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Photo Flash: William Blake and More in ECHOES OF ETTA II at Birdland
by BWW News Desk - Nov 01, 2013

Talk about saving the day! When a presenter canceled a show at the last minute, singer William Blake came to Birdland's rescue in true showbiz fashion. In two short weeks, he concocted a concert and a sold-out house, which might be a Broadway at Birdland record. Scroll down for photos! (more...)

William Blake to Bring ECHOES OF ETTA II to Birdland, 10/28
by BWW News Desk - Oct 25, 2013

The Broadway at Birdland concert series is pleased to announce the return of William Blake in Echoes of Etta II, on Monday, October 28 at 7pm. (more...)

William Blake's Triumphant Etta James Tribute Show Transforms the Cafe Carlyle Into an R & B Concert Hall
by Stephen Hanks - Apr 20, 2013

Texas born and bred singer William Blake--who came to New York six years ago at age 24--has lately taken the town by storm with his terrific tribute show to the legendary Etta James. In the process, Blake has also managed to transform some of the town's most prestigious nightclub/cabaret venues into his own personal concert halls. First it was at Birdland, where in the summer of 2012 and with the support of 'Cast Party' impresario Jim Caruso, Blake launched his Echoes of Etta raucous, standing-room only crowds. Then last February, Blake, his five piece band and three girl backup singers, overpowered Joe's Pub. But the last two nights might have been Blake's most impressive performances to date, as he totally captured the crowd at the elegant and sedate Cafe Carlyle (for the room's new 10:45 'Second Act' sets). It was almost as if you were experiencing an R & B concert at Carnegie Hall. (more...)

FOREVER DUSTY Closes Today at New World Stages
by BWW News Desk - Apr 07, 2013

Forever Dusty, the new musical about the life and times of legendary icon Dusty Springfield, will play its final New York performance at New World Stages (340 West 50th Street) tonight, April 7. (more...)

FOREVER DUSTY Will Close April 7 at New World Stages
by BWW News Desk - Mar 25, 2013

Forever Dusty, the new musical about the life and times of legendary icon Dusty Springfield, will play its final New York performance at New World Stages (340 West 50th Street) on Sunday, April 7, producers announced today. (more...)

FOREVER DUSTY Launches Photo Comic: 'Dusty in Brooklyn'
by BWW News Desk - Mar 25, 2013

A new photo comic has been created for off-Broadway's FOREVER DUSTY titled 'Dusty in Brooklyn.' The project was created by photographer and visual artist Seth Kushner, and starring Kirsten Holly Smith, Christina Sajous, Ashley Betton and Mike Murray. CLICK HERE to view the full comic! (more...)

FOREVER DUSTY Announces Additional Sing-A-Long Performances, Beginning 3/14
by BWW News Desk - Feb 26, 2013

Producers of Forever Dusty, the hit new musical about the life and times of legendary British pop star Dusty Springfield, announced today that the show will host a series of Sing-A-Long performances, following the overwhelming response of the first installment, which celebrated the show's 100th performance on February 13. (more...)

Theatre C Presents ECHOES OF ETTA at Joe's Pub Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Feb 23, 2013

Theatre C will present Echoes of Etta featuring William Blake tonight, February 23 at Joes Pub located at 425 Lafayette Street, NYC.10003 at 9:30 pm. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: FOREVER DUSTY's Kirsten Holly Smith and Christina Sajous Recreate James Bond Classic 'The Look of Love'
by Stage Tube - Feb 22, 2013

In tribute to '50 Years of Bond,' Kirsten Holly Smith (as Dusty Springfield) and Christina Sajous (as Dusty's lover, Claire), stars of the new musical Forever Dusty, have recorded a music video of 'The Look of Love,' putting a new spin on Burt Bacharach and Hal David's Oscar nominated classic made popular by Dusty Springfield herself from the 1967 James Bond film, Casino Royale. That year, the song famously lost the Academy Award to 'Talk to the Animals' from Doctor Doolittle, but at Sunday's Oscars, Adele is favored to win for her own Bond tune, a new rendition of 'Skyfall.' Click below to watch the performance! (more...)

THIS WEEK IN PICTURES: February 9-15
by BWW Special Coverage - Feb 15, 2013

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE WEEK: IN THE HEIGHTS reunites, BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY'S searches for 'Cat,' SMASH drops 'Bombshell' album, and so much more! (more...)

Photo Coverage: FOREVER DUSTY Celebrates 100th Performance with Sing-Along!
by Walter McBride - Feb 14, 2013

Forever Dusty, the hit new musical about the life and times of legendary British pop star Dusty Springfield, celebrated its 100th performance with a one-night-only Sing-A-Long performance last night, February 13, 2013 at 7:00 PM. Audience members at this special performance were invited to participate and sing along to Dusty's greatest hits, including 'Son of a Preacher Man,' 'You Don't Have to Say You Love Me,' 'I Only Want to Be With You,' along with other classics included in the show, like 'Wishin' and Hopin,' 'Tell Him,' and many more. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: FOREVER DUSTY's Kirsten Holly Smith & Christina Sajous Sing 'Love Power'
by Stage Tube - Feb 14, 2013

Forever Dusty, the hit new musical about the life and times of legendary British pop star Dusty Springfield, is currently playing at New World Stages. In celebration of Valentine's Day, Kirsten Holly Smith and Christina Sajous have teamed up to perform 'Love Power' with musical director Michael Thomas Murray on the piano. Check it out below! (more...)

