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Watch Ledisi Sing 'Bewitched' in the Studio for Billy Porter's 'SOUL OF RICHARD RODGERS' AlbumWatch Ledisi Sing 'Bewitched' in the Studio for Billy Porter's 'SOUL OF RICHARD RODGERS' Album
by BWW News Desk - Apr 19, 2017

Tony and Grammy Award-Winner Billy Porter has just released an inside-the-studio video for Bewitched (Ledisi featuring Zaire Park) from his new studio album, Billy Porter Presents The Soul of Richard Rodgers via Bee & El /Sony Masterworks Broadway - available now on all digital platforms and streaming via digital subscription services. (more...)

AUDIO: Listen to Billy Porter and Pentatonix Revamp OKLAHOMA! Classic on 'SOUL OF RICHARD RODGERS', Out Today at No. 2 on iTunes R&B Chart!AUDIO: Listen to Billy Porter and Pentatonix Revamp OKLAHOMA! Classic on 'SOUL OF RICHARD RODGERS', Out Today at No. 2 on iTunes R&B Chart!
by BWW News Desk - Apr 14, 2017

Tony and Grammy Award-Winner Billy Porter releases his new studio album, Billy Porter Presents The Soul of Richard Rodgers via Bee & El /Sony Masterworks Broadway today - available on all digital platforms and streaming via digital subscription services. The new album features fan favorites 'Edelweiss', 'Carefully Taught', 'My Funny Valentine' and 'Oh, What a Beautiful Morning'. Get Billy Porter Presents The Soul of Richard Rodgers HERE, and listen to two tunes from the album below! Already landing on the charts, the album is ranked #2 on the iTunes R&B chart and is ranked #40 overall. (more...)

VIDEO: Go Inside the Studio with Billy Porter, Cynthia Erivo, Leslie Odom, Jr. and More for 'THE SOUL OF RICHARD RODGERS' AlbumVIDEO: Go Inside the Studio with Billy Porter, Cynthia Erivo, Leslie Odom, Jr. and More for 'THE SOUL OF RICHARD RODGERS' Album
by BWW News Desk - Apr 5, 2017

Tony and Grammy Award-Winner Billy Porter will release his new studio album, Billy Porter Presents The Soul of Richard Rodgers via Bee & El /Sony Masterworks Broadway on April 14th. Porter just unveiled a 'making of' video for the album, featuring interviews, studio footage and more. Check it out below! (more...)

Billy Porter Assembles the Cream of the Crop for THE SOUL OF RICHARD RODGERS AlbumBilly Porter Assembles the Cream of the Crop for THE SOUL OF RICHARD RODGERS Album
by BWW News Desk - Mar 2, 2017

Tony and Grammy Award-Winner Billy Porter's new studio album, Billy Porter Presents The Soul of Richard Rodgers, will be released April 14, 2017 and will be available for pre-order tomorrow (Friday, March 3), it was announced today by Bee & El and Sony Masterworks Broadway. (more...)

BWW Review: Tracie Thoms Takes the Soulful Route in Feinstein's/54 Below DebutBWW Review: Tracie Thoms Takes the Soulful Route in Feinstein's/54 Below Debut
by Casey Mink - Jan 20, 2017

For her two-show debut engagement at Feinstein's/54 Below, the first of which took place on January 11, Tracie Thoms's set list was surprisingly short. In fact, on paper, it looked as though the concert might not even fill an entire hour. It speaks, then, to her performative nature as an equal parts entertainer-singer, that the show actually lasted for a full 90 minutes. (more...)

A TONY WINTER WARM-UP CONCERT This Weekend at Feinstein's/54 Below!A TONY WINTER WARM-UP CONCERT This Weekend at Feinstein's/54 Below!
by BWW News Desk - Jan 6, 2017

RJ PRODUCTIONS presents Sandra Bernhard, Tony Award Winner Christine Ebersole, Marilyn Maye, Billy Porter Jarrod Spector, Master Illusionist Elliott Zimmet and Judy Gold in "A Tony Winter Warm-Up Concert: One Night Only!" on Sunday January 8, 2017. (more...)

