Fred Astaire News

Date of Birth: May 10, 1899
Date of Death: June 22, 1987 (88)
Birth Place: Omaha, NE, USA
Gender: Male
Patricia Ward Kelly to Celebrate Life of Late Husband Gene Kelly at Harris Center, 9/25Patricia Ward Kelly to Celebrate Life of Late Husband Gene Kelly at Harris Center, 9/25
by BWW News Desk - Sep 3, 2015

In this unique, live one-woman show, described as "mesmerizing" and "a real treat" by Variety, Patricia Ward Kelly - Gene Kelly's wife and biographer - gives us his story. Taking the Harris Center audience behind the scenes, she presents an intimate portrait of this innovative artist who gave us such iconic works as An American in Paris and Singin' in the Rain. (more...)

West End's TOP HAT to Open at Tokyu Theatre Orb, Sept. 30West End's TOP HAT to Open at Tokyu Theatre Orb, Sept. 30
by BWW News Desk - Aug 15, 2015

Top Hat, WINNER of 3 Laurence Olivier awards including 'Best New Musical', 'Best Theatre Choreographer', and 'Best Costume Design'?brings the glamour of Hollywood's golden age and the glorious, tap-dancing magic of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers to the stage in one of the greatest dance musicals of all time. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at WBT's BACKWARDS IN HIGH HEELSPhoto Flash: First Look at WBT's BACKWARDS IN HIGH HEELS
by BWW News Desk - Aug 14, 2015

Westchester Broadway Theatre presents BACKWARDS IN HIGH HEELS, conceived and developed by Lynnette Barkley and Christopher McGovern, with book/musical arrangements/original songs by Christopher McGovern. Directed and choreographed by Jeremy Benton with musical direction by Jose Simbulan, the production began last night, August 13, and runs through September 20, 2015. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below! (more...)

Andrea Marcovicci to Make 54 Below Debut with New Show, 11/17-18Andrea Marcovicci to Make 54 Below Debut with New Show, 11/17-18
by BWW News Desk - Aug 13, 2015

ANDREA MARCOVCCI - the singer and actress hailed as "torch singer, spellbinder, heart-breaker" by People - will debut at 54 Below this fall for two shows only on November 17 and 18 at 7:00 PM  ~ the second night is her birthday celebration! This marks the east coast debut of Let's Get Lost. (more...)

CUNY Dance Initiative Sets Fall 2015 EventsCUNY Dance Initiative Sets Fall 2015 Events
by BWW News Desk - Aug 12, 2015

The CUNY Dance Initiative (CDI), a university-wide residency program now in its second year, announces its fall 2015 public events. (more...)

Billy Stritch & Jim Caruso, Tommy Tune and More Set for Royal Room Cabaret This FallBilly Stritch & Jim Caruso, Tommy Tune and More Set for Royal Room Cabaret This Fall
by Nora Dominick - Aug 11, 2015

Returning Favorites Include Billy Stritch & Jim Caruso, Nicole Henry, Nicolas King, Aaron Weinstein & Bucky Pizzarelli, The Four Freshmen and Tommy Tune (more...)

Photo Flash: In Rehearsal for BACKWARDS IN HIGH HEELS at WBTPhoto Flash: In Rehearsal for BACKWARDS IN HIGH HEELS at WBT
by BWW News Desk - Aug 5, 2015

Westchester Broadway Theatre presents BACKWARDS IN HIGH HEELS, conceived and developed by Lynnette Barkley and Christopher McGovern, with book/musical arrangements/original songs by Christopher McGovern. Directed and choreographed by Jeremy Benton with musical direction by Jose Simbulan, the show runs August 13 - September 20, 2015, with opening night slated for August 14th. BroadwayWorld has a sneak peek at the cast in rehearsals below! (more...)

STAGE TUBE: WBT's BACKWARDS IN HIGH HEELSSTAGE TUBE: WBT's BACKWARDS IN HIGH HEELS
by Jeffrey Ellis - Aug 5, 2015

The journey from the 21st Century back to Hollywood's glamourous golden age is an inspiring one when your "tour guides" are the legendary Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire - portrayed by Darien Crago and Jeremy Benton in Westchester Broadway Theatre's production of Lynnette Barkley and Christopher McGovern's Backwards in High Heels: The Ginger Musical, running August 13-September 20. (more...)

