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The Tiffany Austin Quintet to Make Feinstein's at the Nikko Debut, 1/30The Tiffany Austin Quintet to Make Feinstein's at the Nikko Debut, 1/30
by BWW News Desk - Dec 22, 2015

Join the Tiffany Austin Quintet in celebrating Bessie Smith, Billie Holiday and Nina Simone with Bessie, Billie and Nina: Celebrating the Queens of Swing on Saturday, January 30 at 7 p.m. at Feinstein's at the Nikko. (more...)

Sally Kellerman to Play Catalina Jazz ClubSally Kellerman to Play Catalina Jazz Club
by BWW News Desk - Dec 22, 2015

Sally Kellerman, the Oscar-nominated "Hot Lips" Houlihan of the original Robert Altman film 'M*A*S*H,' will bring her acclaimed show, 'A Little Jazz, a Little Blues, a Little Rock and Roll' to the Catalina Jazz Club in Hollywood for a special post-holiday engagement on Thursday, Jan. 7 at 8:00 PM. (more...)

Photo Flash: DYNAMITE DIVAS, A Tribute to Women of Soul at Black EnsemblePhoto Flash: DYNAMITE DIVAS, A Tribute to Women of Soul at Black Ensemble
by BWW News Desk - Dec 20, 2015

What happens when you put Aretha Franklin, Nancy Wilson and Gladys Knight together in the same room for a day? Well you certainly get some great nostalgic music that's for sure. Originally presented in 2001, Dynamite Divas will also feature Divas from the past such as Billie Holiday, Dinah Washington and Nina Simone, December 12, 2015 - January 24, 2016. (more...)

Elaine Paige, Christine Ebersole & More Set for PIAF Centennial Celebration TonightElaine Paige, Christine Ebersole & More Set for PIAF Centennial Celebration Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Dec 19, 2015

Producers Daniel Nardicio and Andy Brattain will honor Edith Piaf, the iconic French songstress on her actual 100th Birthday with PIAF: A CENTENNIAL CELEBRATION with stars from Broadway, London's West End, Jazz, Cabaret and Rock 'n' Roll. (more...)

BWW Review: Whether Jazzy or Bluesy, Catherine Russell & Her Sextet Offer Audiences Enthralling Performances of Iconic Music at BirdlandBWW Review: Whether Jazzy or Bluesy, Catherine Russell & Her Sextet Offer Audiences Enthralling Performances of Iconic Music at Birdland
by Alix Cohen - Dec 16, 2015

“If they wrote'm like that today,” Catherine Russell sighs after a particularly saucy number during her show last night at Birdland, “I wouldn't have to go back 90 years.” A Russell show is like actually being there then--primarily from the early 1900s through the 1940s. Which is not to say the artist sacrifices her own, original phrasing for imitation, but rather that feelings evoked by stylish arrangements and spot-on attitude transport us. She offers her audiences vivid authenticity, musical backbone. (more...)

Sally Kellerman to Play the Purple Room, Palm SpringsSally Kellerman to Play the Purple Room, Palm Springs
by BWW News Desk - Dec 13, 2015

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LA BANDA Superfan to Join Show as 4th Judge Via HologramLA BANDA Superfan to Join Show as 4th Judge Via Hologram
by TV News Desk - Dec 11, 2015

Univision Communications Inc. (UCI), the leading media company serving Hispanic America, together with Verizon and Hologram USA, will give one La Banda superfan the experience of a lifetime when they join the show via hologram as the “4th Judge.” (more...)

Monterey Jazz Festival to Tour in 2016Monterey Jazz Festival to Tour in 2016
by BWW News Desk - Dec 8, 2015

Highlights of the tour include a five-night run at Birdland in New York City, with appearances at major performing arts centers and colleges in Arkansas, Arizona, California, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Texas, and Virginia. (more...)

