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Date Of Birth:
April 26, 1886
Date Of Death:
December 22, 1939 (53)
Birth Place:
Columbus, GA, USA
Gender:
Female
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HBO to Debut BESSIE, Starring Queen Latifah, 5/16HBO to Debut BESSIE, Starring Queen Latifah, 5/16
by TV News Desk - Apr 15, 2015

?Oscar® nominee Queen Latifah (“Chicago”) stars as legendary blues singer Bessie Smith in the HBO Films drama BESSIE, directed by acclaimed filmmaker Dee Rees (“Pariah”) from a screenplay by Dee Rees and Christopher Cleveland & Bettina Gilois. (more...)

Exclusive: 13th Street Theater to Celebrate Bessie Smith This WeekendExclusive: 13th Street Theater to Celebrate Bessie Smith This Weekend
by BWW News Desk - Apr 13, 2015

The 13th Street Repertory Theater will honor the woman widely considered to be the world's greatest blues singer by making Sunday, April 19th, 'Bessie Smith Day.' The theater will be offering free admission to its new hit show, 'Mad About the Boy' (which includes a tribute to Smith) to anyone who can sing a chorus of a song recorded by Smith. ASCAP award-winning playwright/director Chip Deffaa, who's created and produced 'Mad About the Boy,' will also award prizes to those who do the best job of singing Smith's songs. Deffaa--who profiled Smith in the book 'Harlem Speaks: A Living History of the Harlem Renaissance' (Sourcebooks, Inc.) and has lectured on her (most recently at the University of Idaho)--will be the judge, assisted by members of his theater company. (more...)

MAD ABOUT THE BOY to Hold TalkbacksMAD ABOUT THE BOY to Hold Talkbacks
by BWW News Desk - Apr 11, 2015

ASCAP award-winning playwright/director Chip Deffaa will host talkback sessions--in which audience members can ask any questions they wish of the cast or creative team--after the following performances of his new musical comedy 'Mad About the Boy' at the 13th Street Repertory Theater (50 W. 13th Street, NYC). (more...)

Arthur French to Direct Morningside Players' FENCES in MayArthur French to Direct Morningside Players' FENCES in May
by BWW News Desk - Apr 6, 2015

From May 7 to 24, The Morningside Players will present 'Fences,' the Pulitzer and Tony Award-winning play by August Wilson, directed by Arthur French, a stalwart veteran of Broadway and Off-Broadway who is also a prime interpreter of August Wilson's plays. (more...)

VIDEO: First Trailer for HBO's Bessie Smith Biopic, Starring Queen LatifahVIDEO: First Trailer for HBO's Bessie Smith Biopic, Starring Queen Latifah
by TV News Desk - Apr 3, 2015

Starring Oscar® nominee Queen Latifah ("Chicago") in the title role, BESSIE focuses on legendary blues singer Bessie Smith's transformation from a struggling young singer into "The Empress of the Blues," one of the most successful recording artists of the 1920s and an enduring icon today. Check out the first trailer for the film below! (more...)

STAGE TUBE: First Teaser for HBO's Bessie Smith Biopic, Starring Queen LatifahSTAGE TUBE: First Teaser for HBO's Bessie Smith Biopic, Starring Queen Latifah
by Stage Tube - Mar 13, 2015

The HBO film BESSIE is scheduled to debut SATURDAY, MAY 16 at 8:00 p.m. (ET/PT) on HBO. This marks a return to the network for Oscar® nominee Queen Latifah following her Golden Globe- and SAG Award-winning performance in HBO Films' “Life Support.” (more...)

BWW Reviews: KATHRYN ALLEN Holds Court On Jazz Singing Great Anita O'Day at The Cutting RoomBWW Reviews: KATHRYN ALLEN Holds Court On Jazz Singing Great Anita O'Day at The Cutting Room
by Remy Block - Mar 10, 2015

When Kathryn Allyn, an opera singer now turned Great American Songbook chanteuse, took the stage at The Cutting Room last Tuesday night, she was all va-va-voom in a curve-hugging Valentine red dress. She joined her crackerjack band-musical director Frank Ponzio, bassist Tom Hubbard, and drummer Vito Leszack-to perform homage to her favorite jazz and big band singer Anita O'Day, whose heyday came between the World War II era through the early 1960s. (more...)

