Billie Holiday News

BWW Interview: Michael Rader of LADY DAY AT EMERSON'S BAR AND GRILL at ZACH TheatreBWW Interview: Michael Rader of LADY DAY AT EMERSON'S BAR AND GRILL at ZACH Theatre
by Frank Benge - Apr 4, 2017

BroadwayWorld recently asked ZACH Theatre's guest director Michael Rader, in town to direct the Austin Premiere of LADY DAY AT EMERSON'S BAR AND GRILL, to give our readers a little background on him and the production, which runs April 5-30 on the Topher Stage. (more...)

Mona Golabek to Bring THE CHILDREN OF WILLESDEN LANE to Town HallMona Golabek to Bring THE CHILDREN OF WILLESDEN LANE to Town Hall
by BWW News Desk - Apr 3, 2017

On April 25 at 8pm at The Town Hall (123 West 43rd St.), The Museum of Jewish Heritage and The Town Hall Foundation will present a special performance from American concert pianist Mona Golabek who tells the gripping, true story of her mother, Lisa Jura, who held on to her music and her dreams to survive one of the darkest periods in history. (more...)

BWW Review: Capital City Theatre's LADY DAY AT  EMERSON'S BAR AND GRILL at The Overture Jazz's Up MadisonBWW Review: Capital City Theatre's LADY DAY AT EMERSON'S BAR AND GRILL at The Overture Jazz's Up Madison
by Scott Rawson - Apr 3, 2017

From the moment, you are seated in the intimate Wisconsin Studio at the Overture Center you are transported to Emerson's Bar and Grill. The year,1959. The month, March. Billie Holiday will only live another 4 months, at which time she will die at the young age of 44 from cirrhosis of the liver. (more...)

Colby Christina Announced as 2017 National Black Theatre Festival Teen Co-ChairColby Christina Announced as 2017 National Black Theatre Festival Teen Co-Chair
by BWW News Desk - Mar 31, 2017

Say Hello to the 2017 National Black Theatre Festival Teen Co-Chair COLBY CHRISTINA! The Celebrity Co-Chairs are Anna Maria Horsford and Obba Babatunde. (more...)

Corky Hale to Present Birthday Tribute to Billie Holiday at Catalina Jazz ClubCorky Hale to Present Birthday Tribute to Billie Holiday at Catalina Jazz Club
by BWW News Desk - Mar 29, 2017

Acclaimed Jazz harpist-pianist-vocalist Corky Hale will present a 102nd Birthday Show honoring Billie Holiday on Thursday, April 6 at the Catalina Jazz Club in Hollywood.  Hale is one of the few people still performing who was actually a close friend of Holiday's, playing for her on the 'Stars of Jazz' TV show, and on several recordings and live appearances. (more...)

'Legendary Ladies of Song' Lights Up Suncoast Showroom 5/13'Legendary Ladies of Song' Lights Up Suncoast Showroom 5/13
by BWW News Desk - Mar 27, 2017

Bill Fayne's "Legendary Ladies of Song" will showcase world-famous hits of legendary musicians throughout the decades on Saturday, May 13. (more...)

BWW Preview: CityRep Presents Audra McDonald In a One-Night Only Concert at OCCC's Visual and Performing Arts CenterBWW Preview: CityRep Presents Audra McDonald In a One-Night Only Concert at OCCC's Visual and Performing Arts Center
by Ronn Burton - Mar 27, 2017

CityRep, Oklahoma's award-winning professional theatre, is proud to present six-time Tony Award winner Audra McDonald in a one-night only Broadway Concert event. This extraordinary evening marks Ms. McDonald's Oklahoma premiere. BroadwayWorld chatted with CityRep Founding Artistic Director Donald Jordan to find out just what it takes to bring a Broadway superstar to the heartland. (more...)

'MIGHTY REAL' and 'PHYLLIS HYMAN' Come Together for a Spring Weekend at The Gramercy Theater'MIGHTY REAL' and 'PHYLLIS HYMAN' Come Together for a Spring Weekend at The Gramercy Theater
by BWW News Desk - Mar 27, 2017

AnthonyKen LLC will present their two hit biographical musicals MIGHTY REAL: A FABULOUS SYLVESTER MUSICAL and AN EVENING WITH PHYLLIS HYMAN together for one weekend only at The Gramercy Theater (127 East 23rd Street) this May. (more...)

