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Jeremy Jordan, Sierra Boggess, Steven Pasquale & Betsy Wolfe Added to New York Pops' 2015-16 SeasonJeremy Jordan, Sierra Boggess, Steven Pasquale & Betsy Wolfe Added to New York Pops' 2015-16 Season
by BWW News Desk - May 26, 2015

Guest artists Sierra Boggess and Steven Pasquale join The New York Pops and Music Director Steven Reineke to kick off the orchestra's 2015-2016 season on Friday, October 9 at 8:00PM in Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage. The program, My Favorite Things: The Songs of Rodgers and Hammerstein, honors the beloved music of Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II. On Friday, March 11 at 8:00 PM, Jeremy Jordan and Betsy Wolfe are featured with The New York Pops and Maestro Reineke in 42nd on 57th: Broadway Today, an evening of modern musical theater hits. (more...)

Photo Flash: Leslie Uggams Receives Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts at UConnPhoto Flash: Leslie Uggams Receives Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts at UConn
by BWW News Desk - May 12, 2015

Tony and Emmy Award-winning actress, singer, and recording artist Leslie Uggams received an Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Connecticut, Storrs on Saturday, May 9 during the School's 2015 commencement ceremonies. Dr. Uggams then delivered the commencement address to the graduating class, sharing industry insights gleaned from her decades-spanning career. Scroll down for photos! (more...)

Lillias White & Billy Stritch to Close Bay Area Cabaret Season at the Venetian Room, 5/31Lillias White & Billy Stritch to Close Bay Area Cabaret Season at the Venetian Room, 5/31
by BWW News Desk - Apr 29, 2015

Bay Area Cabaret, the organization dedicated to presenting world renowned artists who expand the definition of cabaret, will conclude its season by welcoming Tony winner Lillias White with music director/performer Billy Stritch. (more...)

Barbara Morrison to Perform at CdM's Bahia Corinthian Yacht Club, 5/3Barbara Morrison to Perform at CdM's Bahia Corinthian Yacht Club, 5/3
by BWW News Desk - Apr 27, 2015

Grammy-nominated jazz singer Barbara Morrison will perform Sunday (May 3) with accomplished musicians Llew Matthews, Luther Hughes and Peter Buck at the Bahia Corinthian Yacht Club. The show begins at 6 p.m. (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...)

Third Season of Barbara Morrison's I WANNA BE LOVED Launches 3/15Third Season of Barbara Morrison's I WANNA BE LOVED Launches 3/15
by BWW News Desk - Mar 9, 2015

The theatrical production 'I Wanna Be Loved' starring Barbara Morrison as Dinah Washington enters its third season on March 16 at the Barbara Morrison Performing Arts Center in Leimert Park. Nominated for three NAACP Theatre Awards for its 2013 performances, the show begins at 6:45 p.m. (more...)

BWW Review:  A NIGHT ON THE TOWN, a New Series Begins at Musical Theater HeritageBWW Review: A NIGHT ON THE TOWN, a New Series Begins at Musical Theater Heritage
by Steve Wilson - Feb 14, 2015

A Night on the Town quickly turned into a fabulous night on the town as Kansas City crooner Molly Hammer took the stage. Tim Scott directed the new series from Musical Theatre Heritage, which is sold-out through the end of the production. A Night on the Town named to honor the "A Night on the Town" nationally syndicated radio series, with Executive Director George Harter that he founded in 1998 premiered Thursday night, February 12 at the Musical Theatre Heritage Theatre in Crown Center. (more...)

KATHY KOSINS: THE LADIES OF COOL Set for Harris Center, 2/26-28KATHY KOSINS: THE LADIES OF COOL Set for Harris Center, 2/26-28
by BWW News Desk - Feb 11, 2015

Vocalist Kathy Kosins is an ASCAP award winning songwriter and record producer who has won the hearts of critics and fans around the globe with her eclectic musical palette that expands the rich history of jazz. In a multimedia concert salute The Ladies of Cool Kathy brings to life the extraordinary artistry of the great singers of 40s and 50s 'cool,' Anita O'Day, June Christy, Chris Connor and Julie London to the Harris Center for the Arts audiences. This concert includes presentation of vintage and rarely seen photographs and historical facts about each of these ladies, plus stories of the songs themselves, with photographs of the songwriters who created them. (more...)

