Billie Holiday News

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...)

IDOL WATCH: Top 4 Sings Songs from Now and ThenIDOL WATCH: Top 4 Sings Songs from Now and Then
by Samantha Vega - May 1, 2013

After a surprising results last week, four contestants still remain. This week the ladies will be singing song from now and then. The first round will be songs from 2013 while the second will be standards. The mentor was Harry Connick Jr. (more...)

Madeleine Peyroux Joins Art of Time Ensemble for SONGBOOK 7, 5/31 & 6/1Madeleine Peyroux Joins Art of Time Ensemble for SONGBOOK 7, 5/31 & 6/1
by BWW News Desk - May 1, 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 on May 31 and June 1. In Songbook 7, Peyroux steps outside her comfort zone to perform twelve handpicked songs from her favourite artists, including Billy Joel, Elvis Presley and George and Ira Gershwin. Due to the popularity of the concert, a new block of tickets for the almost sold-out performances was released Tuesday, April 30. (more...)

Gloria Estefan Sings THE STANDARDS on New Album, Set for Sept. ReleaseGloria Estefan Sings THE STANDARDS on New Album, Set for Sept. Release
by BWW News Desk - Apr 30, 2013

Sony Masterworks releases Gloria Estefan's The Standards on September 10, 2013. Celebrating great tunes from the American Songbook, The Standards reaches out to Estefan's global fan base via international song classics sung in English, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese and French, some with new lyrics written by Estefan herself. The album also features collaborations with world class, award-winning artists like singer songwriter Laura Pausini, violinist Joshua Bell and saxophonist Dave Koz. (more...)

TRAV'LIN - THE NEW 1930S HARLEM MUSICAL Premieres at Jubilee Theatre, 3/29-4/28TRAV'LIN - THE NEW 1930S HARLEM MUSICAL Premieres at Jubilee Theatre, 3/29-4/28
by BWW News Desk - Apr 27, 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 March 29, 2013 through April 28, 2013. (more...)

Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts 2013 Announces 50+ Partner Performances, 3/28-4/27Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts 2013 Announces 50+ Partner Performances, 3/28-4/27
by BWW News Desk - Apr 26, 2013

Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts announces today regional arts and cultural organizations participating in Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts 2013 (PIFA) returning to Philadelphia March 28 to April 27. Produced by the Kimmel Center, PIFA 2013 combines the creative talents of both large and small Philadelphia arts and culture organizations to create innovative and new works. The biennial city-wide festival's 2013 curatorial theme is If You Had a Time Machine…with 50+ events presented in Philadelphia. (more...)

ONE NIGHT WITH JANIS JOPLIN to Begin at Milwaukee Rep, 5/3ONE NIGHT WITH JANIS JOPLIN to Begin at Milwaukee Rep, 5/3
by BWW News Desk - Apr 26, 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 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...)

Diana Ross Returns to Hartford on August 13Diana Ross Returns to Hartford on August 13
by BWW News Desk - Apr 24, 2013

The one and only DIANA ROSS will be making summer nights red hot as she returns to the Mortensen stage at The Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts on Tuesday, August 13, 2013, at 8:00 p.m. The legendary icon will perform her greatest hits in a multi-city spectacular live show. Ms. Ross will be pulling out all the stops with breathtaking costumes and stage designs. (more...)

Monterey Jazz Festival on Tour Comes to Boulder Theater TodayMonterey Jazz Festival on Tour Comes to Boulder Theater Today
by BWW News Desk - Apr 24, 2013

Monterey Jazz Festival, world-renowned for its artistic excellence, sophisticated informality, and longstanding mission to create and support year-round jazz education and performance programs in local, regional, national, and international venues, continues this commitment in 2013 with its third North American Tour, featuring critically-acclaimed, GRAMMY-winning jazz artists. (more...)

RIVER TO RIVER FESTIVAL 2013 Announces Full Lineup; Kicks Off 6/15RIVER TO RIVER FESTIVAL 2013 Announces Full Lineup; Kicks Off 6/15
by BWW News Desk - Apr 23, 2013

As part of its 40th Anniversary year, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (LMCC) unveils the 2013 edition of the annual River To River Festival, Downtown's completely free summer arts festival. This year's edition takes place June 15-July 14 and presents a diverse collection of music, dance, theater, visual art, film and unique participatory experiences by both renowned and breakout artists from New York City and beyond. (more...)

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...)

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