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by BWW News Desk - Apr 16, 2015

Recognized worldwide for her soul-stirring solo performance of "God is Trying to Tell You Something" in the classic film The Color Purple, actress and vocalist Maria Howell - also known for recent recurring roles on NBC's "Revolution" and Lifetime's "Devious Maids" - is making her Los Angeles singing debut on Sunday, April 26 at 7:00pm at The Colony Theatre at 555 North Third Street in Burbank. (more...)

Count Basie Orchestra, Diane Schuur and More Among Birdland's May 2015 LineupCount Basie Orchestra, Diane Schuur and More Among Birdland's May 2015 Lineup
by BWW News Desk - Apr 15, 2015

Birdland Jazz Club has announced its May 2015 schedule, featuring The Legendary Count Basie Orchestra, BossaBrasil, Diane Schuur, Freddy Cole Quartet, Barbara Carroll, Jim Caruso's Cast Party and more! Scroll down for details. (more...)

HBO to Debut BESSIE, Starring Queen Latifah, 5/16HBO to Debut BESSIE, Starring Queen Latifah, 5/16
by TV News Desk - Apr 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...)

Audra McDonald Performance at Pittsburgh's Byham Theater Rescheduled for 5/11Audra McDonald Performance at Pittsburgh's Byham Theater Rescheduled for 5/11
by BWW News Desk - Apr 15, 2015

Due to an unexpected development in Audra McDonald's schedule, the date for her performance in Pittsburgh has been changed. The concert will now take place at 8 p.m. on Monday, May 11th at the landmark Byham Theater. (more...)

MIGHTY REAL: A FABULOUS SYLVESTER MUSICAL Coming to Washington, D.C.MIGHTY REAL: A FABULOUS SYLVESTER MUSICAL Coming to Washington, D.C.
by BWW News Desk - Apr 13, 2015

MIGHTY REAL: A FABULOUS SYLVESTER MUSICAL, the hit musical celebration of the life and music of the original 1970s "Queen of Disco," Sylvester, returns to Washington, D.C. for one special performance at The Howard Theatre (620 T Street, NW; Washington, D.C. 20001) on Monday, May 25th, 2015 (doors open at 6:00pm; 7:00pm curtain). Tickets are priced from $69.50 - $89.50 and are now on sale online at www.FabulousSylvester.com. (more...)

Barbara Morrison to Perform at Hollywood's Catalina Jazz Club, 4/18Barbara Morrison to Perform at Hollywood's Catalina Jazz Club, 4/18
by BWW News Desk - Apr 8, 2015

Grammy-nominated jazz singer Barbara Morrison will perform at the Catalina Bar & Grill on April 18. The show begins at 8:30 p.m. (more...)

BWW Reviews: Will Friedwald's Latest 'Clip Joint' Celebrates BILLIE HOLIDAY With a Unique Take On the Icon's CentennialBWW Reviews: Will Friedwald's Latest 'Clip Joint' Celebrates BILLIE HOLIDAY With a Unique Take On the Icon's Centennial
by Alix Cohen - Apr 8, 2015

Monday night found me back at Zeb's on the West Side for another of Will Friedwald's iconoclastic 'Clip Joints'--this one in honor of the Billie Holiday Centennial. During a year that is already producing a glut of celebratory events (given that it's also the Frank Sinatra Centennial year), leave it to the intriguing and obsessive writer/journalist/producer to come up with something different. Instead of a roster of vocalists live or on film, performing material we now think of reflexively as belonging to Lady Day, we were offered the singular piano interpretations of Lara Downes, recollections by alto saxophonist Jerry Dodgion (who at age 22 played with Holiday), and eclectic clips from television and film appearances of the artist herself. (more...)

New Digital Release of Billy Holiday Albums Celebrates Century of Lady DayNew Digital Release of Billy Holiday Albums Celebrates Century of Lady Day
by BWW News Desk - Apr 7, 2015

Just in time for the 100th anniversary of the birth of Billie Holiday on April 7, 2015, Universal Music Enterprises honors the iconic artist with the simultaneous digital release of 17 classic Holiday albums. (more...)