BWW Review: Urban Stages Winter Rhythms Show Celebrating Famous Duets Is Widely Varied and EntertainingBWW Review: Urban Stages Winter Rhythms Show Celebrating Famous Duets Is Widely Varied and Entertaining
by Alix Cohen - Dec 7, 2015

Described as “An Afternoon of Famous Duets,” Saturday's Urban Stages Winter Rhythms presentation (Day Four of the 11-day, 20-show festival) was unexpectedly sweeping in its approach, covering duos that sang pop, folk, jazz, Great American Songbook, and musical theater tunes. With veteran cabaret singer Sue Matsuki serving as producer and host, and Musical Director Gregory Toroian on piano, the show encompassed both the predictable and the surprising and was a genuine pleasure. (more...)

Yolanda Wyns Named One of the 2015 Musical America InfluencersYolanda Wyns Named One of the 2015 Musical America Influencers
by BWW News Desk - Dec 2, 2015

Yolanda Wyns, Director of Music of the Harlem School has been named one of the top 2015 Musical America influencers of the Year. (more...)

McDonald, Willis & More to Star in LaChiusa's Musical HELLO AGAIN; Filming UnderwayMcDonald, Willis & More to Star in LaChiusa's Musical HELLO AGAIN; Filming Underway
by TV News Desk - Dec 1, 2015

Last month, LaChiusa turned to Facebook to share the news that production is currently underway for the project (more...)

Gad Elmaleh, The Hot Sardines, The Skivvies and More Coming Up This Fall at Joe's PubGad Elmaleh, The Hot Sardines, The Skivvies and More Coming Up This Fall at Joe's Pub
by BWW News Desk - Nov 24, 2015

Joe's Pub at The Public has announced its upcoming nightly performances from November 25-December 6, 2015. Scroll down or visit www.joespub.com for a complete list of shows! (more...)

BWW Review: Ann Hampton Callaway Gracefully Celebrates Fellow Female Songwriters in Her Annual Thanksgiving Week Show at Feinstein's/54 BelowBWW Review: Ann Hampton Callaway Gracefully Celebrates Fellow Female Songwriters in Her Annual Thanksgiving Week Show at Feinstein's/54 Below
by Alix Cohen - Nov 24, 2015

Ann Hampton Callaway's new Thanksgiving week show at Feinstein's/54 Below (what has become an annual holiday appearance), Feminine Persuasion, celebrates women songwriters who excel at the craft, one of the few creative sectors where men have not held them back. Covering the waterfront, her selection includes, in part, Peggy Lee, whom she calls “the first singer/songwriter” (perhaps the first highly visible and successful one), Carolyn Lee “a secretary who didn't know how to take dictation,” “optimistic” Dorothy Fields--the first woman to win an Oscar for a song--and baby boomers Carole King and Joni Mitchell, and current pop star, Adele. “These women were/are trailblazers who broke through with their own voices.” (more...)

Photo Coverage: Ann Hampton Callaway Previews FEMININE PERSUASION at Feinstein's/54 BelowPhoto Coverage: Ann Hampton Callaway Previews FEMININE PERSUASION at Feinstein's/54 Below
by Walter McBride - Nov 23, 2015

For her annual Thanksgiving week show at Feinstein's/54 Below, Ann Hampton Callaway has crafted an exciting world premiere night of music centered on the songs of women songwriters who have inspired her. Billie Holiday's "God Bless the Child," Carole King's "Will You Love Me Tomorrow?", and Dorothy Field's "The Way You Look Tonight" are among the gems carefully chosen by he Platinum-selling composer and lyricist. Classics by Peggy Lee, Joni Mitchell, and Cynthia Weil, as well as songs by friends Michelle Brourman and Amanda McBroom reflect the unique female perspective on love, life, and the pursuit of happiness. (more...)

