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Birth Place: Chattanooga, TN, USA
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The City Of Las Vegas to Welcome Roberta Donnay & the Prohibition MobThe City Of Las Vegas to Welcome Roberta Donnay & the Prohibition Mob
by BWW News Desk - Feb 27, 2017

The City Of Las Vegas presents ROBERTA DONNAY & the Prohibition Mob. (more...)

BWW Review: FOR THE LOVE OF MAHALIA - Jacqui Cross Thrills As The Queen Of GospelBWW Review: FOR THE LOVE OF MAHALIA - Jacqui Cross Thrills As The Queen Of Gospel
by Lynn Beaver - Feb 27, 2017

Fledgling theatre company, RKJB Entertainment's production of an original work by Robert King, Jr, FOR THE LOVE OF MAHALIA, currently playing at the Boyd Vance Theatre, has problems, but ultimately its message is poignant and important. (more...)

Photo Flash: Rubicon Theatre Company Celebrates Black History Month with THE DEVIL'S MUSIC: THE LIFE AND BLUES OF BESSIE SMITHPhoto Flash: Rubicon Theatre Company Celebrates Black History Month with THE DEVIL'S MUSIC: THE LIFE AND BLUES OF BESSIE SMITH
by BWW News Desk - Feb 26, 2017

Rubicon Theatre Company celebrates Black History Month with THE DEVIL'S MUSIC: THE LIFE AND BLUES OF BESSIE SMITH, starring singer and actress Miche Braden of the original Off-Broadway production (named one of the 10 Best Off-Broadway productions of the year by the N.Y. Daily Times). Described by CBC as a, "bawdy, bluesy, boozy rollicking night out at the theatre," the show follows the life, loves and career of blues and jazz singer Bessie Smith, called the "Empress of the Blues."  (more...)

BWW Review: Max & Louie Productions' Compelling LADY DAY AT EMERSON'S BAR & GRILLBWW Review: Max & Louie Productions' Compelling LADY DAY AT EMERSON'S BAR & GRILL
by Chris Gibson - Feb 24, 2017

Playwright Lanie Robertson's alternately harrowing and exhilarating work, LADY DAY AT EMERSON'S BAR & GRILL, is an intriguing take on Billie Holiday's final performance in 1959. Holiday was a jazz singer who could captivate an audience with her unique vocal style, which combined elements of Louis Armstrong and Bessie Smith, two performers she idolized growing up. She had a storied career and tumultuous life that was further undone by drug and alcohol addictions that would leave her dead from heart failure and cirrhosis of the liver. But, her legacy is undeniable, and this play allows us to see her talent, as well as the demons that haunted her. Max & Louie Productions is presenting a superlative production of this work which is smartly crafted and brilliantly performed. (more...)

BWW Review: THE DEVIL'S MUSIC: THE LIFE AND BLUES OF BESSIE SMITH at Rubicon Theatre CompanyBWW Review: THE DEVIL'S MUSIC: THE LIFE AND BLUES OF BESSIE SMITH at Rubicon Theatre Company
by Cary Ginell - Feb 24, 2017

It's been 80 years since Bessie Smith, the celebrated Empress of the Blues, died a lonely death, after an auto accident on a desolate Mississippi road. Contrary to legend, Smith did not bleed to death after being refused admission to a white Southern hospital. That story was related to Down Beat magazine by Columbia Records impresario John Hammond, who later apologized, saying that it was all based on hearsay. But her injuries were severe enough so that when she was taken to the nearest hospital (which happened to be one that accepted blacks), that she was beyond saving, and died at the young age of 43. (more...)

Kyle Riabko, Alan Alda, Maysoon Zayid and More Coming Up This Month at Joe's PubKyle Riabko, Alan Alda, Maysoon Zayid and More Coming Up This Month at Joe's Pub
by BWW News Desk - Feb 14, 2017

Joe's Pub at the Public has announced its nightly performances, running February 15-26, 2017. Scroll down for more information, and visit www.joespub.com for a complete list of shows! (more...)