DANCING ON EGGSHELLS to Premiere at Billie Holiday TheatreDANCING ON EGGSHELLS to Premiere at Billie Holiday Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Apr 6, 2015

On the heels of their successful production Brothers from the Bottom starring Wendell Pierce, a play about gentrification, The Billie Holiday Theatre (BHT) is pleased to announce the world premiere of Dancing on Eggshells by award-winning playwright Cynthia G. Robinson and directed by the Billie Holiday Theatre's own Cezar Williams. (more...)

Clairdee to Join Capital Jazz Orchestra in Honoring Billie Holiday, 5/15Clairdee to Join Capital Jazz Orchestra in Honoring Billie Holiday, 5/15
by BWW News Desk - Apr 3, 2015

International touring and recording artist Clairdee joins forces with the Capital Jazz Orchestra, Clayton 'Skip' Poole, Music Director, for a very special 100th birthday tribute to the great “Lady Day”, Billie Holiday, on Friday, May 15, at 7:30pm. Based in San Francisco, Clairdee will be performing such Billie classics as “Travelin' Light,” “Any Old Time,” and “God Bless the Child,” along with many other selections featuring both the big band and the more intimate CJO combo. (more...)

Tenorman/Clarinetist Frank Griffith to Perform at Ware Center , 4/17-18Tenorman/Clarinetist Frank Griffith to Perform at Ware Center , 4/17-18
by BWW News Desk - Apr 3, 2015

Accomplished jazz clarinetist and tenorman, Frank Griffith travels from England to Lancaster to perform two unique concerts on Friday, April 17 and Saturday, April 18. His performance on April 17 is promised to wrap up the Ware Center's season of the Jazz in the Sky performances on a high note. The concert begins at 7:30 pm at the Ware Center located at 42 N. Prince Street, Lancaster. On Saturday, April 18 at 7:30 pm, Frank Griffith will join the 10th Annual Single Reed Symposium and finish the evening as a guest artist in the Jazz & Java concert on campus at Gordinier Hall located at 40 S. George Street, Millersville. (more...)

BWW Reviews: Anika Larsen Charms at BirdlandBWW Reviews: Anika Larsen Charms at Birdland
by David Clarke - Mar 25, 2015

Celebrating the release of SING YOU TO SLEEP, Anika Larsen made her solo concert debut at Birdland on Monday, March 23. Joined by her BEAUTIFUL castmates Jessie Mueller and Jarrod Spector and her XANADU castmate Kenita Miller, Larsen's set featured songs from her album and thematically appropriate solos that featured her guests' talents too. Thus, the evening was the perfect night cap to an otherwise manic Monday. (more...)

Breaking News: HBO Cancels LOOKING Led by Jonathan Groff; Movie Next!Breaking News: HBO Cancels LOOKING Led by Jonathan Groff; Movie Next!
by BWW News Desk - Mar 25, 2015

BroadwayWorld.com has learned this morning that HBO's LOOKING has sadly been cancelled. For the past few days, there have been endless articles after Sunday night's season finale of the show as to whether or not HBO would pick up the show for a third season. The show's amazingly talented cast, led by Broadway's Jonathan Groff (currently in HAMILTON at the Public Theater) has been praised for their frank storytelling. The show has been compared to a 21st century version of Armistead Maupin's TALES OF THE CITY. (more...)

The Andy Warhol Museum Presents PEARLSTEIN, WARHOL, CANTOR: FROM PITTSBURGH TO NEW YORK, 5/30The Andy Warhol Museum Presents PEARLSTEIN, WARHOL, CANTOR: FROM PITTSBURGH TO NEW YORK, 5/30
by BWW News Desk - Mar 24, 2015

The Andy Warhol Museum announces its latest exhibition, Pearlstein, Warhol, Cantor: From Pittsburgh to New York, opening to the public May 30, 2015. (more...)

