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Wake Up With BWW 5/17: Drama League Awards, and More!

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The 85th Annual Drama League Awards will be held this morning at the Marriott Marquis Times Square at 11:30am. Read up on the nominees below!

Hamilton in Chicago has announced its closing date. The show will play its final performance on January 5, 2020 at Chicago's CIBC Theatre.

Tootsie is hitting the road! The Broadway hit has announced it will embark on a National Tour. In addition, the show will open productions in the West End, Australia, and Japan!

Read more about these and other stories below!

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Wake Up With BWW 5/17: Drama League Awards, and More!
1) Wake Up With BWW 5/17: Drama League Awards, and More! HAMILTON Announces Chicago Closing Date

The musical HAMILTON will conclude its more than three (3) year run in Chicago at Broadway In Chicago's CIBC Theatre (18 W. Monroe St.) on January 5, 2020, it has been announced by producer Jeffrey Seller. Chicago was the first city outside New York where HAMILTON opened; the production began performances on September 27, 2016 at what was then The PrivateBank Theatre.. (more...)


2) Wake Up With BWW 5/17: Drama League Awards, and More! VIDEO: Hugh Jackman Sings DEAR EVAN HANSEN's 'You Will Be Found'

Hugh Jackman is currently on an international tour, selling out Arenas across the globe! As part of his tour, he performs a segment featuring the song from the current Broadway hit, DEAR EVAN HANSEN. Check out the video of him singing 'You Will Be Found' below!. (more...)


3) Wake Up With BWW 5/17: Drama League Awards, and More! VIDEO: BE MORE CHILL Cast Sings Mashup Of LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS at Curtain Call
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After last night's performance of Be More Chill, the show's composer Joe Iconis took to the stage. He talked about his love for the musical LIttle Shop of Horrors, before bringing back out some members of the cast to do a mashup of that show, with Be More Chill.. (more...)


4) Wake Up With BWW 5/17: Drama League Awards, and More! Helen Hunt, Christopher Jackson, Javier Muñoz and More Lead Encores! WORKING: A MUSICAL

Encores! Off-Center today announced casting for the Production of Nina Fsso and Stephen Schwartz's Working: A Musical. The production will star Andrea Burns, Mateo Ferro, David Garrison, Helen Hunt, Christopher Jackson, Javier Muñoz, and Tracie Thoms.. (more...)


5) Wake Up With BWW 5/17: Drama League Awards, and More! Charlie Pollock To Join The Cast of PRETTY WOMAN As Stuckey

Charlie Pollock (Violet, 9 to 5, "The Good Wife") will join the cast of PRETTY WOMAN: THE MUSICAL, in the role of 'Philip Stuckey,' beginning June 11, 2019. Jason Danieley's final performance will be Sunday, June 9, 2019.. (more...)


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The Drama League Awards will be held tonight!

The 85th Annual Drama League Awards will be held at the Marriott Marquis Times Square (1535 Broadway) on Friday, May 17, 2019 at 11:30am. Tickets and tables to the star-studded luncheon are available for purchase at www.dramaleague.org or by calling The Drama League at 212.244.9494; VIP tickets include access to the nominees' reception.

The Drama League previously announced the 2018 Special Recognition Award Recipients: Tony® Award winner Kelli O'Hara will receive the Distinguished Achievement in Musical Theater Award; director Alex Timbers will receive The Founders Award for Excellence in Directing; and Taylor Mac will receive the Unique Contribution to the Theater Award.

Read the full list of nominees here!


30 Days of Tony: Day 25- Bob Martin Escorts THE DROWSY CHAPERONE To Tony Night

At the 2007 Tonys, Bob Martin, a 2019 nominee for his book for The Prom, took home the award for Best Book for the hilarious new musical The Drowsy Chaperone.

That night Martin also took the stage for a performance with star Sutton Foster and the company in his Tony-nominated role as lonely Broadway enthusiast Man In Chair. Not only did he bring the laughs and a little liquid courage to the evening's proceedings, he also brought the telecast! See for yourself!


BWW Exclusive: Zooming in on the Tony Nominees: Ali Stroker

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 Ali Stroker!


Set Your DVR...

A performance by the Broadway cast of HADESTOWN will air on LIVE WITH KELLY AND RYAN this morning!

A performance by the cast of Broadway's TOOTSIE will air on GOOD MORNING AMERICA this morning!


What we're geeking out over: TOOTSIE to Launch National Tour in 2020; West End, Australia, and Japan Productions Announced!

Wake Up With BWW 5/17: Drama League Awards, and More!

The 11-Time Tony Award-nominated musical, Tootsie, will launch a North American Tour at Shea's Buffalo Theater in Buffalo, New York, in Fall 2020. Additionally, today the Tootsie producers have confirmed several international productions.

-Scott Sanders Productions and Carol Fineman will partner with Michael Harrison and David Ian to bring the acclaimed musical to the West End in 2021.

-An Australian production of Tootsie, in partnership with Benjamin Lowy Productions, is confirmed. The production will also play in New Zealand, Singapore, Thailand, Hong Kong and Taiwan.

-A Japanese-language production of Tootsie, produced by TOHO Co., Ltd., will premiere in Tokyo and will subsequently tour to several other major cities across Japan. Exact timing will be announced in the coming months.


What we're watching: LIVE WITH KELLY AND RYAN Goes Behind the Scenes of TOOTSIE

On yesterday's episode of 'Broadway Week' on "Live with Kelly and Ryan," Kelly Ripa goes behind the scenes of "Tootsie." She sits down with Santino Fontana, and even tries to take home his character's iconic red dress!


See you bright and early tomorrow, BroadwayWorld!



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