Broadway in Leimert Park Opens with 'Express Yourself' Singer Charles WrightBroadway in Leimert Park Opens with 'Express Yourself' Singer Charles Wright
by BWW News Desk - Mar 26, 2017

The Barbara Morrison Performing Arts Center will celebrate Jazz Appreciation Month in April with Broadway in Leimert Park, 27 performances beginningSaturday with Charles Wright, the writer and vocalist of the iconic 'Express Yourself' with the Watts 103rd Street Band, joining Emmy-nominated jazz and blues singer Morrison for a concert that begins at 7 p.m. (more...)

BWW Feature: Capital City Theatre Kicks off 2017 Season with LADY DAY AT EMERSON'S BAR AND GRILLBWW Feature: Capital City Theatre Kicks off 2017 Season with LADY DAY AT EMERSON'S BAR AND GRILL
by Angie Stanton - Mar 24, 2017

Capital City Theatre opens it's 2017 season with LADY DAY AT EMERSON'S BAR AND GRILL, the story of famed jazz vocalist, Billie Holiday, considered one of the most influential jazz singers of all time. (more...)

Ben Davis, Lesli Margherita and More to Sing '40s Tunes in BROADWAY BY THE YEAR at Town HallBen Davis, Lesli Margherita and More to Sing '40s Tunes in BROADWAY BY THE YEAR at Town Hall
by BWW News Desk - Mar 24, 2017

Tony Award Honoree Ben Davis (Violet, A Little Night Music, La Boheme), Lesli Margherita (Matilda, Dames at Sea), Kendrick Jones (Shuffle Along, The Scottsboro Boys) & Drama Desk Award-nominee Daniel Reichard (Original Cast of Jersey Boys) will join previously announced Tony Award winner Karen Ziemba (Bullets Over Broadway, Curtains, Contact), multi-award winning Nightclub star Klea Blackhurst & Steve 'The Whistler' Herbst at Town Hall's Broadway by the Year Series on Monday, March 27 at 8pm, 'The Broadway Musicals of the 1940s,' which will highlight the music of Rodgers & Hammerstein, Kurt Weill & Leonard Bernstein. (more...)

Randy Sharp to Direct Sidney Kingsley's DEAD END at Axis TheatreRandy Sharp to Direct Sidney Kingsley's DEAD END at Axis Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Mar 23, 2017

Axis Company has announced that Randy Sharp, who has won acclaim for directing Edgar Oliver's celebrated trilogy of solo performances charting his life in New York City, will stage a new production of Dead End, Sidney Kingsley's seminal play about kids growing on the streets of the City during the Great Depression. (more...)

Tony Bennett's Daughter Antonia Bennett to Make Cafe Carlyle Debut This SpringTony Bennett's Daughter Antonia Bennett to Make Cafe Carlyle Debut This Spring
by BWW News Desk - Mar 23, 2017

Acclaimed singer Antonia Bennett makes her Cafe Carlyle debut, May 23 - June 3. (more...)

LADY DAY, TRUE WEST and More Set for Rep Stage's 25th Anniversary SeasonLADY DAY, TRUE WEST and More Set for Rep Stage's 25th Anniversary Season
by BWW News Desk - Mar 22, 2017

Rep Stage, the professional regional theatre in residence at Howard Community College, announces its 25th anniversary season lineup of three contemporary classics-'The Heidi Chronicles,' 'Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill,' and 'True West'-and a world premiere play about Baltimore's eccentric Cone sisters in Susan McCully's 'All She Must Possess.' (more...)

BWW Review: BROADWAY BY THE YEAR Celebrates the 1920s with Scorching Vocal Performances, Paying Tribute to the Past with Stars of the PresentBWW Review: BROADWAY BY THE YEAR Celebrates the 1920s with Scorching Vocal Performances, Paying Tribute to the Past with Stars of the Present
by Casey Mink - Mar 16, 2017

BROADWAY BY THE YEAR, the musical revue series created, written, directed, and hosted by Scott Siegel and which pays tribute to a different era of Broadway composers each program, is a stroke of brilliance. Occurring once a month, each evening is dedicated specifically to one decade of American musical theater, and features some of the most talented stars currently working in American musical theater. The series' most recent installment (and the first of 2017) on February 27 at its usual home, The Town Hall, paid tribute to the 1920s. The decade, which inducted into the theatrical cannon the likes of George and Ira Gershwin and Richard Rodgers, brims with melodically-rich scores including songs of yearning and joviality. The tunes selected for the evening certainly felt of their era; however, put into the hands of such skilled performers as Carolee Carmello, Beth Malone, and Robert Cuccioli (to name a few), they could be heard with fresh and non-cynical ears. (more...)

