Billie Holiday News

VIDEO: Audra McDonald Talks SHUFFLE ALONG, 6 Tonys & More on COLBERTVIDEO: Audra McDonald Talks SHUFFLE ALONG, 6 Tonys & More on COLBERT
by TV News Desk - Mar 14, 2016

On Friday's LATE SHOW WITH STEPHEN COLBERT, 6-time Tony award winner Audra McDonald explained how she prepared for playing Billie Holiday in LADY DAY. (more...)

Review Roundup - Audra McDonald Revives Tony Winning Performance in HBO's LADY DAY AT EMERSON'S BAR & GRILLReview Roundup - Audra McDonald Revives Tony Winning Performance in HBO's LADY DAY AT EMERSON'S BAR & GRILL
by TV News Desk - Mar 14, 2016

Six-time Tony Award winner Audra McDonald brought her acclaimed portrayal of Billie Holiday in the Broadway smash LADY DAY AT EMERSON'S BAR & GRILL to HBO (more...)

New 2016-17 Season Announced: The Kennedy Center Artfully Celebrates a Kennedy CentennialNew 2016-17 Season Announced: The Kennedy Center Artfully Celebrates a Kennedy Centennial
by Ellen Burns - Mar 14, 2016

On March 8, 2016, The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts announced that the upcoming 2016-17 season will honor the late President Kennedy's centennial birthday with an array of partnerships and performances inspired by the ideals that inspired John F. Kennedy himself: Courage, Freedom, Justice, Service and Gratitude. Kennedy Center President Deborah Rutter highlighted the responsibility everyone at the Kennedy Center feels to offer a fully inclusive calendar of events that engage the artistic community, the public and society at large in the broad spectrum of the arts. (more...)

Coming Up This Week in Theatre - 3/12/2016
by - Mar 12, 2016

BroadwayWorld.com's Upcoming Events calendar for the week - updated on 3/12/2016. (more...)

BWW Review: Audra McDonald Reaffirms Her Singular Brilliance in HBO's LADY DAYBWW Review: Audra McDonald Reaffirms Her Singular Brilliance in HBO's LADY DAY
by Matt Tamanini - Mar 12, 2016

There is an undeniable electricity that the world's greatest bring to everything that they do. There is something nearly tangible, yet dizzyingly elusive about watching legends at their best; that is how I felt when six-time Tony-winner Audra McDonald became the troubled Jazz icon Billie Holiday in tonight's broadcast of LADY DAY AT EMERSON'S BAR AND GRILL on HBO. Though the material itself doesn't always rise to the level of its star's genius, the transformative power of McDonald's talent transports you into a completely different time and place; namely the small Emerson's Bar and Grill in Philadelphia in March 1959. (more...)

Win an Autographed Poster from Legendary Broadway Star Audra McDonaldWin an Autographed Poster from Legendary Broadway Star Audra McDonald
by Matt Tamanini - Mar 11, 2016

Enter for a chance to win an autographed poster from six- time Tony Award winner, Audra McDonald from her starring role in 'Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill.' (more...)

MR. BURNS, A POST-ELECTRIC PLAY to Open Next Month at the Lyric StageMR. BURNS, A POST-ELECTRIC PLAY to Open Next Month at the Lyric Stage
by BWW News Desk - Mar 10, 2016

The Lyric Stage Company of Boston's 2015-16 Season continues April 8 with MR. BURNS, a post-electric play by Anne Washburn, with a score by Michael Friedman and lyrics by Anne Washburn. Directed by A. Nora Long, the production also features music director Allyssa Jones and choreographer Yo-El Cassell. MR. BURNS runs through May 7, 2016, with the official opening slated for April 10. (more...)

Audra McDonald Reflects on 6th Tony Win for LADY DAY: 'I Still Have Work to Do'Audra McDonald Reflects on 6th Tony Win for LADY DAY: 'I Still Have Work to Do'
by BWW News Desk - Mar 10, 2016

Audra McDonald has a big Spring ahead of her, with Shuffle Along beginning previews this month, and LADY DAY AT EMERSON'S BAR & GRILL airing on HBO over the weekend. In a recent interview with Essence, she reflected back on her sixth Tony win for her role as Billie Holiday: (more...)

WAKE UP with BWW 3/10/2016 - BLACKBIRD with Jeff Daniels & Michelle Williams!WAKE UP with BWW 3/10/2016 - BLACKBIRD with Jeff Daniels & Michelle Williams!
by Jessica Khan - Mar 10, 2016

Good morning, BroadwayWorld! Because we know all our readers eat, sleep and breathe Broadway, what could be better than waking up to it? Today's big news: BLACKBIRD opens on Broadway and more! (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Audra McDonald in HBO's LADY DAY AT EMERSON'S BAR & GRILLPhoto Flash: First Look at Audra McDonald in HBO's LADY DAY AT EMERSON'S BAR & GRILL
by BWW News Desk - Mar 9, 2016

Six-time Tony Award winner Audra McDonald brings her acclaimed portrayal of Billie Holiday in the Broadway smash LADY DAY AT EMERSON'S BAR & GRILL to HBO on Saturday, March 12 (9:00-10:30 p.m. ET/PT). Filmed before a live audience at Cafe Brasil in New Orleans, the special features McDonald in her history-making, tour de force performance as the jazz icon, which won the actress her sixth Tony Award. BroadwayWorld has a sneak peek at McDonald in two captivating stills from the presentation below! (more...)

