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Wake Up With BWW 4/23: First Look at Audra McDonald, Phillipa Soo, and More in THE BITE

Plus, the producers of the UK tour of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert respond to casting controversy, and more!

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The casting of the UK tour of Priscilla Queen of the Desert has caused backlash after a cis male was cast in the role of Bernadette after the production held an open casting call for trans performers. Hear the producers' response below.

Watch Audra McDonald, Phillipa Soo, Steven Pasquale, Beth Leavel and more battle COVID zombies in the first trailer for The Bite, a new online series!

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Wake Up With BWW 4/23: First Look at Audra McDonald, Phillipa Soo, and More in THE BITE
1) Wake Up With BWW 4/23: First Look at Audra McDonald, Phillipa Soo, and More in THE BITE PRISCILLA Producers Respond to Casting Controversy - 'We Believe We Have Cast the Very Best Performers to Portray all the Parts'

It was recently announced that the UK tour of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert would be resuming in June 2021. However, the casting of the tour has caused backlash after a cis male was cast in the role of Bernadette after the production held an open casting call for trans performers. . (more...)


2) Wake Up With BWW 4/23: First Look at Audra McDonald, Phillipa Soo, and More in THE BITE Social Roundup: The Theater Community Gathers for a March on Broadway

A March on Broadway was held today, April 22. See tweets, photos, and videos from those in attendance at today's event.. (more...)


3) Wake Up With BWW 4/23: First Look at Audra McDonald, Phillipa Soo, and More in THE BITE Kyle Dean Massey and Taylor Frey Are Expecting First Child

Company star Kyle Dean Massey and his husband, fellow Broadway veteran Taylor Frey, have just announced that they are expecting their first child. . (more...)


4) Wake Up With BWW 4/23: First Look at Audra McDonald, Phillipa Soo, and More in THE BITE VIDEO: Christine Baranski Shares Her Favorite Tony Awards Memories
by Stage Tube

Christine Baranski discusses working in film and television during a pandemic and shares her most memorable Tony Awards moments.. (more...)


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Today's Call Sheet - Upcoming Online Events:

- The Met's nightly streams continue tonight at 7:30pm with Philip Glass's Satyagraha Starring Rachelle Durkin, Richard Croft, Kim Josephson, and Alfred Walker, conducted by Dante Anzolini. Production by Phelim McDermott. From November 19, 2011. Tune in here!

- Stars in the House returns tonight at 8pm with Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis Jr. Tune in here!

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


BWW Exclusive: Brittney Johnson to Teach Virtual Masterclass Through Stage Door

Brittney Johnson is teaching a masterclass through BroadwayWorld's Stage Door on April 25 at 2pm ET!

Sheteaches acting through song, monologue and scene work. Brittney Johnson is an accomplished Broadway actress. She translates her experience in the industry into workshops, masterclasses, and speaking engagements to better prepare students and industry professionals for all the facets of life as a Performing Artist. The final half hour will include a Q&A with the opportunity for participants to ask questions.

Reserve your spot here!


What we're watching: Audra McDonald, Phillipa Soo, Steven Pasquale, Beth Leavel and More Battle Covid Zombies in THE BITE First Trailer

The dark comedy follows the lives of two neighbors, Rachel (McDonald) and Lily (Schilling), as they navigate life in quarantine in New York City.

While Rachel juggles her many telemedicine clients as well as a shaky, passionless marriage, Lily is upstairs just trying to convince her Wall Street clientele that her very specific skillset is still just as valuable over video as it was in person. When an unexpected, deadly second wave of the virus arrives, we follow these two women as they face unprecedented times while still juggling their careers, their loved ones... and possibly...the end of the world?


See you bright and early tomorrow, BroadwayWorld!


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