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BWW Review: Kevin Smith Kirkwood Embodies Whitney Houston In Dazzling CLASSIC WHITNEY: ALIVE! at Joe's PubBWW Review: Kevin Smith Kirkwood Embodies Whitney Houston In Dazzling CLASSIC WHITNEY: ALIVE! at Joe's Pub
by Troy Frisby - Sep 8, 2016

Arriving on stage in a tear-away USA tracksuit to wow the crowd with 'The Star-Spangled Banner,' Kevin Smith Kirkwood looked every bit the part of Whitney Houston in the return of CLASSIC WHITNEY: ALIVE! at Joe's Pub on August 31. But as everyone knows, a diva is more than just clothes (although the jumpsuit underneath was admittedly stunning as well). In less adept hands, the show's concept--- that Houston came down on a cloud for a repeat performance--- might have felt awkward or, worse, exploitative. Fortunately, Kirkwood, who is no stranger to glam and larger-than-life performers following his run in KINKY BOOTS, truly embodied the late icon on every level. Opening the show, he addressed the audience with a coy, 'Ladies and gentlemen, it's so good to be back.' (more...)

Kevin Smith Kirkwood to Return to Joe's Pub with CLASSIC WHITNEY ALIVE!Kevin Smith Kirkwood to Return to Joe's Pub with CLASSIC WHITNEY ALIVE!
by BWW News Desk - Aug 31, 2016

KEVIN SMITH KIRKWOOD - now appearing on Broadway in the Tony Award-winning musical Kinky Boots - will bring CLASSIC WHITNEY: ALIVE! back to JOE'S PUB at The Public by popular demand.  (more...)

Kevin Smith Kirkwood to Return to Joe's Pub with CLASSIC WHITNEY ALIVE!Kevin Smith Kirkwood to Return to Joe's Pub with CLASSIC WHITNEY ALIVE!
by BWW News Desk - Aug 1, 2016

KEVIN SMITH KIRKWOOD - now appearing on Broadway in the Tony Award-winning musical Kinky Boots - will bring CLASSIC WHITNEY: ALIVE! back to JOE'S PUB at The Public by popular demand.  (more...)

Vince Giordano Documentary to Make New York Debut at 92YVince Giordano Documentary to Make New York Debut at 92Y
by BWW News Desk - Jul 6, 2016

How crazy do you have to be to keep a Jazz Age enterprise going in the 21st Century? 92Y presents the New York premiere of the film that attempts to answer that question. (more...)

Faith Evans, Naughty By Nature, Cissy Houston and More Set for Newark Celebration 350Faith Evans, Naughty By Nature, Cissy Houston and More Set for Newark Celebration 350
by BWW News Desk - May 13, 2016

Newark Celebration 350 (NC 350) is proud to present Newark's local hometown heroes and International recording artists Faith Evans, Naughty by Nature, Cissy Houston and India who are set to headline the Founders Weekend Festival Celebrating 350 Years of Newark's arts, culture and community as one of America's great historical cities. (more...)

Sony Classical to Release LOVE & FRIENDSHIP Original Motion Picture SoundtrackSony Classical to Release LOVE & FRIENDSHIP Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
by BWW News Desk - May 6, 2016

Sony Classical proudly announces the release of LOVE & FRIENDSHIP (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) available digitally May 6 and on CD, May 13. (more...)

Faith Evans, Naughty By Nature, Cissy Houston and More Set for Newark Celebration 350Faith Evans, Naughty By Nature, Cissy Houston and More Set for Newark Celebration 350
by BWW News Desk - Apr 4, 2016

Newark Celebration 350 (NC 350) is proud to present Newark's local hometown heroes and International recording artists Faith Evans, Naughty by Nature, Cissy Houston and India who are set to headline the Founders Weekend Festival Celebrating 350 Years of Newark's arts, culture and community as one of America's great historical cities. (more...)

