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BWW Reviews: THE SUIT Brings Renowned Director, Peter Brook, To AdelaideBWW Reviews: THE SUIT Brings Renowned Director, Peter Brook, To Adelaide
by Barry Lenny - Oct 6, 2014

Renowned director, Peter Brook, has stripped the production of all unnecessary accoutrements in order to focus entirely on the story. (more...)

Annie Ross Performs Tribute & CD Release Show at The Metropolitan Room, 10/14Annie Ross Performs Tribute & CD Release Show at The Metropolitan Room, 10/14
by BWW News Desk - Oct 4, 2014

The concept of tribute in jazz has become as common as the use of 4/4 time. But when a tribute is paid to a giant by an artist who has earned her own right to tribute through her personal accomplishments, an entirely new dimension is in play. Such is the case with Annie Ross' stunning To Lady with Love – an extraordinary homage to Annie's personal idol – the immortal Billie Holiday. (more...)

'MIGHTY REAL' to End Off-Broadway Run this Weekend'MIGHTY REAL' to End Off-Broadway Run this Weekend
by BWW News Desk - Oct 3, 2014

MIGHTY REAL: A FABULOUS SYLVESTER MUSICAL, a musical celebration of the life of the original 1970s 'Queen of Disco' Sylvester, will end its critically acclaimed, limited Off-Broadway engagement on Sunday, October 5, 2014 at Theatre at St. Clement's (423 W. 46th Street). Presented by AnthonyKen LLC and Sheryl Lee Ralph/The Diva Foundation, the musical was written by and starred Anthony Wayne (Pippin, Anything Goes, Priscilla Queen of the Desert), and was co-directed by Mr. Wayne and Kendrell Bowman, who also designed the show's costumes. Mr. Wayne and Mr. Bowman are currently planning a San Francisco engagement for the show, as well as a return to New York City in 2015. (more...)

Nevada Ballet Theatre to Join VERONIC Voices as Charity Partner for "Lend Your Voice" Fundraising CampaignNevada Ballet Theatre to Join VERONIC Voices as Charity Partner for "Lend Your Voice" Fundraising Campaign
by BWW News Desk - Sep 30, 2014

LAS VEGAS (September 29, 2014) - Vocal impressionist Veronic DiCaire will raise funds and awareness for her selected charity partner Nevada Ballet Theatre in October, as part of her "Lend Your Voice" campaign, a monthly goodwill effort for Las Vegas-based nonprofits. During her performances from October 2 through October 18 at the Jubilee Theater at Bally's Las Vegas, Veronic will encourage audience donations and provide information on Nevada Ballet Theatre's mission from the powerful platform that is her stage. (more...)

Lady Gaga Talks Great American Songbook & CHEEK TO CHEEK: LIVE!Lady Gaga Talks Great American Songbook & CHEEK TO CHEEK: LIVE!
by Pat Cerasaro - Sep 30, 2014

Lady Gaga talks about the Great American Songbook and her affection for jazz! (more...)

Ridgefield Playhouse to Welcome Macy Gray, 10/4Ridgefield Playhouse to Welcome Macy Gray, 10/4
by BWW News Desk - Sep 25, 2014

Macy Gray fans won't want to miss her only area performance at The Ridgefield Playhouse on Saturday, October 4, at 8 p.m. (more...)

Karen Giorgio to Bring '5 TIMES A LADY' to Martinis Above Fourth Table + Stage, 10/9Karen Giorgio to Bring '5 TIMES A LADY' to Martinis Above Fourth Table + Stage, 10/9
by BWW News Desk - Sep 25, 2014

On Thursday, October 9 at 8:00 PM, Martinis Above Fourth Table + Stage and Sher Krieger Events are presenting Karen Giorgio in '5 Times A Lady: Bette, Barbra, Judy, Ella, Billie - Their Songs, Their Stories.' (more...)

