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Harlem Stage to Premiere NOTES OF A NATIVE SONG, 6/3-7Harlem Stage to Premiere NOTES OF A NATIVE SONG, 6/3-7
by BWW News Desk - May 13, 2015

Harlem Stage will present the world premiere of Notes of a Native Song, a new work by Tony and Obie award-winning playwright, singer-songwriter Stew (Passing Strange), co-composed with his long-time collaborator Heidi Rodewald, who also performs. Commissioned and produced by Harlem Stage, Notes of a Native Song is a live collage of songs, text and video inspired by James Baldwin's brave and visionary proclivity for airing uncomfortable truths as celebratory events of poetry and beauty. Notes Of A Native Song is the culminating presentation of The Year of James Baldwin, a 14-month celebration of Baldwin spearheaded by Harlem Stage. (more...)

BWW Reviews: It's All Sinatra All the Time and All the Way as Will Friedwald's 14-Hour SINATRA-THON Entertains and Informs at The Cutting RoomBWW Reviews: It's All Sinatra All the Time and All the Way as Will Friedwald's 14-Hour SINATRA-THON Entertains and Informs at The Cutting Room
by Alix Cohen - May 12, 2015

Tribute shows to iconic entertainers celebrating a centennial birthday in 2015 seem to be all the rage this year. But nobody has been celebrated more in cabaret variety shows than Frank Sinatra—and rightly so. Wall Street Journal entertainment columnist Will Friedwald, also a producer and author who wrote the 1997 book Sinatra! The Song Is You—A Singer's Art, this past Saturday presented the biggest (and longest) tribute to “Ol' Blue Eyes” so far this year with Sinatra-Thon at The Cutting Room (co-curated with performer Cary Hoffman), a potpourri of events running from 10 am to an after-midnight jam, and which included varied live entertainment, rare film clips, and panel discussions. (more...)

VERONIC VOICES to Support Human Rights Campaign as Part of 'Lend Your Voice'VERONIC VOICES to Support Human Rights Campaign as Part of 'Lend Your Voice'
by BWW News Desk - May 11, 2015

VERONIC Voices will raise a glass to the LGBT community during May and June performances to benefit the Human Rights Campaign Foundation. The hit show at Bally's Las Vegas will celebrate diversity as part of "Lend Your Voice," which supports selected nonprofit organizations. (more...)

Leslie Odom Jr., Justin Vivian Bond, Anna Chlumsky & More Coming Up at Joe's PubLeslie Odom Jr., Justin Vivian Bond, Anna Chlumsky & More Coming Up at Joe's Pub
by BWW News Desk - May 11, 2015

Joe's Pub at The Public has announced its nightly performances, running May 13-24, 2015. Scroll down for details! (more...)

BWW Preview: Quality Hill Playhouse in Kansas City Announces the 2015-2016 SeasonBWW Preview: Quality Hill Playhouse in Kansas City Announces the 2015-2016 Season
by Steve Wilson - Apr 29, 2015

Quality Hill Playhouse in Kansas City, Missouri announced their 2015-2016 season. Century of the Songbook explores 100 years of music. Producing Artistic Director J. Kent Barnhart has programmed four original cabaret revues and one Broadway revue, each highlighting songs of the musical tradition called the Great American Songbook. The Playhouse season focuses on contributions to the Songbook by first Americans, big band leaders, women songwriters, Broadway musicals, and folk singer-songwriters. (more...)

Tony Winner Audra McDonald Performs Tonight at Carnegie HallTony Winner Audra McDonald Performs Tonight at Carnegie Hall
by BWW News Desk - Apr 29, 2015

Audra McDonald performs tonight, April 29, 2015 in Carnegie Hall's Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage. She will be joined by music director and pianist Andy Einhorn, bassist Mark Vanderpoel, and drummer Gene Lewin. (more...)