Photo Flash: SOMETHING ROTTEN!'s Rob McClure Performs to Benefit Bergen County PlayersPhoto Flash: SOMETHING ROTTEN!'s Rob McClure Performs to Benefit Bergen County Players
by BWW News Desk - Dec 12, 2016

What an awesome night at the Bergen County Players in Oradell, NJ last night -- An Evening with Rob McClure, with musical direction by James Sampliner and special guests Rick Lyon and Robin Wiener Peck, brought the sold out audience to its feet. Scroll down for a photo! (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Broadway Inspirational Voices Sing 'Everybody Says Don't' from ANYONE CAN WHISTLESTAGE TUBE: Broadway Inspirational Voices Sing 'Everybody Says Don't' from ANYONE CAN WHISTLE
by Stage Tube - Nov 1, 2016

Tony and Grammy Award-nominated Michael McElroy and Broadway Inspirational Voices have unveiled a new video featuring 'Everybody Says Don't' from the musical ANYONE CAN WHISTLE, with music and lyrics by the highly celebrated Stephen Sondheim (Sweeney Todd, Sunday In the Park With George, Assassins, Passion, Into the Woods, and many more). Check it out below! (more...)

SOMETHING ROTTEN's Rob McClure to Perform in Benefit Concert this DecemberSOMETHING ROTTEN's Rob McClure to Perform in Benefit Concert this December
by BWW News Desk - Oct 26, 2016

To help kickstart its upcoming 85th sapphire anniversary season, the Bergen County Players (BCP) is pleased to present acclaimed Tony Award-nominated and BCP alum Rob McClure (currently starring on Broadway as Nick Bottom in Something Rotten!) in a special one-night-only benefit concert performance on Sunday, December 11th at 7:30 PM. (more...)

Leslie Kritzer Releases 'Taco Truck Invasion' Single Today to Celebrate Viral VideoLeslie Kritzer Releases 'Taco Truck Invasion' Single Today to Celebrate Viral Video
by BWW News Desk - Oct 21, 2016

RIFF-TINA -- the Jewish-Puerto Rican pop sensation created by comedian and Broadway and TV star Leslie Kritzer, currently appearing in Something Rotten! at the St. James Theater -- is happy to drop her latest track in support of the Hillary Clinton campaign, 'Taco Truck Invasion.' The music video racked up over 38,000 views in its first day. The song will be available as a single on iTunes and other digital platforms today, October 21.  (more...)

Leslie Kritzer to Release 'Taco Truck Invasion' Single to Celebrate Viral VideoLeslie Kritzer to Release 'Taco Truck Invasion' Single to Celebrate Viral Video
by BWW News Desk - Oct 18, 2016

RIFF-TINA -- the Jewish-Puerto Rican pop sensation created by comedian and Broadway and TV star Leslie Kritzer, currently appearing in Something Rotten! at the St. James Theater -- is happy to drop her latest track in support of the Hillary Clinton campaign, "Taco Truck Invasion." The music video racked up over 38,000 views in its first day. The song will be available as a single on iTunes and other digital platforms on Friday, October 21.  (more...)

HIMSELF AND NORA Live Cast Recording in Stores Today from Ghostlight RecordsHIMSELF AND NORA Live Cast Recording in Stores Today from Ghostlight Records
by BWW News Desk - Oct 7, 2016

Ghostlight Records has released HIMSELF AND NORA - the 2016 Off-Broadway Cast Recording, Live from the Minetta Lane Theatre, NYC - today Friday, October 7 with physical copies available online and in stores. (more...)