ONE MAN, TWO GUVNORS; SATCHMO AT THE WALDORF & More Set for Court Theatre's 61st SeasonONE MAN, TWO GUVNORS; SATCHMO AT THE WALDORF & More Set for Court Theatre's 61st Season
by BWW News Desk - Mar 9, 2015

Court Theatre announces its 61st season under the continuing leadership of Artistic Director Charles Newell, Executive Director Stephen J. Albert, and Board Chair Marilyn Fatt Vitale. (more...)

BWW Exclusive: August Wilson in WaterfordBWW Exclusive: August Wilson in Waterford
by National Theater Institute - Mar 2, 2015

Tony- and Pulitzer-winning playwright August Wilson developed six plays the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center: Ma Rainey's Black Bottom, Fences, Seven Guitars, Joe Turner's Come and Gone, The Piano Lesson, and Two Trains Running. In celebration of the PBS American Masters documentary 'August Wilson: The Ground on Which I Stand', RISK AGAIN! shares excerpts from The O'Neill: Transformation of Modern American Theater. (more...)

Pegasus Theatre Chicago to Offer Sneak Peek of GHOST GARDENS, 3/8Pegasus Theatre Chicago to Offer Sneak Peek of GHOST GARDENS, 3/8
by BWW News Desk - Mar 2, 2015

Spring 2015 is a time of creative preparation for Pegasus Theatre Chicago. In anticipation of the World Premiere of 'Ghost Gardens', Pegasus is presenting a sneak peek event on Sunday, March 8 from 4 to 7 p.m. at Ancien Cycles, 688 N. Milwaukee Ave. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look - Queen Latifah & More to Star in HBO Film's BESSIEPhoto Flash: First Look - Queen Latifah & More to Star in HBO Film's BESSIE
by TV News Desk - Feb 24, 2015

HBO has confirmed the debut date for BESSIE, with the HBO Films presentation scheduled to debut SATURDAY, MAY 16 at 8:00 p.m.(ET/PT) on HBO. Check out photos from the film below! (more...)

Cincinnati Playhouse Sets 2015-16 Season: THE SECRET GARDEN, MOTHERS AND SONS & MoreCincinnati Playhouse Sets 2015-16 Season: THE SECRET GARDEN, MOTHERS AND SONS & More
by BWW News Desk - Feb 24, 2015

Artistic Director Blake Robison announced the Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park's 2015-16 season today with an engaging combination of world-premiere comedies, beloved dramas, inspirational and provocative new plays, a sultry musical revue and the return of one of the most popular shows in Playhouse history. The Playhouse's 56th season is Robison's fourth as artistic director. (more...)

HBO Films to Debut BESSIE Starring Queen Latifah, 5/16HBO Films to Debut BESSIE Starring Queen Latifah, 5/16
by TV News Desk - Feb 24, 2015

?HBO has confirmed the debut date for BESSIE, with the HBO Films presentation scheduled to debut SATURDAY, MAY 16 at 8:00 p.m. (ET/PT) on HBO. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Andre De Shields, E. Faye Butler and More at Opening Night of Arena Stage's KING HEDLEY IIPhoto Flash: First Look at Andre De Shields, E. Faye Butler and More at Opening Night of Arena Stage's KING HEDLEY II
by BWW News Desk - Feb 19, 2015

Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater announces the full company for August Wilson's classic drama King Hedley II. Set in the 1980s Hill District of Pittsburgh, the ninth installment of Pulitzer Prize winner Wilson's acclaimed play cycle examining Black America follows a scarred ex-convict who struggles to turn his life around and lock away his past. The drama is directed by Timothy Douglas, who worked with the late playwright on the world premiere of Radio Golf and has directed eight plays out of Wilson's 10-play cycle. King Hedley II runs February 6-March 8, 2015 in the Fichandler Stage. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the opening night photos below! (more...)