BWW Exclusive: KINKY BOOTS' Kevin Smith Kirkwood Picks 5 Whitney Performances That Inspire CLASSIC WHITNEY: ALIVE!BWW Exclusive: KINKY BOOTS' Kevin Smith Kirkwood Picks 5 Whitney Performances That Inspire CLASSIC WHITNEY: ALIVE!
by BWW News Desk - Feb 29, 2016

Kevin Smith Kirkwood, who is now appearing on Broadway in the Tony Award-winning musical Kinky Boots, is bringing CLASSIC WHITNEY: ALIVE! back to New York by popular demand. Hot on the heels of its sold-out debut at Joe's Pub last year, Kirkwood will once again channel the voice, look and spirit of the late legend Whitney Houston at The Cutting Room on Wednesday, March 2 at 7:30 PM. In honor of the upcoming performance, Kevin took a moment to reflect on five Whitney performances that he finds have helped inspire him and his performance for the show. BroadwayWorld brings you his selections, from classics to medleys, below!  (more...)

KINKY BOOTS' Kevin Smith Kirkwood to Bring 'CLASSIC WHITNEY' to The Cutting Room, 3/2KINKY BOOTS' Kevin Smith Kirkwood to Bring 'CLASSIC WHITNEY' to The Cutting Room, 3/2
by BWW News Desk - Feb 24, 2016

KEVIN SMITH KIRKWOOD - now appearing on Broadway in the Tony Award-winning musical Kinky Boots - is bringing CLASSIC WHITNEY: ALIVE! back to New York by popular demand. (more...)

UPDATE: Bobbi Kristina Incident Being Investigated by Police, Bobby Brown's Attorney Releases StatementUPDATE: Bobbi Kristina Incident Being Investigated by Police, Bobby Brown's Attorney Releases Statement
by TV News Desk - Feb 10, 2015

The family of Bobbi Kristina Brown has agreed to take her off life support tomorrow, marking the anniversary of her mother, Whitney Houston's death. (more...)

UPDATE: Bobbi Kristina's Family to Take Her Off Life Support on Anniversary of Whitney Houston's Death?UPDATE: Bobbi Kristina's Family to Take Her Off Life Support on Anniversary of Whitney Houston's Death?
by TV News Desk - Feb 10, 2015

The family of Bobbi Kristina Brown has agreed to take her off life support tomorrow, marking the anniversary of her mother, Whitney Houston's death. (more...)

UPDATE: Bobbi Kristina Brown Suffered 'Unexplained Injuries'UPDATE: Bobbi Kristina Brown Suffered 'Unexplained Injuries'
by TV News Desk - Feb 8, 2015

The Hollywood Reporter writes that investigators are still looking into the unexplained injuries found on Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown's 21-year-old daughter Bobbi Kristina Brown, after she was found facedown and unresponsive in a bathtub full of water at her Roswell, Georgia, home on January 31. (more...)

UPDATE: Whitney Houston's Mother at Bobbi Kristina's SideUPDATE: Whitney Houston's Mother at Bobbi Kristina's Side
by TV News Desk - Feb 7, 2015

According to USA Today, Whitney Houston's mother, Cissy, has come to her Bobbi Kristina Brown's side at Emory University Hospital. (more...)

Cheyenne Elliott to Release Narada Michael Walden Produced Singles and an EP in 2015Cheyenne Elliott to Release Narada Michael Walden Produced Singles and an EP in 2015
by BWW News Desk - Nov 20, 2014

A brand new star has appeared on the US music scene; her name is Cheyenne Elliott. Cheyenne is the granddaughter of iconic singer Dionne Warwick, and a cousin of the late superstar Whitney Houston. In early 2014, producer Narada Michael Walden discovered her exemplary vocal talent and invited her out to Tarpan Studios in San Rafael, California, where Whitney, Aretha Franklin, Mariah Carey and many other artists recorded some of their biggest hits. (more...)

