Al Jolson News

Date Of Birth:
May 26, 1886
Date Of Death:
October 23, 1950 (64)
Birth Place:
Srednick, LITHUANIA
Gender:
Male
Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra Announces Cast of ANYTHING GOES: IN CONCERT, 5/9-10
by BWW News Desk - Mar 21, 2014

Since its highly successful Broadway debut 80 years ago, Anything Goes has been revived multiple times and now receives a world premiere symphonic version with Principal Pops Conductor Jack Everly, the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra (ISO) and an all-star Broadway cast, Friday, May 9 and Saturday, May 10, as part of the ISO's Printing Partners Pops Series at the Hilbert Circle Theatre. (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in Kansas City - Week of 2/09/2014
by BWW - Feb 09, 2014

Upcoming Shows - Week of 2/09/2014 for Kansas City (more...)

CABARET LIFE NYC: Listmania 2013, Part Deux! 'Best & Most' Honorable Mention Performances of the Year
by Stephen Hanks - Dec 29, 2013

Last December, after I posted my list of the Best Cabaret Performers of 2012, I followed up my original 'listmania' with a column that served as a way to include some 'honorable mentions,' basically a recognition of other memorable shows and performances of songs that were striking, unique, and/or original that year. The column received a positive response so I thought I'd wheel it out again this year. So as the hours tick away on 2013 and we anticipate the coming of a new year, here is an addendum to the 2013 New York Cabaret Performers of the Year--a totally random list of 30 Honorable Mentions of the 'Best' and 'Most' in Cabaret for 2013 . . . mainly because I can and it's fun. Enjoy and Happy New Year! (more...)

Photo Flash: Stephen Bogardus, Marilyn Sokol, and More at '2013 Best of Broadway & Cabaret' Actors' Temple Benefit
by BWW News Desk - Nov 22, 2013

A star-studded musical celebration, the 4th Annual Best of Broadway & Cabaret to benefit the Actors' Temple [339 West 47th Street, between Eighth and Ninth Avenue], the historic theater district landmark that has been a welcoming home to show business Jews, their family, and friends, took place on November 18. BroadwayWorld has photos from the event below! (more...)

Broadway & Cabaret Community Celebrate The Actors Temple in 2013 Concert Benefit Today
by BWW News Desk - Nov 18, 2013

The Best of Broadway & Cabaret come out in support of the Actors' Temple, (est. 1917) tonight, Monday, November 18, 2013 at 7:00 PM. The Fourth Annual Concert Fundraiser will take place at the Temple, 339 West 47th Street. This musical celebration will benefit the theater district historic landmark which has been struggling to survive in recent years. (more...)

Lee Roy Reams and More Set for 4th Annual 'Best of Broadway & Cabaret' Actors Temple Benefit, Today
by BWW News Desk - Nov 17, 2013

A star-studded musical celebration, the 4th Annual Best of Broadway & Cabaret to benefit the Actors' Temple [339 West 47th Street, between Eighth and Ninth Avenue], the historic theater district landmark that has been a welcoming home to show business Jews, their family, and friends, will take place Today, November 18 at 7 P.M. (more...)

Lee Roy Reams and More Set for 4th Annual 'Best of Broadway & Cabaret' Actors Temple Benefit, 11/18
by BWW News Desk - Nov 14, 2013

A star-studded musical celebration, the 4th Annual Best of Broadway & Cabaret to benefit the Actors' Temple [339 West 47th Street, between Eighth and Ninth Avenue], the historic theater district landmark that has been a welcoming home to show business Jews, their family, and friends, will take place Monday, November 18 at 7 P.M. (more...)

CABARET LIFE NYC: Corinna Sowers-Adler 'Catapults' Herself Into Cabaret's Young Singer Elite
by Stephen Hanks - Oct 26, 2013

With her most recent show at Stage 72, 'Let Me Sing and I'm Happy,' the New York cabaret community should realize that talented singer Corinna Sowers-Adler has indeed “catapulted” herself into the elite group of young performers and landed very comfortably in the mix. (more...)

