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Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Awards $4.1 Million to Support NYC Theater OrganizationsAndrew W. Mellon Foundation Awards $4.1 Million to Support NYC Theater Organizations
by BWW News Desk - Jul 2, 2015

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation announced today that 41 organizations in its New York Theater Program will receive grants totaling $4.1 million. Ranging from $10,000 to $160,000, the grants will be used toward operating support over the next two years. (more...)

Ken Greves to Play Cafe Noctambulo on July 2Ken Greves to Play Cafe Noctambulo on July 2
by BWW News Desk - Jul 1, 2015

Ken Greves, performing music from his new CD, will appear at Cafe Noctambulo on Thursday, July 2nd at 8pm with Frank Ponzio (piano), Saadi Zain (bass) and Jacob Melchior (drums).  (more...)

Amanda Baker Set for Uptown Cabaret Second Monday Singers Showcase Finale, 7/13Amanda Baker Set for Uptown Cabaret Second Monday Singers Showcase Finale, 7/13
by BWW News Desk - Jun 30, 2015

No Name producer Eric Vetter wraps up the   Uptown Cabaret Second Monday'  monthly singers showcase  at Manhattan's Indian Road Cafe on Monday, July 13 with a featured performance by vocalist / actress  Amanda Baker.   (more...)

Cecile McLorin Salvant, POTTED POTTER and More Added to Kimmel Center's 2015-16 LineupCecile McLorin Salvant, POTTED POTTER and More Added to Kimmel Center's 2015-16 Lineup
by BWW News Desk - Jun 29, 2015

The Kimmel Center announces four new shows added to the stellar line-up of pop and jazz performances, as part of the 2015-16 season. Tickets are now available for performances ranging from rising star jazz chanteuse Cecile McLorin Salvant performing an intimate solo jazz recital (Oct. 17), 10 time Grammy Award-winning Latin jazz duo Arturo Sandoval & Poncho Sanchez making their debut (Nov. 8), the return of international touring sensation Canadian Brass with Jeffrey Brillhart (Oct. 17), and the Philadelphia premiere of Potted Potter -- the Unauthorized Harry Experience (Oct. 20-25) performing a stage adaptation of family-friendly wizardry.  (more...)

Carnegie Hall Announces 2015-16 Jazz, World & Pop Music SeasonCarnegie Hall Announces 2015-16 Jazz, World & Pop Music Season
by BWW News Desk - Jun 29, 2015

Carnegie Hall's 125th anniversary season is fast approaching, and we are looking forward to a variety of exciting new projects and exceptional programming. Listed below are jazz, pop, and world music highlights at Carnegie Hall for the 2015-2016 season. (more...)

Dee Dee Bridgewater, Rachel Barton Pine & More Set for Music Institute of Chicago's 2015-16 Nichols Concert Hall SeasonDee Dee Bridgewater, Rachel Barton Pine & More Set for Music Institute of Chicago's 2015-16 Nichols Concert Hall Season
by BWW News Desk - Jun 29, 2015

The Music Institute of Chicago announces the 2015-16 season of its Faculty and Guest Artist Series, showcasing women in jazz, illustrious alumni, and the 10th anniversary of its Academy for training gifted pre-college musicians. All concerts take place at the historic Nichols Concert Hall, 1490 Chicago Avenue in the heart of downtown Evanston. (more...)

Sally Kellerman Coming to Feinstein's at the Nikko, 8/1Sally Kellerman Coming to Feinstein's at the Nikko, 8/1
by BWW News Desk - Jun 29, 2015

Sally Kellerman, the legendary Oscar-nominated “Hot Lips” of the original “M*A*S*H,” will bring her new show, A Little Jazz, A Little Blues, A Little Rock and Roll to Feinstein's at the Nikko for one performance only – Saturday, August 1 at 7 p.m. The show is a celebration of her 40-year cabaret career, from early years at Reno Sweeney in Greenwich Village up to recent performances in New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco. Tickets for Sally Kellerman range in price from $25 – $40 and are on-sale now and available by calling 866.663.1063 or visiting www.ticketweb.com. (more...)

Jasmine Saunise Rounds Out Cast for Steven Carl McCasland's MEMORARE ReadingJasmine Saunise Rounds Out Cast for Steven Carl McCasland's MEMORARE Reading
by BWW News Desk - Jun 24, 2015

Jasmine Saunise completes casting for the upcoming reading of Steven Carl McCasland's new play Memorare. The reading, which is open to the public, will take place at the Arthur Seelen Theatre (located at the Tony Award-winning Drama Bookshop) on Wednesday, July 15th at 7:00pm. The reading is free to the public.  (more...)

Axis Theatre to Present World Premiere of THE VAST MACHINE This FallAxis Theatre to Present World Premiere of THE VAST MACHINE This Fall
by BWW News Desk - Jun 24, 2015

Axis Theatre will present the world premiere of The Vast Machine, a new play written and directed by Randy Sharp about the dilemmas facing the crew of a slave ship at sea in the Middle Passage. Performances will take place October 1-24 at Axis Theatre (1 Sheridan Square) in the West Village. (more...)

'MIGHTY REAL...' Creators to Appear on TV One's UNSUNG, 7/1'MIGHTY REAL...' Creators to Appear on TV One's UNSUNG, 7/1
by BWW News Desk - Jun 23, 2015

MIGHTY REAL: A FABULOUS SYLVESTER MUSICAL, the hit musical celebration of the life and music of the original 1970s "Queen of Disco," Sylvester, will be featured on TV One's award-winning series "Unsung."  (more...)