Kurt Elling to Celebrate New Album PASSION WORLD at Birdland, 6/10-13Kurt Elling to Celebrate New Album PASSION WORLD at Birdland, 6/10-13
by BWW News Desk - Apr 27, 2015

Kurt Elling, the preeminent male vocalist in jazz, will release Passion World - his fifth album from Concord Records - on June 9. For his most ambitious project yet, Elling casts his net far and wide around the globe, using songs rooted in Iceland (Bjork's 'Who Is It') to Ireland (U2's 'Where The Streets Have No Name'), France (Edith Piaf's 'La Vie En Rose') to Brazil (Dorival Caymmi's 'Voce Ja Foi a Bahia?') and beyond, to explore the passionate forces that shake our souls. Elling - a Grammy Award winner and 10-time Grammy Award nominee - will launch Passion World with a weeklong engagement at Birdland Jazz Club (315 West 44th Street in Manhattan) from June 10-13. (more...)

World Premiere of GORDY CRASHES Begins in June at IRT TheaterWorld Premiere of GORDY CRASHES Begins in June at IRT Theater
by BWW News Desk - Apr 27, 2015

IRT and Ricochet Collective present the World Premiere of GORDY CRASHES, by Sam Byron. Directed by Sherri Eden Barber, previews begin June 5 at IRT Theater with opening night slated for Friday, June 12. (more...)

Chan Centre's 2015-16 Season to Feature Legends, Legacies & MoreChan Centre's 2015-16 Season to Feature Legends, Legacies & More
by BWW News Desk - Apr 27, 2015

The Chan Centre for the Performing Arts at the University of British Columbia (UBC) announces its spectacular 2015/16 concert series, bringing a staggering array of virtuosic musicians, spirited vocal wonders, thrilling débuts, and anticipated returns to the acoustically exquisite Chan Shun Concert Hall. From passionate flamenco to cherished American folk, from energized West African pop to stirring Indian sitar music, the season's performances defy standards and transcend genres, promising to inspire and amaze. (more...)

Barbara Morrison to Perform at CdM's Bahia Corinthian Yacht Club, 5/3Barbara Morrison to Perform at CdM's Bahia Corinthian Yacht Club, 5/3
by BWW News Desk - Apr 27, 2015

Grammy-nominated jazz singer Barbara Morrison will perform Sunday (May 3) with accomplished musicians Llew Matthews, Luther Hughes and Peter Buck at the Bahia Corinthian Yacht Club. The show begins at 6 p.m. (more...)

Count Basie Orchestra, Daniel Reichard and More Headed to Birdland, Week of 5/4Count Basie Orchestra, Daniel Reichard and More Headed to Birdland, Week of 5/4
by BWW News Desk - Apr 24, 2015

Birdland Jazz Club has announced its lineup for May 4 - May 10, featuring The Legendary Count Basie Orchestra with guest vocalist Carmen Bradford, Daniel Reichard in a special Mother's Day concert, Barbara Carroll, and more. Scroll down for details! (more...)

Palm Beach Dramaworks to Close Season with LADY DAY AT EMERSON'S BAR & GRILL, 5/15-6/7Palm Beach Dramaworks to Close Season with LADY DAY AT EMERSON'S BAR & GRILL, 5/15-6/7
by BWW News Desk - Apr 24, 2015

Palm Beach Dramaworks concludes its fifteenth anniversary season with Lanie Robertson's Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill, a moving and surprisingly joyous look back at the too-short, turbulent life of the legendary Billie Holiday. Lady Day opens at  the Don & Ann Brown Theatre on May 15 and continues through June 7, with specially priced previews on May 13 and 14. (more...)

Kimmel Center to Host Free Public Workshops from 2014-15 Jazz Residency Program, 6/19-20Kimmel Center to Host Free Public Workshops from 2014-15 Jazz Residency Program, 6/19-20
by BWW News Desk - Apr 24, 2015

Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts announces series of FREE public workshops featuring the artists from the 2014-15 Jazz Residency program.  The Philadelphia community is invited to engage in the creative process of two world premieres, scheduled to be performed June 19-20 in SEI Innovation Studio. (more...)

