Billie Holiday News

Beautiful Soup to Present Laurette Taylor, Tennessee Williams and Billie Holiday in Rep, Beg. 8/27
by BWW News Desk - Aug 01, 2014

Steven Carl McCasland is a rising voice in the world of theatre. After their acclaimed and sold-out production of Little Wars in April, Beautiful Soup presents the last two works in McCasland's trilogy. The plays examine the lives of historical women in the arts. Beginning on August 27th, Shades of Blue: The Decline and Fall of Lady Day and What Was Lost, an examination of Laurette Taylor's preparation for The Glass Menagerie, will open at the Dorothy Strelsin Theatre. (more...)

Mabel Mercer Foundation Announces 25th Anniversary New York Cabaret Convention FOUR MAGICAL NIGHTS, 10/20 - 10/23
by BWW News Desk - Aug 01, 2014

After more than two decades of exciting contribution to the New York musical scene, The Mabel Mercer Foundation hits a new high this autumn by producing its 25th annual New York Cabaret Convention for four evenings, October 20th-23rd. All performances begin at 6 o'clock at the Rose Theater, Jazz at Lincoln Center, The Frederick P. Rose Hall at Broadway and 60th Street. (more...)

Marathon Tickets Now on Sale for Beautiful Soup Theater's WHAT WAS LOST and SHADES OF BLUE
by BWW News Desk - Aug 01, 2014

Beautiful Soup Theater will offer discounted marathon ticketing for both plays in their repertory program later this month. Audiences can save $6 and see both plays for $30 on marathon days: Saturday, August 30th, Wednesday, September 3rd and Sunday, September 7th. Simply select the 'See Both Plays' option at http://beautifulsoup.showclix.com. (more...)

Dee Dee Bridgewater, Arturo Sandoval and More Set for the Blue Note, Aug 2014
by BWW News Desk - Jul 31, 2014

Blue Note Jazz Club, one of the world's most iconic jazz and blues venues based in Greenwich Village, is proud to announce an impressive schedule of artists for August 2014. (more...)

Zonya Love, Allyson Kaye Daniel, Nathaniel Stampley & More to Lead Milwaukee Repertory Theater's THE COLOR PURPLE this Fall
by BWW News Desk - Jul 31, 2014

Milwaukee Repertory Theater announced casting today for The Color Purple, the glorious musical saga which opens Friday, September 26, 2014 and runs from September 23 - November 2, 2014. (more...)

Angela Sheik to Release 'Home Before Dark' on 9/16
by BWW News Desk - Jul 29, 2014

On the follow up to her 2013 full length debut One By One, the crafty multi-instrumentalist works with producer RYAT to create a richly textured 10 track exploration of deep grooves, infectious melodies, dynamic vocal harmonies and soulful ambiences. (more...)

BWW Reviews: Consummate Vocalist Jeanne Page Knocks Her CD Preview Show REBOOT Out of the Park
by Don Grigware - Jul 28, 2014

On Sunday July 27 powerhouse vocalist Jeanne Page made a stylish return to Sterling's Upstairs at the Federal for a marvelous evening of standards done her way, entitled Reboot. This lady has a unique brand of humor that is intoxicating and infuses every song she sings with the true colors they deserve. She is about to release a CD of her work, so Reboot was a preview of the album. Believe me, it's a knockout! (more...)

DELIVERANCE World Premiere, Plays by Rogers and Callely and More Set for 59E59 Theaters' Fall 2014 Lineup
by BWW News Desk - Jul 28, 2014

59E59 Theaters has announced the line-up of shows for Fall 2014. (more...)

Peggy King to Make First LA Appearance in Over 30 Years at the Catalina Jazz Club, 7/27
by BWW News Desk - Jul 25, 2014

Peggy King, one of the most popular TV and recording stars of the 1950's, will make her first Los Angeles appearance in more than 30 years on Sunday, July 27 at 7:30 PM at the Catalina Jazz Club in Hollywood. Joining her will be acclaimed pianist, harpist and vocalist Corky Hale, leading an all-star quartet including Lymon Medeiros on bass, Jack LeCompte on drums and John Chiodini on guitar. (more...)

CABARET LIFE NYC: Anatomy of a Duo Show--Classy, Entertaining, Yet Flawed KT Sullivan/Jeff Harnar Sondheim Set at the Beechman Is All About Choices
by Stephen Hanks - Jul 25, 2014

The current Stephen Sondheim tribute show, Our Time, starring KT Sullivan and Jeff Harnar at the Laurie Beechman (which I attended on July 9 and 16; there are two more Wednesday performances at 6pm on August 6, 13), is a charming, classy, and entertaining affair. But it also includes enough flaws in execution that prevent it from being truly great. For one thing, it doesn't really feel like a duo show. It's more like two solo performances within one show, where the performers fit in a couple of numbers together to justify the concept. A critique of the Sullivan/Harnar Sondheim set provides an interesting opportunity to analyze the anatomy of a duo show and the choices that can make it work—or not. (more...)

