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Photo Flash: First Look - Queen Latifah & More to Star in HBO Film's BESSIEPhoto Flash: First Look - Queen Latifah & More to Star in HBO Film's BESSIE
by TV News Desk - Feb 24, 2015

HBO has confirmed the debut date for BESSIE, with the HBO Films presentation scheduled to debut SATURDAY, MAY 16 at 8:00 p.m.(ET/PT) on HBO. Check out photos from the film below! (more...)

HBO Films to Debut BESSIE Starring Queen Latifah, 5/16HBO Films to Debut BESSIE Starring Queen Latifah, 5/16
by TV News Desk - Feb 24, 2015

?HBO has confirmed the debut date for BESSIE, with the HBO Films presentation scheduled to debut SATURDAY, MAY 16 at 8:00 p.m. (ET/PT) on HBO. (more...)

Milwaukee Rep Sets 2015-16 Season: DREAMGIRLS, World Premieres & More!Milwaukee Rep Sets 2015-16 Season: DREAMGIRLS, World Premieres & More!
by BWW News Desk - Feb 17, 2015

Artistic Director Mark Clements announced Milwaukee Repertory Theater's 2015/16 Season last night to an enthusiastic group of Rep Subscribers and Donors. (more...)

Three World Premieres, Ayad Akhtar's THE INVISIBLE HAND and More Set for Milwaukee Rep's 2015-16 SeasonThree World Premieres, Ayad Akhtar's THE INVISIBLE HAND and More Set for Milwaukee Rep's 2015-16 Season
by BWW News Desk - Feb 16, 2015

Artistic Director Mark Clements announced Milwaukee Repertory Theater's 2015/16 Season this evening to an enthusiastic group of Rep Subscribers and Donors. (more...)

BWW Reviews: FIVE GUYS NAMED MOE, STORY LIGHT, Musically Big at Cleveland Play HouseBWW Reviews: FIVE GUYS NAMED MOE, STORY LIGHT, Musically Big at Cleveland Play House
by Roy Berko - Jan 29, 2015

Cleveland Play House has in its recent history included small cast musicals in its offerings. Those shows included TAPPIN' THROUGH LIFE (Maurice Hines), BREATH AND IMAGINATION (Roland Hayes), WOODY SEZ; LIFE AND MUSIC OF WOODY GUTHRIE (Woody Guthrie), THE DEVIL'S MUSIC: THE LIFE AND TIMES OF BESSIE SMITH (Bessie Smith), and ONE NIGHT WITH JANIS JOPLIN (Janis Joplin). Each told a story about the person through their own words, their music, or from the mouths of those who knew them. Often they have been tied to Black History Month. (more...)

BWW Reviews: BESSIE'S BLUES Bless AudiencesBWW Reviews: BESSIE'S BLUES Bless Audiences
by Alan Katz - Jan 29, 2015

Some plays are so good, or so popular with audiences, that their return to the stage is inevitable. But some plays, like high velocity music revue Bessie's Blues, take quite awhile to flow back from their ebb. (more...)

Bessie's Blues Returns After 20 years MetroStage Celebrates Return with Original Cast Members Bernardine Mitchell and Roz White Jan 22-Mar 15, 2015Bessie's Blues Returns After 20 years MetroStage Celebrates Return with Original Cast Members Bernardine Mitchell and Roz White Jan 22-Mar 15, 2015
by BWW News Desk - Jan 17, 2015

Producing Artistic Director Carolyn Griffin has announced that the award-winning musical by Thomas W. Jones II Bessie's Blues will be on stage at MetroStage beginning Jan. 22, 2015. Thomas W. Jones II will direct and choreograph, and William Knowles will music direct. A musical odyssey of African American people in the 20th century, it was ground-breaking in 1994 and is a perfect production for our stage as we celebrate our first 30 years. (more...)

Queen Latifah Stars as 'Bessie Smith' for HBO Films This SpringQueen Latifah Stars as 'Bessie Smith' for HBO Films This Spring
by Movies News Desk - Jan 8, 2015

Oscar nominee Queen Latifah ('Chicago') stars as legendary blues singer Bessie Smith in the HBO Films drama BESSIE, directed by acclaimed filmmaker Dee Rees ('Pariah') from a screenplay by Rees and Christopher Cleveland & Bettina Gilois. With a story by Rees and Horton Foote, the film focuses on Smith's transformation from a struggling young singer into 'The Empress of the Blues,' one of the most successful recording artists of the 1920s and an enduring icon today. (more...)

Opera Exposure Presents 10th Anniversary Holiday Concert, 12/21Opera Exposure Presents 10th Anniversary Holiday Concert, 12/21
by BWW News Desk - Dec 13, 2014

Opera Exposures, the not-for-profit opera company founded in 2004 by Edna Greenwich, will celebrate the end of its tenth year with a holiday concert on Sunday, December 21, 2014, at 3 PM at the same venue where it all began for the company in February 2004 - St. Marks Church in the Bowery, 131 East Tenth Street at Second Avenue in Manhattan. (more...)