Premiere Reading of Steven Carl McCasland's MEMORARE Set for NYC Next MonthPremiere Reading of Steven Carl McCasland's MEMORARE Set for NYC Next Month
by BWW News Desk - Jun 22, 2015

A limited New York audience will soon be able to attend the first reading of Steven Carl McCasland's new play MEMORARE. The reading, which is open to the public, will take place at the Arthur Seelen Theatre (located at the Tony Award-winning Drama Bookshop) on Wednesday, July 15th at 7:00pm. The reading is free to the public.  (more...)

Australian Divas to Celebrate Billie Holiday in LADIES SING THE BLUES, July 23Australian Divas to Celebrate Billie Holiday in LADIES SING THE BLUES, July 23
by BWW News Desk - Jun 16, 2015

Seven of Australia's Diva's come together for a very special one-off event at The Sydney Opera House to pay tribute to the late Billie Holiday, otherwise known as 'Lady Day'. The concert Ladies Sing the Blues, will feature Lady Cool, Amanda Easton, Liza Ohlback, Lucinda Peters, Lindsay Drummond, Joy Yates and Dahlia Dior.  (more...)

NY Public Library for the Performing Arts Examines 'HEAD SHOTS' in New ExhibitionNY Public Library for the Performing Arts Examines 'HEAD SHOTS' in New Exhibition
by BWW News Desk - Jun 16, 2015

Almost as long as there has been photography, performers have used portraits to represent themselves for casting and promotion. In the new exhibition Head Shots: Performer Portraits from Daguerreotype to Digital, The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center in Lincoln Center showcases its vast collection of head shots to illustrate the photos' role in the casting and marketing process, as well as how these pictures evolved alongside modern technology. Head Shots is currently on display in The Library for the Performing Arts' Vincent Astor Gallery, Shelby Cullom Davis Museum through August 8, 2015.  (more...)

BWW Reviews: ADELAIDE CABARET FESTIVAL 2015: CLASS OF CABARET 2015 Showcased Young People Who Might Be The Stars Of The FutureBWW Reviews: ADELAIDE CABARET FESTIVAL 2015: CLASS OF CABARET 2015 Showcased Young People Who Might Be The Stars Of The Future
by Barry Lenny - Jun 16, 2015

The standard of performances this year was as high as we have come to expect from these marvellous young artists. (more...)

Society of Seven Returning to the Suncoast Showroom, 7/25-26Society of Seven Returning to the Suncoast Showroom, 7/25-26
by BWW News Desk - Jun 12, 2015

The spirit of Hawaii will come alive when Society of Seven brings its lively variety show to the Suncoast Showroom, July 25 and 26. (more...)

FLASH FRIDAY: Well, Did You Evah?! Cole Porter's 124th Birthday Clip ExtravaganzaFLASH FRIDAY: Well, Did You Evah?! Cole Porter's 124th Birthday Clip Extravaganza
by Pat Cerasaro - Jun 12, 2015

Today we salute the man behind the music and lyrics of many of the most popular songs of the 20th century, Cole Porter. (more...)

Count Basie Orchestra to Play Suncoast Showroom, 7/17-18Count Basie Orchestra to Play Suncoast Showroom, 7/17-18
by BWW News Desk - Jun 11, 2015

William 'Count' Basie started the Count Basie Orchestra in 1935 in Kansas City, Mo. In his early days as a performer, Basie garnered experience as a silent movie pianist and organist, and eventually worked with the Theater Owners Booking Agency (TOBA) circuit. The TOBA was the vaudeville circuit for African-American performers during the 1920's and 1930's. (more...)

BWW Reviews: Cabaret Stars and Mabel Mercer Foundation Salute a Bountiful Group of Centenary Celebrating Legends at Weill Recital HallBWW Reviews: Cabaret Stars and Mabel Mercer Foundation Salute a Bountiful Group of Centenary Celebrating Legends at Weill Recital Hall
by Alix Cohen - Jun 11, 2015

This year is the centennial of entertainment legends such as vocalists Billie Holliday and Edith Piaf, singer-actors Frank Sinatra and Alice Faye, composers Billy Strayhorn and Bart Howard, and pianist Cy Walter. In its annual tribute concert, The Mabel Mercer Foundation celebrated all these artists in 1915: It Was a Very Good Year at Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall, presenting a great variety of musical talent, each with a personal take. (more...)

Photo Coverage: KT Sullivan & Rex Reed Host IT WAS A VERY GOOD YEARPhoto Coverage: KT Sullivan & Rex Reed Host IT WAS A VERY GOOD YEAR
by Stephen Sorokoff - Jun 10, 2015

Seven outstanding vocalists, songwriters, and musicians born in 1915 were honored at Weill Recital Hall on Tuesday, June 9th, at 7:30 p.m., when The Mabel Mercer Foundation presented their  annual concert, "It Was A Very Good Year." Cohosted by the Foundation's artistic director KT Sullivan and the distinguished critic Rex Reed, the one-night-only event celebrated the centennial birthdays of (alphabetically) Alice Faye, Billie Holiday, Bart Howard, Edith Piaf, Frank Sinatra, Billy Strayhorn, and Cy Walter. (more...)

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