Leslie Odom Jr News

Leslie Odom Jr. Concert Postponed at The Kennedy CenterLeslie Odom Jr. Concert Postponed at The Kennedy Center
by BWW News Desk - Jan 13, 2017

The Kennedy Center today announced the postponement of Leslie Odom Jr.'s concert as part of the Renee Fleming VOICES series, which was to be presented on Friday, March 11, 2017 in the Eisenhower Theater. (more...)

Wayne Brady on His New HAMILTON Role: 'I Auditioned Like Anyone Else'Wayne Brady on His New HAMILTON Role: 'I Auditioned Like Anyone Else'
by BWW News Desk - Jan 12, 2017

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VIDEO: HAMILTON's Wayne Brady Jokes to Family & Friends: 'I Don't Get No Damn Comps'VIDEO: HAMILTON's Wayne Brady Jokes to Family & Friends: 'I Don't Get No Damn Comps'
by BWW News Desk - Jan 12, 2017

Wayne Brady wants to make one thing perfectly clear regarding his upcoming role in Chicago's HAMILTON! (more...)

Kennedy Center Opera House To Spotlight Eleven New Works, Four New Debuts, 2/7-12Kennedy Center Opera House To Spotlight Eleven New Works, Four New Debuts, 2/7-12
by BWW News Desk - Jan 10, 2017

Making its annual Kennedy Center appearance, the famed Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater returns to the Opera House stage with seven performances, February 7-12. Led by Artistic Director Robert Battle, the Company's performances include a company premiere, four D.C. debuts, two new productions, and a total of 11 works by a range of distinct choreographers. (more...)

Jim Caruso's 12 Days of Christmas... Leslie Odom Jr. Will Be Home for ChristmasJim Caruso's 12 Days of Christmas... Leslie Odom Jr. Will Be Home for Christmas
by Jim Caruso - Dec 22, 2016

I'm pretty sure there's nothing Leslie Odom, Jr. can't do. This recording of "I'll Be Home For Christmas" perfectly shows off his good taste, style and that exemplary voice. The song is, of course, an American classic, with lyrics by Kim Gannon and a melody by Walter Kent. Gannon wrote it from the point of a World War II soldier stationed overseas, telling his family that he'll be home for the holidays, and to prepare the Christmas fun. Of course, the last lyric is one of the most melancholy ever written - "I'll be home for Christmas, if only in my dreams." When the song was first pitched to folks in the music business, it was roundly refused, since it all seemed incredibly sad. But Bing Crosby smartly threw caution to the wind and recorded the tune, with immense success. Interestingly, after the lyricist's death, he left the royalty rights to the American Heart Association, which has benefitted greatly ever since. (more...)

VIDEO: Leslie Odom Jr., Billy Joel & More Pay Tribute to Tony Bennett; Watch NBC Special in FullVIDEO: Leslie Odom Jr., Billy Joel & More Pay Tribute to Tony Bennett; Watch NBC Special in Full
by TV News Desk - Dec 21, 2016

Andrea Bocelli, Michael Buble, Bob Dylan, Lady Gaga, Billy Joel, Elton John, Diana Krall, k.d. lang, Leslie Odom, Jr., Kevin Spacey, Stevie Wonder and many more paid tribute to legendary singer Tony Bennett last night on NBC's TONY BENNETT CELEBRATES 90 (more...)

TONY BENNETT CELEBRATES 90: THE BEST IS YET TO COME to Celebrate Legendary Singer This TuesdayTONY BENNETT CELEBRATES 90: THE BEST IS YET TO COME to Celebrate Legendary Singer This Tuesday
by TV News Desk - Dec 19, 2016

NBC will commemorate the 90th birthday of one of America's most treasured musical icons, Tony Bennett, with the two-hour special “Tony Bennett Celebrates 90: The Best Is Yet to Come,” on Tuesday, Dec. 20 at 9 p.m. ET/PT. (more...)

Leslie Odom Jr. Shares His Wish List for Christmas 2016Leslie Odom Jr. Shares His Wish List for Christmas 2016
by BWW News Desk - Dec 17, 2016

Even the busiest Broadway stars have holiday wishes, and Leslie Odom Jr. recently made time to give the New York Post  some intel on what he's hoping to find under the tree come Christmas morning. At the top of the list is a record player; according to Odom Jr., 'We're gonna play records - old and new - almost exclusively in our house in 2017.' The Tony and Grammy winner also has simpler desires, however, evidenced by the inclusion of items like socks further down the list. (more...)

Give the Gift of Broadway This Holiday Season with BroadwayWorld's 2016 Holiday Gift Guide!Give the Gift of Broadway This Holiday Season with BroadwayWorld's 2016 Holiday Gift Guide!
by BWW News Desk - Dec 16, 2016

Need some last minute gift ideas for the Broadway lover in your life? Fear not! There may be only a few short weeks left before the holidays, but we've got plenty of ideas to add to your shopping list! (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look -  Leslie Odom Jr, Lady Gaga & More Perform on NBC's TONY BENNETT CELEBRATES 90Photo Flash: First Look - Leslie Odom Jr, Lady Gaga & More Perform on NBC's TONY BENNETT CELEBRATES 90
by TV News Desk - Dec 16, 2016

NBC will commemorate the 90th birthday of one of America's most treasured musical icons, Tony Bennett, with the two-hour special TONY BENNETT CELEBRATES 90: THE BEST IS YET TO COME on Tuesday, Dec. 20 at 9 p.m. ET/PT. (more...)

