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Aretha Franklin Wants Audra McDonald to 'Bring It Home' as Star of Her BiopicAretha Franklin Wants Audra McDonald to 'Bring It Home' as Star of Her Biopic
by Movies News Desk - Dec 16, 2014

In an all-new interview with Rolling Stone, music legend Aretha Franklin revealed that she has been in talks with producers to bring her life story to the big screen, with six-time Tony Award winner Audra McDonald taking the lead role. (more...)

Great American Songbook Winner to Perform National Anthem at Colts Game, 12/14Great American Songbook Winner to Perform National Anthem at Colts Game, 12/14
by BWW News Desk - Dec 10, 2014

Maddie Baillio, the 2014 winner of the Great American Songbook Academy will perform the National Anthem at the Dec. 14 Colts game at Lucas Oil Stadium. The 18-year-old from League City, Texas was the winner in the 2014 competition, held at the Palladium concert hall in July. In addition to the Colts game performance, Baillio will debut at New York City's Birdland jazz club on December 16, performing alongside Michael Feinstein, founder of the Great American Songbook Foundation and artistic director at the Center for the Performing Arts. Baillio is the Great American Songbook Youth Ambassador, a one year title. (more...)

Barbara Morrison Set for BIG BAND BANG ON YOUR BUCK at Encore Dinner TheatreBarbara Morrison Set for BIG BAND BANG ON YOUR BUCK at Encore Dinner Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Dec 3, 2014

Famed singer Barbara Morrison will be the star performer in a full evening of entertainment running the gamut from jazz, blues, rhythm-and-blues and Motown in the 'Big Band Bang for Your Buck' New Year's Eve Musical Festival at the Encore Dinner Theatre. (more...)

CABARET LIFE NYC: Award-Winning Singer WILLIAM BLAKE Stars at MACY's Thanksgiving Day ParadeCABARET LIFE NYC: Award-Winning Singer WILLIAM BLAKE Stars at MACY's Thanksgiving Day Parade
by Stephen Hanks - Nov 28, 2014

The New York cabaret community had something really special to be thankful for yesterday as one of its own, singer William Blake, was a featured performer in the 2014 MACY's Thanksgiving Day Parade. Cruising up to the parade's main staging area on a faux Mississippi River Boat at around the show's midpoint, Blake and three backup singers revved up the crowd with a uptempo gospel/blues song 'Give Thanks,' written by Matt Sklar and Bill Schermerhorn, with an arrangement by Blake's Musical Director Michael Thomas Murray (see video). For the 31-year-old Texas native, who came to New York just seven years ago, performing in the parade is now one of the high points of his career. (more...)

Black Ensemble Theater Extends Etta James Tribute AT LASTBlack Ensemble Theater Extends Etta James Tribute AT LAST
by BWW News Desk - Nov 21, 2014

Black Ensemble Theater Founder and CEO Jackie Taylor announces the two-week extension of its wildly popular production, At Last: A Tribute to Etta James written and directed by Jackie Taylor and co-directed by Daryl D. Brooks. At Last: A Tribute to Etta James will now run at the Black Ensemble Theater Cultural Center, 4450 N. Clark Street in Chicago, through January 11, 2015. (more...)

BWW Reviews: THE HISTORY OF ROCK 'N' ROLL IN TEN SONGS Shows Greil Marcus at His Best...Most of the TimeBWW Reviews: THE HISTORY OF ROCK 'N' ROLL IN TEN SONGS Shows Greil Marcus at His Best...Most of the Time
by John Walker Ross - Nov 20, 2014

Greil Marcus has been a big-time rock critic for over forty years. I've been reading him for the last thirty-five....I've learned to take the good with the bad. (more...)

Kimberley Locke to Launch Holiday Season at Feinstein's at the Nikko, 12/4-5Kimberley Locke to Launch Holiday Season at Feinstein's at the Nikko, 12/4-5
by BWW News Desk - Nov 3, 2014

Labeled "the Queen of Christmas" by Billboard Magazine, Kimberley Locke kicks off the holiday season with two special performances at Feinstein's at the Nikko on Thursday, December 4 (8 p.m.) and Friday, December 5 (8 p.m.). Locke will perform songs off her acclaimed holiday album, "Christmas," as well as other fan favorites. (more...)

SCERA Adds Second Show to 11/8 TRIBUTE TO MOTOWN ConcertSCERA Adds Second Show to 11/8 TRIBUTE TO MOTOWN Concert
by BWW News Desk - Oct 31, 2014

Renata Braham, the director of Motown Sounds, loved to sing but never saw herself with a microphone in her hand in front of an audience. Her husband Darryl, who played in a band, thought otherwise, and 'pushed' her onstage. She was surprised that she loved it. Fifteen years later, she is still singing, but now she has a passion to help others who love the idea of performing -- but who may lack the confidence -- get up on stage. (more...)

BWW Interviews: SABRINA DUKE's Sense of PlaceBWW Interviews: SABRINA DUKE's Sense of Place
by Tory Gates - Oct 31, 2014

Sabrina Duke sits at a raised table in her York City home. Engaging even after a long day of teaching, she is enthused and willing to talk about her music, her career, and the one thing I took away without mention: her sense of place. (more...)

Peliroja, LARGO, GOD HATES THIS SHOW, Penny Arcade and More Set for Joe's Pub This WeekPeliroja, LARGO, GOD HATES THIS SHOW, Penny Arcade and More Set for Joe's Pub This Week
by BWW News Desk - Oct 27, 2014

Joe's Pub at the Public has announced its upcoming performances from October 29 - November 9, 2014. Details below! (more...)