The Wallis and Deaf West Theatre Join Forces Once Again for EDWARD ALBEE'S AT HOME AT THE ZOOThe Wallis and Deaf West Theatre Join Forces Once Again for EDWARD ALBEE'S AT HOME AT THE ZOO
by BWW News Desk - Feb 13, 2017

Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts and Deaf West Theatre (DWT), the performing arts organizations behind the Tony Award-nominated and Ovation Award-winning revival of Spring Awakening, reunite to bring multiple Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Edward Albee's At Home at the Zoo to life in an innovative and new production. Edward Albee's At Home at the Zoo begins previews on March 7 and will open in the Lovelace Studio Theater at The Wallis on Friday, March 10. It will run through March 26. This production is made possible by the generous support of Meeghan and Michael Nemeroff. (more...)

BWW Review: BLUES IN THE NIGHT Smolders at Creative CauldronBWW Review: BLUES IN THE NIGHT Smolders at Creative Cauldron
by Barbara Johnson - Feb 13, 2017

Creative Cauldron's production of BLUES IN THE NIGHT, directed by Matt Conner, spotlights a strong four-person cast that delivers 26 songs by Duke Ellington, Bessie Smith, and other early jazz legends. Backed by a live band led by Walter 'Bobby' McCoy and surrounded with a sultry set, these singers enthrall. (more...)

Rubicon Theatre Company Presents THE DEVIL'S MUSIC: THE LIFE AND BLUES OF BESSIE SMITHRubicon Theatre Company Presents THE DEVIL'S MUSIC: THE LIFE AND BLUES OF BESSIE SMITH
by BWW News Desk - Feb 9, 2017

Rubicon Theatre Company celebrates Black History Month with THE DEVIL'S MUSIC: THE LIFE AND BLUES OF BESSIE SMITH, starring singer and actress Miche Braden of the original Off-Broadway production (named one of the 10 Best Off-Broadway productions of the year by the N.Y. Daily Times). Described by CBC as a, "bawdy, bluesy, boozy rollicking night out at the theatre," the show follows the life, loves and career of blues and jazz singer Bessie Smith, called the "Empress of the Blues." (more...)

Bridget Everett, Kyle Riabko, Alan Alda and More Coming Up This Month at Joe's PubBridget Everett, Kyle Riabko, Alan Alda and More Coming Up This Month at Joe's Pub
by BWW News Desk - Feb 7, 2017

Everyone needs a little love. Good thing Joe's Pub has got a ton of it going on in the next couple of weeks. This weekend - Cathy Cervenka and Corn Mo host their annual Valentine's Day duet bonanza - Love Bites - on the 12th. Afterward, Xavier is back with his Ladies of Soul tribute, featuring Martha Redbone, Bright Light Bright Light, Anastacia McCleskey (of Waitress The Musical on Broadway), Toshi Reagon, Justin Johnston and Abena Koomson! (more...)

Nightclub Listings for Blue Note Napa this WeekNightclub Listings for Blue Note Napa this Week
by BWW News Desk - Feb 7, 2017

See what's going on this week at Blue Note Napa! (more...)

Creative Cauldron to Present Scorching Musical BLUES IN THE NIGHTCreative Cauldron to Present Scorching Musical BLUES IN THE NIGHT
by BWW News Desk - Jan 27, 2017

Creative Cauldron presents the Tony-Award Nominated Musical Blues in the Night, directed by Creative Cauldron's Artistic Associate, Matt Conner. Set in a rundown hotel in Chicago 1938, Blues in the Night was conceived and originally directed by Sheldon Epps. (more...)

