Billie Holiday News

BWW Review: Max & Louie Productions' Compelling LADY DAY AT EMERSON'S BAR & GRILLBWW Review: Max & Louie Productions' Compelling LADY DAY AT EMERSON'S BAR & GRILL
by Chris Gibson - Feb 24, 2017

Playwright Lanie Robertson's alternately harrowing and exhilarating work, LADY DAY AT EMERSON'S BAR & GRILL, is an intriguing take on Billie Holiday's final performance in 1959. Holiday was a jazz singer who could captivate an audience with her unique vocal style, which combined elements of Louis Armstrong and Bessie Smith, two performers she idolized growing up. She had a storied career and tumultuous life that was further undone by drug and alcohol addictions that would leave her dead from heart failure and cirrhosis of the liver. But, her legacy is undeniable, and this play allows us to see her talent, as well as the demons that haunted her. Max & Louie Productions is presenting a superlative production of this work which is smartly crafted and brilliantly performed. (more...)


by BWW News Desk - Feb 22, 2017

Columbia University and Ambassador Jean Kennedy Smith have announced that A 24-Decade History of Popular Music: A Radical Fairy Realness Ritual by Taylor Mac and Matt Ray is the 2017 winner of the Edward M. Kennedy Prize for Drama Inspired by American History. (more...)

Cast Complete for American Premiere of ANGRY YOUNG MAN at Urban StagesCast Complete for American Premiere of ANGRY YOUNG MAN at Urban Stages
by BWW News Desk - Feb 21, 2017

Urban Stages, Frances Hill, Founding Artistic Director, has announced the cast of the American Premiere of the award-winning drama Angry Young Man by award-winning playwright Ben Woolf, directed by Stephen Hamilton. (more...)

Theatre Three Cancels Next Theatre Too Production THE EMPRESS, THE LADY, AND THE PEARL PART II; MISS BILLIE AND MISS FREDDIETheatre Three Cancels Next Theatre Too Production THE EMPRESS, THE LADY, AND THE PEARL PART II; MISS BILLIE AND MISS FREDDIE
by BWW News Desk - Feb 20, 2017

Theatre Three has cancelled the production of The Empress, The Lady, and The Pearl Part II; Miss Billie and Miss Freddie. The show was scheduled to run March 23-April 16 in the Theatre Three's downstairs performance space Theatre Too. The show will not be replaced on the Theatre Too 2016-17 season. Ticket holders will be refunded in full.  (more...)

Liam Forde, Kristoffer Lowe and Natalie Douglas to Headline Cabaret Series at Lynn This SpringLiam Forde, Kristoffer Lowe and Natalie Douglas to Headline Cabaret Series at Lynn This Spring
by BWW News Desk - Feb 16, 2017

Lynn University and Jan McArt, producer and director of theatre arts program development, today announced that tickets are still available for this season's remaining concerts under the popular Mabel Mercer Foundation's Cabaret at Lincoln Center comes to Live at Lynn series. (more...)

Full Renovation of Brooklyn's Billie Holiday Theatre UnderwayFull Renovation of Brooklyn's Billie Holiday Theatre Underway
by BWW News Desk - Feb 16, 2017

A $4.1 million renovation and expansion of the historic Billie Holiday Theatre at Restoration Plaza in Bedford-Stuyvesant is on target to be completed this Spring, announced the New York City Department of Design Construction (DDC) today, which is managing the project for the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs (DCLA). (more...)

BWW Interview: Composer and Lyricist Robert J Sherman Talks BUMBLESCRATCHBWW Interview: Composer and Lyricist Robert J Sherman Talks BUMBLESCRATCH
by Marianka Swain - Feb 16, 2017

Composer and lyricist Robert J Sherman's work includes musicals Love Birds and Bumblescratch. The latter, set during the Great Plague and Great Fire of London and told from a perspective of a plague rat, received a gala concert presentation last year at the Adelphi Theatre starring Darren Day, Jessica Martin and Michael Xavier. The cast recording is now available on CD from SimG Records. (more...)

Cast Complete for A RAISIN IN THE SUN, Starring Will Cobbs and Dawn Ursula, at Arena StageCast Complete for A RAISIN IN THE SUN, Starring Will Cobbs and Dawn Ursula, at Arena Stage
by BWW News Desk - Feb 15, 2017

The 'play that changed American theater forever' (New York Times) comes to Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater for the first time ever this spring. (more...)

Mike Stoller and Corky Hale to Host Italia Film FestivalMike Stoller and Corky Hale to Host Italia Film Festival
by BWW News Desk - Feb 14, 2017

Legendary songwriter Mike Stoller and his wife, musician-singer Corky Hale, will chair the 12th edition of the Los Angeles Italia Film, Fashion and Art Fest, which runs Feb. 19-25 at the Chinese Theatre, 6925 Hollywood Blvd., opening with Gianfranco Rossi's Oscar-nominated documentary "Sea of Fire."  The festival puts Italian cinema in the spotlight through a series of premieres, screening retrospectives and exhibitions, and Rossi will be presented with a special L.A. Italia Award as "Master of Documentary". (more...)