Broadway's 'GREAT COMET', DEAR EVAN HANSEN Make J.P. Morgan's #NextList2017Broadway's 'GREAT COMET', DEAR EVAN HANSEN Make J.P. Morgan's #NextList2017
by BWW News Desk - Dec 14, 2016

What are the places and experiences that will prove most memorable to art patrons worldwide? J.P. Morgan has its top picks in the firm's just-released #NextList2017. (more...)

Leslie Odom Jr & More Set for NBC's TONY BENNETT CELEBRATES 90 Special, 12/20Leslie Odom Jr & More Set for NBC's TONY BENNETT CELEBRATES 90 Special, 12/20
by TV News Desk - Dec 13, 2016

NBC will commemorate the 90th birthday of one of America's most treasured musical icons, Tony Bennett, with the two-hour special TONY BENNETT CELEBRATES 90: THE BEST IS YET TO COME on Tuesday, Dec. 20 at 9 p.m. ET/PT. (more...)

Beyonce, Nate Parker Top Nominees for 48th NAACP IMAGE AWARDS; Full ListBeyonce, Nate Parker Top Nominees for 48th NAACP IMAGE AWARDS; Full List
by TV News Desk - Dec 13, 2016

The nominees for the NAACP Image Awards were announced today. The awards recognize the year's best in film, TV, music and books. (more...)

BWW Review:  Megan Hilty Spreads Christmas Cheer at Kennedy CenterBWW Review: Megan Hilty Spreads Christmas Cheer at Kennedy Center
by Jennifer Perry - Dec 10, 2016

A MERRY LITTLE CHRISTMAS WITH MEGAN HILTY was one of my favorite cabaret/concert experiences this year. It's always a treat to hear her sing. She's in her own class as a vocalist and I look forward to what she does next. (more...)

Ailey's Five Week Holiday Season ContinuesAiley's Five Week Holiday Season Continues
by BWW News Desk - Dec 7, 2016

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater's five-week engagement at New York City Center continues this week with the world premiere of MacArthur "Genius" Kyle Abraham's Untitled America on Wednesday, December 7th. (more...)

BWW Review: Showtunes' LEAP OF FAITH Spotlights Good Voices in a Not So Good ShowBWW Review: Showtunes' LEAP OF FAITH Spotlights Good Voices in a Not So Good Show
by Jay Irwin - Dec 5, 2016

Just a few days ago I reviewed a show that, if you remember, I felt had one major downfall; that the newer songs bringing it from the film version to the stage version had lyrics written by Glenn Slater. Now, just a few blocks from that other production, Showtunes puts up a concert of another film to stage adaptation with all of the lyrics written by Glenn Slater and music from Alan Menken. And while there were certainly some wonderful voices in the concert it just proves one thing that Showtunes needs to pay attention to, not all shows need a revival. (more...)

Pittsburgh CLO Announces The Cast of PUMP BOYS & DINETTESPittsburgh CLO Announces The Cast of PUMP BOYS & DINETTES
by BWW News Desk - Nov 16, 2016

Pittsburgh CLO is proud to announce casting for the Pittsburgh premiere of PUMP BOYS & DINETTES, January 26 - April 15, 2017 at the CLO Cabaret. (more...)

VIDEO: First Look at BET Special BARACK OBAMA'S BLOCK PARTY Airing TodayVIDEO: First Look at BET Special BARACK OBAMA'S BLOCK PARTY Airing Today
by TV News Desk - Nov 14, 2016

BET Networks joined President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama at the White House earlier last month for a star-studded musical celebration, “BET PRESENTS LOVE & HAPPINESS: AN OBAMA CELEBRATION,” playfully dubbed 'Barack Obama's Block Party.' (more...)

Andrew Chappelle Goes on for King George III in HAMILTON for the First Time Tonight!Andrew Chappelle Goes on for King George III in HAMILTON for the First Time Tonight!
by BWW News Desk - Nov 12, 2016

Super Swing Andrew Chappelle is going on for King George III in Hamilton on Broadway for the first time for tonight's performance. After this, Chappelle will have gone on for almost every single track he covers-including Laurens/Phillip, Lafayette/Jefferson, and Mulligan/Madison. The only track left for the actor is that of Aaron Burr, the role that earned Leslie Odom Jr. a Tony Award this past year. (more...)

Penelope Cruz to Board the ORIENT EXPRESS with Leslie Odom, Jr.Penelope Cruz to Board the ORIENT EXPRESS with Leslie Odom, Jr.
by TV News Desk - Nov 11, 2016

This afternoon it was announced that Academy Award-winning actor, Penelope Cruz, will be joining the cast of Kenneth Branagh's upcoming film adaptation of Agatha Christie's murder mystery thriller, 'Murder on the Orient Express.' (more...)

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