BWW Reviews: Alysha Umphress and Joshua Henry's ROMANTIC DUETS is HeartwarmingBWW Reviews: Alysha Umphress and Joshua Henry's ROMANTIC DUETS is Heartwarming
by David Clarke - Feb 11, 2015

It's mid-February and all the stores are filled with red hearts and chocolates in an effort to bamboozle us into thinking love is in the air. Frankly, it may still be too chilly for love to survive in the air. Despite this, Alysha Umphress and Joshua Henry heated up 54 BELOW earlier this week with their sizzling, jazzy cabaret Romantic Duets. (more...)

Sarah Dash Featured on Latest Episode of SPARKLE & CIRCULATE PodcastSarah Dash Featured on Latest Episode of SPARKLE & CIRCULATE Podcast
by BWW News Desk - Feb 10, 2015

SPARKLE & CIRCULATE with JUSTIN SAYRE - the official podcast of the International Order of Sodomites - has posted the fourth episode, which features an in-depth interview with R&B legend Sarah Dash. The show is available on iTunes here. As an original member of the supergroup Labelle, Dash was one of the vocal stars behind the iconic song 'Lady Marmelade' and her own hits like 'Sinnerman.' She shares her amazing journey and stories of working with Patti LaBelle, Diana Ross, Keith Richards, Dinah Washington and more. Also, Justin discussed the I.O.S.'s flagship holiday, International Bottom Appreciation Day. The first three episodes of the monthly show SPARKLE & CIRCULATE - featuring interviews with Michael Musto, Frank DeCaro and Jeffery Self - are also available. The show is produced by Dan Fortune and Tyrus Emory. (more...)

Grammy Nominee Barbara Morrison to Perform in Grosse Pointe, 2/13-14Grammy Nominee Barbara Morrison to Perform in Grosse Pointe, 2/13-14
by BWW News Desk - Feb 2, 2015

Renowned singer Barbara Morrison, a Michigan native who has been nominated for a Grammy Award in 2015, will perform with the Sean Dobbins Trio at the Dirty Dog Jazz Club in Grosse Pointe on Feb. 13-14. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Anita Darian Dies at Age 87STAGE TUBE: Anita Darian Dies at Age 87
by Stage Tube - Feb 2, 2015

Anita Darian, a soprano whose four-octave voice earned her the nickname “The Armenian Yma Sumac” and spawned an eclectic 50-year career that ranged from performances with the New York City Opera, Leonard Bernstein and the New York Philharmonic to big-band jazz concerts, co-starring roles with Barbara Cook, and hit pop recordings that included “The Lion Sleeps Tonight” is dead at 87. A longtime resident of East Atlantic Beach, L.I., she died Sunday, Feb. 1 at South Nassau Communities Hospital in Oceanside of complications from surgery. (more...)

Carl Hancock Rux's STRANGER ON EARTH Set for Harlem Stage, 2/19-20Carl Hancock Rux's STRANGER ON EARTH Set for Harlem Stage, 2/19-20
by BWW News Desk - Jan 30, 2015

The World Premiere 'The Year of James Baldwin - Carl Hancock Rux's Stranger on Earth,' a new work commissioned and produced by Harlem Stage, will run for two days only, Thursday and Friday, February 19 & 20 at 7:30pm. (more...)

Harlem Stage to Present World Premiere of STRANGER ON EARTHHarlem Stage to Present World Premiere of STRANGER ON EARTH
by BWW News Desk - Jan 28, 2015

Harlem Stage will present the world premiere of Stranger on Earth, from OBIE-winning playwright and interdisciplinary performing artist Carl Hancock Rux. The production, which anchors Harlem Stage's The Year of James Baldwincentenary celebration and exemplifies the institution's commitment to honoring artists of color-past, present and future-imagines a chance meeting between James Baldwin and Dinah Washington, two of the era's most iconic African Americans, at a Harlem jazz lounge in 1963. Commissioned and produced by Harlem Stage, Rux draws from Baldwin's landmark essays to create a work that addresses race, identity and the future of a world that both Baldwin and Washington struggled to understand and inhabit. Rux performs Stranger on Earth with vocalist Marcelle Davies Lashley, who interprets Washington's songs, against the backdrop of an arresting video montage by Onome Ekeh. (more...)

