Billie Holiday News

HOMAGE TO ELEANORA Feat. Billie Holiday Songbook Set for Manna House Workshops, 4/8-9HOMAGE TO ELEANORA Feat. Billie Holiday Songbook Set for Manna House Workshops, 4/8-9
by BWW News Desk - Mar 21, 2016

Entertainer, vocalist and jazz aficionado Keith A. Dames presents his annual celebration of Billie Holiday at 'Homage To Eleanora'  on Friday, April 8 & Saturday, April 9th at Manna House Workshops  (338 E. 106th Street)  in East Harlem at 7:30pm.  Tickets are $15 in advance and can be ordered via: http://homagetoeleanora.brownpapertickets.com (more...)

Rising Circle Announces 2016 INKtank Lab PlaywrightsRising Circle Announces 2016 INKtank Lab Playwrights
by BWW News Desk - Mar 21, 2016

Rising Circle Theater Collective announces four playwrights for their 2016 playwrights residency, INKtank. Selected from over 50 applicants, the 2016 INKtank writers are Oscar Cabrera, Liz Morgan, Cynthia G. Robinson, and Purvi Shah. (more...)

Zimmerman-Helmed WONDERFUL TOWN, UNCLE VANYA & More Set for Goodman's Expanded 2016-17 SeasonZimmerman-Helmed WONDERFUL TOWN, UNCLE VANYA & More Set for Goodman's Expanded 2016-17 Season
by BWW News Desk - Mar 16, 2016

Artistic Director Robert Falls announces the 2016/2017 Season-his 30th year as "Chicago's most essential director" (Chicago Tribune) and the creative force behind the 92-year old not-for-profit Goodman Theatre, "one of the country's most respected stages" (NPR ). (more...)

ROSEMARY LOAR, 2016 MAC Award Nominee, To Revive Celebrated 2006 Show THE QUANDO SWING in New York Cabaret's Greatest Hits Series at Metropolitan Room, 4/13 at 7 pmROSEMARY LOAR, 2016 MAC Award Nominee, To Revive Celebrated 2006 Show THE QUANDO SWING in New York Cabaret's Greatest Hits Series at Metropolitan Room, 4/13 at 7 pm
by BWW News Desk - Mar 15, 2016

Rosemary Loar has been performing standout cabaret shows in New York City for more than 30 years and she was recently named a 2016 Manhattan Association of Cabarets and Clubs (MAC) Award nominee in the "Special Production" category for her recent show STING*chronicity. In 2012, MAC recognized Rosemary's continued excellence with their prestigious "Hanson Award." Since 2012, besides her cabaret shows, she has written the book and music for two Off-Broadway Musicals, Spoolie Girl and her most recent production, Water From the Moon, which ran two weeks at Urban Stages. Now, at the height of her talent as a singer, musician, storyteller, and comedienne, she'll be reviving her celebrated 2006 show The Quando Swing (with Musical Director Frank Ponzio) on April 13 at 7 pm in Producer Stephen Hanks' monthly New York Cabaret's Greatest Hits series at the Metropolitan Room. The series' Associate Producer is Fr Jeffrey Hamblin, MD. (more...)

Trezana Beverley's MABEL MADNESS Extends at Urban StagesTrezana Beverley's MABEL MADNESS Extends at Urban Stages
by BWW News Desk - Mar 15, 2016

Urban Stages will extend its critically acclaimed World Premiere of Mabel Madness written and performed by Tony Award Winner Trezana Beverley (For Colored Girls...) tells the dramatic story with music about the life of the famous cabaret chanteuse, Mabel Mercer. Co-directed by Frances Hill and Peter Napolitano with musical direction by Tuffus Zimbabwe, Mabel Madness began performances on February 19 and was originally set to end its run on March 20, will now play Wednesday nights at 7PM and Sundays at 3PM & 7PM through April 10, 2016. Tickets are $40 and are available at www.urbanstages.org or by calling 1-866-811-4111. (more...)

HERSHEY FELDER AS IRVING BERLIN Returning to Chicago in AprilHERSHEY FELDER AS IRVING BERLIN Returning to Chicago in April
by BWW News Desk - Mar 15, 2016

Continuing to break all box office records during its National Tour, the smash hit Hershey Felder as Irving Berlin is returning to Chicago for a limited, four-week engagement starting Thursday, April 7, 2016 in Felder's Chicago theatrical home, the Royal George Theatre, 1641 N. Halsted Street, Chicago. The show will run through Sunday, May 8, 2016 with a press opening on Sunday, April 10 at 2:00 p.m. The Chicago presentation will immediately be followed by a special One-Night-Only New York Presentation at The Town Hall on June 6, 2016, broadcast internationally by the WFMT Radio Network with the entire Berlin family in attendance. (more...)

Hottest Articles on BWW 3/8/2016 - 3/15/2016Hottest Articles on BWW 3/8/2016 - 3/15/2016
by - Mar 15, 2016

Hottest Articles on BroadwayWorld.com 3/8/2016 - 3/15/2016. (more...)

Diana Ross to Bring 'IN THE NAME OF LOVE TOUR' to SHN Orpheum Theatre, 7/12Diana Ross to Bring 'IN THE NAME OF LOVE TOUR' to SHN Orpheum Theatre, 7/12
by BWW News Desk - Mar 14, 2016

Northern California based Concert Promoter Rick Bartalini Presents the one and only Diana Ross, performing at San Francisco's SHN Orpheum Theatre on July 12, 2016 at 8pm. (more...)

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...)

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