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Photo Flash Exclusive: First Look at CAFE SOCIETY SWING at 59E59 TheatersPhoto Flash Exclusive: First Look at CAFE SOCIETY SWING at 59E59 Theaters
by BWW News Desk - Dec 18, 2014

59E59 Theaters (Elysabeth Kleinhans, Artistic Director; Peter Tear, Executive Producer; Brian Beirne, Managing Director) is thrilled to host the US premiere of CAFE SOCIETY SWING, written by Alex Webb and directed by Simon Green. Produced by Richard Darbourne Ltd (producer of last season's Drama League nominated All That Fall) and The Copasetic Foundation, CAFE SOCIETY SWING begins performances on Tuesday, December 16 for a limited engagement through Sunday, January 4. Opening Night is Sunday, December 21 at 7 PM. The performance schedule is Tuesday - Thursday at 7 PM; Friday at 8 PM; Saturday at 2 PM & 8 PM; Sunday at 3 PM & 7 PM. Please note the following Holiday schedule adjustments: There is no performance on Thursday, December 25; there is an added performance on Friday, December 26 at 2 PM; the performances on December 24 and December 31 are at 6 PM. Single tickets are $70 ($49 for 59E59 Members). To purchase tickets, call Ticket Central at (212) 279-4200 or visit www.59e59.org. (more...)

HBO to Air Audra McDonald's Tony-Winning Performance in LADY DAY AT EMERSON'S BAR AND GRILLHBO to Air Audra McDonald's Tony-Winning Performance in LADY DAY AT EMERSON'S BAR AND GRILL
by TV News Desk - Dec 17, 2014

Six-time Tony Award winner Audra McDonald will bring her acclaimed portrayal of Billie Holiday in the Broadway smash 'Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill' to HBO, it was announced today by Michael Lombardo, president, HBO Programming. (more...)

Aretha Franklin Wants Audra McDonald to 'Bring It Home' as Star of Her BiopicAretha Franklin Wants Audra McDonald to 'Bring It Home' as Star of Her Biopic
by Movies News Desk - Dec 16, 2014

In an all-new interview with Rolling Stone, music legend Aretha Franklin revealed that she has been in talks with producers to bring her life story to the big screen, with six-time Tony Award winner Audra McDonald taking the lead role. (more...)

Steve Marvin to Join Capital Jazz Orchestra to Honor Billie Holiday in 2015Steve Marvin to Join Capital Jazz Orchestra to Honor Billie Holiday in 2015
by BWW News Desk - Dec 11, 2014

Guest vocalist Steve Marvin joins the Capital Jazz Orchestra in A Centennial Salute to Frank Sinatra on Friday, January 16, at 7:30pm. The first and possibly the greatest American musical superstar, Frank Sinatra was inarguably one of the most successful, multi-talented entertainers of the 20th century, singing with the most popular big bands of the 40s, pursuing a successful solo recording career, and earning Academy Awards as an actor. Backing Mr. Marvin in this centennial salute to the musical legacy of the Chairman of the Board is the acclaimed Capital Jazz Orchestra under the direction of Clayton 'Skip' Poole. (more...)

Sally Kellerman Sets Upcoming Shows in Hollywood, NYC & MoreSally Kellerman Sets Upcoming Shows in Hollywood, NYC & More
by BWW News Desk - Dec 8, 2014

Sally Kellerman, the legendary Oscar-nominated “Hot Lips” of the original “MASH,” will bring her new show, “A Little Jazz, a Little Blues, a Little Rock and Roll” to the Catalina Jazz Club in Hollywood on Wednesday, Jan. 14 at 8:30 PM. She'll also play 54 Below in New York on Friday, Jan. 23 at 9:30 PM and the Rrazz Room in New Hope, PA on Sunday, Jan. 24 at 8 PM. The acclaimed show is a celebration of her 40-year cabaret career, from early years at Reno Sweeney in Greenwich Village up to recent performances in L.A. and San Francisco. (more...)