Audra McDonald Breaks Billboard Records with LADY DAY Album!
by BWW News Desk - Jul 24, 2014

PS Classics' Original Broadway Cast Recording of Audra McDonald in Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill topped four of the Billboard Charts in its first week of release: #1 in Cast Albums, #1 in Jazz, #1 in Traditional Jazz and #1 in Heatseekers. According to Billboard, the album is McDonald's highest-charting solo release ever. (more...)

VIDEO: Tony Winner Audra McDonald Sings Actual Yahoo Answers on FALLON!
by TV News Desk - Jul 24, 2014

On last night's TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JIMMY FALLON, 6-time Tony Award winner Audra McDonald returned to once again sing some actual Yahoo! Answers. Watch the hilarity below! (more...)

Arbender Robinson, Witti Repartee, and More Sing THE BILLIE HOLIDAY SONGBOOK for Beautiful Soup, 7/27
by BWW News Desk - Jul 19, 2014

Arbender Robinson (Broadway's Les Miserables, Beautiful and The Book of Mormon) and nightlife personality Witti Repartee join Beautiful Soup Theater for an evening of stories and songs. Celebrating the music and life of Billie Holiday, whose life inspired Steven Carl McCasland's Shades Of Blue: The Decline & Fall Of Lady Day, this concert evening will benefit Beautiful Soup's World Premiere Production of that play. The previously announced Shades Of Blue... will run in repertory with McCasland's What Was Lost, a study of Laurette Taylor and Tennessee Williams at The Dorothy Strelsin Theatre beginning August 27th. (more...)

Cécile McLorin Salvant to Perform at WHBPAC, 8/10
by BWW News Desk - Jul 18, 2014

The new voice of modern jazz, Cecile McLorin Salvant, performs at the Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center on Sunday, August 10 at 8:00 p.m. Tickets are $60, $70, $80 and are available online at www.whbpac.org. (more...)

Daniel Nardicio's XXX TRIPLE X, DWORLD UNDERWEAR PARTY, Linda Lavin and Billy Stritch's POSSIBILITIES and NARDI GRAS! Set for NYC, July-Aug 2014
by BWW News Desk - Jul 16, 2014

Celebrating his 20th year in NYC, Daniel Nardicio brings back his Manniversary edition of XXX Triple X on Thursday, July 31st at 11pm - all dude/all lewd/all nude, featuring dancers and a live show at the cock, 29 2nd Avenue. Admission: $20 or $10 before 11:30. (more...)

Peter Cincotti, David Wong & High Strung, THE GRUFFALO'S CHILD and More Set for TPAC's 2014-15 Season
by BWW News Desk - Jul 15, 2014

BMCC Tribeca Performing Arts Center, the longest operating performance venue in lower Manhattan, presents Peter Cincotti, performing on Saturday, October 25 at 8PM, the first of four major concerts in the 2014-2015 Main Event Series. (more...)

Photo Coverage: Broadway's Rising Stars 2014 Take The Stage at Town Hall!
by Genevieve Rafter Keddy - Jul 15, 2014

The Town Hall 2014 Summer Season: Broadway Preludes just presented Broadway Rising Stars, the annual revue giving recent graduates from the nation's leading performing arts schools a chance to showcase their talents and perform on the legendary stage. Directed by Scott Coulter, Broadway Rising Stars is created, hosted and written by Scott Siegel and features the brightest talent from AMDA, CAP 21, Circle in the Square, Juilliard, Marymount, The New School, NYU's Steinhardt and Tisch, Pace University, and more. BroadwayWorld brings you photos from the special night below! (more...)

WAKE UP with BWW 7/15/14 - Jenkins Back in NEWSIES, LADY DAY & HEDWIG on the Shelves, Menzel Goes MLB and More!
by Jessica Showers - Jul 15, 2014

Good morning, BroadwayWorld! Because we know all our readers eat, sleep and breathe Broadway, what could be better than waking up to it? Today's big news: Capathia Jenkins returns to NEWSIES as 'Medda', we can add two new Original Cast Recordings to our collection -- LADY DAY and HEDWIG -- and Idina Menzel performs at tonight's MBL All-Star Game! (more...)

BROADWAY RISING STARS with Special Guest Bill Irwin Set for The Town Hall Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Jul 14, 2014

The Town Hall 2014 Summer Season: Broadway Preludes presents Broadway Rising Stars, the annual revue giving recent graduates from the nation's leading performing arts schools a chance to showcase their talents and perform on the legendary stage. Directed by Scott Coulter, Broadway Rising Stars is created, hosted and written by Scott Siegel and features the brightest talent from AMDA, CAP 21, Circle in the Square, Juilliard, Marymount, The New School, NYU's Steinhardt and Tisch, Pace University, and more. The event will feature a special guest appearance by Tony Award winner Bill Irwin (Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Fool Moon). Broadway Rising Stars plays one night only, tonight, July 14 at 8PM at The Town Hall (123 West 43rd Street.) (more...)

BWW Reviews: Stages PETE N KEELY is Gauche Clean Fun
by Katricia Lang - Jul 13, 2014

Stages' PETE N' KEELY is a dark comedy that hearkens back to a bygone era when men were gentlemen and women were ladies. A time when Billie Holiday wore impeccably designed silk dresses and garlands in her hair on the stage then exited to a life of heroin addiction, incarceration and abusive romantic relationships. Those were the days. (more...)

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