Theatrical Outfit Presents THE GIFTS OF THE MAGI and A CHRISTMAS MEMORY, Now thru 12/23Theatrical Outfit Presents THE GIFTS OF THE MAGI and A CHRISTMAS MEMORY, Now thru 12/23
by BWW News Desk - Dec 4, 2014

Theatrical Outfit continues its 'Season of Compassion' with the uplifting musical The Gifts of the Magi and storytelling event A Christmas Memory, which explores the compassion needed and realized when people really love each other and can triumphantly navigate adversity. (more...)

Vocalist Cecile McLorin Salvant Makes Segerstrom Center Debut This WeekendVocalist Cecile McLorin Salvant Makes Segerstrom Center Debut This Weekend
by BWW News Desk - Nov 14, 2014

Segerstrom Center welcomes emerging vocalist Cecile McLorin Salvant in four powerful performances this weekend, November 14 & 15 in Samueli Theater and will be accompanied by virtuoso pianist/composer Aaron Diehl. (more...)

'THE DEVIL'S MUSIC' Plays Tonight at On Stage at Kingsborough in Brooklyn'THE DEVIL'S MUSIC' Plays Tonight at On Stage at Kingsborough in Brooklyn
by BWW News Desk - Nov 8, 2014

On Stage at Kingsborough is pleased to present The Devil's Music: The Life and Blues of Bessie Smith, directed by Joe Brancato (Cobb) and starring Miche Braden, tonight, November 8, 2014 at 8:00 p.m. This performance is an exclusive Brooklyn engagement. (more...)

Theatrical Outfit to Present THE GIFTS OF THE MAGI and A CHRISTMAS MEMORY, 12/4-21 & 12/22-23Theatrical Outfit to Present THE GIFTS OF THE MAGI and A CHRISTMAS MEMORY, 12/4-21 & 12/22-23
by BWW News Desk - Nov 7, 2014

Theatrical Outfit continues its "Season of Compassion" with the uplifting musical The Gifts of the Magi and storytelling event A Christmas Memory, which explores the compassion needed and realized when people really love each other and can triumphantly navigate adversity. (more...)

'THE DEVIL'S MUSIC' to Play 11/8 at On Stage at Kingsborough in Brooklyn'THE DEVIL'S MUSIC' to Play 11/8 at On Stage at Kingsborough in Brooklyn
by BWW News Desk - Oct 24, 2014

On Stage at Kingsborough is pleased to present The Devil's Music: The Life and Blues of Bessie Smith, directed by Joe Brancato (Cobb) and starring Miche Braden, on November 8, 2014 at 8:00 p.m. This performance is an exclusive Brooklyn engagement. (more...)

Jennifer Holliday Kicks Off Three-City Tour of THE COLOR PURPLE TodayJennifer Holliday Kicks Off Three-City Tour of THE COLOR PURPLE Today
by BWW News Desk - Oct 23, 2014

Jennifer Holliday is hitting the road in THE COLOR PURPLE. (more...)

Jennifer Holliday to Star in Three-City Tour of THE COLOR PURPLEJennifer Holliday to Star in Three-City Tour of THE COLOR PURPLE
by BWW News Desk - Oct 17, 2014

Jennifer Holliday will soon be hitting the road in THE COLOR PURPLE. (more...)

Legacy Recordings Announces Limited Edition Vinyl Exclusives for Record Store Day EventLegacy Recordings Announces Limited Edition Vinyl Exclusives for Record Store Day Event
by BWW News Desk - Oct 15, 2014

Legacy Recordings, the catalog division of Sony Music Entertainment, announces the label's line-up of collectible 12', 10' and 7' vinyl releases created especially for Record Store Day's Black Friday 2014, celebrated this year at the nation's independent record stores on Friday, November 28, 2014. (more...)

William Jackson Harper, Keilly Mcquail & More to Join Reed Birney in Page 73's YOU GOT OLDERWilliam Jackson Harper, Keilly Mcquail & More to Join Reed Birney in Page 73's YOU GOT OLDER
by BWW News Desk - Oct 14, 2014

PAGE 73 has announced the complete casting and design team for the world premiere of YOU GOT OLDER, a new play by 2014 P73 Playwriting Fellow Clare Barron. (more...)

ABSOLUTELY FILTHY Plays the FringeNYC Encore Series at SoHo Playhouse, Now thru 10/5ABSOLUTELY FILTHY Plays the FringeNYC Encore Series at SoHo Playhouse, Now thru 10/5
by BWW News Desk - Oct 1, 2014

Following its celebrated East Coast premiere at the 2014 New York International Fringe Festival (FringeNYC), the critically acclaimed ABSOLUTELY FILTHY will return to NYC as part of SoHo Playhouse's FringeNYC ENCORE SERIES with performances from today, October 1st through October 5th only at SoHo Playhouse (15 Vandam Street between Varick and Spring Streets). (more...)

Stage Tube: Jennifer Holliday Covers Diana Ross: 'I Ain't Been Licked'Stage Tube: Jennifer Holliday Covers Diana Ross: 'I Ain't Been Licked'
by BWW News Desk - Sep 27, 2014

Need some motivation to get up on this early Fall, Saturday morning? Jennifer Holliday has it for you as she performs the Diana Ross classic 'I Ain't Been Licked' at her BB King Blues Club show this month. (more...)

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