BWW Reviews: Rising Cabaret Star JENNIFER SHEEHAN Makes Audience Love Her in Cafe Carlyle Debut
by Stephen Hanks - Oct 24, 2013

Some people, especially some cabaret reviewers and cabaret fans, might think it's lazy or a copout or both for a performer to keep recycling previous shows. But when the Café Carlyle comes a'callin' you: A) May not have enough time to create a totally new show or B) Want to pitch the big game with your best stuff or C) All of the above. Since I only started reviewing cabaret in late 2010, I missed the Laurie Beechman Theatre debut of Jennifer Sheehan's 2009 show You Made Me Love You: Celebrating 100 Years of the Great American Songbook, and missed it again when she brought it to the Metropolitan Room in 2010. So I, for one, am not complaining that she dusted off the critically praised set again (with the new slug 'Timeless Classics and New Treasures' from said Songbook show) for her debut last Saturday night at the prestigious Café Carlyle. Sheehan may have been booked for the room's new 10:45 late night series and not the prime time slot, but at least the Carlyle is giving opportunities to exciting young cabaret performers like Sheehan (and Marissa Mulder, who will make her debut at the room on November 7). With You Made Me Love You, Sheehan made everything old new again-at least for me. (more...)

Broadway & Cabaret Community to Celebrate The Actors Temple in 2013 Concert Benefit, 11/18
by BWW News Desk - Oct 23, 2013

The Best of Broadway & Cabaret will come out in support of the Actors' Temple, (est. 1917) on Monday, November 18, 2013 at 7:00 PM. The Fourth Annual Concert Fundraiser will take place at the Temple, 339 West 47th Street. This musical celebration will benefit the theater district historic landmark which has been struggling to survive in recent years. (more...)

Actors' Temple Sets First 'Broadway Shabbat' for 10/11
by BWW News Desk - Oct 04, 2013

The Actors' Temple (Congregation Ezrath Israel) has announced its first "Broadway Shabbat"-a special short service prepared for performing artists that will conclude in time for performers to make their half-hour calls that evening. (more...)

Regional Theater of the Week: Fisher Theatre in Detroit, MI
by BWW Features - Sep 25, 2013

BroadwayWorld.com, the largest theatre site on the Internet, is excited to announce a new feature to its comprehensive regional coverage - the Featured Regional Theater of the Week! Each week, BWW will introduce its readers to a regional theater located in one of our (over 130!) coverage cities. By exploring these different venues, their history and showcasing the production seasons, BWW continues its commitment to expand our presence in communities and cities across the United States. This Week's Featured Regional Theater: Fisher Theatre in Detroit, MI (more...)

Blue Note Jazz Club Announces Sept 2013 Shows - Cassandra Wilson, Joe Sample & More!
by BWW News Desk - Sep 09, 2013

Blue Note Jazz Club, the iconic Greenwich Village jazz and blues venue that offers live musical performances every night of the week, is proud to announce an impressive roster of acts this September. Each performer is scheduled for two shows per night, 8:00 pm and 10:30 pm, unless otherwise noted. Doors open at 6:00 pm and reservations are strongly suggested. Tickets are $30 at the bar, $45 for table reservations. (more...)

BWW Reviews: Audiences Once Again Revel in Liz and Ann Hampton Callaway's SIBLING REVELRY at 54 Below
by Stephen Hanks - Sep 03, 2013

In mid-August, the news website Bloomberg.com reported that 54 Below, the popular new nightclub that opened last June in the basement of the old Studio 54, needed a major cash infusion in the six-figure range if it was going to survive. Perhaps if they just book Liz and Ann Hampton Callaway on a regular basis-either individually or together-their bottom line will start singing a happy tune. The sisterly songbirds recently sold out a five-show run at the venue with a revival of their crowd-pleasing show 'Sibling Revelry.' (more...)