INDUSTRY INSIGHT: Weekly Grosses Analysis -  9/22INDUSTRY INSIGHT: Weekly Grosses Analysis - 9/22
by BWW Special Coverage - Sep 22, 2014

Welcome to this week's edition of our new WEEKLY GROSSES ANALYSIS, part of our new Industry Insights section that will feature insider industry information, commentary and insights! Read on for all the weekly grosses statistics for the movers and shakers from the latest grosses, 9/21/2014. (more...)

Joey Arias to Return to Feinstein's at the Nikko, 10/10Joey Arias to Return to Feinstein's at the Nikko, 10/10
by BWW News Desk - Sep 22, 2014

Following a sold-out engagement last October, Joey Arias returns to Feinstein's at the Nikko for one performance only with an intimate show for piano and voice featuring his music director and pianist Matt Ray on Friday, October 10 at 8 p.m. Ray has served as music director for Arias' sold out residencies at Joe's Pub and resumes this role on Arias' forthcoming Billie Holiday Centennial Concerts in the Spring of 2015. The piano and voice format allows for a high degree of improvisation, allowing these peerless musicians an opportunity to explore the depths of their musical communion. The repertoire includes original songs, unexpected covers and, of course, Arias' signature 'channeling' of Billie Holiday. Tickets for Joey Arias range in price from $25-$40 and are available now by calling 866.663.1063 or visiting www.ticketweb.com. (more...)

BWW Reviews: MEMBER OF THE WEDDING Has Reception on Theatre Memphis' Next StageBWW Reviews: MEMBER OF THE WEDDING Has Reception on Theatre Memphis' Next Stage
by Joseph Baker - Sep 22, 2014

Following the recent triumph of the musical THE ADDAMS FAMILY, and nestled quietly in the more intimate setting of Theatre Memphis' Next Stage, Carson McCullers' touching THE MEMBER OF THE WEDDING offers yet another 'Addams Family.' This time, however, the trio of performers who dominate the play - tomboyish 'Frankie' (nee 'Frances'), odd little 'John Henry,' and warm, nurturing 'Berenice' - easily draw the audience members into the world of their kitchen and garden area. It may seem a ridiculous notion, but I couldn't help seeing a similarity between the two plays. In both plays, the main characters are removed from an outside, 'normal' world; and in both plays, there are characters who wish to be seen by others as normal. Yet, THE MEMBER OF THE WEDDING, despite its moments of humor (and there are many such moments), is full of longing and pain and frustration. (more...)

Public Theater Extends Bridget Everett's ROCK BOTTOM Through 10/16Public Theater Extends Bridget Everett's ROCK BOTTOM Through 10/16
by BWW News Desk - Sep 19, 2014

Due to popular demand, The Public Theater has extended Bridget Everett's critically acclaimed ROCK BOTTOM at Joe's Pub to Thursday, October 16. Created by Bridget Everett, Marc Shaiman, Scott Wittman, Adam 'Ad-Rock' Horovitz, and Matt Ray, and directed by Scott Wittman, this shockingly funny and moving new show began performances on September 9 and was originally slated to close on October 11. ROCK BOTTOM was originally commissioned as part of the Joe's Pub 2013 New York Voices series. (more...)

Apollo Theater and World Music Institute to Present AFRICA NOW! South Africa Festival, 10/9-12Apollo Theater and World Music Institute to Present AFRICA NOW! South Africa Festival, 10/9-12
by BWW News Desk - Sep 18, 2014

Karen Sander, Artistic & Executive Director, World Music Institute and The Apollo Theater, in partnership with World Music Institute, presents AFRICA NOW!, South Africa, showcasing today's South African music scene, October 9-12, 2014. (more...)

UPDATE: Audra McDonald 'Considering' Role in HELLO AGAIN Film Adaptation; No Deal in PlaceUPDATE: Audra McDonald 'Considering' Role in HELLO AGAIN Film Adaptation; No Deal in Place
by BWW News Desk - Sep 18, 2014

Despite previous reports, six-time Tony winner Audra McDonald's involvement in the film adaptation of Michael John LaChuisa's HELLO AGAIN is not yet a done deal. (more...)

