW WITH STEPHEN COLBERT
by Stage Tube

The incredible Laura Benanti reprises her role as First Lady Melania Trump for a satellite interview from the White House, where she confides in Stephen Colbert her real feelings about America's holiday traditions and drops hints at what she might do after her husband leaves office.. (more...)


5) Wake Up With BWW 12/16: Broadway-Bound HOUDINI Musical in the Works, and More! VIDEO: Work Begins on Her Majesty's Theatre in Preparation For the Return of THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA

Work is underway on Her Majesty's Theatre in London, in preparation for the return of The Phantom of the Opera on the West End. The show's official Twitter account shared a video of the theatre, in its various stages of renovation.. (more...)


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Today's Call Sheet - Upcoming Online Events:

- Today at 2pm and 8pm, Seth Rudetsky will continue his Stars in the House series, featuring new Broadway stars performing and answering questions! Watch live on YouTube here!

- BroadwayWorld's own Richard Ridge will chat with Norm Lewis today at 12pm on Backstage LIVE! Tune in here.

- The Met continues its Live in HD broadcast series with Berlioz's Les Troyens, tonight at 7:30pm. Watch here!

Learn about more online streaming events happening today, and in the future, on our streaming calendar at /streaming-schedule/.


BWW Exclusive: Meet 2020 Tony Nominee and Carnegie Mellon University Alumnus, Peter Hylenski

The following conversation is presented by Carnegie Mellon University, the first, exclusive higher education partner of the Tony Awards. For more information about Carnegie Mellon University, their performing arts curriculum, and spotlights of their multiple Tony Award winning alumni, visit cmu.edu/tony-awards today.


What we're watching: GIRL FROM THE NORTH COUNTRY Reunites for 'Road to the North Country: Interpreting Dylan'

"Road to the North Country: Interpreting Dylan," a virtual live stream event presented by the Bob Dylan Center, featured cast members Todd Almond, Jeannette Bayardelle, Colton Ryan, Kimber Elayne Sprawl, and Mare Winningham from the acclaimed Broadway musical, Girl from the North Country, which features the music of Bob Dylan.


Social Butterfly: The Fates and Ensemble of HADESTOWN Sing 'Sleigh Ride'

Hadestown's iconic trio, The Fates, Jewelle Blackman, Yvette Gonzalez-Nacer, and Kay Trinidad, and the ensemble of the Tony Award winning Best Musical are taking a 'Sleigh Ride' on the road to hell.


And a Happy Birthday shout-out to LaChanze, who turns 59 today!

Wake Up With BWW 12/16: SING STREET Opens Tonight, and More!

LaChanze is currently starring in A CHRISTMAS CAROL on Broadway. Before that, she appeared on the Great White Way in IF/THEN, THE COLOR PURPLE, which earned her a Tony Award in 2006, RAGTIME, COMPANY, ONCE ON THIS ISLAND, DREAMGIRLS and UPTOWN...IT'S HOT!, as we as a concert production of FUNNY GIRL. Among her off-Broadway credits are INKED BABY, DESSA ROSE, THE BUBBLY BLACK GIRL SHEDS HER CHAMELEON SKIN, THE VAGINA MONOLOGUES, OUT OF THIS WORLD and more.


See you bright and early tomorrow, BroadwayWorld!


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