Lena Hall, SONDHEIM UNPLUGGED & More Set for Feinstein's/54 Below This WeekLena Hall, SONDHEIM UNPLUGGED & More Set for Feinstein's/54 Below This Week
by BWW News Desk - Nov 23, 2015

This week FEINSTEIN'S/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, visitwww.54Below.com/Feinsteins or call (646) 476-3551. (more...)

Photo Coverage: Ann Hampton Callaway Celebrates Women Songwriters at Feinstein's 54 BelowPhoto Coverage: Ann Hampton Callaway Celebrates Women Songwriters at Feinstein's 54 Below
by Stephen Sorokoff - Nov 23, 2015

For her annual Thanksgiving week show at 54 Below, Callaway crafted an exciting world premiere night of music centered on the songs of women songwriters who have inspired her. BroadwayWorld was there along with Michael Feinstein, Ginny Mancinni, Arlene Dahl, Clint Holmes, Marc Cherry and others. Billie Holiday's 'God Bless the Child,' Carole King's 'Will You Love Me Tomorrow?', and Dorothy Field's 'The Way You Look Tonight' are among the gems carefully chosen by he Platinum-selling composer and lyricist. Classics by Peggy Lee, Joni Mitchell, and Cynthia Weil, as well as songs by friends Michelle Brourman and Amanda McBroom reflect the unique female perspective on love, life, and the pursuit of happiness. (more...)

Broadway at the Cabaret - Top 5 Picks for November 23-29, Featuring Lena Hall, Telly Leung, and More!Broadway at the Cabaret - Top 5 Picks for November 23-29, Featuring Lena Hall, Telly Leung, and More!
by Louisa Brady - Nov 22, 2015

Broadway's 40 theatres aren't the only places to catch performances from your favorite stars! Well after Broadway orchestras begin their overtures, ensemble members take their dance breaks, and performers belt out their eleven o'clock numbers, the party continues at various cabaret venues throughout New York City. Below, BroadwayWorld brings you some cabaret highlights for this week as picked by our theatre editors, including: Telly Leung: Songs For You CD Release; Ann Hampton Callaway Celebrates Women Songwriters; Lena Hall: The Villa Satori - Growing up Haight Ashbury; Laurie Beechman Tribute at the Metropolitan Room; and Sondheim Unplugged. (more...)

FREEZE FRAME: Lena Hall, Norm Lewis, and Ann Hampton Callaway Preview Feinstein's/54 Below ShowsFREEZE FRAME: Lena Hall, Norm Lewis, and Ann Hampton Callaway Preview Feinstein's/54 Below Shows
by Walter McBride - Nov 21, 2015

Performers Ann Hampton Callaway, Norm Lewis, and Lena Hall recently previewed their Feinstein's/54 Below shows, and BroadwayWorld was on the scene! Check out photos of the actors below! (more...)

BWW Review: Iconic Cabaret Singer Baby Jane Dexter Keeps Raising The Bar With Her Compelling New Show IT'S PERSONAL at the Metropolitan RoomBWW Review: Iconic Cabaret Singer Baby Jane Dexter Keeps Raising The Bar With Her Compelling New Show IT'S PERSONAL at the Metropolitan Room
by John Hoglund - Nov 19, 2015

In her current show at the Metropolitan Room, It's Personal, Baby Jane Dexter once again reaches beyond the footlights and embraces her idolaters as only she can. In doing so, she makes them cry, laugh out loud, and view life with a different slant. After all these years, she's still packing them in and raising the bar. Her gravitas and strong self-belief make for an exciting and unique hour of cabaret. Dexter's joy at giving is evident throughout this new show. Serious minded but never preachy, this is an artist enjoying herself as much as her audience is. (more...)

BWW Review: New York Pops Salutes Harlem Renaissance With Montego Glover, Capathia Jenkins and Sy SmithBWW Review: New York Pops Salutes Harlem Renaissance With Montego Glover, Capathia Jenkins and Sy Smith
by Michael Dale - Nov 18, 2015

An evening of great orchestral jazz featuring three sophisticated ladies. (more...)

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