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Six-Time Tony Winner Audra McDonald Returning to Van Wezel, 3/22Six-Time Tony Winner Audra McDonald Returning to Van Wezel, 3/22
by BWW News Desk - Mar 2, 2015

The mesmerizing songstress Audra McDonald, will grace the Van Wezel stage on March 22, 2015 at 7:00pm with a dazzling performance of her favorite show-tunes and songs from her new album Go Back Home. Her breadth and versatility as both a singer and an actress combines to make her the powerhouse artist that she is. With a record six Tony Awards, two Grammy Awards, and a whole catalogue of other awards to her name, making her one of today's most highly regarded performers. (more...)

Annie Lennox: Nostalgia Live in Concert Set for THIRTEEN's Great Performances on PBS, 4/3Annie Lennox: Nostalgia Live in Concert Set for THIRTEEN's Great Performances on PBS, 4/3
by TV News Desk - Mar 2, 2015

Throughout her four-decade career, music superstarAnnie Lennoxhas defied categorization, diving into blues, soul, folk and pop to create songs that captivate and transcend boundaries. (more...)

Audra McDonald Coming to Pittsburgh's Landmark Byham Theater, 4/15Audra McDonald Coming to Pittsburgh's Landmark Byham Theater, 4/15
by BWW News Desk - Mar 2, 2015

The Hill House Association (www.hillhouse.org) will present six-time Tony Award winner Audra McDonald in concert for one night only. The performance will begin at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, April 15(th) at the landmark Byham Theater. (more...)

BWW Reviews: JOEY ARIAS Presents A Sympatico Centennial Tribute to Billie Holiday at Lincoln Center's American SongbookBWW Reviews: JOEY ARIAS Presents A Sympatico Centennial Tribute to Billie Holiday at Lincoln Center's American Songbook
by Alix Cohen - Feb 27, 2015

Vocalist Joey Arias is not what he appears to the uninitiated. This is not a drag performer executing pastiche, but rather an artist serious about music with the talent to offer a full-blooded show. Lifelong affinity for Billie Holiday first professionally surfaced in 1987's Recording Arias on Holiday and continued with the Off-Broadway run of Strange Fruit, an homage to the icon. Her concert Wednesday night for Lincoln Center's American Songbook series, with evocative musical arrangement by Matt Ray, brings Arias' devotion "all the way from downtown above 14th Street." (more...)

Casts of THE LAST SHIP and SIDE SHOW, Ben Vereen, Melissa Manchester & More Set for 54 Below Next MonthCasts of THE LAST SHIP and SIDE SHOW, Ben Vereen, Melissa Manchester & More Set for 54 Below Next Month
by BWW News Desk - Feb 26, 2015

This March, 54 BELOW presents an exciting lineup of the brightest talent from Broadway and beyond. Located just below the legendary Studio 54 at 254 West 54th Street. Below, find the schedule for upcoming events over the next month. (more...)

The Brooklyn Museum's Target First Continues 3/7The Brooklyn Museum's Target First Continues 3/7
by BWW News Desk - Feb 25, 2015

On March 7, Target First Saturday celebrates Women's History Month with an evening of music, film, and more. Highlights include music by D.J. duo JSMN (Jasmine Solano) and MeLo-X, Alissia & the Funketeers and Princess Nokia; screenings of LaDonna Harris: Indian 101 and Didn't I Ask for Tea?; a discussion with Tavi Gevinson, founder of Rookie Magazine; and a performance workshop with Colored Girls Hustle. (more...)

WAKE UP with BWW 2/25/2015 - BROOKLYNITE, BRIGHT HALF LIFE, MAN AND SUPERMAN and More!WAKE UP with BWW 2/25/2015 - BROOKLYNITE, BRIGHT HALF LIFE, MAN AND SUPERMAN and More!
by Jessica Showers - Feb 25, 2015

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: BROOKLYNITE and BRIGHT HALF LIFE open off-Broadway, Ralph Fiennes stars in MAN AND SUPERMAN at the National and more! (more...)

Joey Arias Tributes Billie Holiday Tonight as Part of Lincoln Center's American Songbook SeriesJoey Arias Tributes Billie Holiday Tonight as Part of Lincoln Center's American Songbook Series
by BWW News Desk - Feb 25, 2015

Now in its 16th season, Lincoln Center's acclaimed series American Songbook continues to expand its scope in celebrating the best in American singing and songwriting, with Joey Arias in A CENTENNIAL TRIBUTE TO BILLIE HOLIDAY tonight, February 25, 2015 at the Appel Room. (more...)

MIGHTY REAL: A FABULOUS SYLVESTER MUSICAL Heads to Philadelphia, 4/3-5MIGHTY REAL: A FABULOUS SYLVESTER MUSICAL Heads to Philadelphia, 4/3-5
by BWW News Desk - Feb 24, 2015

MIGHTY REAL: A FABULOUS SYLVESTER MUSICAL, the hit musical celebration of the life and music of the original 1970s 'Queen of Disco,' Sylvester, will come to Philadelphia for one weekend only, performing at the Painted Bride Art Center (230 Vine Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106) for five shows only: Friday, April 3rd, 2015 @ 8pm; Saturday, April 4th, 2015 @ 2pm & 8pm; and Sunday, April 5th, 2015 @ 3pm & 7:30pm. (more...)

