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Wake Up With BWW 5/15: Will Smith Performs 'Prince Ali,' and More!

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Yesterday, we got a first peek at Will Smith performing the song "Prince Ali" in the upcoming live-action Aladdin film! Check out the video below!

In interesting casting news, Olivia Valli, the real-life granddaughter of Frankie Valli, will join the cast of Jersey Boys. Olivia will play the role of Frankie's wife, and her own grandmother, Mary Mandel.

George Salazar is coming to your televisions this morning! Watch the Be More Chill star on Live With Kelly and Ryan this morning!

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Wake Up With BWW 5/15: Will Smith Performs 'Prince Ali,' and More!
1) Wake Up With BWW 5/15: Will Smith Performs 'Prince Ali,' and More! VIDEO: Will Smith Performs 'Prince Ali' in New ALADDIN Film
by TV News Desk

Ahead of 'Aladdin''s May 24th release, Disney has shared a clip of Will Smith singing iconic musical number 'Prince Ali.'. (more...)


2) Wake Up With BWW 5/15: Will Smith Performs 'Prince Ali,' and More! Walk Like A Woman! Olivia Valli, Granddaughter of Frankie Valli, Joins JERSEY BOYS
by Paul Smith

Oh what a night May 20 will be! Olivia Valli, the granddaughter of Four Seasons frontman and leading character in Jersey Boys Frankie Valli, is set to join the company of Jersey Boys on May 20. Valli, in what is considered a first in stage history, will portray Frankie Valli's first wife and her own grandmother, Mary Mandel.. (more...)


3) Wake Up With BWW 5/15: Will Smith Performs 'Prince Ali,' and More! Limited Time Offer! Get Tickets from $59 for BE MORE CHILL on Broadway
by Contests - Broadway

See the viral musical sensation brought to Broadway by the power of fans. Rolling Stone's Peter Travers cheers, 'Hot-damn! BE MORE CHILL is a wow of a musical with an irresistible score and a Little Shop of Horrors vibe. Talk about universal. Go! Go!' And New York Magazine raves, 'It soars! Witty, high-octane tunes, bang-up performances and shrewd comedy. A streak of wickedness runs through it.'. (more...)


4) Wake Up With BWW 5/15: Will Smith Performs 'Prince Ali,' and More! Photo Coverage: Inside the 2019 New York Drama Critics Awards Presentation and Reception
by Genevieve Rafter Keddy

The New York Drama Critics' Circle recently announced their 2019 winners.. (more...)


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30 Days of Tony: Day 27- Sergio Trujillo Gets ON YOUR FEET On Its Feet!

On Day 27, we're flashing back to the 2016 Tony ceremony, when the rhythm got Radio City Musical thanks to the cast of On Your Feet! sporting some Tony-nominated moves from Sergio Trujillo, who is nominated this year for his work on Ain't Too Proud!

Sergio's Broadway credits also include Memphis, Jersey Boys, Summer: The Donna Summer Musical, A Bronx Tale, The Addams Family, Next to Normal, Hands on a Hardbody, Leap of Faith, Guys and Dolls, and All Shook Up.


BWW Exclusive: Zooming in on the Tony Nominees: Jez Butterworth

The Tony Awards are like Christmas in June for theatre lovers, and that makes this year's nominees the reason for the season. This year's Tony nominees transported us with the magic of theatre, and we're saluting their work by taking a closer look at their extraordinary accomplishments. Today we're studying up on Jez Butterworth!


Set Your DVR...

George Salazar will appear on LIVE WITH KELLY AND RYAN this morning!


What we're geeking out over: The Mother Of Dragons Gets A New Theme Song Courtesy of GALAVANT

Game of Thrones resident dragon queen, Daenerys Targaryen has earned herself one peppy new theme song, courtesy of ABC's musical adventure series Galavant.

The tune called, "My Dragon Pal And Me" was penned by songwriting legends Glenn Slater and Alan Menken for the series, and is sung by actor Timothy Omundson who played King Richard.


Social Butterfly: Watch WICKED's Hannah Corneau Transform Into Elphaba!

Last night, May 14, Hannah Corneau assumed the role of Elphaba in the Broadway production of Wicked. Corneau is making her Broadway debut with this role. S

Go behind the scenes of her transformation into Broadway's green girl!


See you bright and early tomorrow, BroadwayWorld!



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