BWW Recap: The 32nd Bistro Awards Honor Best of Cabaret, Comedy and Jazz at Gotham Comedy ClubBWW Recap: The 32nd Bistro Awards Honor Best of Cabaret, Comedy and Jazz at Gotham Comedy Club
by Casey Mink - Mar 14, 2017

At the 32nd Bistro Awards on March 13, produced by Sherry Eaker, attendees hunkered down at Gotham Comedy Club in the hours before a blizzard hit Manhattan to honor the best in the year's cabaret, comedy and jazz performances. Of course, the prospect of a little snow wouldn't deter honorees from coming out, though it did slightly impact the order of the evening's events, shifting the 'grand finale' to the 'grand opening.' (more...)

BWW Recap: The 32nd Bistro Awards Honor the Year's Best in Cabaret, Comedy and Jazz at Gotham Comedy Club
by Casey Mink - Mar 14, 2017

At the 32nd Bistro Awards on March 13, produced by Sherry Eaker, attendees hunkered down at Gotham Comedy Club in the hours before a blizzard hit Manhattan to honor the best in the year's cabaret, comedy and jazz performances. Of course, the prospect of a little snow wouldn't deter honorees from coming out, though it did slightly impact the order of the evening's events, shifting the "grand finale" to the "grand opening." (more...)

Jazz Women of NY Celebrate Women In Jazz Month at Metropolitan RoomJazz Women of NY Celebrate Women In Jazz Month at Metropolitan Room
by BWW News Desk - Mar 14, 2017

Jazz Women of New York is a new all-woman band conceived by vocalist Lee Torchia.  The core group is pianist Jill McManus, bassist Melissa Slocum, drummer Sylvia Cuenca, flutist Andrea Brachfeld, and saxophonist Carol Sudhalter, with occasional subs from the female side of NY jazz. (more...)

Announcing Theatrical Outfit's 2017-2018 SEASON OF CHARACTERAnnouncing Theatrical Outfit's 2017-2018 SEASON OF CHARACTER
by BWW News Desk - Mar 13, 2017

Theatrical Outfit, Atlanta's second-oldest continually-operating professional theatre, aspires to create a compassionate, joyful and just community by starting the conversations that matter. From The Hunchback of Notre Dame, a timeless, epic musical co-production with Aurora Theatre (our third year in a row), to the conversation-starting new play Boy about gender reassignment, to the Atlanta premiere of GA native Lauren Gunderson's new, co-authored, Jane Austen-inspired holiday hit Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley, to an intimate look at one of legend Billie Holiday's final solo appearances in Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill, to the Atlanta professional homecoming of Perfect Arrangement, local writer Topher Payne's mid-century gay-rights comedy, to a world premiere collaboration with Atlanta Opera, to T.O.'s non-traditional update on the sizzling Broadway classic 110 in the Shade, to year two of our Unexpected Play Readings, our 2017-2018 Season of Character truly offers something for everyone. (more...)

Karen Ziemba, Klea Blackhurst and More to Bring the '40s to Town Hall for 'Broadway by the Year'Karen Ziemba, Klea Blackhurst and More to Bring the '40s to Town Hall for 'Broadway by the Year'
by BWW News Desk - Mar 13, 2017

Tony Award winner Karen Ziemba (Bullets Over Broadway, Curtains, Contact), multi-award winning Nightclub star Klea Blackhurst and Steve 'The Whistler' Herbst are set to star in Town Hall's Broadway by the Year Series on Monday, March 27 at 8pm, 'The Broadway Musicals of the 1940s,' which will highlight the music of Rodgers & Hammerstein, Kurt Weill & Leonard Bernstein. (more...)

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