54 Below to Welcome Maureen McGovern, 3/10-1454 Below to Welcome Maureen McGovern, 3/10-14
by BWW News Desk - Feb 24, 2015

54 BELOW, Broadway's Supper Club, presents Maureen McGovern in 'Celebrating Women Singer/ Songwriters.' Maureen celebrates women singer/songwriters in her powerful new show and forthcoming CD, Sing, My Sisters, Sing!. (more...)

BWW Reviews: ADELAIDE FRINGE 2015: BLOOD AT THE ROOT Shows How Little Racial Tension Has Eased In AmericaBWW Reviews: ADELAIDE FRINGE 2015: BLOOD AT THE ROOT Shows How Little Racial Tension Has Eased In America
by Barry Lenny - Feb 16, 2015

A dramatisation of the true story of the Jena Six, black teenasgers jailed for attempted murder after beating up a white student (more...)

The Nash Series Presents EXPLORING MASTERS OF JAZZ, 3/10The Nash Series Presents EXPLORING MASTERS OF JAZZ, 3/10
by BWW News Desk - Feb 15, 2015

April is Jazz Appreciation month and in recognition, the Nash announces a new series of classes for the public to learn about the history of jazz by examining the great masters. This four-part series will be led by ASU jazz instructor, Dr. Jeffry Libman, who will present four weekly Wednesday morning sessions in April each focusing on a different jazz instrument and its master musicians and vocalists. Dr. Libman will lead the discussions with histories and recordings from the great masters such as John Coltrane, Dizzie Gillespie, Thelonious Monk and Billie Holiday. (more...)

San Francisco to Celebrate Sylvester With 'MIGHTY REAL DAY' Tomorrow; Musical Begins on Valentine's DaySan Francisco to Celebrate Sylvester With 'MIGHTY REAL DAY' Tomorrow; Musical Begins on Valentine's Day
by BWW News Desk - Feb 12, 2015

?The city of San Francisco will honor the legendary disco singer Sylvester, along with the opening of MIGHTY REAL: A FABULOUS SYLVESTER MUSICAL -- the acclaimed celebration of the life and music of the original 1970s "Queen of Disco" -- with San Francisco Supervisor, Scott Weiner, set to present a proclamation for "Mighty Real Day: Honoring Sylvester & His Music" on Friday, February 13, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. (Pacific) at Sylvester's star on the Castro Rainbow Honor Walk. MIGHTY REAL: A FABULOUS SYLVESTER MUSICAL began performances at the Brava Theater Center (2781 24th Street) on Wednesday, February 11th and will open on Saturday, February 14th, 2015. The limited San Francisco engagement is scheduled through Sunday, March 1st. (more...)

Cassandra Wilson to Celebrate Billie Holiday at Harris Center, 3/2Cassandra Wilson to Celebrate Billie Holiday at Harris Center, 3/2
by BWW News Desk - Feb 12, 2015

Join Cassandra Wilson as she celebrates Billie Holiday's 100th birthday with a preview of her upcoming album, Coming Forth By Day: A Celebration of Billie Holiday. Harris Center for the Arts is one of her stops on a worldwide promotion tour of this homage dedicated to the beauty, power, and genius of Billie Holiday. (more...)

Theater, Dance & More at The Ridgefield PlayhouseTheater, Dance & More at The Ridgefield Playhouse
by Contests - Broadway - Feb 11, 2015

On a bitterly cold London evening, schoolteacher Kyra Hollis (Carey Mulligan) receives an unexpected visit from her former lover, Tom Sergeant (Bill Nighy). As the evening progresses, the two attempt to rekindle their once passionate relationship only to find themselves locked in a dangerous battle of opposing ideologies and mutual desires. (more...)

Diana Ross' MAHOGANY to Celebrate 40th Anniversary with Couture DVD EditionDiana Ross' MAHOGANY to Celebrate 40th Anniversary with Couture DVD Edition
by Movies News Desk - Feb 9, 2015

Celebrate 40 years of the classic story of one young woman's passion to achieve her dreams with MAHOGANY The Couture Edition arriving on DVD May 5, 2015 from Paramount Home Media Distribution. (more...)

The Ridgefield Playhouse to Welcome Kat Edmonson, 3/7The Ridgefield Playhouse to Welcome Kat Edmonson, 3/7
by BWW News Desk - Feb 9, 2015

She's new to the music scene but her vocals sound as if she's been around forever. Kat Edmonson is not only part of The Ridgefield Playhouse Emerging Artist series but also part of the No. 109 Cheese & Wine 'Evening of Art, Wine and Jazz'. Saturday, March 7, kicks off at 7:15 p.m. with a free wine tasting and art by photographer Bonnie Edelman in the lobby before being treated to the music of retro-soul chanteuse Kat Edmonson, who has been compared to everyone from Billie Holiday to Nora Jones. (more...)

Upcoming Equity Auditions Sunday, Feb. 8Upcoming Equity Auditions Sunday, Feb. 8
by - Feb 8, 2015

Upcoming Equity Auditions from Sunday, February 8, 2015. (more...)

Rutgers University Seeks New Executive DirectorRutgers University Seeks New Executive Director
by BWW News Desk - Feb 8, 2015

Rutgers University is now seeking a new executive director to promote the university's jazz program. (more...)

Tickets to Beautiful Soup's May Festival Now on SaleTickets to Beautiful Soup's May Festival Now on Sale
by BWW News Desk - Feb 6, 2015

Tickets are now on sale for Beautiful Soup's festival of plays by Steven Carl McCasland. Priced $18 each, audiences also have the option to see all 5 plays at a reduced price. (more...)

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