BWW Interviews: Robert Creighton: Making It RealBWW Interviews: Robert Creighton: Making It Real
by Carla Maria Verdino-Süllwold - Aug 5, 2015

'The more real you play it, the better for any piece, even a comedic piece like this one.' Stage and television actor Robert Creighton is talking about his upcoming role debut in Mel Brooks' Young Frankenstein, which opens August 6th at the Maine State Music Theatre. Creighton, who is playing the meaty role of Frankenstein's bungling, hunchbacked assistant Igor, says of his approach to the part, 'The script is so good, so honed that I just have to say the words and stay out of their way. I don't have to mug. It is so well-crafted that I simply embrace the stupidity of it all, enjoy that and watch the audience enjoy it, too. When you play it for real, you are not making fun of the humor or commenting on the material, and the situation takes care of itself.' (more...)

Photo Coverage: BACKWARDS IN HIGH HEELS at Westchester Broadway TheatrePhoto Coverage: BACKWARDS IN HIGH HEELS at Westchester Broadway Theatre
by Jeffrey Ellis - Aug 3, 2015

Westchester Broadway Theatre is taking audiences back to the glory days of Hollywood's Golden Age with its upcoming production of Lynnette Barkley and Christopher McGovern's Backwards in High Heels: The Ginger Musical, running August 13-September 20. As the cast, under the leadership of director/choreographer Jeremy Benton, got into the serious business of rehearsals, photographer Jake Primmerman was on hand to commemorate the work that goes into bringing the world of the 1930s movie musical to life onstage at WBT. (more...)

Darien Crago to Star in BACKWARDS IN HIGH HEELS at WBT, 8/13-9/20Darien Crago to Star in BACKWARDS IN HIGH HEELS at WBT, 8/13-9/20
by BWW News Desk - Jul 31, 2015

Westchester Broadway Theatre to present BACKWARDS IN HIGH HEELS, conceived and developed by Lynnette Barkley and Christopher McGovern, with book/musical arrangements/original songs by Christopher McGovern. Directed and choreographed by Jeremy Benton, with musical direction by Jose Simbulan, the show runs August 13 - September 20, 2015, starring Darien Crago as Ginger Rogers. (more...)

BWW Reviews: With His Smooth, Swinging Style, MARCUS GOLDHABER Is a Resonant Delight at 54 BelowBWW Reviews: With His Smooth, Swinging Style, MARCUS GOLDHABER Is a Resonant Delight at 54 Below
by Alix Cohen - Jul 27, 2015

Marcus Goldhaber wears his mantle lightly. Emulating such as Chet Baker, Hoagy Carmichael, and Fred Astaire—those artists who most often sounded nonchalant, yet polished-- the vocalist offers pared down (not simplistic) interpretations of American Songbook/jazz numbers with emotional translucence, as well as authoring his own fine contributions to the oeuvre. I dare you to distinguish those from songs originating in the 1940s and 1950s. With Free and Easy: Livin' on Swing Street at 54 Below (July 25), Goldhaber takes us on a personal walking tour of musical influence. Material is varied yet sustains a distinct style. The vocalist is unhurried (even when up-tempo), mindful of lyrics, and elegantly restrained. He seems comfortable on stage and refreshingly sincere. (more...)

VIDEO: Taylor Louderman Sings Katy Perry's 'The One That Got Away' at 54 BelowVIDEO: Taylor Louderman Sings Katy Perry's 'The One That Got Away' at 54 Below
by Stage Tube - Jul 18, 2015

Below, watch Taylor Louderman (NBC's PETER PAN LIVE, Broadway's BRING IT ON) sing the superstar's, 'The One that Got Away.' (more...)