Audra McDonald to Star in Film Version of Sexual Tryst-Themed Musical HELLO AGAINAudra McDonald to Star in Film Version of Sexual Tryst-Themed Musical HELLO AGAIN
by Movies News Desk - Sep 17, 2014

The uber-talented star is set to appear in a film version of a musical titled HELLO AGAIN, which Friedman describes as a look into 'sexual trysts set over several generations.' (more...)

Jinkx Monsoon & Fred Schneider Are Teaching the World 'The Bacon Shake' VideoJinkx Monsoon & Fred Schneider Are Teaching the World 'The Bacon Shake' Video
by BWW News Desk - Sep 16, 2014

It's the video you've all been waiting for. A frolicking romp echoing back to vaudeville's debauchery, we join Jinkx Monsoon, Fred Schneider, and company for “The Bacon Shake” on BuzzFeed. Schneider explains to Out.com his desire to work with Jinkx, “They go back to another era and different styles of music, which is really refreshing.' (more...)

Photo Flash: Broadway at Birdland Features Natalie DouglasPhoto Flash: Broadway at Birdland Features Natalie Douglas
by BWW News Desk - Sep 14, 2014

On Monday, September 8, the Broadway at Birdland concert series was pleased to welcome Natalie Douglas back to her musical home. Her concert, Four Women, celebrated the music of Dr. Nina Simone, Lena Horne, Abbey Lincoln and Billie Holiday. Check out photos below! (more...)

Photo Coverage: Marilyn Maye Returns to BirdlandPhoto Coverage: Marilyn Maye Returns to Birdland
by Stephen Sorokoff - Sep 10, 2014

Referred by Ella Fitzgerald as 'the greatest white female singer in the world', by Johnny Carson as the 'Super Singer' and said to have a voice that is '...robust and steady, her stamina seemingly inexhaustible...' by the NY Times, Marilyn is a jazz legend known and loved by all. Check out photos from her Birdland return below! (more...)

6th Annual Fire This Time Festival Set for January 20156th Annual Fire This Time Festival Set for January 2015
by BWW News Desk - Sep 9, 2014

Now in it's sixth season, The Fire This Time Festival will welcome seven new playwrights into the family, January 19-February 8 at The Kraine Theater (85 East 4th Street between 2nd Avenue and Bowery). Aziza Barnes (me Aunt Jemima and the nailgun, published by Button Poetry Press), Rod Gailes OBC (COLORS: Dream Of the MASTA), Julienne L. Hairston (Ababuo in Project Y's Racey Play Reading Festival), Daaimah Mubashshir (Video Clare with Manhattan Repertory Theatre), Azure D. Osborne-Lee (member of EMERGENYC and Rising Circle Theater Collective's INKtank), Larry Powell (Dreams of a Prophet) and James Anthony Tyler (Some Old Black Man starring Arthur French at La MaMa). These playwrights will present an evening of ten-minute plays, each inspired by one of Alex Harsley's original photographs. More of Harsley's pieces will be featured at the TFTT festival kick-off event this fall, in which he and the playwrights will be introduced to the Horse Trade Theater Group and 4th Street Arts Block community. (more...)

Former Miss VA Meghan Shanley Releases Debut AlbumFormer Miss VA Meghan Shanley Releases Debut Album
by BWW News Desk - Sep 9, 2014

In the shining tradition of truly great singers, Meghan Shanley steps fully into the spotlight. (more...)

Deborah Voigt, David Hyde Pierce and More Set for WQXR & Carnegie Hall's 2014-15 CARNEGIE HALL LIVE SeriesDeborah Voigt, David Hyde Pierce and More Set for WQXR & Carnegie Hall's 2014-15 CARNEGIE HALL LIVE Series
by BWW News Desk - Sep 8, 2014

This fall, WQXR, New York City's classical music station and CARNEGIE HALL will once again bring concerts from the renowned concert hall to national and international audiences through live and recorded broadcasts and webcasts of 12 concerts from the 2014-15 season. (more...)

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