Diana Ross Coming to Van Wezel in FebruaryDiana Ross Coming to Van Wezel in February
by BWW News Desk - Dec 8, 2014

Diana Ross has had a profound influence on American popular culture and has become an icon in the entertainment industry. She will return to the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall on February 13, 2015. (more...)

Kitchen Theatre Company's Season Continues with Dominique Morisseau's SUNSET BABYKitchen Theatre Company's Season Continues with Dominique Morisseau's SUNSET BABY
by Matt Sowell - Dec 2, 2014

Coming up next on Kitchen Theatre Company's 24th Main Stage Season is Dominique Morisseau's explosive, uncensored SUNSET BABY. A secret cache of letters brings together a former Black Power leader, his estranged daughter, and her drug-dealing boyfriend in this story of family and activism, revolution and estrangement. Sunset Baby begins previews on December 3rd, and opening night is December 6th. The play runs until December 21st . (more...)

Audra McDonald Launches Concert Tour Today in Los AngelesAudra McDonald Launches Concert Tour Today in Los Angeles
by BWW News Desk - Dec 2, 2014

Audra McDonald kicks off her 2014-15 concert tour today, December 2, with her return to LA's Walt Disney Concert Hall. Stops along the 32-city tour include a return to Boston's Symphony Hall (Mar 1), as well as her Spanish debut at Madrid's Teatro Real (Jan 31). Click here for a full list of dates! (more...)

Audra McDonald on Why She Won't Sing Billie Holiday on Current Tour: 'It Would Feel Out of Context'Audra McDonald on Why She Won't Sing Billie Holiday on Current Tour: 'It Would Feel Out of Context'
by TV News Desk - Dec 1, 2014

Audra McDonald reveals that she has no plans to perform songs from her recent Broadway show Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill for which she won a record sixth Tony Award for her portrayal of Billie Holiday. (more...)

Beautiful Soup to Present Festival of Plays by Steven Carl McCaslandBeautiful Soup to Present Festival of Plays by Steven Carl McCasland
by BWW News Desk - Nov 26, 2014

Following critically acclaimed workshop presentations, the plays of Steven Carl McCasland will return to NYC in a month-long festival celebrating the young playwright. Together with The Clarion Theatre, they'll present six plays beginning on May 6th, 2015, with a company of actors performing in repertory. All of the plays focus on historical figures, including Laurette Taylor, Billie Holiday, Tennessee Williams, Gertrude Stein, Lillian Hellman and more. (more...)

Kitchen Theatre Company to Stage SUNSET BABY, 12/3-21Kitchen Theatre Company to Stage SUNSET BABY, 12/3-21
by BWW News Desk - Nov 25, 2014

Coming up next on Kitchen Theatre Company's 24th Main Stage Season is Dominique Morisseau's explosive, uncensored Sunset Baby. A secret cache of letters brings together a former Black Power leader, his estranged daughter, and her drug-dealing boyfriend in this story of family and activism, revolution and estrangement. Sunset Baby begins previews on December 3rd, and opening night is December 6th. The play runs until December 21st. (more...)

Cassandra Wilson, Grammy-Winning Vocalist Signs With Legacy RecordingsCassandra Wilson, Grammy-Winning Vocalist Signs With Legacy Recordings
by BWW News Desk - Nov 20, 2014

NEW YORK, Nov. 20, 2014 /PRNewswire/ Legacy Recordings, the catalog division of Sony Music Entertainment, has signed Grammy-winning American vocalist Cassandra Wilson to the label, it was announced today by Adam Block, President, Legacy Recordings. (more...)

Audra McDonald Set for 31 October 2015 Concert in Melbourne at Hamer HallAudra McDonald Set for 31 October 2015 Concert in Melbourne at Hamer Hall
by BWW News Desk - Nov 20, 2014

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Hot Sardines to Play Smothers Theatre in JanuaryHot Sardines to Play Smothers Theatre in January
by BWW News Desk - Nov 19, 2014

The Hot Sardines reinvent 'hot jazz' for the 21st century at Pepperdine University's Smothers Theatre in Malibu on Thursday, January 15 at 8 p.m. (more...)

