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Harlem Stage to Present World Premiere of STRANGER ON EARTHHarlem Stage to Present World Premiere of STRANGER ON EARTH
by BWW News Desk - Jan 28, 2015

Harlem Stage will present the world premiere of Stranger on Earth, from OBIE-winning playwright and interdisciplinary performing artist Carl Hancock Rux. The production, which anchors Harlem Stage's The Year of James Baldwincentenary celebration and exemplifies the institution's commitment to honoring artists of color-past, present and future-imagines a chance meeting between James Baldwin and Dinah Washington, two of the era's most iconic African Americans, at a Harlem jazz lounge in 1963. Commissioned and produced by Harlem Stage, Rux draws from Baldwin's landmark essays to create a work that addresses race, identity and the future of a world that both Baldwin and Washington struggled to understand and inhabit. Rux performs Stranger on Earth with vocalist Marcelle Davies Lashley, who interprets Washington's songs, against the backdrop of an arresting video montage by Onome Ekeh. (more...)

Carnegie Hall to Welcome Alan Gilbert, Marin Alsop & More During 2015-16 SeasonCarnegie Hall to Welcome Alan Gilbert, Marin Alsop & More During 2015-16 Season
by BWW News Desk - Jan 28, 2015

Clive Gillinson, Executive and Artistic Director, today announced Carnegie Hall's 2015-2016 season consisting of more than 170 concerts as well as wide-ranging education and community programs created by Carnegie Hall's Weill Music Institute. The upcoming season includes performances by many of the world's greatest artists and ensembles representing classical, pop, jazz, and world music, with events presented on Carnegie Hall's three stages, in the Hall's new Resnick Education Wing, and throughout New York City. (more...)

New York Pops to Welcome Brian d'Arcy James, Stephanie J. Block, Montego Glover & More During 2015-16 SeasonNew York Pops to Welcome Brian d'Arcy James, Stephanie J. Block, Montego Glover & More During 2015-16 Season
by BWW News Desk - Jan 28, 2015

On October 9, 2015, The New York Pops - a symphonic orchestra known for presenting popular programs of exceptional quality - will launch its 33rd season, a series at Carnegie Hall celebrating the diversity of some of popular music's greatest icons. (more...)

Beautiful Soup Theater Welcomes Additional Cast Members for Steven Carl McCasland Festival of PlaysBeautiful Soup Theater Welcomes Additional Cast Members for Steven Carl McCasland Festival of Plays
by BWW News Desk - Jan 26, 2015

Additional casting has been announced for Beautiful Soup Theater's festival of plays by Steven Carl McCasland. Following critically acclaimed workshop presentations, McCasland's plays 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...)

Christine Ebersole, Frankie J. Grande & More Set for 54 Below This WeekChristine Ebersole, Frankie J. Grande & More Set for 54 Below This Week
by BWW News Desk - Jan 19, 2015

Coming up this week, 54 BELOW, Broadway's Supper Club, presents some of the brightest stars from Broadway, cabaret, jazz and beyond. To purchase tickets or for more information, visit www.54Below.com or call (646) 476-3551. (more...)

Upcoming Equity Auditions Sunday, Jan. 18Upcoming Equity Auditions Sunday, Jan. 18
by - Jan 18, 2015

Upcoming Equity Auditions from Sunday, January 18, 2015. (more...)

BWW Interviews: Audra McDonald en concierto en MadridBWW Interviews: Audra McDonald en concierto en Madrid
by Juan-Jose Gonzalez - Jan 15, 2015

La ganadora de seis premios Tony nos cuenta todos los detalles sobre este concierto unico en España que tendra lugar el proximo 31 de enero en el Teatro Real de Madrid. (more...)

Michael Holmes' THE JUDY SHOW! Comes to Martinis Above Fourth Table + Stage, 1/15Michael Holmes' THE JUDY SHOW! Comes to Martinis Above Fourth Table + Stage, 1/15
by BWW News Desk - Jan 14, 2015

What do you get when you mix an internationally-acclaimed impersonator, outrageous comedy, great standards, and a bevy of icons? The hysterical parody of Judy Garland and her guests found in Michael Holmes' riotous The Judy Show! (more...)

Poetic Theater Productions to Present PARADOX OF THE URBAN CLICHE, Begin. 2/5Poetic Theater Productions to Present PARADOX OF THE URBAN CLICHE, Begin. 2/5
by BWW News Desk - Jan 14, 2015

Poetic Theater Productions has announced the world premiere production of PARADOX OF THE URBAN CLICHE, written by Craig 'muMs' Grant and directed by Reginald L. Douglas, part of POETIC LICENSE 2015: subconscious. (more...)

Bridget Everett, Ethan Lipton, Toshi Reagon, Emeline Michel and More Set for Joe's Pub, Now thru 1/25Bridget Everett, Ethan Lipton, Toshi Reagon, Emeline Michel and More Set for Joe's Pub, Now thru 1/25
by BWW News Desk - Jan 13, 2015

Joe's Pub at the Public has announced its nightly performances, January 14 - 25, 2015. Details below! (more...)

