Billie Holiday News

Diana Ross to Return to PPAC, 8/11; Tickets on Sale 4/26Diana Ross to Return to PPAC, 8/11; Tickets on Sale 4/26
by BWW News Desk - Apr 21, 2013

The one and only Diana Ross will be making summer nights red hot as she returns to the Providence Performing Arts Center (PPAC) on Sunday, August 11, 2013 at 7P. (more...)

Sandy Brown's OH, YES SHE DID! Celebrates Over 100 Shows at Theatre-TheaterSandy Brown's OH, YES SHE DID! Celebrates Over 100 Shows at Theatre-Theater
by BWW News Desk - Apr 20, 2013

Sandy Brown performer/Producer/playwright of 'Oh, Yes She Did!' Celebrates over 100 performances at Theatre-Theater. 'Oh, Yes She Did' is a theatrical ride, a 2-Hour tour-de-force where Sandy Brown morphs into legendary black women who changed the course of American History including Billie Holiday, Josephine Baker, Angela Davis and more. (more...)

William Blake's Triumphant Etta James Tribute Show Transforms the Cafe Carlyle Into an R & B Concert HallWilliam Blake's Triumphant Etta James Tribute Show Transforms the Cafe Carlyle Into an R & B Concert Hall
by Stephen Hanks - Apr 20, 2013

Texas born and bred singer William Blake--who came to New York six years ago at age 24--has lately taken the town by storm with his terrific tribute show to the legendary Etta James. In the process, Blake has also managed to transform some of the town's most prestigious nightclub/cabaret venues into his own personal concert halls. First it was at Birdland, where in the summer of 2012 and with the support of 'Cast Party' impresario Jim Caruso, Blake launched his Echoes of Etta raucous, standing-room only crowds. Then last February, Blake, his five piece band and three girl backup singers, overpowered Joe's Pub. But the last two nights might have been Blake's most impressive performances to date, as he totally captured the crowd at the elegant and sedate Cafe Carlyle (for the room's new 10:45 'Second Act' sets). It was almost as if you were experiencing an R & B concert at Carnegie Hall. (more...)

Porchlight Music Theatre Presents Original 1940 Broadway Version of PAL JOEY, Now thru 5/26Porchlight Music Theatre Presents Original 1940 Broadway Version of PAL JOEY, Now thru 5/26
by BWW News Desk - Apr 20, 2013

Porchlight Music Theatre presents Pal Joey, book by John O'Hara, music by Richard Rodgers and lyrics by Lorenz Hart, tonight, April 20 - May 26, at Stage 773, 1225 West Belmont Ave. Directed by Porchlight Music Theatre's Artistic Director, Michael Weber with music direction by Porchlight Artistic Associate Doug Peck (reuniting with Weber for the first time since their collaboration on Porchlight's triumphant production of Assassins) and choreography by Porchlight Artistic Associate Brenda Didier, Pal Joey stars Adrian Aguliar, 'Joey Evans,' Susie McMonagle, 'Vera Simpson,' Laura Savage, 'Linda English,' Matt Orlando, 'Ludlow Lowell' and Sharriese Hamilton, 'Gladys Bumps.' (more...)

Alexis J. Rogers, Lanie Robertson and More set for Porchlight's 'LADY DAY' and PAL JOEY, Feb & April, 2013Alexis J. Rogers, Lanie Robertson and More set for Porchlight's 'LADY DAY' and PAL JOEY, Feb & April, 2013
by BWW News Desk - Apr 19, 2013

Michael Weber, Artistic Director of Porchlight Music Theatre, announced casting for Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill, February 2 - March 10, 2013 and Pal Joey, April 20 - May 26, 2013, both at Stage 773, 1225 W Belmont and the naming of new Artistic Associates and members to the Advisory Board. Alexis J. Rogers will play "Billie Holiday" in Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill, by Lanie Robertson to be directed by Porchlight Artistic Associate Rob Lindley. (more...)

