Billie Holiday News

Photo Flash: Inside Jim Caruso's Cast Party at Birdland with Lillias White, Ethan Pakchar, Douglas Lyons & More
by BWW News Desk - Jan 29, 2014

On Monday, January 27, Broadway, jazz and pop performers jammed Jim Caruso's Cast Party at Birdland, as they have every Monday for the past ten years! The evening was made especially meaningful with the 5th 'Mentor Monday,' a monthly musical segment that pairs up and coming composers with established artists. Presenter Trevor McQueen combined Broadway's Lillias White with writers Ethan Pakchar and Douglas Lyons, a young songwriting team who began collaborating while touring with The Book of Mormon. The resulting performance was the song, 'Not Meant To Be in Love,' accompanied by Matt Aument, which gave Lillias ample opportunity to be vampy and campy and otherwise leave the audience helpless with laughter. It was a perfect way to introduce the community to Lyons & Pakchar's clever wordplay and catchy melodies! (more...)

The SOURCE Theatre Company to Present THE FIVE POINTS WRAPPED AROUND MY SOUL
by BWW News Desk - Jan 27, 2014

The SOURCE Theatre Company will stage the company created musical production 'The Five Points Wrapped Around My Soul' in February. (more...)

Nina Kristofferson's BILLIE HOLIDAY STORY to Kick Off UK Tour, April-May 2014
by BWW News Desk - Jan 22, 2014

The multi-talented British singer, actress and writer, NINA KRISTOFFERSON, debuted her passionate and exhilarating, self-penned, one-woman show 'Billie Holiday Story' in 2011 at the Edinburgh Festival. Following a sellout season at London's Charing Cross Theatre in the spring of 2013, Nina will now be hitting the road in April and May 2014, taking her critically acclaimed show about the life of Lady Day to audiences around the UK. (more...)

Yaw Agyeman and More Star in CCT's New R&B Family Musical MR. CHICKEE'S FUNNY MONEY, Now thru 3/2
by BWW News Desk - Jan 18, 2014

Chicago Children's Theatre has announced casting for its world premiere of Mr. Chickee's Funny Money, an all-new, rhythm and blues family musical playing tonight, January 18 - March 2, 2014 at the Ruth Page Center for the Arts, 1016 N. Dearborn, Chicago. Press opening is Friday, January 24 at 7 p.m. (more...)

Downtown Urban Theater Festival to Return to HERE in NYC, April 2-19
by BWW News Desk - Jan 16, 2014

For its much-anticipated 12th annual season, the Downtown Urban Theater Festival (DUTF) will again take residency at HERE's Mainstage in New York City, April 2nd through 19th, 2014, with three weeks of new groundbreaking theatre. (more...)

Tonya Pinkins, Carolee Carmello, Stephanie J. Block & More Set for Town Hall's Broadway by the Year Series, 2/24
by BWW News Desk - Jan 15, 2014

On Monday, February 24 at 8pm, Town Hall will kick-off the 14th season of its Broadway by the Year Series with THE BROADWAY MUSICALS OF 1915-1939 which will feature Tony Award-winners Tonya Pinkins and Beth Leavel, as well as Tony Award-nominees Carolee Carmello, Stephanie J. Block, Karen Akers, and Emily Skinner, Drama Desk Award-nominees Aaron Lazar, Julia Murney and Kerry O'Malley, Grammy Award-winner Lari White, and Noah Racey (Curtains), Camille Saviola (Nine), concert and recording artist Howard Fishman and Nightlife Award-winner Carole J. Bufford. Individual tickets ($57 and $47) are on sale at www.TicketMaster.com or by phone at 800-982-2787; series subscriptions ($180-$220) are available at www.TheTownHall.org. Bank of America is proud to support Broadway by the Year with additional support provided by The Edythe Kenner Foundation. (more...)

