Billie Holiday News

Arbender Robinson, Witti Repartee, and More Sing THE BILLIE HOLIDAY SONGBOOK for Beautiful Soup, 7/27
by BWW News Desk - Jul 19, 2014

Arbender Robinson (Broadway's Les Miserables, Beautiful and The Book of Mormon) and nightlife personality Witti Repartee join Beautiful Soup Theater for an evening of stories and songs. Celebrating the music and life of Billie Holiday, whose life inspired Steven Carl McCasland's Shades Of Blue: The Decline & Fall Of Lady Day, this concert evening will benefit Beautiful Soup's World Premiere Production of that play. The previously announced Shades Of Blue... will run in repertory with McCasland's What Was Lost, a study of Laurette Taylor and Tennessee Williams at The Dorothy Strelsin Theatre beginning August 27th. (more...)

Cécile McLorin Salvant to Perform at WHBPAC, 8/10
by BWW News Desk - Jul 18, 2014

The new voice of modern jazz, Cecile McLorin Salvant, performs at the Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center on Sunday, August 10 at 8:00 p.m. Tickets are $60, $70, $80 and are available online at www.whbpac.org. (more...)

Daniel Nardicio's XXX TRIPLE X, DWORLD UNDERWEAR PARTY, Linda Lavin and Billy Stritch's POSSIBILITIES and NARDI GRAS! Set for NYC, July-Aug 2014
by BWW News Desk - Jul 16, 2014

Celebrating his 20th year in NYC, Daniel Nardicio brings back his Manniversary edition of XXX Triple X on Thursday, July 31st at 11pm - all dude/all lewd/all nude, featuring dancers and a live show at the cock, 29 2nd Avenue. Admission: $20 or $10 before 11:30. (more...)

Peter Cincotti, David Wong & High Strung, THE GRUFFALO'S CHILD and More Set for TPAC's 2014-15 Season
by BWW News Desk - Jul 15, 2014

BMCC Tribeca Performing Arts Center, the longest operating performance venue in lower Manhattan, presents Peter Cincotti, performing on Saturday, October 25 at 8PM, the first of four major concerts in the 2014-2015 Main Event Series. (more...)

Photo Coverage: Broadway's Rising Stars 2014 Take The Stage at Town Hall!
by Genevieve Rafter Keddy - Jul 15, 2014

The Town Hall 2014 Summer Season: Broadway Preludes just presented Broadway Rising Stars, the annual revue giving recent graduates from the nation's leading performing arts schools a chance to showcase their talents and perform on the legendary stage. Directed by Scott Coulter, Broadway Rising Stars is created, hosted and written by Scott Siegel and features the brightest talent from AMDA, CAP 21, Circle in the Square, Juilliard, Marymount, The New School, NYU's Steinhardt and Tisch, Pace University, and more. BroadwayWorld brings you photos from the special night below! (more...)

WAKE UP with BWW 7/15/14 - Jenkins Back in NEWSIES, LADY DAY & HEDWIG on the Shelves, Menzel Goes MLB and More!
by Jessica Showers - Jul 15, 2014

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: Capathia Jenkins returns to NEWSIES as 'Medda', we can add two new Original Cast Recordings to our collection -- LADY DAY and HEDWIG -- and Idina Menzel performs at tonight's MBL All-Star Game! (more...)

BROADWAY RISING STARS with Special Guest Bill Irwin Set for The Town Hall Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Jul 14, 2014

The Town Hall 2014 Summer Season: Broadway Preludes presents Broadway Rising Stars, the annual revue giving recent graduates from the nation's leading performing arts schools a chance to showcase their talents and perform on the legendary stage. Directed by Scott Coulter, Broadway Rising Stars is created, hosted and written by Scott Siegel and features the brightest talent from AMDA, CAP 21, Circle in the Square, Juilliard, Marymount, The New School, NYU's Steinhardt and Tisch, Pace University, and more. The event will feature a special guest appearance by Tony Award winner Bill Irwin (Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Fool Moon). Broadway Rising Stars plays one night only, tonight, July 14 at 8PM at The Town Hall (123 West 43rd Street.) (more...)

BWW Reviews: Stages PETE N KEELY is Gauche Clean Fun
by Katricia Lang - Jul 13, 2014

Stages' PETE N' KEELY is a dark comedy that hearkens back to a bygone era when men were gentlemen and women were ladies. A time when Billie Holiday wore impeccably designed silk dresses and garlands in her hair on the stage then exited to a life of heroin addiction, incarceration and abusive romantic relationships. Those were the days. (more...)

BROADWAY RISING STARS with Special Guest Bill Irwin Set for The Town Hall, 7/14
by BWW News Desk - Jul 11, 2014

The Town Hall 2014 Summer Season: Broadway Preludes presents Broadway Rising Stars, the annual revue giving recent graduates from the nation's leading performing arts schools a chance to showcase their talents and perform on the legendary stage. Directed by Scott Coulter, Broadway Rising Stars is created, hosted and written by Scott Siegel and features the brightest talent from AMDA, CAP 21, Circle in the Square, Juilliard, Marymount, The New School, NYU's Steinhardt and Tisch, Pace University, and more. The event will feature a special guest appearance by Tony Award winner Bill Irwin (Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Fool Moon). Broadway Rising Stars plays one night only, Monday, July 14 at 8PM at The Town Hall (123 West 43rd Street.) (more...)

