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Wake Up With BWW 12/27: TRUE WEST Begins Previews, and More!

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Wake Up With BWW 12/27: TRUE WEST Begins Previews, and More!
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Today's Call Sheet:

-TRUE WEST begins previews on Broadway tonight!

Roundabout Theatre Company's new Broadway production of Sam Shepard's Tony & Pulitzer Prize-nominated drama True West stars Ethan Hawke as "Lee" and Paul Dano as "Austin." The cast also includes Marylouise Burke as "Mom" and Gary Wilmes as "Saul Kimmer."

TRUE WEST begins preview performances tonight, December 27, 2018 and opens officially on Thursday, January 24, 2019. This is a limited engagement through March 17, 2019 at the American Airlines Theatre on Broadway (227 West 42nd Street).

-The National Tour of SPAMILTON officially opens tonight in Cleveland, OH!

The North American tour of the acclaimed musical comedy, Spamilton: An American Parody celebrates its official Tour Opening at Playhouse Square in Cleveland, OH on Thursday, December 27 at 7:30 PM. The tour began performances on December 20 and will go on to play ten multi-week engagements in its first season.

Created by Gerard Alessandrini, the comic mastermind behind the long-running hit Forbidden Broadway and performed by a versatile cast of seven, Spamilton is a side-splitting new musical parody.

What we're geeking out over: Cliff Bleszinski Joins Producing Team of HADESTOWN

Video game designer Cliff Bleszinski revealed on Twitter today that he's taking a foray into live entertainment joining the producing team of upcoming Broadway musical Hadestown. Bleszinski joins the producing team featuring Mara Isaacs, Dale Franzen, Hunter Arnold, and Tom Kirdahy.

What we're watching: Head Backstage to See How CLUELESS Celebrates Christmas!

The Christmas season is over? As if. Check out how the Clueless cast kept things merry and bright backstage in this video from swing Katie Goffman!

The New Group is currently presenting Clueless, the Musical by Amy Heckerling in a world premiere production with choreography by Kelly Devine, directed by Kristin Hanggi. A limited Off-Broadway engagement is slated through January 12 at The Pershing Square Signature Center (The Alice Griffin Jewel Box Theatre, 480 West 42nd Street).

Social Butterfly: Social Media Roundup: Broadway Celebrates Christmas!

Broadway stars, they're just like us! Many of your favorite Broadway stars traveled home for the holiday, welcomed family into New York and some traveled abroad for the merry day! BroadwayWorld has curated some of your favorite Broadway stars' social media posts to show you how they celebrated!

Check out all of the posts here!

And a Happy Birthday shout-out to Joe Mantello, who turns 56 today!

Wake Up With BWW 12/27: TRUE WEST 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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