Something's Coming: Broadway Fall Season Preview- The Musicals!
by BWW Special Coverage - Sep 01, 2013

Fall is quickly approaching, which means that Broadway will soon be blowing up with brand new productions. Soul Doctor and First Date already opened over the summer, but five upcoming musicals will also be eligible for Best Musical Tony nominations next year, including: Big Fish, A Night with Janis Joplin, After Midnight, A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder, and Beautiful: The Carole King Musical. Get the scoop on all five incoming musicals below! (more...)

Memphis Music Fest Brings Southern Funk & Soul to The Granada Theatre Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Aug 23, 2013

The Granada Theatre will welcome the Memphis Music Fest to Santa Barbara tonight, August 23, kicking off the 2013/2014 Granada Theatre Concert Series. This collaboration of Memphis' legendary names in funk, soul, and R&B promises to be an unforgettable night of musical talent. The Memphis Music Fest is a brilliant fusion of the sounds of Southern soul, featuring Booker T. Jones, The Bar-kays, William Bell, Jean Knight, and Eddie Floyd. (more...)

Memphis Music Fest, David Koz, Riders in the Sky and More Set for Granada Theatre's 2013-14 Concert Series
by BWW News Desk - Aug 23, 2013

The Santa Barbara Center for the Performing Arts (SBCPA) presents the 2013/2014 Granada Theatre Concert Series, an exciting series of performances featuring family-friendly shows and popular contemporary artists, sponsored in part by Lexus and the Santa Barbara Independent. This season, The Granada Theatre will be celebrating 90 years of music and entertainment gracing the historic theater's stage. The SBCPA, Santa Barbara's leading performing arts non-profit organization, will also collaborate with The Granada Theatre's resident companies on an outstanding line-up of performing arts accessible to the entire Santa Barbara community and beyond. This highly anticipated 90th Anniversary season will be one to remember, bringing exciting world-class talent to The Granada Theatre's stage. (more...)

International AL JOLSON Society Kicks Off 17th Annual Long Island Festival in Oceanside Today
by Stephen Hanks - Aug 17, 2013

On August 17, led by current Society President Jan Hernstat of Long Island, New York, the IAJS will hold its 17th annual Long Island Al Jolson Festival, from 9am to 4:30 pm, at Oceanside Knights of Columbus, 2985 Kenneth Place, Oceanside, NY 11572. Starring at this year's event will be Staten Island-based singer Tony Babino (known as "The Heart of Al Jolson) with Dave Gross at the Piano. Babino will be performing from 2:30-3:30. Also appearing will be Los Angeles-based entertainer Richard Halpern (called "Mr. Tin Pan Alley"), singer/songwriter Brian Gari, who is the grandson of the legendary Broadway star Eddie Cantor. This year's special guest will be the famed TV and radio talk show host Joe Franklin. There will also be a speciAl Jolson DVD Presentation and a Society Auction consisting of donated memorabilia. (more...)

Guthrie Center to Present Benefit Performance of Sally-Jane Heit's VAUDEVILLE, 8/17
by BWW News Desk - Aug 08, 2013

Sally-Jane Heit will return for her 4th Annual Benefit Performance at the Guthrie Center on August 17 at 7:00pm. This year she'll bring something entirely new to the stage, or entirely old depending how you look at it; Vaudeville - A Valentine to an Old Theatre Art Form. Sally-Jane fell in love with vaudeville when, as a young child her mother would bring her to vaudeville performances performed between the movies at theatres in New York. By the time she embarked on her long career in theatre, television, and movies, vaudeville was dead. She says, 'Before it was eaten alive by television, Vaudeville was the place anyone with a dream could test their wings.' (more...)

Memphis Music Fest to Bring Southern Funk & Soul to The Granada Theatre, 8/23
by BWW News Desk - Aug 06, 2013

The Granada Theatre will welcome the Memphis Music Fest to Santa Barbara on August 23, kicking off the 2013/2014 Granada Theatre Concert Series. This collaboration of Memphis' legendary names in funk, soul, and R&B promises to be an unforgettable night of musical talent. The Memphis Music Fest is a brilliant fusion of the sounds of Southern soul, featuring Booker T. Jones, The Bar-kays, William Bell, Jean Knight, and Eddie Floyd. (more...)

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