VERONIC VOICES Now on Sale Through June
by BWW News Desk - Jan 13, 2014

Continuing its successful run at the historic Jubilee! Theater at Bally's Las Vegas, VERONIC Voices announces 27 new show dates beginning April 24, 2014, now on sale. Veronic DiCaire, the vocal impressionist who has taken Las Vegas by storm with her spot on ability to recreate the voices of music's most iconic female singers, continues to perform until Jan.18 and will return to Las Vegas with new show content this spring. Tickets for 27 of the newly-announced 2014 performances are on sale at veronicvoices.com. (more...)

VERONIC Voices Announces New Set of Tickets on Sale for April, May and June 2014
by BWW News Desk - Jan 13, 2014

LAS VEGAS, Jan. 13, 2014 /PRNewswire/ Continuing its successful run at the historic Jubilee! Theater at Bally's Las Vegas, VERONIC Voices announces 27 new show dates beginning April 24, 2014, now on sale. Veronic DiCaire, the vocal impressionist who has taken Las Vegas by storm with her spot on ability to recreate the voices of music's most iconic female singers, continues to perform until Jan.18 and will return to Las Vegas with new show content this Spring. Tickets for 27 of the newly-announced 2014 performances are on sale at veronicvoices.com.     (more...)

National Portrait Gallery Presents AMERICAN COOL, 2/7-9/7
by BWW News Desk - Jan 09, 2014

What does it mean when we say someone is cool? Cool carries a social charge of rebellious self-expression, charisma, edge and mystery. “American Cool” will feature 100 photographs of icons who have contributed an original artistic vision to American culture and are symbolic figures of their time. The exhibition will be open at the Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery Feb. 7 through Sept. 7. (more...)

Grammy Winner Angelique Kidjo to Perform at The Town Hall, 2/15
by BWW News Desk - Jan 07, 2014

Next month as a part of their Black History Month celebration, The Town Hall (123 West 43rd Street) along with the World Music Institute will offer a special concert from Grammy Award-winning African music star Angelique Kidjo on February 15 at 8pm (co-presented by the World Music Institute). This concert marks the New York stop of her new album release tour. The album, Eve, is being released later this month on 1/28. (more...)

Carole J. Bufford, Liz Callaway, Jeff Harnar and More Set for The Crazy Coqs, Now thru Feb 2014
by BWW News Desk - Jan 07, 2014

2014 sees some new names and some returns to The Crazy Coqs. January starts with the London debut of the sizzling cabaret performer Carole J .Bufford and her show Body and Soul (tonight, January 7 - 11) followed by the popular Broadway star Brent Barrett and his show Night Songs (January 14 -18) and then actress and singer Linda Purl with her show Midnight Caravan: Celebrating the Great Ladies of the Glamorous Nightclub Era of the 40s & 50s (January 21 - 25). (more...)

Joey Arias, Brenda Russell & More Set for Joe's Pub this Week
by BWW News Desk - Jan 06, 2014

Joe's Pub at The Public has announced its slate of performances for this week, Jan. 6-12, including BEST OF CRAIGSLIST, SCREAM ALONG WITH BILLY, JEFF SLATE, EMPLOYEE OF THE MONTH SHOW, CHAMPAGNE JERRY, TRIBECASTAN, SUN RA VISITATION SERIES, THE HOT SARDINES, MEKLIT HADERO/LEIF VOLLEBEKK, FREDERICKS BROWN, FEDERICO AUBELE/KEREN ANN/DOM LA NENA, RED BARAAT/METAL TONGUES/PATTEN, REVEREND BILLY, BRENDA RUSSELL, and JOEY ARIAS. (more...)

FIDDLER AT 50, The Maccabeats, GREASE Sing-Along and More Set for JCCSF's 2014 Season
by BWW News Desk - Jan 04, 2014

The highly successful Arts & Ideas program at the Jewish Community Center of San Francisco (JCCSF) continues into 2014 with an array of fascinating thinkers, writers and entertainers. (more...)