Liliane Montevecchi to Guest Star in STEVE ROSS ON BROADWAY at BirdlandLiliane Montevecchi to Guest Star in STEVE ROSS ON BROADWAY at Birdland
by BWW News Desk - Jul 18, 2015

Cabaret star Steve Ross will debut STEVE ROSS ON BROADWAY: Songs He's Always Wanted To Sing and Songs You've Always Wanted to Hear at Birdland Jazz Club on Monday, July 7th at 7pm. Mr. Ross' very special guest star will be International icon Liliane Montevecchi, featuring Jesse Bielenberg on bass. The wide-ranging program includes songs by George and Ira Gershwin, Howard Dietz and Arthur Schwartz, Jerome Kern, Cole Porter, Stephen Sondheim and others. (more...)

Barbara Carroll, John Pizzarelli, Steve Ross & More Set for Birdland, Week of 7/27Barbara Carroll, John Pizzarelli, Steve Ross & More Set for Birdland, Week of 7/27
by BWW News Desk - Jul 17, 2015

Birdland Jazz Club has announced its schedule for July 27 - August 2, featuring John Pizzarelli Sings Paul McCartney, Steve Ross, Bill O'Connell & The Latin Jazz All-Stars, and more! (more...)

BWW Exclusive: 5 Favorites with Clyde Alves- ON THE TOWN Star Shares Inspirations for His Birdland Concert!BWW Exclusive: 5 Favorites with Clyde Alves- ON THE TOWN Star Shares Inspirations for His Birdland Concert!
by BWW News Desk - Jul 16, 2015

Below, Alves gives us a taste Monday's concert by sharing five of his musical inspirations from YouTube. Check them out below! (more...)

'Dressed by Angels' Exhibition to Open at The Old Truman Brewery in October'Dressed by Angels' Exhibition to Open at The Old Truman Brewery in October
by BWW News Desk - Jul 15, 2015

Dressed by Angels will open at The Old Truman Brewery on 2nd October 2015. This brand new interactive exhibition tells the story behind the world's greatest costume house, presenting visitors with an irresistible mix of costumes, drama and history. Angels Costumiers has been dressing the world for 175 years, including countless Oscar and BAFTA Award winning films, and Olivier and Tony Award winning theatre. Over seven generations of one family, Angels has become the premiere costumier to the world. This is their story – in costumes. Tickets go on sale this Friday 17th July from dressedbyangels.co.uk. (more...)

BE CAREFUL, IT'S MY HEART Celebrates Irving Berlin At Teatro Maria Clara Machado In Rio De JaneiroBE CAREFUL, IT'S MY HEART Celebrates Irving Berlin At Teatro Maria Clara Machado In Rio De Janeiro
by Claudio Erlichman - Jul 13, 2015

Almost 100 years after being heard for the first time, part of the repertoire of American composer Irving Berlin arrives at Teatro Maria Clara Machado, in Rio de Janeiro, with the musical Be Careful, It's My Heart. (more...)

BWW Reviews: HERSHEY FELDER AS IRVING BERLIN:  A NEW MUSICAL PLAYBWW Reviews: HERSHEY FELDER AS IRVING BERLIN: A NEW MUSICAL PLAY
by Nancy Grossman - Jul 12, 2015

ArtsEmerson: The World on Stage presents the East Coast Premiere of HERSHEY FELDER AS IRVING BERLIN: A NEW MUSICAL PLAY at the Emerson/Cutler Majestic Theatre. Performances have been extended through August 2nd for this feel-good evening of just over two dozen selections from Berlin's vast catalogue. The program includes unknown gems, lovely ballads, patriotic tunes, and favorites that everyone can sing along with, but Felder's artistry also evokes the man behind the music. Irving Berlin is a delight for any and all who appreciate hearing an array of standards from the great American song book. (more...)

Kelli O'Hara Sends Well Wishes to US Soccer Player of the Same NameKelli O'Hara Sends Well Wishes to US Soccer Player of the Same Name
by Sally Henry - Jul 5, 2015

It's a great year to be named Kelli/Kelley. At this year's Tonys ceremony, Broadway leading lady Kelli O'Hara won her long-awaited Tony Award, and almost exaclty a month later, U.S. Soccer player Kelley O'Hara will compete in the World Cup finals today, July 5. (more...)

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