Billie Holiday News

Now Playing Onstage in Louisville - Week of 3/30/2014
by BWW - Mar 30, 2014

Upcoming Shows - Week of 3/30/2014 for Louisville (more...)

Linda Lavin and Marilyn Maye Receive Lifetime Achievement Honors at 2014 MAC Awards Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Mar 27, 2014

Manhattan Association of Cabarets and Clubs (MAC) will celebrate its annual Gala tonight, March 27, 2014 at BB King's Blues Club in Times Square, hosted by the vivacious singer, band leader, and multiple MAC Award winner, Terese Genecco. The gala will be produced by Julie Miller and directed by Lennie Watts, the current MAC President. (more...)

Buika to Play Kimmel Center's Perelman Theater, 4/10
by BWW News Desk - Mar 26, 2014

Buika's remarkable voice -and greatest instrument on stage-has attracted world- wide audiences with its husky, velvety, raw tonal textures that carry the emotive lyricism of her latest album release, La Noche Mas Larga (The Longest Night, 2013). (more...)

Behind The Scenes Promo For Audra McDonald In LADY DAY AT EMERSON'S BAR & GRILL
by Pat Cerasaro - Mar 25, 2014

Fans of five-time Tony Award-winning Broadway superstar Audra McDonald now have an early chance to get a first look at her upcoming Broadway return in the Billie Holiday biomusical LADY DAY AT EMERSON'S BAR & GRILL via a new behind the scenes promotional featurette now available to view. (more...)

EXCLUSIVE: FUNNY GIRL 50th Anniversary Original Broadway Cast Recording Set for 4/29 Splashy Remastered Release
by BWW Special Coverage - Mar 25, 2014

It's hard to believe that it has been 50 years since Barbra Streisand portrayed Fanny Brice in the 1964 Broadway stage production of Funny Girl, and 46 years since she reprised her critically acclaimed role for the 1968 feature film, winning her an Oscar. The reason that it's so hard to believe is because she's still as relevant as ever and has to be the greatest Broadway export of all time. On April 29, Capitol/UMe will release the Gold-certified Funny Girl: Original Broadway Cast Recording in a 50th Anniversary Deluxe Edition boxed set with a digitally remastered CD and vinyl LP, as well as a 48-page book featuring exclusive photos from the production and a new essay by Jay Landers, her longtime A&R executive, who has worked with her on many recordings. The remastered original cast recording will also be available for digital purchase, including 192k and 96k high definition audio on HDtracks. (more...)

WAKE UP with BroadwayWorld - Tuesday, March 25, 2014 - LADY DAY Brings Billie Holiday to Broadway and More!
by Jessica Showers - Mar 25, 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: BEYOND THERAPY opens tonight, LADY DAY begins previews and more! (more...)

WAKE UP with BroadwayWorld - Monday, March 24, 2014 - MOTHERS AND SONS, BROADWAY BACKWARDS and More!
by Jessica Showers - Mar 24, 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: MOTHERS AND SONS opens tonight, Block, Groff, Lewis, Rannells and more join forces for BROADWAY BACKWARDS and more! (more...)

Keith A. Dames to Perform Billie Holiday Birthday Tribute at Stage 72, 4/6
by BWW News Desk - Mar 21, 2014

Entertainer, vocalist and jazz aficionado Keith A. Dames takes a musical journey through the Billie Holiday songbook at 'Homage To Eleanora' on Sunday, April 6th at Stage 72 (aka Triad Theater) in Manhattan at 8:00pm. (more...)

WHBPAC to Welcome Madeleine Peyroux, 4/12
by BWW News Desk - Mar 19, 2014

The sultry singer/songwriter Madeleine Peyroux will perform at the Westhampton beach Performing Arts Center on Saturday, April 12 at 8:00 p.m. Tickets are $75 - $95 and can be purchased online at www.whbpac.org. (more...)

BWW TV: Audra McDonald is Billie Holliday! Meet the Company of LADY DAY AT EMERSON'S BAR AND GRILL
by BroadwayWorld TV - Mar 18, 2014

Five-time Tony winner Audra McDonald will return to the stage as legendary songstress Billie Hollidayin a revival of Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill. The show will open at the Circle in the Square Theatre on April 13 for a limited 10-week run. Performances will begin on March 25. The company just met the press yesterday and BroadwayWorld's Richard RIdge was there to chat with the whole gang. Check out what they had to say below! (more...)

FREEZE FRAME: Audra McDonald and LADY DAY AT EMERSON'S BAR AND GRILL Company Meet the Press!
by Walter McBride - Mar 17, 2014

Five-time Tony winner Audra McDonald will return to the stage as legendary songstress Billie Holliday in a revival of Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill. The show will open at the Circle in the Square Theatre on April 13 for a limited 10-week run. Performances will begin on March 25. The company just met the press and BroadwayWorld brings you a sneak peek of the festivities below. Check back later for complete coverage! (more...)

