Billie Holiday News

VIDEO: Audra McDonald Talks Billie Holiday on CBS SUNDAY MORNING
by TV News Desk - May 27, 2014

The Tony Award-nominated Audra McDonald talked to CBS SUNDAY MORNING's Mo Rocca this Sunday about two legendary singers: Ella Fitzgerald and Billie Holiday. (more...)

DVR Alert: Audra McDonald Visits CBS SUNDAY MORNING Today
by TV News Desk - May 25, 2014

As a child, Broadway star Audra McDonald would rehearse Tony Award acceptance speeches in front of her bathroom mirror, she tells Mo Rocca in an interview for CBS SUNDAY MORNING WITH CHARLES OSGOOD to be broadcast today, May 25, 2014 (9:00 AM ET) on the CBS Television Network. (more...)

Alice Ripley, Katie Finneran & More Set for 54 Below Next Week
by BWW News Desk - May 23, 2014

Coming up next week at, 54 BELOW, Broadway's Supper Club, presents some of the brightest stars from Broadway, cabaret, jazz and beyond. To purchase tickets or for more information, visit www.54Below.com or call (646) 476-3551. (more...)

Suzanne Froix & Richard Pryor, Jr. to Lead Beautiful Soup's SHADES OF BLUE, 8/27-9/13
by BWW News Desk - May 23, 2014

As previously announced, Beautiful Soup's critically acclaimed production of Little Wars returns for an extended engagement at The Dorothy Strelsin Theatre. The play will run in repertory with a workshop of McCasland's latest play, Shades Of Blue: The Decline and Fall of Lady Day. (more...)

DVR Alert: Audra McDonald Tells CBS SUNDAY MORNING: 'I'm the Luckiest Person I Know', 5/25
by TV News Desk - May 23, 2014

As a child, Broadway star Audra McDonald would rehearse Tony Award acceptance speeches in front of her bathroom mirror, she tells Mo Rocca in an interview for CBS SUNDAY MORNING WITH CHARLES OSGOOD to be broadcast May 25, 2014 (more...)

STAGE TUBE: LADY DAY's Audra McDonald Performs on THE VIEW
by Stage Tube - May 22, 2014

Tony-winning singer Audra McDonald stopped by THE VIEW this morning to perform a number as Billie Holiday from Broadway's 'Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill.' The actress received a Tony nomination for Best Lead Actress in a Play for her starring role. If she wins, this will be her sixth Tony Award. Watch her sing below! (more...)

Gareth Snook Joins Cast of CAFE SOCIETY SWING, Begin. 17 June at Leicester Square Theatre
by BWW News Desk - May 22, 2014

Acclaimed actor Gareth Snook joins the cast of the new revised version of Cafe Society Swing that begins its first West End run on June 17th at the Leicester Square Theatre. (more...)

Beautiful Soup's LITTLE WARS to Return to New York this Fall
by BWW News Desk - May 22, 2014

Beautiful Soup's critically acclaimed production of Steven Carl McCasland's Little Wars will return to New York City this fall in an extended engagement. The production replaces Beautiful Soup's previously announced revival of Lillian Hellman's The Autumn Garden. (more...)

'Wings of Iere' by Doris Harper-wills is Released
by BWW News Desk - May 20, 2014

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Photo Coverage: Tamara Tunie Previews LEGENDS FROM THE BURGH at 54 Below
by Walter McBride - May 19, 2014

Join Tamara Tunie as she celebrates the music of the legendary artists that hail from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania: the city of Three Rivers. 'Growing up in Pittsburgh, I had an inkling of the many musical talents who were from 'the 'Burgh,' but was thrilled to learn the depth to which those waters ran,' says Ms Tunie. From Lena Horne and Henry Mancini to Phyllis Hyman and George Benson, Tamara will celebrate the variety of composers and singers in two concerts at 54 Below on May 20 and 27. (more...)

Matt Doyle, Songs from SUBMISSIONS ONLY & More Set for 54 Below this Week
by BWW News Desk - May 19, 2014

Coming up this week, 54 BELOW, Broadway's Supper Club, presents some of the brightest stars from Broadway, cabaret, jazz and beyond. To purchase tickets or for more information, visit www.54Below.com or call (646) 476-3551. (more...)

BWW Blog: To the Mothership - Day Three - LADY DAY and BUYER & CELLAR
by Jay Irwin - May 19, 2014

Day three was yet another roller coaster of emotions as we went from the tragic yet beautiful to the hilarious. I guess I planned this schedule pretty well. Let's start with the beyond words amazing Audra and then we'll move on from there. (more...)

Women Who Rock Exhibit Opens at The Henry Ford Today
by BWW News Desk - May 17, 2014

Explore the powerful role women have played in the world of rock and roll music inside the Women Who Rock: Vision, Passion, Power exhibition at Henry Ford Museum starting today, May 17 through August 24, 2014. Created by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, this groundbreaking and provocative exhibition features the firsts, the bests, and the celebrated and sometimes the lesser-knowns whose innovation advanced the progress of rock and roll. (more...)