Diana Ross Announces First Concerts Ever On The  Hawaiian IslandsDiana Ross Announces First Concerts Ever On The Hawaiian Islands
by BWW News Desk - Mar 20, 2015

With a career spanning over six decades it's inconceivable to think Diana Ross has never performed a concert in Hawaii. That's all about to change as Ms. Ross brings her magical live stage production to The Islands. The concert is a complete theatrical experience, filled with breathtaking costumes, an elegant stage design, and a massive catalog of hit songs, such as 'Stop! In the Name of Love', 'Touch Me in the Morning', and 'Ain't No Mountain High Enough.' Reviews have been stellar for her recent shows, proving that the icon of stage and screen is still in her prime. The Star-Telegram in Texas raves: 'Diana Ross held the fortunate (audience)...in the palm of her hand from the beginning, and never let them go.' As the star herself has stated, 'My interaction is with the audience on a one-to-one. I always try to see their faces and try to see their eyes. It's that harmonious vibration, good energy that flows between the audience and myself and the band and the music. Music is like love. It feels good. It's about sharing. Music is like the heartbeat of our world.' (more...)

Casting Set for Beautiful Soup's Festival of Plays by Steven Carl McCasland, Beginning 5/6Casting Set for Beautiful Soup's Festival of Plays by Steven Carl McCasland, Beginning 5/6
by BWW News Desk - Mar 19, 2015

Following critically acclaimed workshop presentations, McCasland's plays will return to NYC in a month-long festival celebrating the young playwright. Together with The Clarion Theatre, they'll present six plays beginning on May 6th, 2015, with a company of actors performing in repertory. All of the plays focus on historical figures, including Laurette Taylor, Billie Holiday, Tennessee Williams, Gertrude Stein, Lillian Hellman and more. (more...)

Elton John & More Featured on ASTRELLA's 'Ready-to Play' Musical T's Fashion LineElton John & More Featured on ASTRELLA's 'Ready-to Play' Musical T's Fashion Line
by BWW News Desk - Mar 19, 2015

Nothing speaks for an individual better than their fashion and musical choices, Fashion designer and rock progeny Astrella has set out to prove this theory when her iconic and stylish line of MUSICAL T's “drop” in Bloomingdale's New York and Santa Monica stores May 2015. (more...)

LADY DAY, EVITA & More Set for Phoenix Theatre's 2015-16 SeasonLADY DAY, EVITA & More Set for Phoenix Theatre's 2015-16 Season
by BWW News Desk - Mar 17, 2015

Phoenix Theatre, entering its 96th consecutive season announces their 2015/2016 lineup filled with stunning, sweeping musicals, unique and offbeat treats and a World Premiere on its road to the Broadway stage. (more...)

Photo Flash: Maureen McGovern Plays 54 Below; Tony Bennett, Sam Underwood & More Attend!Photo Flash: Maureen McGovern Plays 54 Below; Tony Bennett, Sam Underwood & More Attend!
by BWW News Desk - Mar 16, 2015

Maureen McGovern took the stage at 54 Below for 'Celebrating Women Singer/Songwriters' from March 10-14, where she was visited by a slew of stars, including Tony Bennett and Sam Underwood. Check out photos below! (more...)

Corky Hale, Freda Payne Set for Billie Holiday 100th Birthday Celebration at Catalina Jazz Club, 4/6Corky Hale, Freda Payne Set for Billie Holiday 100th Birthday Celebration at Catalina Jazz Club, 4/6
by BWW News Desk - Mar 13, 2015

Acclaimed Jazz harpist-pianist-vocalist Corky Hale will present a 100th Birthday Show honoring Billie Holiday on Monday, April 6 at the Catalina Jazz Club in Hollywood. Special guests will include singers Freda Payne, Eloise Laws and Tricia Tahara, with Hale on piano and harp, Lyman Medeiros on bass, John Chiodini on Guitar and Christopher Jones on drums. Holiday, who was born on April 7, 1915 and died in 1959, was one of the most important and influential jazz legends of all time. (more...)

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