Whoopi Goldberg to Star in ABC's DOLORES & JERMAINE PilotWhoopi Goldberg to Star in ABC's DOLORES & JERMAINE Pilot
by TV News Desk - Feb 17, 2015

Deadline writes that Whoopi Goldberg will star opposite Jermaine Fowler in ABC's comedy pilot DELORES & JERMAINE. (more...)

Felicia Fields, Chic Street Man & Sugaray Rayford to Star in Milwaukee Rep's LOW DOWN DIRTY BLUES, 3/20-5/24Felicia Fields, Chic Street Man & Sugaray Rayford to Star in Milwaukee Rep's LOW DOWN DIRTY BLUES, 3/20-5/24
by BWW News Desk - Feb 5, 2015

Award-winning, multi-talented performers, Felicia Fields, Chic Street Man and Sugaray Rayford, will be heating up The Rep's Stackner Cabaret this March in Low Down Dirty Blues. Audiences will forget about the cold weather when they come see these powerhouse entertainers belt out the blues. Directed by Randal Myler, the production is set to begin performances in The Rep's Stackner Cabaret March 20, 2015 and runs through May 24, 2015. Opening night is Sunday, March 22, 2015. (more...)

Photo Flash: Andre De Shields and More in Rehearsal for KING HEDLEY II at Arena StagePhoto Flash: Andre De Shields and More in Rehearsal for KING HEDLEY II at Arena Stage
by BWW News Desk - Jan 14, 2015

Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater presents August Wilson's classic drama King Hedley II. Set in the 1980s Hill District of Pittsburgh, the ninth installment of Pulitzer Prize winner Wilson's acclaimed play cycle examining Black America follows a scarred ex-convict who struggles to turn his life around and lock away his past. BroadwayWorld has a sneak peek at the company in rehearsal below! (more...)

2014 BroadwayWorld Dallas Winners Announced - Adam Anderson, Valerie Houston, Tre Garrett & More!2014 BroadwayWorld Dallas Winners Announced - Adam Anderson, Valerie Houston, Tre Garrett & More!
by BWW Special Coverage - Jan 12, 2015

Votes are cast; polls are closed; and results have been tabulated! This was our biggest year yet! After a record number of voters in more than 60 regions worldwide, BroadwayWorld is very excited to announce the 2014 Dallas winners! Thanks to all who voted, and huge congratulations to all the winners! (more...)

Court Theatre's WAITING FOR GODOT, Directed by Ron OJ Parson, Begins 1/15Court Theatre's WAITING FOR GODOT, Directed by Ron OJ Parson, Begins 1/15
by BWW News Desk - Jan 9, 2015

Court Theatre Artistic Director Charles Newell and Executive Director Stephen J. Albert present Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett, directed by Resident Artist Ron OJ Parson. Waiting for Godot will run January 15 - February 15, 2015 at Court Theatre, 5535 S. Ellis Avenue. Press Opening is Saturday, January 24, 2015 at 8:00PM. (more...)

Queen Latifah Stars as 'Bessie Smith' for HBO Films This SpringQueen Latifah Stars as 'Bessie Smith' for HBO Films This Spring
by Movies News Desk - Jan 8, 2015

Oscar nominee Queen Latifah ('Chicago') stars as legendary blues singer Bessie Smith in the HBO Films drama BESSIE, directed by acclaimed filmmaker Dee Rees ('Pariah') from a screenplay by Rees and Christopher Cleveland & Bettina Gilois. With a story by Rees and Horton Foote, the film focuses on Smith's transformation from a struggling young singer into 'The Empress of the Blues,' one of the most successful recording artists of the 1920s and an enduring icon today. (more...)

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