Billie Holiday News

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 - Jun 1, 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...)

Madeleine Peyroux Joins Art of Time Ensemble for SONGBOOK 7 TonightMadeleine Peyroux Joins Art of Time Ensemble for SONGBOOK 7 Tonight
by BWW News Desk - May 31, 2013

Art of Time Ensemble closes their 2012/13 season on a high note, welcoming world renowned jazz singer Madeleine Peyroux to the Enwave Theatre stage tonight, May 31 and June 1. (more...)

Joe Maddalena Presents Auction of Property of a Distinguished American Private Collector Part II TodayJoe Maddalena Presents Auction of Property of a Distinguished American Private Collector Part II Today
by BWW News Desk - May 30, 2013

After the six million dollar sale of part I, Profiles in History, run by Joe Maddalena, is proud to announce the auction of The Property of a Distinguished American Private Collector Part II today, May 30th. This collection of letters and manuscripts is one of the greatest collections ever amassed. In the first sale a letter by Vincent van Gogh sold for $336,000 and a Thomas Jefferson letter sold for $300,000, Part II promises to be even bigger. (more...)

The Town Hall Presents BROADWAY BY THE YEAR Featuring Howard McGillin, Lisa Brescia & More, 6/3The Town Hall Presents BROADWAY BY THE YEAR Featuring Howard McGillin, Lisa Brescia & More, 6/3
by BWW News Desk - May 29, 2013

The Town Hall is proud to announce the season finale of Broadway by the Year featuring The Broadway Musicals of 1988, includingThe Phantom of the Opera, Chess, Legs Diamond, Romance Romance, Carrie, and More! Scott Siegel, the creator, writer, and host of Broadway by the Year has selected a half dozen performers to star in the concert, including Howard McGillin, who holds the record for playing 'The Phantom' longer than any other actor in Broadway history. He will be joined by one of his Christines, Jennifer Hope Wills. Drama Desk Nominees Farah Alvin (The Marvelous Wonderettes) and Kevin Earley (Death Takes a Holiday) return toBroadway by the Year. Lisa Brescia, who starred on Broadway in Twyla Tharp's The Times They Are A-Changin', as Elphaba in Wicked, and as Donna in Mamma Mia! makes her Broadway by the Year debut and favorite Scott Coulter will direct and star in the concert. The cast will be joined by the Broadway by the Year Chorus. (more...)

Porchlight Music Theatre to Present Original 1940 Broadway Version of PAL JOEY, 4/20-5/26Porchlight Music Theatre to Present Original 1940 Broadway Version of PAL JOEY, 4/20-5/26
by BWW News Desk - May 26, 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 Aguliar, 'Joey Evans,' Susie McMonagle, 'Vera Simpson,' Laura Savage, 'Linda English,' Matt Orlando, 'Ludlow Lowell' and Sharriese Hamilton, 'Gladys Bumps.' (more...)

The Young Lions of Gypsy Jazz Set for DJANGO REINHARDT NY FESTIVAL, 6/25-30The Young Lions of Gypsy Jazz Set for DJANGO REINHARDT NY FESTIVAL, 6/25-30
by BWW News Desk - May 23, 2013

Grande Absente and Air France present the return of 'The Young Lions of Gypsy Jazz' at the DJANGO REINHARDT NY FESTIVAL, June 25 - 30 at Birdland. (more...)

Kim Yarbrough, Alison Cusano Join ONE NIGHT WITH JANIS JOPLIN at Arena StageKim Yarbrough, Alison Cusano Join ONE NIGHT WITH JANIS JOPLIN at Arena Stage
by BWW News Desk - May 22, 2013

Following a critically acclaimed run at Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater this past fall, One Night with Janis Joplin returns for a summer run. Leading the production is Mary Bridget Davies. Davies is joined by Sabrina Elayne Carten as the Blues Singer. Created, written and directed by Randy Johnson, the production is produced in partnership with The Pasadena Playhouse and Milwaukee Repertory Theater, in association with Todd Gershwin and Daniel Chilewich of One Night Productions, The Estate of Janis Joplin and Jeff Jampol of JAM, Inc. One Night with Janis Joplin runs June 21-August 11, 2013 in the Kreeger Theater. (more...)