MIGHTY REAL: A FABULOUS SYLVESTER MUSICAL to Return to NYC, Head to San Francisco in 2015MIGHTY REAL: A FABULOUS SYLVESTER MUSICAL to Return to NYC, Head to San Francisco in 2015
by BWW News Desk - Nov 17, 2014

AnthonyKen LLC and Sheryl Lee Ralph/The Diva Foundation are pleased to announce that the critically acclaimed MIGHTY REAL: A FABULOUS SYLVESTER MUSICAL, the musical celebration of the life of the original 1970s "Queen of Disco" Sylvester, will return for a special one-night-only event in New York City at The Gramercy Theater (127 East 23rd Street) on Sunday, January 18th, 2015 at 8 PM. The musical will then take off for a limited engagement in Sylvester's beloved city, San Francisco, where it will play the Brava Theater Center (2781 24th Street) from Wednesday, February 11th - Sunday, March 1at, 2015 (Opening Night: February 14th, 2015). Plans for other engagements in cities across the country - and a return to New York City - will be announced in the New Year. (more...)

Ibeyi, Ryan Raftery, Kellylee Evans and More Among 'Rising Stars' at Joe's Pub This WinterIbeyi, Ryan Raftery, Kellylee Evans and More Among 'Rising Stars' at Joe's Pub This Winter
by BWW News Desk - Nov 11, 2014

? Since Joe's Pub at The Public opened its doors in 1998, it has been a stomping ground for both the masterful legends and powerful young voices of music and the performing arts. This winter (November 2014-February 2015), Joe's welcomes a slate of emerging musicians, performers and artists including soulful French-Cuban twin sister duo Ibeyi, critically acclaimed performance artist Kalup Linzy, cabaret charmer Ali Grieb and more on the cusp of major careers. These artists, full lineup below, are the ones to watch. (more...)

SUNSET BABY Up Next at the Kitchen Theatre, 12/3-21SUNSET BABY Up Next at the Kitchen Theatre, 12/3-21
by BWW News Desk - Nov 10, 2014

Coming up next on Kitchen Theatre Company's 24th Main Stage Season is Dominique Morisseau's explosive, uncensored Sunset Baby. A secret cache of letters brings together a 1960s revolutionary, his estranged daughter, and her drug-dealing boyfriend in this story of family and activism, revolution and estrangement. Sunset Baby begins previews on December 3rd, and opening night is December 6th. The play runs until December 21st. (more...)

Audra McDonald Will Return to Carnegie Hall in DecemberAudra McDonald Will Return to Carnegie Hall in December
by BWW News Desk - Nov 3, 2014

Six-time Tony Award winner and Musical America's 2014 Musician of the Year Audra McDonald, returns to Carnegie Hall on Friday, December 12 at 8:00 p.m. in Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage. (more...)

New Artists Kaya, Hollie Stephenson & More Sign with DAVE STEWART ENTERTAINMENTNew Artists Kaya, Hollie Stephenson & More Sign with DAVE STEWART ENTERTAINMENT
by BWW News Desk - Nov 3, 2014

Esteemed singer, songwriter, guitarist and producer DAVE STEWART and his DAVE STEWART ENTERTAINMENT continue to stay busy in all aspects of the musical and cultural landscape. (more...)

Lincoln Center to Feature Norm Lewis, Billy Porter, and More in 2015 AMERICAN SONGBOOK LineupLincoln Center to Feature Norm Lewis, Billy Porter, and More in 2015 AMERICAN SONGBOOK Lineup
by BWW News Desk - Nov 1, 2014

Now in its 16th season, Lincoln Center's acclaimed series American Songbook will continue to expand its scope in celebrating the best in American singing and songwriting, beginning with a free opening night concert in the David Rubenstein Atrium on Wednesday, January 21, 2015. Live From Lincoln Center, the Emmy Award-winning program broadcast nationally on PBS stations, will shoot two of the first week's concerts by Broadway stars Norm Lewis and Billy Porter in The Appel Room. These performances will be broadcast nationally in the Spring of 2015. (more...)

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