Multi-Grammy Winner David Sanborn to Perform at Holland Center 2/15Multi-Grammy Winner David Sanborn to Perform at Holland Center 2/15
by BWW News Desk - Jan 13, 2015

Omaha Performing Arts presents Grammy®-winning saxophonist David Sanborn in the Kiewit Hall at the Holland Performing Arts Center for a Valentine's Day Weekend performance on Sunday, February 15, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $20, and are available at TicketOmaha.com, 402.345.0606 or at the Ticket Omaha Office inside the Holland Center, 1200 Douglas St. Sanborn is part of the 2014/15 Jazz Series. (more...)

Chan Centre to Offer Jazz Double Bill, 2/15Chan Centre to Offer Jazz Double Bill, 2/15
by BWW News Desk - Jan 13, 2015

The Chan Centre for the Performing Arts at the University of British Columbia (UBC) is proud to present an evening of jazz and cross-genre musical exploration in a spectacular double bill featuring drummer, composer, producer, and entrepreneur, Terri Lyne Carrington's Mosaic Project and vocalist and Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition winner Cécile McLorin Salvant on Sunday, February 15 at 7pm in the Chan Shun Concert Hall. The concert will be preceded by a pre-concert talk with Terri Lyne Carrington, moderated by CBC's Margaret Gallagher, at 6:15pm in the Royal Bank Cinema, during which Carrington will discuss her GRAMMY Award-winning The Mosaic Project. (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...)

Ridgefield Playhouse to Welcome Cassandra Wilson, 3/26Ridgefield Playhouse to Welcome Cassandra Wilson, 3/26
by BWW News Desk - Jan 7, 2015

Coming Forth By Day: A Celebration of Billie Holiday is?Grammy Award winner Cassandra Wilson's tribute to one of the greatest jazz singers that ever lived. Perhaps the greatest jazz singer living today, Cassandra Wilson will offer her special tribute concert to Billie Holiday, on the centennial of “Lady Day's” birth, at The Ridgefield Playhouse on Thursday, March 26, at 8 p.m. (more...)

Rock Bottom, Sarah Lee Guthrie, Erin Markey and More Set for Joe's Pub, Now thru 1/18Rock Bottom, Sarah Lee Guthrie, Erin Markey and More Set for Joe's Pub, Now thru 1/18
by BWW News Desk - Jan 6, 2015

Joe's Pub at the Public has announced its nightly performances over the next couple weeks, January 6 -18. Details below! (more...)

MENOPAUSE THE MUSICAL Sets Cast, will Run 1/21-2/1 at Bucks County PlayhouseMENOPAUSE THE MUSICAL Sets Cast, will Run 1/21-2/1 at Bucks County Playhouse
by BWW News Desk - Jan 5, 2015

Bucks County Playhouse (BCP) welcomes GFour Productions, winners of 54 Drama Desk and 44 Tony Awards who have officially announced their cast of leading ladies for the production of the international hit show Menopause The Musical. Best described as a groundbreaking celebration of women who are on the brink of, in the middle of or have survived 'The Change', Menopause The Musical is sure to leave audiences inspired and laughing long after the show. (more...)

Paula West to Return to Feinstein's at the Nikko for 6-Week EngagementPaula West to Return to Feinstein's at the Nikko for 6-Week Engagement
by BWW News Desk - Jan 5, 2015

After a sold-out engagement last February, renowned San Francisco Bay Area jazz vocalist, Paula West, returns to Feinstein's at the Nikko for a six-week engagement - February 12 - March 22, 2015. Known for her rich, powerful contralto voice, West will present an all-new show featuring an eclectic range of songs - from memorable jazz standards to contemporary American classics by Bob Dylan, Talking Heads, Harry Nilsson and more! Accompanied by her four-piece band, West will take San Francisco audiences on a musical journey through the ages. Tickets for Paula West range in price from $35-$50 and are available now by calling 866.663.1063 or visiting www.ticketweb.com. (more...)

Tomas Doncker Band, IVY+BEAN, THE MUSICAL and More Set for Jan 2015 at SOPACTomas Doncker Band, IVY+BEAN, THE MUSICAL and More Set for Jan 2015 at SOPAC
by BWW News Desk - Dec 23, 2014

South Orange Performing Arts Center (SOPAC, 1 SOPAC Way, South Orange, NJ) has announced its upcoming events for January 2015. Details below! (more...)

Christine Ebersole, Marin Mazzie, Cast of LES MIZ & More Set for 54 Below This WinterChristine Ebersole, Marin Mazzie, Cast of LES MIZ & More Set for 54 Below This Winter
by BWW News Desk - Dec 23, 2014

This January and February 54 BELOW presents an exciting lineup of the brightest talent from Broadway and beyond. Located just below the legendary Studio 54 at 254 West 54thStreet. For a detailed schedule of upcoming performances at 54 Below and to purchase tickets, visit www.54Below.com. (more...)

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...)

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