Billie Holiday News

2016 Town Hall Gala to Honor Garrison Keillor's A PRAIRIE HOME COMPANION2016 Town Hall Gala to Honor Garrison Keillor's A PRAIRIE HOME COMPANION
by BWW News Desk - Sep 28, 2016

On Sunday, October 23 at 4pm at the Princeton Club of New York (15 West 43rd Street), The Town Hall will hold its Annual Gala where they will honor Grammy & Peabody Award-winner Garrison Keillor's acclaimed program A Prairie Home Companion with The Town Hall Friend of the Arts Award (over 150 shows were broadcast live from The Town Hall stage). (more...)

BWW Interview: Stage & Screen Legend Lainie Kazan Talks Music, Theatre Career & More!BWW Interview: Stage & Screen Legend Lainie Kazan Talks Music, Theatre Career & More!
by Kevin Pollack - Sep 27, 2016

Lainie Kazan is an American actress and singer. She was nominated for the 1988 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series for St. Elsewhere, and the 1993 Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical for My Favorite Year. She had previously received a Golden Globe Award nomination for the film version of My Favorite Year (1982). Her other film appearances include The Delta Force (1986), Harry and the Hendersons (1987), Beaches (1988), My Big Fat Greek Wedding (2002) and My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 (2016). Kazan made her Broadway debut in The Happiest Girl in the World in 1961 followed by Bravo Giovanni (1962). (more...)

A Transgender Story Told Through Opera at Washington HallA Transgender Story Told Through Opera at Washington Hall
by BWW News Desk - Sep 26, 2016

This fall, Seattleites can hear opera in a Central-District venue that once housed performances by Billie Holiday and Ella Fitzgerald. But the location isn't the only new thing about Seattle Opera's As One,which will be presented in the historic Washington Hall. As One, a chamber opera with only two singers, tells the story of Hannah, a transwoman, and her journey to self-understanding. The opera is meant to be both an experience, and a vehicle for meaningful conversation. (more...)

Vinyl Remasters of Seven Nina Simone Classic Albums Out 9/30Vinyl Remasters of Seven Nina Simone Classic Albums Out 9/30
by BWW News Desk - Sep 22, 2016

From 1964 to 1967, the extraordinary Nina Simone released seven albums on Philips Records, further establishing her peerless artistic expression and singular voice. (more...)

Theatre Company Announces Workshop Production of LADY DAY AT EMERSON'S BAR AND GRILL featuring Mary Louise LeeTheatre Company Announces Workshop Production of LADY DAY AT EMERSON'S BAR AND GRILL featuring Mary Louise Lee
by BWW News Desk - Sep 16, 2016

The Theatre Company at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts (DCPA) is proud to announce a workshop production of Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill featuring Mary Louise Lee. Lady Day will run for three performances only, October 28, 29 and 30 in The Jones. (more...)

Sargent Release Debut Album Today + New VideoSargent Release Debut Album Today + New Video
by BWW News Desk - Sep 16, 2016

Sargent, the new project from singer Gretchen Lieberum and her collaborator Jake Blanton (The Killers, Beck), have released her self-titled debut today. (more...)

BWW Review: Billie Holiday's Legend Comes to Life in Soulful LADY DAY AT Emerson's Bar and GrillBWW Review: Billie Holiday's Legend Comes to Life in Soulful LADY DAY AT Emerson's Bar and Grill
by Peggy Sue Dunigan - Sep 16, 2016

"No two people on earth are alike, and it's got to be that way in music or it ain't music." spoke jazz singer Billie Holiday. No singer duplicated Billie Holiday's inimitable voice or immortalized jazz singing and standards quite like this legendary diva.. While Holiday herself idolized Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong, "Lady Day" as she was nicknamed, captured the audience's imagination while breaking their hearts when speaking of her tragic childhood. Unfortunately, the singer's personal demons in love and life were also legendary In a tribute to Holiday's career, Milwaukee Rep's opening Stackner Cabaret Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill features the award-winning Alexis J. Roston portraying the star in her declining years after release from a year's imprisonment on drug related charges, which plagued the star her entire life. (more...)

From Stage to Screen - Revisit Emmy-Nominated ALL THE WAY & LADY DAYFrom Stage to Screen - Revisit Emmy-Nominated ALL THE WAY & LADY DAY
by Caryn Robbins - Sep 15, 2016

This year's impressive list of Emmy nominations boasts two Tony Award winners, reprising their Broadway roles for the small screen. (more...)

Ann Hampton Callaway to Play San Diego Martinis Above FourthAnn Hampton Callaway to Play San Diego Martinis Above Fourth
by BWW News Desk - Sep 13, 2016

Martinis Above Fourth | Table + Stage presents multi-platinum selling singer/songwriter and Tony-nominee Ann Hampton Callaway in "Diva Power." The show features a soaring celebration of the legendary ladies who helped shape the soundtrack of our lives - Barbra Streisand, Judy Garland, Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, Billie Holiday, Peggy Lee, Anita O'Day, Edith Piaf, Etta James, Carole King and Joni Mitchell. Tickets for the Tuesday, September 27 performance at 8PM are available atwww.ma4sd.com/shows. (more...)