Photo Flash: Meet the Cast of Porchlight Music Theatre's PAL JOEYPhoto Flash: Meet the Cast of Porchlight Music Theatre's PAL JOEY
by BWW News Desk - Apr 19, 2013

Porchlight Music Theatre presents Pal Joey, book by John O'Hara, music by Richard Rodgers and lyrics by Lorenz Hart, April 20 - May 26, at Stage 773, 1225 West Belmont Ave. Directed by Porchlight Music Theatre's Artistic Director, Michael Weber with music direction by Porchlight Artistic Associate Doug Peck (reuniting with Weber for the first time since their collaboration on Porchlight's triumphant production of Assassins) and choreography by Porchlight Artistic Associate Brenda Didier, Pal Joey stars Adrian Aguilar, 'Joey Evans,' Susie McMonagle, 'Vera Simpson,' Laura Savage, 'Linda English,' Matt Orlando, 'Ludlow Lowell' and Sharriese Hamilton, 'Gladys Bumps.' Meet the cast in the photos below! (more...)

Beth Hart and Joe Bonamassa to Release New Album SEESAW, May 20Beth Hart and Joe Bonamassa to Release New Album SEESAW, May 20
by BWW News Desk - Apr 18, 2013

LA-based singer-songwriter Beth Hart, known for her raw and powerful blues-rock sound, wraps her expressive vocals around classic soul covers on 'Seesaw', the second album that grew out of her musical ties with the acclaimed blues guitarist Joe Bonamassa. The album is released on Deluxe CD+DVD and Double Vinyl in the UK/Europe on Monday 20th May by Provogue Records (followed by US release on Tuesday 21st May). (more...)

Barbara Cook, Ann Hampton Callaway, Liz Callaway and More Join Feinstein's at the Nikko LineupBarbara Cook, Ann Hampton Callaway, Liz Callaway and More Join Feinstein's at the Nikko Lineup
by BWW News Desk - Apr 18, 2013

Hotel Nikko San Francisco and Michael Feinstein have announced the spring lineup - featuring legendary stars of stage and cinema - for the all-new Feinstein's at the Nikko. Located within Hotel Nikko (222 Mason Street, San Francisco), Feinstein's at the Nikko will present a wide range of local, regional and national entertainers in an intimate 140-seat cabaret setting. Tickets for all performances are on-sale now and available by calling 866.663.1063 or visiting www.ticketweb.com. (more...)

Beth Hart and Joe Bonamassa to Release New Album 'Seesaw', 5/21Beth Hart and Joe Bonamassa to Release New Album 'Seesaw', 5/21
by BWW News Desk - Apr 18, 2013

LA-based singer-songwriter Beth Hart, known for her raw and powerful blues-rock sound, wraps her expressive vocals around classic soul covers on “Seesaw”, the second album that grew out of her musical ties with the acclaimed blues guitarist Joe Bonamassa. (more...)

BWW Reviews: NINA KRISTOFFERSON'S BILLIE HOLIDAY STORY, Charing Cross Theatre, April 8 2013BWW Reviews: NINA KRISTOFFERSON'S BILLIE HOLIDAY STORY, Charing Cross Theatre, April 8 2013
by Gary Naylor - Apr 9, 2013

Gary Naylor sees a true legend of music brought to life, in all her glory and horror. (more...)

Nina Kristofferson Brings THE BILLIE HOLIDAY STORY to Charing Cross Theatre TonightNina Kristofferson Brings THE BILLIE HOLIDAY STORY to Charing Cross Theatre Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Apr 1, 2013

Actress, singer and writer Nina Kristofferson brings her one woman show 'The Billie Holiday Story' to the Charing Cross Theatre tonight, 1 April 2013 for a strictly limited 8 week run. This London engagement follows a sell-out run at the Edinburgh Festival in 2011, and a tour of the UK in 2012, which attracted critical and public acclaim. (more...)

TRAV'LIN - THE NEW 1930s HARLEM MUSICAL Opens Tonight in Fort WorthTRAV'LIN - THE NEW 1930s HARLEM MUSICAL Opens Tonight in Fort Worth
by BWW News Desk - Mar 29, 2013

Following development in New York City and Washington, D.C., including a sold-out run at the New York Musical Theatre Festival (NYMF), Trav'lin - The New 1930s Harlem Musical receives its Regional Premiere at Fort Worth's Jubilee Theatre, the original home of African-American theater in North Texas,beginning Friday, March 29, 2013. Opening Night is Friday, April 5, and the show runs through April 28, 2013. (more...)