Beth Hart and Joe Bonamassa Release New Album SEESAW Worldwide TodayBeth Hart and Joe Bonamassa Release New Album SEESAW Worldwide Today
by BWW News Desk - May 21, 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...)

Artistic Pride Productions Presents The Piano Has Been Drinking (Not Me) at Don't Tell Mama, 6/3Artistic Pride Productions Presents The Piano Has Been Drinking (Not Me) at Don't Tell Mama, 6/3
by BWW News Desk - May 20, 2013

Artistic Pride Productions announces its Main Stage Cabaret performance, The Piano Has Been Drinking (Not me), at Don't Tell Mama on June 3, 2013. The sixth cabaret in this series is the last one for this season and will feature singers and actors exploring the association between artists and their vices. (more...)

Beth Hart and Joe Bonamassa Release New Album SEESAW TodayBeth Hart and Joe Bonamassa Release New Album SEESAW Today
by BWW News Desk - May 20, 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 today 20th May by Provogue Records (followed by US release on Tuesday 21st May). (more...)

Joe Maddalena Presents the Auction of the Property of a Distinguished American Private Collector Part II, 5/30Joe Maddalena Presents the Auction of the Property of a Distinguished American Private Collector Part II, 5/30
by BWW News Desk - May 16, 2013

After the six million dollar sale of part I, Profiles in History, run by Joe Maddalena, is proud to announce the auction of The Property of a Distinguished American Private Collector Part II on May 30th. This collection of letters and manuscripts is one of the greatest collections ever amassed. In the first sale a letter by Vincent van Gogh sold for $336,000 and a Thomas Jefferson letter sold for $300,000, Part II promises to be even bigger. (more...)

Artistic Pride Productions Presents The Piano Has Been Drinking (Not Me) at Don't Tell Mama, 6/3Artistic Pride Productions Presents The Piano Has Been Drinking (Not Me) at Don't Tell Mama, 6/3
by BWW News Desk - May 16, 2013

Artistic Pride Productions announces its Main Stage Cabaret performance of The Piano Has Been Drinking (Not me) at Don't Tell Mama on June 3, 2013. The sixth cabaret in this series is the last one for the season and will feature singers and actors exploring the association between the artists and the vices that sometimes can fuel their art. (more...)

Dee Dee Bridgewater Leads LADY DAY Musical at the Little Shubert TheatreDee Dee Bridgewater Leads LADY DAY Musical at the Little Shubert Theatre
by BWW News Desk - May 16, 2013

Multi-award-winning set designer Beowulf Boritt, along with noted costumes designer Patricia A. Hibbert, and acclaimed lighting designed by Ryan O'Gara will head the design team for the upcoming Billie Holiday musical "Lady Day" starring Tony and multiple Grammy Award-winner Dee Dee Bridgewater. With an opening set for Thursday, October 3rd(6:30PM) the production will take residence at Times Square's Little Shubert Theatre (422 West 42nd Street, between 9th and 10th Avenues). Written and directed by Stephen Stahl, the musical will make its New York debut having been produced at the Theatre de Boulogne-Billancourt and Theatre du Gymnase Marie Bell in Paris as well as The Donmar Warehouse and The Piccadilly Theatre in London, where it received critical praise and garnered an Olivier "Best Actress in a Musical" Award nomination for Ms. Bridgewater. Produced by Misty Road Productionsthe show's creative team also includes three-time Emmy Award winning composer & arranger Bill Jolly, who will serve as musical director. Preview performances are slated to begin Thursday, September 19th(8PM). (more...)

Diana Ross Comes to SHN Golden Gate Theatre, 8/6-7; Tickets on Sale 5/10Diana Ross Comes to SHN Golden Gate Theatre, 8/6-7; Tickets on Sale 5/10
by BWW News Desk - May 9, 2013

Northern California based Concert Promoter Rick Bartalini Presents announced today that the one and only Diana Ross will return to San Francisco's SHN Golden Gate Theatre August 6 & 7, 2013. Tickets go on-sale this Friday, May 10 at 10:00 A.M. (more...)

