Billie Holiday News

Photo Flash: Meet the Cast of SISTAS at Meadow Brook TheatrePhoto Flash: Meet the Cast of SISTAS at Meadow Brook Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Apr 6, 2016

As one family gathers to celebrate the life of their matriarch, they have a lot to say about the role of women-especially African-American woman-in history…and they do it through songs you already know. With songs ranging from "Oh Happy Day" to "I Will Survive" and the music of artists from Billie Holiday to Beyonce, you'll be tempted to sing along. (more...)

The Apollo Theater and Opera Philadelphia Partner for NY Premiere of WE SHALL NOT BE MOVED, Fall 2017The Apollo Theater and Opera Philadelphia Partner for NY Premiere of WE SHALL NOT BE MOVED, Fall 2017
by BWW News Desk - Mar 31, 2016

With the historic New York premiere of Charlie Parker's YARDBIRD just days away, The Apollo Theater and Opera Philadelphia today announced a multi-year partnership that will continue the staging of contemporary operas at the Apollo in future seasons. The next co-production between the two institutions will be the New York premiere of We Shall Not Be Moved, set for the fall of 2017. (more...)

Apollo Theater and Opera Philadelphia to Collaborate for Years to ComeApollo Theater and Opera Philadelphia to Collaborate for Years to Come
by BWW News Desk - Mar 30, 2016

With the historic New York premiere of Charlie Parker's YARDBIRD just days away, The Apollo Theater and Opera Philadelphia today announced a multi-year partnership that will continue the staging of contemporary operas at the Apollo in future seasons. The next co-production between the two institutions will be the New York premiere of WE SHALL NOT BE MOVED, set for the fall of 2017. (more...)

BWW Review: Natalie Douglas Breathtakingly (and Politically) Explores the Human Heart in CD Release Show at BirdlandBWW Review: Natalie Douglas Breathtakingly (and Politically) Explores the Human Heart in CD Release Show at Birdland
by Remy Block - Mar 29, 2016

"I'm a black woman in America; breathing is political," stated Natalie Douglas, wryly, early in her March 21 concert at Birdland to celebrate the release of her excellent new recording Human Heart. I felt myself inwardly fist pump-yes! Douglas dared to acknowledge the contemporary political circus-which I, for one, am completely obsessed with-on the cabaret stage! Okay, I can relax-I will make it through this show without listening to a political podcast or reading a David Brooks New York Times opinion column after all. Phew! I have not entered a purely escapist fantasyland, but surrendered to the capable musical ensemble on stage. Douglas wore a long white gown (chosen out of the pile when her husband made an approvingly bawdy comment as she tried it on for him) and her band-all six of whom appear on the record-wore all black. The appearance was a study in contrast, but the group, was most assuredly a cohesive instrument. (more...)

Photo Coverage: Backstage at BROADWAY BY THE YEARS with Lisa Howard, Jill Paice & More!Photo Coverage: Backstage at BROADWAY BY THE YEARS with Lisa Howard, Jill Paice & More!
by Genevieve Rafter Keddy - Mar 29, 2016

Tony Award-nominee Karen Akers (Nine, Grand Hotel), 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) and more just appeared in Town Hall's Broadway by the Year Series last night, March 28, THE BROADWAY MUSICALS OF THE 1950s. BroadwayWorld brings you photos backstage below! (more...)

Photo Coverage: Jill Paice, Josh Grisetti & More Sing the Musicals of the 1950s at BROADWAY BY THE YEARS!Photo Coverage: Jill Paice, Josh Grisetti & More Sing the Musicals of the 1950s at BROADWAY BY THE YEARS!
by Genevieve Rafter Keddy - Mar 29, 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) just appeared in Town Hall's Broadway by the Year Series last night, March 28, THE BROADWAY MUSICALS OF THE 1950s. BroadwayWorld brings you photos from the big night below! (more...)

VIDEO: Audra McDonald Gets Her Own JEOPARDY Category; Shares Dream RoleVIDEO: Audra McDonald Gets Her Own JEOPARDY Category; Shares Dream Role
by TV News Desk - Mar 26, 2016

Audra McDonald received her very own video category on Friday night's JEOPARDY, titled 'Audra McDonald on Broadway.' The show also asked McDonald, 'Given all your successes, is there a role you still long to play? (more...)

'Sarah Vaughan Live At Rosy's' Out Today on Resonance Records'Sarah Vaughan Live At Rosy's' Out Today on Resonance Records
by BWW News Desk - Mar 25, 2016

Resonance Records with the cooperation of National Public Radio (NPR) is proud to announce the release of Sarah Vaughan - Live At Rosy's, New Orleans on March 25th, 2016. (more...)

HERSHEY FELDER AS IRVING BERLIN Comes to The Town Hall This JuneHERSHEY FELDER AS IRVING BERLIN Comes to The Town Hall This June
by BWW News Desk - Mar 22, 2016

The story and music of America's Composer come to life on stage when The Town Hall presents HERSHEY FELDER AS IRVING BERLIN, a new play with music written and performed by award-winning actor and musician Hershey Felder (Broadway's George Gershwin Alone, Maestro Bernstein). Directed by Trevor Hay, HERSHEY FELDER AS IRVING BERLIN plays one night only, Monday, June 6 at 8PM at The Town Hall (123 West 43rd Street). (more...)

Anthony Wayne and Producers of 'MIGHTY REAL' Set for Oxygen's THE PRANCING ELITES PROJECT TomorrowAnthony Wayne and Producers of 'MIGHTY REAL' Set for Oxygen's THE PRANCING ELITES PROJECT Tomorrow
by BWW News Desk - Mar 21, 2016

It's about to get 'Mighty Real'... Make sure to watch or set your DVR for THE PRANCING ELITES PROJECT, airing tomorrow, Tuesday, March 22 at 9pm/8C on Oxygen. The producers of MIGHTY REAL: A FABULOUS SYLVESTER MUSICAL (Anthony Wayne, Sheryl Lee Ralph and Kendrell Bowman) will appear on the season finale ahead of the show's return to New York City this May. (more...)

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...)

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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...)

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