Bridget Everett's ROCK BOTTOM to Open The Public Theater's 2014-15 Downtown Season; Performances Begin 9/9
by BWW News Desk - Jul 08, 2014

The Public Theater will open its 2014-15 downtown season with the world premiere of Bridget Everett's ROCK BOTTOM at Joe's Pub. Created by Bridget Everett, Marc Shaiman, Scott Wittman, Adam "Ad-Rock" Horovitz, and Matt Ray, ROCK BOTTOM was originally commissioned as part of the Joe's Pub 2013 New York Voices series. (more...)

WAKE UP with BWW 7/7/14 - 'Meet Your Heroes' at NYMF, THE LONG SHRIFT Off-Broadway and More!
by Jessica Showers - Jul 07, 2014

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: NYMF kicks off tonight with a concert celebrating some of the musical theatre world's top composers, James Franco directs THE LONG SHRIFT off-Broadway and more! (more...)

Kristen Gehling to Play Bankhead in SHADES OF BLUE, 8/27-9/7
by BWW News Desk - Jul 03, 2014

Beautiful Soup has announced that Kristen Gehling will replace the previously announced Francesca MacAaron as legendary stage and star screen Tallulah Bankhead in SHADES OF BLUE: THE DECLINE AND FALL OF LADY DAY... Gehling will also appear in repertory as famed director Margo Jones in WHAT WAS LOST. (more...)

She's Broadway's Favorite Lady! 10 Reasons to Love Living Legend Audra McDonald
by BWW Special Coverage - Jul 03, 2014

Audra McDonald is, without dispute, one of Broadway's most cherished stars, constantly dazzling audiences with her genius performances in musicals and plays alike. Currently starring as the legendary Billie Holiday in Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill, McDonald recently broke a huge record, becoming the most recognized actor in the history of the Tony Awards. Just in case you've totally lost your mind and forgotten why you fell in love with her in the first place, below BroadwayWorld brings you ten more reasons to love Audra McDonald. (more...)

First Listen: Audra McDonald Sings Billie Holiday on LADY DAY Album; Track List Announced!
by BWW News Desk - Jul 03, 2014

PS Classics will release the Original Cast Album for Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill, featuring six-time Tony Award-winner Audra McDonald, on July 15. Click here to listen to a preview of the album! (more...)

Photo Coverage: Audra McDonald Celebrates 100th Performance at LADY DAY AT EMERSON'S BAR & GRILL
by Walter McBride - Jul 03, 2014

Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill, the musical play which stars record breaking Tony Award-winner Audra McDonald as jazz legend Billie Holiday, just played it's 100th performance yesterday, July 2, 2014. The most honored female performer of the 2013-2014 season, Ms. McDonald was also the recipient of the Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards. BroadwayWorld was there for the celebration and you can check out photos below! (more...)

WAKE UP with BWW 7/2/14 - LADY DAY Hits 100, Ariana Grande Live, JUNE MOON Launches WTF & More!
by Jessica Showers - Jul 02, 2014

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: LADY DAY marks the big 1-0-0, Ariana Grande debuts songs from her new album on MTV, and JUNE MOON starts this year's festival in Williamstown! (more...)


by BWW News Desk - Jul 01, 2014


Annie Ross Performs Tomorrow Night at the Metropolitan Room, 7/1
by BWW News Desk - Jun 30, 2014

Annie Ross has been an abundant contributor to the art of jazz for over 50 years and audiences have the opportunity to see her perform in all her glory every Tuesday at 9:30pm at the Metropolitan Room. (more...)

BWW Reviews: CARMEN DE LAVALLADE Doesn't Rest at JACOBS PILLOW
by Ryan Kilpatrick - Jun 26, 2014

There is a powerful vibration that pierces all of your senses as you explore the grounds of Jacobs Pillow. Tucked away in the Berkshires of Becket, Massachusetts, the location is as scenic as it is sacred. (more...)

Photo Coverage: Inside the After Party for THE BROADWAY MUSICALS OF 1990-2014
by Genevieve Rafter Keddy - Jun 25, 2014

Town Hall's Broadway by the Year Series just took on THE BROADWAY MUSICALS OF 1990-2014 featuring such performers as Aladdin star Adam Jacobs, Tony Award-nominee Chad Kimball (Memphis), Jenn Gambatese (Tarzan, All Shook Up), Cheryl Freeman (Tommy, The Civil War), NaTashaYvette Williams (A Night with Janis Joplin), Patti Murin (Lysistrata Jones), Oliver Award-nominee Kyle Scatliffe (The Scottsboro Boys, currently in LES MISERABLES), Morgan James (Motown The Musical), Lucas Steele (Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812), Jeannette I. Bayardelle (Hair),Mindy Wallace (Radio City Christmas Spectacular), Mark Stuart (Mark Stuart Dance Theatre), Drama Desk-nominee Jeremy Morse, Christine Aranda, Nightlife Award-winner William Blake and many more. Below, BroadwayWorld brings you photos from the after party below! (more...)

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