Slide Cabaret Festival Runs 21 June - 4 JulySlide Cabaret Festival Runs 21 June - 4 July
by BWW News Desk - May 7, 2013

In only its second year, Sydney's only Cabaret Festival, hosted by Slide Lounge, is back with a stellar lineup of international cabaret starts, interstate icons and local legends! (more...)

Ripe Time Benefit, Blake Pfeil and More Set for Joe's Pub, Now thru 5/12Ripe Time Benefit, Blake Pfeil and More Set for Joe's Pub, Now thru 5/12
by BWW News Desk - May 6, 2013

Joe's Pub at the Public Theater has announced its lineup for May 6-12, featuring: Ripe Time Benefit, NYU Tisch, CMA Songwriters Series, Julia Haltigan, Stephane Wrembel, The Fat Man's Daughter, Rabbit & The Hare, Magos Herrera & Sofia Rei, The N'Harmonics, Terry Radigan and Blake Pfeil. (more...)

Diana Ross Comes to the Van Wezel in SeptemberDiana Ross Comes to the Van Wezel in September
by BWW News Desk - May 6, 2013

Diana Ross has had a profound influence on American popular culture and has become an icon in the entertainment industry. She will return to the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall on September 11, 2013. She is an Academy Award nominated actress for her unforgettable role as Billie Holiday in Lady Sings The Blues, a Tony and Golden Globe winner, a bestselling author, winner of 8 American Music Awards and a recipient of The Kennedy Center Honors. Her reputation as a woman of great style and beauty has put her on the covers of hundreds of magazines. Ms. Ross has sold over 100 million records and recorded 18 #1 hits. Her music became the sound of young America in the '60s soon after she signed with Motown Records in 1961 with The Supremes. She embarked on her extraordinary solo career in 1970, and has not stopped since. (more...)

MY FRIEND LESTER Plays Brighton Fringe, Beg. TonightMY FRIEND LESTER Plays Brighton Fringe, Beg. Tonight
by BWW News Desk - May 5, 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...)

Joe Bonamassa Returns to Detroit's Fox Theatre TonightJoe Bonamassa Returns to Detroit's Fox Theatre Tonight
by BWW News Desk - May 3, 2013

Award-winning blues rock star and guitar hero Joe Bonamassa will return to Detroit's Fox Theatre for an intimate 'Evening with' performance tonight, May 3 at 8 p.m. The one-night-only show is in support of his brand new solo album, Driving Towards The Daylight, which made its debut at #1 on the Billboard Blues Chart, the eighth time a Bonamassa album has debuted at #1. (more...)

ONE NIGHT WITH JANIS JOPLIN Begins at Milwaukee Rep TonightONE NIGHT WITH JANIS JOPLIN Begins at Milwaukee Rep Tonight
by BWW News Desk - May 3, 2013

With a voice like whiskey and a laugh like pure joy, Janis Joplin took the music scene by storm. Simultaneously rough and vulnerable, Joplin was dubbed the Queen of Rock 'n' Roll, proving music wasn't just a man's world anymore. Now, in a new musical event featuring more than a dozen singers and band members, playwright-director Randy Johnson creates 'a compelling portrait of an artist' (Culturemob) through the words, inspiration and music of one of America's greatest rock 'n' roll originals. One Night With Janis Joplin is a full-on concert experience and musical journey into the life and inspirations of one of rock 'n' roll's greatest legends and it runs in The Rep's Quadracci Powerhouse from tonight, May 3 - June 2, 2013 and opens on Monday, May 6, 2013. Packed with classic songs ('Piece Of My Heart,' 'Summertime,' 'Mercedes Benz'), One Night With Janis Joplin also shines the spotlight on trailblazers who influenced Janis - like Bessie Smith, Etta James and Aretha Franklin. (more...)

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