New York Pops to Welcome Brian d'Arcy James, Stephanie J. Block, Montego Glover & More During 2015-16 SeasonNew York Pops to Welcome Brian d'Arcy James, Stephanie J. Block, Montego Glover & More During 2015-16 Season
by BWW News Desk - Jan 28, 2015

On October 9, 2015, The New York Pops - a symphonic orchestra known for presenting popular programs of exceptional quality - will launch its 33rd season, a series at Carnegie Hall celebrating the diversity of some of popular music's greatest icons. (more...)

Patti Austin to Perform with BSO, 2/19-22Patti Austin to Perform with BSO, 2/19-22
by BWW News Desk - Jan 15, 2015

Grammy and Oscar award-winning vocalist ?Patti Austin returns to the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra for a performance devoted to the brilliance of Washington, DC native Duke Ellington and 'The First Lady of Song,' Ella Fitzgerald, Thursday, February 19 at 8 p.m. at The Music Center at Strathmore, and Friday, February 20 at 8 p.m. Saturday, February 21 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, February 22 at 3 p.m. at the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall. (more...)

Diane Schuur to Bring WITH LOVE FROM DEEDS AND DIVA to the Iridium for Valentine's DayDiane Schuur to Bring WITH LOVE FROM DEEDS AND DIVA to the Iridium for Valentine's Day
by BWW News Desk - Jan 14, 2015

Celebrate this Valentine's Day weekend WITH LOVE FROM DEEDS AND DIVA - a very special three-night engagement where two-time Grammy winning legendary jazz vocalist Diane Schuur takes to the stage with New York's own magnetic tour-de-force Diva Jazz Orchestra, led by the extraordinary talented drummer Dr. Sherrie Maricle. (more...)

Paula West to Return to Feinstein's at the Nikko for 6-Week EngagementPaula West to Return to Feinstein's at the Nikko for 6-Week Engagement
by BWW News Desk - Jan 5, 2015

After a sold-out engagement last February, renowned San Francisco Bay Area jazz vocalist, Paula West, returns to Feinstein's at the Nikko for a six-week engagement - February 12 - March 22, 2015. Known for her rich, powerful contralto voice, West will present an all-new show featuring an eclectic range of songs - from memorable jazz standards to contemporary American classics by Bob Dylan, Talking Heads, Harry Nilsson and more! Accompanied by her four-piece band, West will take San Francisco audiences on a musical journey through the ages. Tickets for Paula West range in price from $35-$50 and are available now by calling 866.663.1063 or visiting www.ticketweb.com. (more...)

Jay Jackson & Nu Lu to Perform on New Year's Eve at Barbara Morrison PACJay Jackson & Nu Lu to Perform on New Year's Eve at Barbara Morrison PAC
by BWW News Desk - Dec 23, 2014

Singer Jay Jackson & Nu Lu, a band named in honor of Lou Rawls, will perform a range of pop hits in their unique style in a New Year's Eve performance at the Barbara Morrison Performing Arts Center in Leimert Park. (more...)

Dinah Washington's I WANNA BE LOVED to Play Barbara Morrison Performing Arts Center 11/29-30Dinah Washington's I WANNA BE LOVED to Play Barbara Morrison Performing Arts Center 11/29-30
by BWW News Desk - Nov 24, 2014

Barbara Morrison will reprise her starring role as Dinah Washington in "I Wanna Be Loved" with singer-actor Jay Jackson co-starring as Brook Benton and the John Stephens-led 18-piece Barbara Morrison All-Star Jazz Band on Saturday and Sunday (Nov. 29-30) at her performing arts center in Leimert Park. The performances begin at 3 p.m. PST. (more...)

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