ECHOES OF ETTA to Play Final Performance at Joe's Pub, 11/06ECHOES OF ETTA to Play Final Performance at Joe's Pub, 11/06
by BWW News Desk - Oct 25, 2014

Echoes of Etta, the award-winning Etta James Tribute, concludes their 2014 residency on November 6th, 9:30pm at Joe's Pub (425 Lafayette Street). Echoes of Etta was the winner of the 2014 MAC Award for Show of the Year. (more...)

Tovah Feldshuh, John Lloyd Young, Sharon McNight and More Set for Feinstein's at the Nikko in DecemberTovah Feldshuh, John Lloyd Young, Sharon McNight and More Set for Feinstein's at the Nikko in December
by BWW News Desk - Oct 22, 2014

Feinstein's at the Nikko is proud to announce the upcoming lineup for December 2014. Performers include Tony Award nominee Tovah Feldshuh, Tony Award winner John Lloyd Young, "American Idol's" Kimberley Locke, Tony Award nominee -- and San Francisco legend -- Sharon McNight, "America's Got Talent's" Shawn Ryan, Dave Damiani & the No Vacancy Orchestra with special guest Renee Olstead & Landau Eugene Murphy, Jr., San Francisco's favorite Russian redhead Katya-Smirnoff-Skyy, crooner Russ Lorenson, Bay Area jazz singer Yvonne Flores and more! (more...)

Wells Fargo Center to Welcome The Oh Yeah! Tour with Preservation Hall Jazz Band and Allen Toussaint, 11/18Wells Fargo Center to Welcome The Oh Yeah! Tour with Preservation Hall Jazz Band and Allen Toussaint, 11/18
by BWW News Desk - Oct 20, 2014

Wells Fargo Center for the Arts welcomes The Oh Yeah! Tour featuring Preservation Hall Jazz Band with Allen Toussaint for a one-night-only joint performance on Tuesday, November 18, 2014 at 8:00 PM at the Ruth Finley Person Theater (50 Mark West Springs Road, Santa Rosa). (more...)

DECADES OF DIVAS Set for Count Basie Theatre, 11/8DECADES OF DIVAS Set for Count Basie Theatre, 11/8
by BWW News Desk - Oct 20, 2014

DECADES OF DIVAS makes its world premiere ahead of a national tour Saturday, Nov. 8, 2014 at the Count Basie Theatre, 99 Monmouth St., Red Bank, NJ. Show time is 8 p.m. Tickets $59, $39, $29 and $19 on sale NOW at www.countbasietheatre.org or through the box office at (732) 842-9000. (more...)

VIDEO: First Listen - Aretha Franklin Covers Adele's 'Rolling in the Deep' on New LP!VIDEO: First Listen - Aretha Franklin Covers Adele's 'Rolling in the Deep' on New LP!
by BWW News Desk - Oct 13, 2014

Aretha Franklin's newest LP, 'Aretha Franklin Sings the Great Diva Classics,' was released on vinyl earlier this month and will be available digitally and in stores on October 21. (more...)

Spanish Lyric Theatre Announces Cabaret Series Partnership With 100-Year-Old Historic Centro AsturianoSpanish Lyric Theatre Announces Cabaret Series Partnership With 100-Year-Old Historic Centro Asturiano
by BWW News Desk - Oct 11, 2014

Spanish Lyric Theatre and SLT Productions, the nation's oldest Hispanic theatre company and the longest running theatre in the greater Tampa Bay Area, is pleased to announce a new partnership with Centro Asturiano de Tampa to present a professional Las Vegas-style theatrical cabaret series during the 2014-2015 season. (more...)

Singer Barbara Morrison to Perform at the Roswell Jazz FestivalSinger Barbara Morrison to Perform at the Roswell Jazz Festival
by BWW News Desk - Oct 8, 2014

?Singer Barbara Morrison will perform with an illustrious group of musicians including piano players Bill Cunliffe, Michael Francis and Dr. Roger Dickerson and trumpeter Ray Vega Friday through Sunday at the Roswell Jazz Festival. (more...)

'The Showtune Mosh Pit' for October 8th, 2014'The Showtune Mosh Pit' for October 8th, 2014
by Paul W. Thompson - Oct 8, 2014

The latest in unauthorized gossip and buzz from the heart of Chicago's showtune video bars, and musical theater news from Chicago to Broadway. The BroadwayWorld Chicago Awards are back with nominations open now! Plus the Jeff Awards on Monday night, three acclaimed recent openings, two shows proudly closing, three local shows that may never end, and NBC's live 'Peter Pan' is ready to fly! (more...)

HBO to Debut Documentary Series FOO FIGHTERS: SONIC HIGHWAYS, 10/17HBO to Debut Documentary Series FOO FIGHTERS: SONIC HIGHWAYS, 10/17
by TV News Desk - Oct 8, 2014

As the 11-time Grammy-winning, 25-million-plus-selling Foo Fighters ready their eighth album for release on Nov. 10, Dave Grohl, the band's frontman - and accomplished director of the acclaimed feature-film documentary "Sound City" - delivers FOO FIGHTERS: SONIC HIGHWAYS (more...)

BWW TV: First Look at Highlights of Black Ensemble Theater's AT LAST: A TRIBUTE TO ETTA JAMESBWW TV: First Look at Highlights of Black Ensemble Theater's AT LAST: A TRIBUTE TO ETTA JAMES
by BroadwayWorld TV - Oct 7, 2014

Black Ensemble Theater Founder and CEO Jackie Taylor announces the return of the Black Ensemble classic At Last: A Tribute to Etta James written and directed by Jackie Taylor and co-directed by Daryl D. Brooks. At Last: A Tribute to Etta James is presented at the Black Ensemble Theater Cultural Center, 4450 N. Clark Street in Chicago, September 27-December 28, 2014. Check out a first look at highlights below! (more...)

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