HIMSELF AND NORA Live Off-Broadway Cast Recording Hits Stores TodayHIMSELF AND NORA Live Off-Broadway Cast Recording Hits Stores Today
by BWW News Desk - Oct 7, 2016

Ghostlight Records has announced release of HIMSELF AND NORA - the 2016 Off-Broadway Cast Recording, Live from the Minetta Lane Theatre, NYC - a new musical with book, music, and lyrics by Jonathan Brielle. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Whitney Bashor Performs 'Stand Fast' from HIMSELF AND NORA Album, Out Today!STAGE TUBE: Whitney Bashor Performs 'Stand Fast' from HIMSELF AND NORA Album, Out Today!
by Stage Tube - Sep 23, 2016

Ghostlight Records has released HIMSELF AND NORA - the 2016 Off-Broadway Cast Recording, Live from the Minetta Lane Theatre, NYC - from iTunes and other digital formats today, Friday, September 23. Physical copies will be available online and in stores Friday, October 7. The new musical features book, music, and lyrics by Jonathan Brielle. Watch a new video of the show's leading lady Whitney Bashor performing the song 'Stand Fast' below! (more...)

HIMSELF AND NORA Live Off-Broadway Cast Recording Out TodayHIMSELF AND NORA Live Off-Broadway Cast Recording Out Today
by BWW News Desk - Sep 23, 2016

Ghostlight Records has announced release of HIMSELF AND NORA - the 2016 Off-Broadway Cast Recording, Live from the Minetta Lane Theatre, NYC - a new musical with book, music, and lyrics by Jonathan Brielle. (more...)

HIMSELF AND NORA Live Off-Broadway Cast Recording Out This MonthHIMSELF AND NORA Live Off-Broadway Cast Recording Out This Month
by BWW News Desk - Sep 14, 2016

Ghostlight Records has announced release of HIMSELF AND NORA - the 2016 Off-Broadway Cast Recording, Live from the Minetta Lane Theatre, NYC - a new musical with book, music, and lyrics by Jonathan Brielle. (more...)

Tituss Burgess' THE PREACHER'S WIFE Musical Will Get NYC PresentationTituss Burgess' THE PREACHER'S WIFE Musical Will Get NYC Presentation
by BWW News Desk - Sep 6, 2016

Tituss Burgess has received the rights to the beloved film, 'The Preacher's Wife.' An industry presentation will be held in NYC on Monday, Sepetember 12, starring Loretta Devine and Ledisi. (more...)

VIDEO: SOMETHING ROTTEN!'s Rob McClure Sings a Sweet, Jazzy Arrangement of Rodgers & Hart's 'Manhattan' at Feinstein's/54 BelowVIDEO: SOMETHING ROTTEN!'s Rob McClure Sings a Sweet, Jazzy Arrangement of Rodgers & Hart's 'Manhattan' at Feinstein's/54 Below
by Michael Dale - Aug 8, 2016

Earlier the summer, the SOMETHING ROTTEN! star made his New York solo concert debut. (more...)

HIMSELF AND NORA Closes at the Minetta Lane Tonight; Cast Album Coming Soon!HIMSELF AND NORA Closes at the Minetta Lane Tonight; Cast Album Coming Soon!
by BWW News Desk - Aug 6, 2016

Himself and Nora, the new musical, will end its engagement at Minetta Lane Theatre (18 Minetta Lane) tonight, August 6th. With book, music, and lyrics by Jonathan Brielle and directed by Michael Bush, Himself and Nora will have played 26 previews and 71 performances at the time of closing. (more...)

'BRIDGES' Tour Star Cole Burden Joins HIMSELF AND NORA Off-Broadway Tonight'BRIDGES' Tour Star Cole Burden Joins HIMSELF AND NORA Off-Broadway Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Jul 26, 2016

Cole Burden (The Bridges of Madison County national tour, Les Miserables national tour) will join the cast of Himself and Nora, the new musical currently running at the Minetta Lane Theater, starting tonight, July 26, 2016. Cole will assume the role of 'Priest' and others. (more...)

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