Ensemble Studio Theatre to Launch 35th Marathon of One-Act Plays Next MonthEnsemble Studio Theatre to Launch 35th Marathon of One-Act Plays Next Month
by BWW News Desk - Apr 23, 2015

The Ensemble Studio Theatre Marathon of One-Act Plays, the original festival of its kind, returns for its 35th incarnation Wednesday, May 13, at 7:00pm at the Ensemble Studio Theatre, 549 West 52nd Street.  (more...)

VERONIC VOICES Returning to the Jubilee Theater at Bally's Las VegasVERONIC VOICES Returning to the Jubilee Theater at Bally's Las Vegas
by BWW News Desk - Apr 23, 2015

Singing sensation Veronic DiCaire will make her highly anticipated return to Bally's Las Vegas for performances from May 14 - June 13, 2015. The vocal impressionist, who just completed a tour in Europe, will take the stage in VERONIC Voices for 14 performances that go on sale Friday, April 24 at 10 a.m. PT. (more...)

Landau Eugene Murphy Jr. to Headline Salute to Sinatra and Billie HolidayLandau Eugene Murphy Jr. to Headline Salute to Sinatra and Billie Holiday
by BWW News Desk - Apr 23, 2015

Landau Eugene Murphy Jr. will co-headline a very special "Centennial Salute To Sinatra and Billie Holiday" Friday night May 1st at the Scottish Rite Auditorium in Collingswood, NJ, in suburban Philadelphia. (more...)

THE RISE AND FALL OF LITTLE VOICE to Play Birmingham RepTHE RISE AND FALL OF LITTLE VOICE to Play Birmingham Rep
by BWW News Desk - Apr 21, 2015

A thrilling new production of Jim Cartwright's much-loved The Rise And Fall Of Little Voice opens at Birmingham Repertory Theatre and West Yorkshire Playhouse this spring. The Olivier award-winning play about the painfully shy but hugely talented Little Voice and her faultless impersonations of the greatest divas will be directed by James Brining, artistic director of West Yorkshire Playhouse and stars Vicky Entwistle, Chris Gascoyne and Nancy Sullivan. (more...)

Mercedes Ellington to Celebrate Duke Ellington's 116th Birthday at Ellington Statue, 4/25Mercedes Ellington to Celebrate Duke Ellington's 116th Birthday at Ellington Statue, 4/25
by BWW News Desk - Apr 20, 2015

The Duke Ellington Center for the Arts (DECFA), headed by renowned dancer/choreographer Mercedes Ellington, the Duke's granddaughter, will celebrate Ellington's 116th birthday this year on Saturday, April 25, with a musical tribute to five other legendary jazz performers from 1 to 3 PM in front of the towering Duke Ellington Statue in the Plaza at the intersection of Fifth Avenue and 110th Street. (more...)

Vocalist Keith Dames Presents A Billie Holiday Tribute HOMAGE TO ELEANORA at Manna House In ManhattanVocalist Keith Dames Presents A Billie Holiday Tribute HOMAGE TO ELEANORA at Manna House In Manhattan
by BWW News Desk - Apr 18, 2015

Entertainer, vocalist and jazz aficionado Keith A. Dames presents a centennial celebration of Billie Holiday at 'Homage To Eleanora' on Friday, April 24th at Manna House (338 E. 106th Street) in East Harlem at 7:00pm. (more...)


by BWW News Desk - Apr 16, 2015

Recognized worldwide for her soul-stirring solo performance of "God is Trying to Tell You Something" in the classic film The Color Purple, actress and vocalist Maria Howell - also known for recent recurring roles on NBC's "Revolution" and Lifetime's "Devious Maids" - is making her Los Angeles singing debut on Sunday, April 26 at 7:00pm at The Colony Theatre at 555 North Third Street in Burbank. (more...)

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