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Wake Up With BWW 12/27: A SOLDIER'S PLAY Begins Previews, and More!

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We'd like to wish a happy first preview to A Soldier's Play, which begins performances at the American Airlines Theatre tonight, December 27!

What did the critics think of the national tour of Mean Girls? We've rounded up all of the reviews thus far, and you can check them out below!

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Wake Up With BWW 12/27: A SOLDIER'S PLAY Begins Previews, and More!
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A Soldier's Play begins Broadway previews tonight!

Roundabout Theatre Company will present A Soldier's Play, directed by Kenny Leon starring David Alan Grier (Porgy and Bess) as "Sergeant Vernon C. Waters" and Blair Underwood (A Streetcar Named Desire) as "Captain Richard Davenport."

A Soldier's Play will begin preview performances on December 27, 2019, and open officially on January 21, 2020. This is a limited engagement at the American Airlines Theatre on Broadway (227 West 42nd Street).


BWW Exclusive: Stealing the Spotlight: Counting Down the Best Musical Moments of 2019

How do we love thee, 2019? Let us count the ways! Eleven musicals opened on Broadway in 2019, making way for dozens of jaw-dropping performances from seasoned veterans, fresh faces, and everyone in between.

We're counting down our ten favorite musical moments from this past year on Broadway, off-Broadway and beyond. Did your favorite make this list? Check it out here!


What we're watching: Watch THE ILLUSIONISTS Star Chris Cox Read Minds on TODAY SHOW

A holiday-themed edition of "The Illusionists," a cavalcade of magic and stunts, is running on Broadway for a limited time. Chris Cox, who calls himself a mind-reader who doesn't read minds, share a preview of the show live on TODAY - and amazes Craig Melvin!


And a Happy Birthday shout-out to Joe Mantello, who turns 57 today!

Wake Up With BWW 12/27: A SOLDIER'S PLAY Begins Previews, and More!

A two-time Tony Award-winning director, credits include The Humans (Tony nomination), Blackbird, An Act of God, Airline Highway, The Last Ship, Casa Valentina, I'll Eat You Last..., The Other Place, Dogfight, Other Desert Cities, The Pride, Pal Joey, 9 to 5, November, The Receptionist, The Ritz, Three Days of Rain, The Odd Couple, Glengarry Glen Ross (Tony nomination), Laugh Whore, Assassins (Tony Award), Wicked, Take Me Out (Tony Award), Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune, A Man of No Importance, Design for Living, The Vagina Monologues, Bash, Love! Valour! Compassion! (Tony nomination), Proposals, The Mineola Twins, and Corpus Christi. Acting credits: The Glass Menagerie, The Normal Heart (Tony nomination), Angels in America (Tony nomination), The Baltimore Waltz. Mantello was nominated for Emmy and Critics' Choice Awards for his performance in HBO's "The Normal Heart." He is a member of Naked Angels and an Associate Artist at the Roundabout Theatre Company and has received Outer Critics Circle, Drama Desk, Lucille Lortel, Helen Hayes, Clarence Derwent, Obie, and Joe A. Callaway Awards.


See you bright and early tomorrow, BroadwayWorld!



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