Downtown Urban Theater Festival to Feature TOY SOLDIERZ, FIVE-SIDED TRIANGLE, & More in 12th Season, 4/2-19
by BWW News Desk - Mar 14, 2014

Downtown Urban Theater Festival (DUTF), now heading into its 12th season, welcomes springtime in NYC with three weeks of new theatre at HERE's Mainstage, April 2 to 19, 2014. Seventeen of America's best emerging writers and theatrical visionaries will share their stories that interpret our history and our times through live performances fusing theatre, dance, music, media and visual arts. A special addition to this year's festival will be the U.S. premiere of Two of Us, DUTF's international selection from Romania. (more...)

THIS WEEK IN PICTURES: March 8-14
by BWW Special Coverage - Mar 14, 2014

Whether you've been living under a rock for the past week or you're just in the mood for a recap, BroadwayWorld's 'This Week in Pictures' is here to satisfy your end-of-the-week fix! Take a look below to catch up on the latest happenings from the Great White Way to The West End (and everywhere in between) with coverage of press events, rehearsals, opening nights and more. Highlights this week include a sneak peek at THE CRIPPLE OF INISHMAAN, Audra McDonald at doggie auditions for LADY DAY AT EMERSON'S BAR & GRILL, and look at Angela Lansbury in BLITHE SPIRIT! (more...)

Women Who Rock Exhibit Opens at The Henry Ford, 5/17
by BWW News Desk - Mar 12, 2014

Explore the powerful role women have played in the world of rock and roll music inside the Women Who Rock: Vision, Passion, Power exhibition at Henry Ford Museum starting May 17 through August 24, 2014. Created by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, this groundbreaking and provocative exhibition features the firsts, the bests, and the celebrated and sometimes the lesser-knowns whose innovation advanced the progress of rock and roll. (more...)

VERONIC VOICES to Offer Dress Rehearsal Tickets on 4/24
by BWW News Desk - Mar 11, 2014

Guests who haven't yet seen Vegas' hottest headliner no longer have any excuses. The Strip's favorite vocal vixen is offering up reduced-price tickets to a one-night-only dress rehearsal for her critically-acclaimed show, co-produced by Celine Dion, VERONIC Voices, at Bally's Las Vegas on Thursday, April 24 at 9:30 p.m. (more...)

Apollo Theater and World Music Institute to Present 2014 AFRICA NOW Festival, 4/2-6
by BWW News Desk - Mar 06, 2014

The Apollo Theater and World Music Institute present AFRICA NOW, a four-day music festival spotlighting today's African music scene. The second annual festival will feature a powerful lineup of artists who have drawn upon their roots for inspiration - and transplanted them onto the global music landscape. Africa Now will be anchored by a blow-out concert, April 5th, on the legendary Apollo stage featuring: Malian songstress Fatoumata Diawara; Senegalese trio Les Freres Guisse; and reggae/Afrobeat collective Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars. (more...)

The Billie Holiday Theatre to Stage The World Premiere of MAID'S DOOR, 3/6-3/30
by BWW News Desk - Mar 05, 2014

The Billie Holiday Theatre continues its 42nd Season Generations United with the World Premiere of Maid's Door by Writers Guild Award winner and Emmy Award nominee Cheryl L. Davis; the show will be directed by the Theatre's Artistic Director Jackie Alexander. Opening Night will be Thursday, March 6; and the show will run through Sunday, March 30. Performances are Thursday-Saturday at 8pm with matinees on Saturday at 3pm and Sunday at 4pm. All tickets are $25 and can be purchased online at www.thebillieholiday.org or by calling the box office at 718-636-0918 or 0919. A discounted rate of $15 is available for Children 15 and younger, Seniors, and Students with a valid ID. (more...)

Behind The Scenes Promo For Audra McDonald In LADY DAY AT EMERSON'S BAR & GRILL
by Pat Cerasaro - Mar 05, 2014

Fans of five-time Tony Award-winning Broadway superstar Audra McDonald now have an early chance to get a first look at her upcoming Broadway return in the Billie Holiday biomusical LADY DAY AT EMERSON'S BAR & GRILL via a new behind the scenes promotional featurette now available to view. (more...)

BWW Reviews: ADELAIDE FRINGE 2014: PRE PC - SONGS BEFORE A TIME OF POLITICAL CORRECTNESS Is A Wonderful Musical Exploration Of Songs That Don't Pussy-Foot Around.
by Barry Lenny - Mar 05, 2014

This was a wonderful toe-tapping evening of raw and raunchy blues and jazz, sung wonderfully by Jayne-Anne Power. (more...)

Stephen Schwartz & Dee Dee Bridgewater Present at Bistro Awards Honoring Ben Vereen Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Mar 04, 2014

The 29th Annual Bistro Awards gala, set to take place tonight, March 4, has announced two new presenters. Stephen Schwartz, the Oscar, Tony, Grammy, and Golden Globe-winning composer/lyricist, who wrote the scores to such musicals as Pippin, Wicked, Godspell, and The Magic Show, will present Ben Vereen, the Tony Award-winning actor-singer-dancer, with the Lifetime Achievement Award. (more...)

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