Billie Holiday News

The Inaugural Cohort Of The Field Leadership Fund Hosts  MOON SHINE At The National Black TheatreThe Inaugural Cohort Of The Field Leadership Fund Hosts MOON SHINE At The National Black Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Mar 12, 2017

The inaugural cohort of The Field Leadership Fund announces Moon Shine, a wine reception with pop-up expressions, to be held on Wednesday, April 19, 2017 at the National Black Theatre (NBT) in its current 48th season themed In Pursuit of Black Joy. (more...)

The Gilmore-Hoerner Endowment Presents A TRIBUTE TO ELLA FITZGERALDThe Gilmore-Hoerner Endowment Presents A TRIBUTE TO ELLA FITZGERALD
by BWW News Desk - Mar 9, 2017

The Gilmore-Hoerner Endowment will present a special, one day only concert, 'A Tribute to Ella Fitzgerald' featuring the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra on Sunday, April 30, 2017 at 3:00 p.m. at the Capitol Theatre in Chambersburg, PA.  Tickets for the event are $12 each, all seats reserved, are currently on sale at the Capitol Theatre at 717-263-0202 or online at www.thecapitoltheatre.org .  The Box Office is open from 11:00 A.M. - 4:30 P.M. Monday thru Friday and one hour prior to show. The theatre is located at 159 S. Main Street in Chambersburg, PA. (more...)

Stage Door Play Reading Series Returns to Irvington Town Hall TheaterStage Door Play Reading Series Returns to Irvington Town Hall Theater
by BWW News Desk - Mar 9, 2017

Irvington Town Hall Theater's Stage Door Series will present a reading of The Burning of New York by award-winning playwright Samuel Harps on Thursday, April 13 at 7:00 pm. Now in its third season, the series produces staged readings of original works complete with a Q&A afterwards with the playwright and actors. Without the technical aspects of a fully-staged show, the series offers a unique and exciting way to hear new voices in theater and be up close with the thought process that goes into writing a play.  (more...)

Randy Sharp to Direct Sidney Kingsley's DEAD END at Axis CompanyRandy Sharp to Direct Sidney Kingsley's DEAD END at Axis Company
by BWW News Desk - Mar 9, 2017

Axis Company is pleased to announce 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...)

Six-time Tony Award Winner Audra McDonald, with Special Guest Seth Rudetsky, Comes to The Wallis 5/11Six-time Tony Award Winner Audra McDonald, with Special Guest Seth Rudetsky, Comes to The Wallis 5/11
by BWW News Desk - Mar 8, 2017

Record-breaking six-time Tony Award-winner Audra McDonald makes her greatly anticipated debut, as part of the acclaimed Broadway @ series, at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills, a one-night-only event featuring two intimate concerts at 7:00pm and 9:30pm on Thursday, May 11. Produced by Mark Cortale, the Broadway legend will be joined on stage by Broadway @ series host and pianist Seth Rudetsky, who recently starred in the five-star London premiere of his Broadway musical Disaster! (more...)

Steppenwolf's Lookout Series and Mark Cortale present AUDRA McDONALD IN CONCERTSteppenwolf's Lookout Series and Mark Cortale present AUDRA McDONALD IN CONCERT
by BWW News Desk - Mar 7, 2017

Record-breaking six-time Tony Award winner Audra McDonald will perform at Steppenwolf as a part of the LookOut Series on Monday, May 22 for one night only. McDonald will be joined on stage by host and pianist Seth Rudetsky, who this past November starred in the five-star London premiere of his Broadway musical, Disaster!   (more...)

FUN HOME Kicks off Portland Center Stage at The Armory's 30th Anniversary SeasonFUN HOME Kicks off Portland Center Stage at The Armory's 30th Anniversary Season
by BWW News Desk - Mar 7, 2017

Portland Center Stage at The Armory kicks off its 30th anniversary season with the "heart-gripping and cathartic" musical Fun Home, which swept the 2015 Tony Awards with five wins. (more...)

Luke Bryan Comes Face-To-Face With New Madame Tussauds Nashville Wax FigureLuke Bryan Comes Face-To-Face With New Madame Tussauds Nashville Wax Figure
by BWW News Desk - Mar 2, 2017

Madame Tussauds, the world-renowned wax attraction slated to open its newest location in Nashville on April 14, and Luke Bryan teamed up to reveal the country superstar's new wax figure in Time Square on March 1 prior to his sold-out show at Madison Square Garden this evening. (more...)

Photo Flash: Rubicon Theatre Company Celebrates Black History Month with THE DEVIL'S MUSIC: THE LIFE AND BLUES OF BESSIE SMITHPhoto Flash: Rubicon Theatre Company Celebrates Black History Month with THE DEVIL'S MUSIC: THE LIFE AND BLUES OF BESSIE SMITH
by BWW News Desk - Feb 26, 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...)

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...)

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