Photo Flash: Cissy Houston Visits PIECE OF MY HEART Off-BroadwayPhoto Flash: Cissy Houston Visits PIECE OF MY HEART Off-Broadway
by BWW News Desk - Sep 4, 2014

Piece of My Heart: The Bert Berns Story, the new musical based on the life and songs of legendary songwriter Bert Berns, began previews at The Irene Diamond Stage at The Pershing Square Signature Center on June 25, 2014, with an official opening night on July 21, 2014. Cissy Houston (Whitney Houston's mother) visited PIECE OF MY HEART off-Broadway last night, September 3. Scroll down for photos of her with the cast and creative team! (more...)

MUSIC AT THE MANSION Announces Performance with Craig Pomranz, Celia Berk, and Jamie Hartmann on 8/31MUSIC AT THE MANSION Announces Performance with Craig Pomranz, Celia Berk, and Jamie Hartmann on 8/31
by BWW News Desk - Aug 15, 2014

NiCori Studios and Productions in association with the Oakeside Bloomfield Cultural Center announces a new installment of the monthly concert series, Music at the Mansion, on Sunday, August 31, at 3pm. Performers include Jamie Hartmann, Celia Berk and Craig Pomranz. The featured performer in the 'Young Musician Moment' will be Talia Wynzel. (more...)

Zak Resnick, Teal Wicks and More Star in PIECE OF MY HEART, Opening Tonight Off-BroadwayZak Resnick, Teal Wicks and More Star in PIECE OF MY HEART, Opening Tonight Off-Broadway
by BWW News Desk - Jul 21, 2014

Piece of My Heart: The Bert Berns Story, a new musical based on the life and songs of legendary songwriter Bert Berns, produced by Merged Work Productions (lead producers) and Jack Thomas (Executive Producer), opens tonight, July 21, 2014, at the The Irene Diamond Stage at The Pershing Square Signature Center. (more...)

Zak Resnick, Leslie Kritzer, de'Adre Aziza, Teal Wicks and More Star in PIECE OF MY HEART, Beg. TonightZak Resnick, Leslie Kritzer, de'Adre Aziza, Teal Wicks and More Star in PIECE OF MY HEART, Beg. Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Jun 25, 2014

Piece of My Heart: The Bert Berns Story, an upcoming new musical based on the life and songs of legendary songwriter Bert Berns. Produced by Merged Work Productions (lead producers) and Jack Thomas (Executive Producer), the show began rehearsals today, and begins previews at The Irene Diamond Stage at The Pershing Square Signature Center tonight, June 25, 2014, with an official opening night set for July 21, 2014. (more...)

Cissy Houston to be Honored at Benefit Gala for Harlem's Mama Foundation for the Arts, 6/16Cissy Houston to be Honored at Benefit Gala for Harlem's Mama Foundation for the Arts, 6/16
by BWW News Desk - May 19, 2014

Harlem's Mama Foundation for the Arts will celebrate its 15th Anniversary at its second annual Gala, which will take place at St. Martin's Cathedral (230 Lenox Avenue at 122nd Street) on Monday, June 16th from 6 - 9 PM. The special evening of food and entertainment -- which benefits Gospel for Teens, a program of the Mama Foundation for the Arts' School for Gospel, Jazz, and R&B Arts -- is graciously underwritten by Larry Scott and Lawrence Scott Events. Tickets for the Gala are $250.00 and $500 (VIP) and are now available by calling the Mama Foundation for the Arts at (212) 280-1045. (more...)

Craig Pomranz Comes to Sophie's New York TonightCraig Pomranz Comes to Sophie's New York Tonight
by BWW News Desk - May 16, 2014

From Mick Jagger's Angie to Mel Torme's Lulu, Craig will take you on an exploration of women in song! Some of the most beloved songs are a tribute to a particular woman and a particular story. From serious to deliriously silly, and from start to finish, this is a party you won't Craig Pomranz, reminiscent of Johnny Mathis, Chet Baker and Little Jimmy Scott, one of the dreamiest voices in the music industry joins the new club Sophie's New York! with his new show 'Here's To The Ladies…' (more...)

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