FOREVER DUSTY Hosts Special Sing-A-Long Performance Today
by BWW News Desk - Feb 13, 2013

Forever Dusty, the hit new musical about the life and times of legendary British pop star Dusty Springfield, will host a one-night-only Sing-A-Long performance tonight, February 13, 2013 at 7:00 PM. Audience members at this special performance will be invited to participate and sing along to Dusty's greatest hits, including 'Son of a Preacher Man,' 'You Don't Have to Say You Love Me,' 'I Only Want to Be With You,' along with other classics included in the show, like 'Wishin' and Hopin,' 'Tell Him,' and many more. The evening will be co-hosted by comedian Seth Herzog (often seen on 'Late Night with Jimmy Fallon') and Drag Diva Sherry Vine (Here TV's 'She's Living For This'), and fans are encouraged to dress in their best Dusty blonde beehive wigs and 1960s garb. (more...)

BWW TV: Behind the Scenes of FOREVER DUSTY with Kirsten Holly Smith- Transforming Into a Music Icon!
by Randy Rainbow - Jan 30, 2013

The world premiere of Forever Dusty, a new musical about the life and times of legendary icon Dusty Springfield is currently playing at off-Broadway's New World Stages. Kirsten Holly Smith, who takes on the title role 8 times a week, transforms into the music icon daily, and BroadwayWorld takes you behind the scenes of her process below! (more...)

FOREVER DUSTY to Host Special Sing-A-Long Performance, 2/13
by BWW News Desk - Jan 28, 2013

Forever Dusty, the hit new musical about the life and times of legendary British pop star Dusty Springfield, will host a one-night-only Sing-A-Long performance on Wednesday, February 13, 2013 at 7:00 PM, it was announced today. Audience members at this special performance will be invited to participate and sing along to Dusty's greatest hits, including "Son of a Preacher Man," "You Don't Have to Say You Love Me," "I Only Want to Be With You," along with other classics included in the show, like "Wishin' and Hopin," "Tell Him," and many more. The evening will be co-hosted by comedian Seth Herzog (often seen on "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon") and Drag Diva Sherry Vine (Here TV's "She's Living For This"), and fans are encouraged to dress in their best Dusty blonde beehive wigs and 1960s garb. (more...)

Theatre C to Present ECHOES OF ETTA at Joe's Pub, 2/23
by BWW News Desk - Jan 28, 2013

Theatre C will present Echoes of Etta featuring William Blake on Saturday February 23 at Joes Pub located at 425 Lafayette Street, NYC.10003 at 9:30 pm. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: FOREVER DUSTY's Kirsten Holly Smith and Christina Sajous Sing 'Baby It's Cold Outside'
by Stage Tube - Dec 18, 2012

Kirsten Holly Smith (as Dusty Springfield) and Christina Sajous (as Dusty's lover, Claire), stars of the new musical Forever Dusty, have recorded a music video of "Baby It's Cold Outside," putting a new spin on the holiday classic. Michael Thomas Murray accompanies them on the piano. (more...)

Photo Coverage: Inside FOREVER DUSTY's Opening Night!
by Jennifer Broski - Nov 19, 2012

The world premiere of Forever Dusty, a new musical about the life and times of legendary icon Dusty Springfield, by Kirsten Holly Smith and Jonathan Vankin, opened last night, November 18, 2012. BroadwayWorld brings you photo coverage from the big opening below! (more...)

BWW TV: Meet the Cast of FOREVER DUSTY- Kirsten Holly Smith, Christina Sajous and More; Plus a Sneak Peek!
by BroadwayWorld TV - Nov 12, 2012

The world premiere of Forever Dusty, a new musical about the life and times of legendary icon Dusty Springfield, by Kirsten Holly Smith and Jonathan Vankin, begins performances November 11, 2012 at New World Stages (340 West 50th Street), with an official Opening Night set for Sunday, November 18, 2012. Below, BroadwayWorld's Richard Ridge brings you a sneak peek of Smith singing as 'Dusty Springfield', plus interviews with director Randal Myler, co-writer Jonathan Vankin, Christina Sajous, who plays 'Claire', and, of course, co-writer and star Smith! (more...)

Photo Coverage: First Look at Kirsten Holly Smith and More in FOREVER DUSTY at New World Stages!
by Jennifer Broski - Nov 11, 2012

The world premiere of Forever Dusty, a new musical about the life and times of legendary icon Dusty Springfield, by Kirsten Holly Smith and Jonathan Vankin, begins performances today, November 11, 2012 at New World Stages (340 West 50th Street), with an official Opening Night set for Sunday, November 18, 2012. BroadwayWorld recently got a sneak peek at the show and brings you a first look at Smith as 'Dusty Springfield', Christina Sajous as 'Claire' and more in the photos below! (more...)

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