TRAV'LIN - THE NEW 1930S HARLEM MUSICAL Premieres at Jubilee Theatre, Now thru 4/28TRAV'LIN - THE NEW 1930S HARLEM MUSICAL Premieres at Jubilee Theatre, Now thru 4/28
by BWW News Desk - Mar 29, 2013

Trav'lin - The New 1930s Harlem Musical, will receive its Regional Premiere production at Fort Worth's Jubilee Theatre in Spring 2013. The musical, which received a developmental production in 2010 as part of the New York Musical Theatre Festival (NYMF), runs tonight, March 29, 2013 through April 28, 2013. (more...)

Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts 2013 Kicks Off TodayPhiladelphia International Festival of the Arts 2013 Kicks Off Today
by BWW News Desk - Mar 28, 2013

Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts welcomes regional arts and cultural organizations participating in Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts 2013 (PIFA) returning to Philadelphia today, March 28 to April 27. (more...)

Kimmel Center for the Performing Art to Present 2013 Philly International Festival of the Arts, TodayKimmel Center for the Performing Art to Present 2013 Philly International Festival of the Arts, Today
by BWW News Desk - Mar 27, 2013

The Kimmel Center for the Performing Art announced the 2013 Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts (PIFA) at the Arts & Business Council Awards Ceremony tonight. (more...)

MY FRIEND LESTER to be Performed at Brighton Fringe, Begins May 5MY FRIEND LESTER to be Performed at Brighton Fringe, Begins May 5
by BWW News Desk - Mar 26, 2013

Billie Holiday and saxophonist Lester Young recorded such achingly beautiful music together it was impossible for many to believe that they were not lovers….or were they? This magical and moving play explores their enigmatic relationship through some of their own words and the stunning songs they chose to record together. We follow their journey through jazz from the moment they first met until their untimely deaths. Friends? Soul-mates? Lovers? The answer is in their music. (more...)

54 Below Launches 'WBGO Jazz Series', 4/2-5/1454 Below Launches 'WBGO Jazz Series', 4/2-5/14
by BWW News Desk - Mar 26, 2013

The 54 Below WBGO Jazz Series will feature weekly Tuesday evening shows by jazz artists curated by the famed veteran Jazz programmer, Todd Barkan. Just around the corner from Swing Street, these seasoned jazz performers come to Broadway's Nightclub to play and sing the night away in grand style. The series is sponsored by the WBGO, the country's premier jazz radio station, promising a truly classic only-in-New York experience. (more...)

New Federal Theatre to Present The First NY Revival of  PLENTY OF TIME, Beginning 4/4New Federal Theatre to Present The First NY Revival of PLENTY OF TIME, Beginning 4/4
by BWW News Desk - Mar 25, 2013

Woodie King Jr's New Federal Theatre, in association with Castillo Theatre, will present Plenty of Time by John Shevin Foster at the Castillo Theatre (543 West 42nd Street, between 10th and 11th Avenues.). Performances begin April 4th with Opening Night set for Thursday, April 18th. Performances continue through May 5th only. (more...)

Roger Guenveur Smith and Meshell Ndegeocello Join ASK YOUR MAMA at the Apollo TonightRoger Guenveur Smith and Meshell Ndegeocello Join ASK YOUR MAMA at the Apollo Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Mar 23, 2013

The Apollo Theater and Manhattan School of Music previously announced that actor Roger Guenveur Smith and singer-songwriter and musician Meshell Ndegeocello have been added to the cast of Ask Your Mama, a multimedia symphonic work based on Langston Hughes' epic poem. (more...)

Regina Carter and Nnenna Freelon to Replace Dee Dee Brigdewater in Royal Conservatory Concert, 12/14Regina Carter and Nnenna Freelon to Replace Dee Dee Brigdewater in Royal Conservatory Concert, 12/14
by BWW News Desk - Mar 21, 2013

Regina Carter and Nnenna Freelon will replace the previously announced Tony and Grammy winner Dee Dee Bridgewater in a December 14, 2013 concert celebrating the 90th birthdays of Dinah Washington and Sarah Vaughan. The Royal Conservatory congratulates Ms. Bridgewater on her role in the upcoming off-Broadway production of Lady Day, in which she will portray legendary jazz singer Billie Holiday. The production begins September 12, which is the reason Ms. Bridgewater had to cancel her Conservatory appearance in December. (more...)

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