LAURA CELSO, Sabados 31 de mayo y 7 de junio 22 hs, Quindici Paysandu
by BWW News Desk - May 16, 2014

A los nueve años descubre su pasion por la musica y junto a su guitarra criolla interpreta piezas clasicas variadas en el conservatorio Juan Sebastian Bach, obteniendo el titulo de profesora de teoria y solfeo. (more...)

Jim Caruso's Cast Party Celebrates the Tonys, Frank Wildhorn and More Set for Birdland, June 2014
by BWW News Desk - May 15, 2014

Birdland Jazz Club has announced its great line-up of amazing talent for the month of June 2014, featuring Freddy Cole, Stacey Kent, Ravi Coltrane Quartet, Tierney Sutton Quartet, Native Soul, Lorna Luft, Jane Monheit, Jim Caruso's Cast Party Celebrates the Tony Awards, and more! (more...)

Met Opera Rising Stars, POTTED POTTER, Audra McDonald, Bela Fleck and More Set for NJPAC's 2014-15 Season
by BWW News Desk - May 15, 2014

John Schreiber, NJPAC's President and CEO, and David Rodriguez, Executive Producer of the Arts Center, announced today a 2014-15 season packed with new, NJPAC- created, season-long series', collaborations with renowned artists and companies, an expansion of diverse programming, further integration of NJPAC's arts education programs within mainstage performances, and a continuation of the Arts Center's 17-year tradition of presenting world-class artists. With over 100 performances and special events announced for the acoustically superb 2,800- seat Prudential Hall, intimate 514-seat Victoria Theater, 250-seat Chase Room, and outdoors in Theater Square, by artists ranging from Patti LaBelle to The Metropolitan Opera Rising Stars; from Chris Botti to Potted Potter: The Unauthorized Harry Experience; from Golda's Balcony with Tovah Feldshuh to the Brick City Jazz Orchestra; from Bela Fleck to Lula Washington Dance Theatre; from Beres Hammond to Audra McDonald; and from The Second City to Dinosaur Train Live!, NJPAC's new season has something for everyone. (more...)

BWW Blog: A Cleveland Reviewer Visits Broadway
by Roy Berko - May 13, 2014

This has been an exciting year on Broadway. The Tony Awards will be announced soon. In preparation, I went to New York to see some of the nominated shows. Here's some brief comments: (more...)

Cabaret Life NYC: KAREN OBERLIN Performing the Songs of Doris Day Is One of Cabaret's Most Ideal Matches of Singer to Subject
by Stephen Hanks - May 07, 2014

I was just a little more than a year into my new side career as a cabaret show reviewer when I first saw a Karen Oberlin show. It was Valentine's Day night 2012 and Oberlin—with guitarist Sean Harkness and guest violinist Aaron Weinstein—would be performing her romance-laced set, Stringing Along With Love, at the Metropolitan Room. At the time, all I knew about Oberlin was that she was considered among New York's best female cabaret singers, and I hadn't researched her performing history pre-show. About a third of the way into her set I leaned over to my wife (it was Valentine's Day after all) and whispered, “You know, she has a real Doris Day quality in her voice and in the way she delivers some lyrics.” This immediately ratcheted up my appreciation for Oberlin since there are four passions I inherited from my Dad—baseball, reading the morning papers, sports writing and Doris Day (well, also Sophia Loren, but that's for another column). Since Dad had grown up during the prime of the Big Band Era of the 1940s, I heard the sultry sounds of a young Doris Day singing songs like “Sentimental Journey” on the family stereo more than a few times. Once I saw Day's strikingly adorable blondness on a record cover and her rocking body in one of her films, I knew what Dad was talking about. As popular, famous, and near iconic as Doris Day became, in my book, as a singer and screen beauty she's always been vastly underrated. Little did I know that Karen Oberlin had been doing a Doris Day tribute show so since 2001 at places like Firebird, Iridium, and the late Danny's Skylight Room, and produced a CD, Secret Love: The Music of Doris Day, in 2002. Karen Oberlin had instantly become my secret love. (more...)

'Queer Eye' Star Jai Rodriguez Attends VERONIC Voices at Bally's Las Vegas
by BWW News Desk - May 03, 2014

Veronic had a surprise guest in the audience last night when 'Queer Eye for the Straight Guy' star Jai Rodriguez stopped by to take in the acclaimed vocal impressions in her hit show (more...)

Mandy Patinkin, Vanessa Williams and More Headline Scottsdale Center's 2014-15 Season
by BWW News Desk - May 02, 2014

Tickets for Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts' new 2014-15 season will go on sale to the public on Saturday, May 3, at 10 a.m. Among the offerings are more than 50 live performances of dance, music, theater, comedy and more. Additional events will be announced at a later date. (more...)

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