Granny's Blue-Mers to Kick Off Series of NYC Concerts at Freddy's BarGranny's Blue-Mers to Kick Off Series of NYC Concerts at Freddy's Bar
by BWW News Desk - Jan 23, 2017

Granny's Blue-Mers, featuring Rev. Mary and her Ladies of Lustful Lyrics begin a series of concerts at some of New York's hottest hot-spots. First stop on this tour is a 10:30 p.m. show on Saturday, February 18 at the trendy Freddy's Bar, 627 5th Ave, Brooklyn, NY, heralded by the New York Times and Esquire, among others. (more...)

Damian Lewis and Sophie Okonedo to be Joined by Jason Hughes and Archie Madekwe in THE GOAT, OR WHO IS SYLVIA?Damian Lewis and Sophie Okonedo to be Joined by Jason Hughes and Archie Madekwe in THE GOAT, OR WHO IS SYLVIA?
by BWW News Desk - Jan 20, 2017

Full casting for Edward Albee's The Goat, or Who Is Sylvia? is announced today. Joining Damian Lewis and Sophie Okonedo, who play husband and wife Martin and Stevie in Ian Rickson's production, will be Jason Hughes as Martin's oldest friend Ross and Archie Madekwe as their son Billy. (more...)

Imani Uzuri's LOVE STORY: SONGS OF LAUGHTER, LOSS AND RESILIENCE to Tour the BoroughsImani Uzuri's LOVE STORY: SONGS OF LAUGHTER, LOSS AND RESILIENCE to Tour the Boroughs
by BWW News Desk - Jan 17, 2017

Joe's Pub at The Public and The Public Theater's Mobile Unit present Imani Uzuri's Love Story: Songs of Laughter, Loss and Resilience, a concert of the composer's own music, as part of the programs' collaborative series, In Transit. (more...)

Cast Set for U.S. Premiere of BEYOND CARING, Return of MOBY DICK at Lookingglass TheatreCast Set for U.S. Premiere of BEYOND CARING, Return of MOBY DICK at Lookingglass Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Jan 17, 2017

Lookingglass Theatre Company announces casting for the final two shows of its 2016-2017 season, including the U.S. Premiere of Beyond Caring, written and directed by Alexander Zeldin in association with Dark Harbor Stories, a company led by Ensemble Member David Schwimmer and Tom Hodges, as well as the remount of the Jeff Award-winning Moby Dick, adapted from the novel by Herman Melville and directed by Ensemble Member David Catlin. (more...)

Tickets on Sale for A NIGHT WITH JANIS JOPLIN at A.C.T. This SummerTickets on Sale for A NIGHT WITH JANIS JOPLIN at A.C.T. This Summer
by BWW News Desk - Jan 13, 2017

Coinciding with the 50th anniversary of the Human Be-In, which took place on January 14, 1967 in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park, American Conservatory Theater (A.C.T.) announced today that single tickets are now on sale for the upcoming production of the critically acclaimed musical, A Night with Janis Joplin (June 7-July 2, 2017). (more...)

Cast, Creative Team Set for NAPOLI, BROOKLYN Premiere at Long Wharf TheatreCast, Creative Team Set for NAPOLI, BROOKLYN Premiere at Long Wharf Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Jan 13, 2017

Long Wharf Theatre, under the direction of Artistic Director Gordon Edelstein and Managing Director Joshua Borenstein, present the world premiere of Napoli, Brooklyn by Meghan Kennedy, directed by Edelstein. (more...)

GRANNY'S BLUE-MERS II: DOWN IN THE ALLEY to Debut at the DuplexGRANNY'S BLUE-MERS II: DOWN IN THE ALLEY to Debut at the Duplex
by BWW News Desk - Jan 10, 2017

Granny's Blue-mers II: Down in the Alley premieres at the Duplex Cabaret Theater on Saturday, April 22 at 9:30 pm. (more...)

Brand X and Buffalo Stack & Wise Old Moon Comes to Daryl's HouseBrand X and Buffalo Stack & Wise Old Moon Comes to Daryl's House
by BWW News Desk - Dec 28, 2016

Check out what's happening at Daryl's House! (more...)

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