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City Theatre to Present Momentum 15 Next MonthCity Theatre to Present Momentum 15 Next Month
by BWW News Desk - May 22, 2015

City Theatre announces the lineup for this year's two-day Momentum festival, featuring new works by returning favorites Jessica Dickey and Keith Reddin. (more...)

Sally Kellerman to Perform at Catalina Jazz Club, 6/3Sally Kellerman to Perform at Catalina Jazz Club, 6/3
by BWW News Desk - May 22, 2015

Sally Kellerman, the legendary Oscar-nomInated 'Hot Lips' of the original 'M*A*S*H,' will bring her new show, 'A Little Jazz, a Little Blues, a Little Rock and Roll' to the Catalina Jazz Club in Hollywood on Wednesday, June 3 at 8:30 PM. (more...)

BESSIE Soundtrack Starring Queen Latifah Now Available For Pre-Order, Out 6/2BESSIE Soundtrack Starring Queen Latifah Now Available For Pre-Order, Out 6/2
by Pat Cerasaro - May 19, 2015

Queen Latifah is Bessie Smith! (more...)

THE RISE AND FALL OF LITTLE VOICE Set for Birmingham Repertory TheatreTHE RISE AND FALL OF LITTLE VOICE Set for Birmingham Repertory Theatre
by BWW News Desk - May 19, 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...)

Rain Pryor's FRIED CHICKEN & LATKES Comes to NBT This JuneRain Pryor's FRIED CHICKEN & LATKES Comes to NBT This June
by BWW News Desk - May 18, 2015

?RAIN PRYOR's one-woman autobiographical play, FRIED CHICKEN & LATKES, will have its World Premiere at Dr. Barbara Ann Teer's National Black Theatre (NBT) in Harlem, running Tuesday, June 2, through Sunday, June 28. Directed by Kamilah Forbes, this Limited Off-Broadway run is the actress-writer-comedian's funny take on growing up Black & Jewish as the daughter of one of the world's most beloved & iconic funny men, comic genius Richard Pryor. (more...)

LITTLE BLACK DRESS Set for Habima National Theater in Tel Aviv, 31/5LITTLE BLACK DRESS Set for Habima National Theater in Tel Aviv, 31/5
by BWW News Desk - May 18, 2015

WHAT: Little Black Dress, by English On Stage in cooperation with Habima 4 at Habima National Theater. (more...)

Director & Writer Dee Rees Talks About HBO Films' BESSIE, Debuting TodayDirector & Writer Dee Rees Talks About HBO Films' BESSIE, Debuting Today
by TV News Desk - May 15, 2015

Oscar® nominee Queen Latifah ("Chicago") stars as legendary blues singer Bessie Smith in the HBO Films drama BESSIE, directed by acclaimed filmmaker Dee Rees ("Pariah") from a screenplay by Dee Rees and Christopher Cleveland & Bettina Gilois. (more...)

IT WAS A VERY GOOD YEAR Set for Weill Recital Hall, 6/9IT WAS A VERY GOOD YEAR Set for Weill Recital Hall, 6/9
by BWW News Desk - May 15, 2015

Seven outstanding vocalists, songwriters, and musicians born in 1915 will be honored at Weill Recital Hall on Tuesday, June 9th, at 7:30 p.m., when The Mabel Mercer Foundation presents the annual concert, "It Was A Very Good Year." Cohosted by the Foundation's artistic director KT Sullivan and the distinguished critic Rex Reed, the one-night-only event celebrates the centennial birthdays of (alphabetically) Alice Faye, Billie Holiday, Bart Howard, Edith Piaf, Frank Sinatra, Billy Strayhorn, and Cy Walter. (more...)

Jody Flader Joins GORDY CRASHES at IRT; Clea Alsip Departs for THE WAY WE GET BYJody Flader Joins GORDY CRASHES at IRT; Clea Alsip Departs for THE WAY WE GET BY
by BWW News Desk - May 14, 2015

IRT and Ricochet Collective announce the addition of Jody Flader (The Slug Bearers… at The Vineyard), to the cast of 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. Flader replaces Clea Alsip, who leaves to join the cast of Neil Labute's The Way We Get By with Amanda Seyfried and Thomas Sadoski. (more...)

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...)

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