BWW Emmy Review Recap: Look Back at Biggest Theatre to TV Transitions of the Year; THE WIZ, GREASE, LADY DAYBWW Emmy Review Recap: Look Back at Biggest Theatre to TV Transitions of the Year; THE WIZ, GREASE, LADY DAY
by Matt Tamanini - Sep 13, 2016

As we saw throughout the two nights of the Creative Arts Emmys, theatrical programming and theatre performers have done very well taking home trophies so far this year. So, we wanted to take a look back at three of the biggest theatrical properties to come to television in the past year, as they prepare for the biggest awards to be announced on Sunday.  (more...)

BWW Review: Cultural Fusion's LADY DAY AT EMERSON'S BAR AND GRILL is Smooth as SilkBWW Review: Cultural Fusion's LADY DAY AT EMERSON'S BAR AND GRILL is Smooth as Silk
by Libby Champion - Sep 12, 2016

Perfectly encapsulating the great singer Billie Holiday is no easy feat. The legendary jazz singer with a career spanning over thirty years was a mystery to many people - she was beautiful and talented but her personal life was shrouded in drug and alcohol addiction and a myriad of abusive relationships. On paper, it's easy to leave it at that and move on - another celebrity sob story. But in Cultural Fusion's production of LADY DAY AT EMERSON'S BAR AND GRILL, words normally associated with Holiday such as 'revered', 'pain' and 'soulful' take on a whole new meaning, and Holiday's story is so much more than that.   (more...)

BAY STREET THEATER Shows All New LEGENDS OF ROCK FilmBAY STREET THEATER Shows All New LEGENDS OF ROCK Film
by BWW News Desk - Sep 12, 2016

Bay Street Theater & Sag Harbor Center for the Arts is pleased to announce that Joe Lauro will be hosting an ALL NEW LEGENDS OF ROCK film on Thursday, September 29 at 8 pm. This version is a celebration of the diversity and passion that is AMERICAN MUSIC. Rare film clips of the 'Best of the Best' featuring Sam Cooke, Staple Singers, Beach Boys, Etta James, B.B. King, Janis Joplin, Bill Monroe, Willie Nelson, Ben Goodman, Billie Holiday, Jerry Garcia, Louis Armstrong, Bob Dylan and many more will be presented by film maker Joe Lauro in celebration of the upcoming 3rd Annual SAG HARBOR AMERICAN MUSIC FESTIVAL. Tickets are $15 and available online at www.baystreet.org or by calling the Bay Street Theater Box Office at 631-725-9500, open Tuesday through Saturday 11 am to 5 pm. (more...)

Sargent Releases Video for Nre Track 'Waltz (Foolish Desire)Sargent Releases Video for Nre Track 'Waltz (Foolish Desire)
by BWW News Desk - Sep 7, 2016

Los Angeles based Sargent has released a video for the track “Waltz (Foolish Desire)” today via BUST. (more...)

Edgar Oliver's ATTORNEY STREET to Make World Premiere This FallEdgar Oliver's ATTORNEY STREET to Make World Premiere This Fall
by BWW News Desk - Sep 7, 2016

Edgar Oliver, the singular storyteller and beloved downtown NYC theater artist, returns to Axis Theatre to perform the world premiere of Attorney Street, the final installment in a trilogy of solo shows, directed by Randy Sharp, charting Oliver's life in New York City. (more...)

MOTOWN LEGENDS REVUE, Burlesque Acts and More Set for Lannie's Clocktower Cabaret This SeptemberMOTOWN LEGENDS REVUE, Burlesque Acts and More Set for Lannie's Clocktower Cabaret This September
by BWW News Desk - Aug 26, 2016

The fall season has arrived at Lannie's Clocktower Cabaret, featuring several fun, fresh, new shows and concerts. Scroll down for a look at the September lineup! (more...)


by BWW News Desk - Aug 25, 2016

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National Black Theatre Selects Playwrights for I AM SOUL ResidencyNational Black Theatre Selects Playwrights for I AM SOUL Residency
by BWW News Desk - Aug 25, 2016

Dr. Barbara Ann Teer's National Black Theatre (NBT) has selected two Black playwrights for its I AM SOUL residency program, the nation's premier theatrical program dedicated solely to the development of Black playwrights, with a commitment to a workshop production of their new works. (more...)

BWW Preview: A NIGHT WITH JANIS JOPLIN Worships at the Altar of a Rock-And-Roll GoddessBWW Preview: A NIGHT WITH JANIS JOPLIN Worships at the Altar of a Rock-And-Roll Goddess
by Katricia Lang - Aug 19, 2016

The Alley Theatre brings Tony Award-nominated musical A NIGHT WITH JANIS JOPLIN to its Hubbard stage. (more...)

Broadway Stars Set for Special Showcase THE JOINT at TNC's Dream Up FestivalBroadway Stars Set for Special Showcase THE JOINT at TNC's Dream Up Festival
by BWW News Desk - Aug 18, 2016

Evelyn must follow her dreams ... by leaving her family. Come down for some hot times with THE JOINT at Theatre for The New City's Dream Up Festival this September. (more...)

15-Year-Old Actress to Host COLBY'S CORNER on ALL ABOUT US15-Year-Old Actress to Host COLBY'S CORNER on ALL ABOUT US
by TV News Desk - Aug 17, 2016

ALL ABOUT US - Teen Talk TV welcomes new show 'Colby's Corner,' described as 'Your premier destination for Teens who want a safe place to learn and talk about what's really happening in their lives Socially, Academically and Culturally.' (more...)

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