VIDEO: Extended Clip! Audra McDonald Performs 'God Bless The Child' in 'LADY DAY' on HBOVIDEO: Extended Clip! Audra McDonald Performs 'God Bless The Child' in 'LADY DAY' on HBO
by TV News Desk - Mar 9, 2016

Audra McDonaldSix-time Tony Award winner Audra McDonald brings her acclaimed portrayal of Billie Holiday in the Broadway smash LADY DAY AT EMERSON'S BAR & GRILL to HBO on Saturday, March 12 (9:00-10:30 p.m. ET/PT). Filmed before a live audience at Cafe Brasil in New Orleans, the special features McDonald in her history-making, tour de force performance as the jazz icon, which won the actress her sixth Tony Award. Below, watch her in an extended clip singing 'God Bless The Child' in Holiday's signature style! (more...)

Asaf Avidan Announces Nationwide Tour This SpringAsaf Avidan Announces Nationwide Tour This Spring
by BWW News Desk - Mar 9, 2016

International creative force Asaf Avidan is a unique voice in today's music scene. A bestselling, Platinum certified, mass followed star across Europe, he will be winning the hearts of a new audience this April on a nationwide US tour. (more...)

'MIGHTY REAL' to Return to NYC for One Night Only This Spring'MIGHTY REAL' to Return to NYC for One Night Only This Spring
by BWW News Desk - Mar 8, 2016

MIGHTY REAL: A FABULOUS SYLVESTER MUSICAL, the hit musical celebration of the life and music of the original 1970s 'Queen of Disco,' Sylvester, returns to New York City this May following an acclaimed, sold-out engagement in San Francisco at The BRAVA! Theater.  (more...)

10 ON TUESDAY with Doug Peck10 ON TUESDAY with Doug Peck
by M. William Panek - Mar 8, 2016

10 On Tuesday with Doug Peck (more...)

Karen Akers, Jill Paice, Marilyn Maye & More Set for Town Hall's Broadway by the Year Series, 3/28Karen Akers, Jill Paice, Marilyn Maye & More Set for Town Hall's Broadway by the Year Series, 3/28
by BWW News Desk - Mar 7, 2016

Tony Award-nominees Karen Akers (Nine, Grand Hotel) & John Cariani (Something Rotten, Fiddler on the Roof), Jill Paice (An American in Paris), Award-winning Nightlife Legend Marilyn Maye & two-time Drama Desk Award-nominee Josh Grisetti (It Shoulda Been You, Enter Laughing The Musical) are set to appear in Town Hall's Broadway by the Year Series on Monday, March 28 at 8pm, THE BROADWAY MUSICALS OF THE 1950s. Additional casting will be announced shortly. (more...)

Coming Up This Week in Theatre - 3/5/2016
by - Mar 5, 2016

BroadwayWorld.com's Upcoming Events calendar for the week - updated on 3/5/2016. (more...)

Apollo Theater & World Music Institute to Present AFRICA NOW! This MarchApollo Theater & World Music Institute to Present AFRICA NOW! This March
by BWW News Desk - Mar 2, 2016

The Apollo Theater in partnership with World Music Institute presents what has become an annual highlight, AFRICA NOW!. The celebrated event returns to the historic Apollo Theater (253 West 125th Street) on Saturday, March 26, at 8:00 p.m. for its fourth year spotlighting emerging and established artists of today's African music scene.  (more...)

Dorien Makhloghi to Lead Asolo Rep's DISGRACED This SpringDorien Makhloghi to Lead Asolo Rep's DISGRACED This Spring
by BWW News Desk - Mar 1, 2016

Asolo Rep continues its record-breaking 2015-2016 season and the fourth season of its five-year American Character Project with the thrilling and poignant Tony-nominated and Pulitzer Prize-winning drama: DISGRACED. (more...)

Analisa Bell Brings PERTHONALITY: THREE TIMES A CHARM Back to The DuplexAnalisa Bell Brings PERTHONALITY: THREE TIMES A CHARM Back to The Duplex
by BWW News Desk - Mar 1, 2016

Bright and bubbly Australian cabaret performer, Analisa Bell, brings her latest show Perthonality: Three Times A Charm back to The Duplex! (more...)

BWW Review: Terri Lyne Carrington's Lincoln Center American Songbook Show Is a Patchwork of Strong Vocals Too Often Buried In SoundBWW Review: Terri Lyne Carrington's Lincoln Center American Songbook Show Is a Patchwork of Strong Vocals Too Often Buried In Sound
by Alix Cohen - Feb 29, 2016

Multiple Grammy-winning drummer, composer, producer, and bandleader Terri Lyne Carrington and her group play dense, intense jazz with elusive melody. Ornette Coleman's 'Chronology' arrives like a wall of sound. An adamant and up-tempo 'Body and Soul' (Edward Heyman/Robert Sour/Frank Eyton/Johnny Green) is almost tribal, at odds with familiar mood and lyric intention. Towards the end of Saturday night's show--Mosaic Project: Love and Soul--in the American Songbook Series at Lincoln Center's Appel Room, Ms. Carrington executes a lengthy solo spotlighting her extraordinary musicianship, but instrumental arrangements escape me. (more...)

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