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Wake Up With BWW 5/20: 2019 Obie Awards Are Held Tonight, and More!

Good morning, BroadwayWorld! Happy Monday!

Tonight are the Obie Awards! Rachel Bloom will host the event today at Terminal 5 (610 West 56th Street).

Last night were the Chita Rivera Awards. We brought you live coverage from the red carpet, the full winners' list, photos, and more! Check out all of our coverage below!

Our very our Richard Ridge made his Broadway debut in The Prom last week. Check out his journey to Broadway in the video below!

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Wake Up With BWW 5/20: 2019 Obie Awards Are Held Tonight, and More!
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Rachel Bloom hosts the 2019 Obie Awards tonight!

Golden Globe winning "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend" creator and star Rachel Bloom will host the 64th Annual Obie Awards today at Terminal 5 (610 West 56th Street).

The judges' panel for the 64th Annual Obie Awards, chaired as in previous years by longtime Village Voice critic Michael Feingold, includes Obie-winning director Arin Arbus, Obie-winning scenic designer Rachel Hauck, Obie-winning scenic designer Riccardo Hernandez, two-time Obie-winning playwright Rajiv Joseph, Obie-winning actress Kecia Lewis, and New York Stage Review theater critic Jesse Oxfeld.

Corbin Bleu, Betsy Wolfe, and more will perform at tonight's BROADWAY BY THE YEAR!

The Town Hall presents Broadway By The Year: Broadway Musicals of 1965 and 1978on Monday, May 20 at 8pm. Created, written, hosted and directed by Scott Siegel for The Town Hall, the evening continues Broadway By The Year's 19th season at The Town Hall (123 W. 43rd Street).

The cast of Broadway By The Year: Broadway Musicals of 1965 and 1978 includes: Corbin Bleu (Kiss Me Kate), Betsy Wolfe (Waitress), Ethan Slater (SpongeBob Squarepants), Danny Gardner (Dames At Sea), Nicole Henry (International Jazz Performer),Douglas Ladnier (Jekyll & Hyde), and Rick Faugno (Kiss Me Kate). More guest stars will be announced in the coming weeks.


2019 Chita Rivera Awards:

Hadestown, King Kong, Alice By Heart, and more took home top prizes at last night's 2019 Chita Rivera Awards. Check out the full list of winners here!

Wake Up With BWW 5/20: 2019 Obie Awards Are Held Tonight, and More!

Also, we took you on the red carpet at the event. Check out the photos here!


BWW Exclusive: Watch BroadwayWorld's Richard Ridge Make His Broadway Debut in THE PROM!

BroadwayWorld's own Richard Ridge has been covering the Broadway beat for 27 years. From rehearsals to curtain calls, dressing rooms to awards shows, he's been around for it all, sharing the magic of Broadway with the masses in his own singular way. This week, however, he celebrated a first.

On Wednesday, May 15, Richard made his Broadway debut in the seven-time Tony-nominated musical, The Prom! Watch below as we follow his journey to the Broadway stage, where he played what else, but a Broadway reporter, and gets some very special advice from Tony nominees Beth Leavel, Brooks Ashmanskas and more!


What we're watching: Watch Patti LuPone Sing 'Blow, Gabriel, Blow' at the NY Philharmonic 2019 Gala

The New York Philharmonic's 2019 Spring Gala celebrated two leading ladies: Tony, Grammy, and Olivier Award-winning singer and actress Patti LuPone, who performed songs from some of her landmark Broadway performances, and Board Member Mary Wallach, who was honored for her dedication and commitment to the Philharmonic.


Social Butterfly: Cast Revealed For Workshop of Andrew Lloyd Webber's Modern CINDERELLA Re-Telling

Casting has been revealed for the recent London workshop of Andrew Lloyd Webber's modern musical remake of Cinderella. As previously reported, the musical had an industry preview at The Other Palace in London last week. Some of Broadway's most notable producers and theatre owners flew out for the presentation.

Now, the cast for the preview has been revealed on Twitter by theatre critic Mark Shenton.

The cast includes Carrie Hope Fletcher as Cinderella, Tyrone Huntley as Sebastian, Gary Wilmot as Jean, Ruthie Henshall as Queen, Victoria Hamilton-Barritt as Stepmother, Sophie Isaacs as Adele, and Rebecca Trehearn as Marie. The ensemble included Lucy Anderson, Dan Buckley, Charlie Burn, Ronan Burns (Duke), Darragh Cowley, Daniel Crowder, Jonny Fines (Prince Charming), Ahmed Hamad, Danny Michaels, Jo Napthine, Oliver Ormson (Dorian), Jemma Revell, and Gabriella Williams.


And a Happy Birthday shout-out to Sierra Boggess, who turns 37 today!

Wake Up With BWW 5/20: 2019 Obie Awards Are Held Tonight, and More!

Sierra Boggess most recently starred in Andrew Lloyd Webber's SCHOOL OF ROCK on Broadway, as well as the pre-Broadway engagement of EVER AFTER. Sierra made her Broadway debut originating the role of Ariel in THE LITTLE MERMAID, for which her performance received both a Drama Desk and Drama League Nomination for Outstanding Actress in a Musical. Boggess has also starred as Christine Daae in the critically acclaimed sequel to THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, LOVE NEVER DIES, for which she received an Olivier Award Nomination for Best Actress in a Musical for her performance. The actress later returned to the role of Christine for PHANTOM's 25th anniversary, rejoining the Broadway company a year later again as Christine. Her other credits include IT SHOULDA BEEN YOU, MASTER CLASS, and most recently, Lincoln Center's THE SECRET GARDEN in concert; her other West End credits include LES MISERABLES.


See you bright and early tomorrow, BroadwayWorld!



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