Nellie McKay and Turtle Island Quartet Perform Tonight at Eccles Center
by BWW News Desk - Jan 04, 2014

Singer, songwriter, ukulele player, pianist, mimic, comedienne and actor Nellie McKay joins forces with two-time Grammy award-winning Turtle Island Quartet for a jazzy jaunt back in time. The program, 'A Flower is a Lovesome Thing,' fills The Eccles Center with the tunes of Billie Holiday, Billy Strayhorn, Doris Day and the Weimar cabaret of the 1920s (plus some present-day originals). Show starts at 7:30 p.m. (more...)

Nellie McKay and Turtle Island Quartet to Perform 1/4 at Eccles Center
by BWW News Desk - Dec 20, 2013

Singer, songwriter, ukulele player, pianist, mimic, comedienne and actor Nellie McKay joins forces with two-time Grammy award-winning Turtle Island Quartet for a jazzy jaunt back in time. The program, "A Flower is a Lovesome Thing," fills The Eccles Center with the tunes of Billie Holiday, Billy Strayhorn, Doris Day and the Weimar cabaret of the 1920s (plus some present-day originals). Show starts at 7:30 p.m. (more...)

VERONIC VOICES Extends at Bally's Las Vegas Through Today
by BWW News Desk - Dec 20, 2013

In response to its overwhelming popularity, VERONIC Voices, named by USA Today one of "Las Vegas' Don't Miss Shows," is announcing an extended run. Veronic DiCaire, one of the world's most versatile singers, will continue to headline her hit show in the iconic Jubilee! Theater inside Bally's Las Vegas through Dec. 21, 2013. (more...)

Kathleen Chalfant & Timothy Simonson to Star in New Federal Theatre's DR. DU BOIS AND MISS OVINGTON, Begin. 1/16
by BWW News Desk - Dec 20, 2013

Woodie King Jr's New Federal Theatre continues its 44th season with Dr. Du Bois and Miss Ovington starring Kathleen Chalfant and Timothy Simonson. Gabrielle L. Kurlander directs. Performances begin January 16h, with opening night scheduled for January 30th. (more...)

ALL EYES ON WHAT MAKES A GREAT CHRISTMAS ALBUM: Record Executive Jay Landers 'Weighs-in' with Richard Jay-Alexander
by Richard Jay-Alexander - Dec 20, 2013

Jay is an enormous fan of Broadway and all its denizens and has done many Broadway Cast Albums, but he has also worked with every great star of our time in every category of music. (more...)

Canadian Opera Company's April 2014 Listings Include HERCULES and More
by BWW News Desk - Dec 19, 2013

One of the most innovative and powerful forces in the performing arts world today, director Peter Sellars returns to the Canadian Opera Company with an already acclaimed new COC production of Handel's Hercules, based on Sophocles' timeless tragedy. Sellars propels the Greek myth of Hercules into the modern day, directing the same star-studded cast that premiered this production to unanimous praise at Lyric Opera of Chicago in 2011: American bass-baritone Eric Owens as Hercules (COC debut); British mezzo-soprano Alice Coote as Hercules' wife Dejanira; American countertenor David Daniels as Hercules' trusted aide, Lichas; American tenor Richard Croft as Hercules' son, Hyllus; and British soprano Lucy Crowe as the princess Iole (COC debut). Internationally renowned Baroque specialist Harry Bicket leads the COC Orchestra and Chorus through Handel's glorious music. The ancient Greek tragedian Sophocles was also a war general who knew first-hand the devastating psychological traumas facing returning veterans. With Hercules Sellars creates a healing work in which the untold horrors of war and the unspoken complications of reunion find their voice. (more...)

Yaw Agyeman and More to Star in CCT's New R&B Family Musical MR. CHICKEE'S FUNNY MONEY, 1/18-3/2
by BWW News Desk - Dec 16, 2013

Chicago Children's Theatre has announced casting for its world premiere of Mr. Chickee's Funny Money, an all-new, rhythm and blues family musical playing January 18 - March 2, 2014 at the Ruth Page Center for the Arts, 1016 N. Dearborn, Chicago. Press opening is Friday, January 24 at 7 p.m. (more...)

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