Cyrus Chestnut, SHOWBIZ AFTER HOURS and More Coming Up This Month at BirdlandCyrus Chestnut, SHOWBIZ AFTER HOURS and More Coming Up This Month at Birdland
by BWW News Desk - Feb 10, 2017

Birdland Jazz Club has announced its schedule for February 20-26, featuring Cyrus Chestnut Quartet, ShowBiz After Hours with Frank DiLella, Eric Comstock & Jon Burr, and more. Scroll down for details! (more...)

Rubicon Theatre Company Presents THE DEVIL'S MUSIC: THE LIFE AND BLUES OF BESSIE SMITHRubicon Theatre Company Presents THE DEVIL'S MUSIC: THE LIFE AND BLUES OF BESSIE SMITH
by BWW News Desk - Feb 9, 2017

Rubicon Theatre Company celebrates Black History Month with THE DEVIL'S MUSIC: THE LIFE AND BLUES OF BESSIE SMITH, starring singer and actress Miche Braden of the original Off-Broadway production (named one of the 10 Best Off-Broadway productions of the year by the N.Y. Daily Times). Described by CBC as a, "bawdy, bluesy, boozy rollicking night out at the theatre," the show follows the life, loves and career of blues and jazz singer Bessie Smith, called the "Empress of the Blues." (more...)

Ben Woolf's ANGRY YOUNG MAN Will Make American Debut at Urban StagesBen Woolf's ANGRY YOUNG MAN Will Make American Debut at Urban Stages
by BWW News Desk - Feb 9, 2017

Urban Stages, Frances Hill, Founding Artistic Director, will continue its 33rd season with the American Premiere of the award-winning drama Angry Young Man by award- winning playwright Ben Woolf, directed by Stephen Hamilton. (more...)

Kravis Center Promises An Entertainment-Packed March With Numerous Concerts, Shows & Superstar PerformersKravis Center Promises An Entertainment-Packed March With Numerous Concerts, Shows & Superstar Performers
by BWW News Desk - Feb 7, 2017

The Raymond F. Kravis Center for the Performing Arts continues its star-packed 25th anniversary season in March 2017 with amazing performances from Hollywood to Bollywood, several fascinating lectures, two of Broadway's biggest hits, and the much-anticipated return of Michael Feinstein & the Kravis Center Pops Orchestra. (more...)

Nightclub Listings for Blue Note Napa this WeekNightclub Listings for Blue Note Napa this Week
by BWW News Desk - Feb 7, 2017

See what's going on this week at Blue Note Napa! (more...)

Singer-Songwriter Jackie Paladino to Perform at Webster Hall, 2/23Singer-Songwriter Jackie Paladino to Perform at Webster Hall, 2/23
by TV News Desk - Feb 7, 2017

Singer-songwriter Jackie Paladino will be performing alongside AJ Smith, Domenico, Chetti, and Brett Miller on February 23rd at the studio at Webster Hall. Click here for more information (more...)

CHICAGO CABARET CONVENTION to Spotlight Local, National Talent This AprilCHICAGO CABARET CONVENTION to Spotlight Local, National Talent This April
by BWW News Desk - Feb 3, 2017

New York's renowned musical organization, The Mabel Mercer Foundation, announced today that it will return to the Midwest this spring for the first time since 2006 to present its fourth 'Chicago Cabaret Convention.' (more...)

Millbrook Press Announces Four New Picture Books Featuring Noah Webster, Billie Holiday, the Moon, and a Picnic in the Animal KingdomMillbrook Press Announces Four New Picture Books Featuring Noah Webster, Billie Holiday, the Moon, and a Picnic in the Animal Kingdom
by BWW News Desk - Feb 3, 2017

Enjoy a new selection of exceptional picture books from Millbrook Press, a division of Lerner Publishing Group, this spring! Four fascinating new titles from acclaimed authors and illustrators will engage and entertain young readers. (more...)

Audra McDonald to Bring LADY DAY AT EMERSON'S BAR AND GRILL To The West EndAudra McDonald to Bring LADY DAY AT EMERSON'S BAR AND GRILL To The West End
by Alan Henry - Feb 2, 2017

Billie Holiday will be travelling across the pond this summer! BroadwayWorld can report that six-time Tony Award-winner Audra McDonald will make her West End debut as the legendary jazz icon in LADY DAY AT EMERSON'S BAR AND GRILL at Wyndham's Theatre with performances beginning on June 17th. (more...)

Six-Time Tony Winner Audra McDonald to Take the Stage in New OrleansSix-Time Tony Winner Audra McDonald to Take the Stage in New Orleans
by BWW News Desk - Feb 2, 2017

Record-breaking, six-time Tony Award winner Audra McDonald will return to New Orleans for Broadway @ NOCCA on March 31, 2017 as a benefit for the The NOCCA Institute. (more...)

Rep Lab the Short-Play Festival Returns to Milwaukee Rep 4/13-17Rep Lab the Short-Play Festival Returns to Milwaukee Rep 4/13-17
by BWW News Desk - Feb 1, 2017

Milwaukee Repertory Theater  presents the seventh annual production of Rep Lab, a short-play festival featuring The Rep's highly-lauded Emerging Professional Residents in the Stiemke Studio April 13 - 17.   Tickets are $15 and can be purchased online at www.MilwaukeeRep.com, by phone at 414-224-9490, or at the Ticket Office at 108 E Wells Street, Milwaukee. (more...)

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