Mahalia Jackson News

 

Mahalia Jackson News

Date of Birth: October 26, 1911
Date of Death: January 27, 1972 (60)
Birth Place: New Orleans, LA, USA
Gender: Female
BWW Interview: RKJB Entertainment - Making A Big Splash In The Austin Theatre SceneBWW Interview: RKJB Entertainment - Making A Big Splash In The Austin Theatre Scene
by Lynn Beaver - May 15, 2017

In February of this year, fledgling production company RKJB Entertainment burst onto the Austin stage with an original play with music, FOR THE LOVE OF MAHALIA. Hailed by critics and audiences alike, the new work starred the amazing Jacqui Cross, who virtually transformed into the Gospel great. This month marks their second production MOAN THEM BLUES, a one woman show featuring legendary Blues pioneer, Bessie Smith (Sonia Moore). Moore's rendition of Gimme A Pigfoot And A Bottle Of Beer stopped the show, I can scarcely wait to see a show that features such powerful talent. It's time our readers are introduced to Robert King, Jr and Jeremy Brown, the men behind these shows about such important icons of American culture. (more...)

BWW Review: Stars Shine for Lyrical Tribute to Music and Legacy of Pete Seeger at Kennedy CenterBWW Review: Stars Shine for Lyrical Tribute to Music and Legacy of Pete Seeger at Kennedy Center
by Jeffrey Walker - Apr 18, 2017

For one night, folk music legend Pete Seeger's legacy in song was celebrated by a diverse array of musical talent. The Kennedy Center Concert Hall stage held a who's who including multiple Grammy winners, living legends and up-and-coming artists performing in tribute to the singer and activist Pete Seeger. Hosted by Larry Groce of National Public Radio's MOUNTAIN STAGE, the long and satisfying evening was officially entitled PETE SEEGER AND THE POWER OF SONG: TRIBUTE TO A FOLK LEGEND. No frills, no fuss, just great music performed with the same simplicity and power Seeger was known for during his own long career. (more...)

Broadway in Leimert Park Opens with 'Express Yourself' Singer Charles WrightBroadway in Leimert Park Opens with 'Express Yourself' Singer Charles Wright
by BWW News Desk - Mar 26, 2017

The Barbara Morrison Performing Arts Center will celebrate Jazz Appreciation Month in April with Broadway in Leimert Park, 27 performances beginningSaturday with Charles Wright, the writer and vocalist of the iconic 'Express Yourself' with the Watts 103rd Street Band, joining Emmy-nominated jazz and blues singer Morrison for a concert that begins at 7 p.m. (more...)

BWW Review: FOR THE LOVE OF MAHALIA - Jacqui Cross Thrills As The Queen Of GospelBWW Review: FOR THE LOVE OF MAHALIA - Jacqui Cross Thrills As The Queen Of Gospel
by Lynn Beaver - Feb 27, 2017

Fledgling theatre company, RKJB Entertainment's production of an original work by Robert King, Jr, FOR THE LOVE OF MAHALIA, currently playing at the Boyd Vance Theatre, has problems, but ultimately its message is poignant and important. (more...)

Photo Flash: Take A Look at MAHALIA at The Ensemble Theatre; Command Performance Added!Photo Flash: Take A Look at MAHALIA at The Ensemble Theatre; Command Performance Added!
by BWW News Desk - Feb 22, 2017

The Ensemble Theatre celebrates gospel music icon Mahalia Jackson in the musical Mahalia by Tom Stolz, directed by Shirley Marks Whitmore, with musical direction by Melanie Bivens. The production has added a command performance on Sunday, February 26 at 7:30PM. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below! (more...)

Marcus Gardley's A WONDER IN MY SOUL to Premiere at Victory GardensMarcus Gardley's A WONDER IN MY SOUL to Premiere at Victory Gardens
by BWW News Desk - Feb 10, 2017

Victory Gardens Theater continues its season with the World Premiere of A Wonder In My Soul, written by ensemble playwright Marcus Gardley and directed by Artistic Director Chay Yew, with original music by Jaret Landon. A Wonder In My Soul runs February 10 - March 12, 2017, with the press performance today, February 17, 2017, at 7:30pm at Victory Gardens Theater, 2433 N. Lincoln Avenue. (more...)

Kravis Center Promises An Entertainment-Packed March With Numerous Concerts, Shows & Superstar PerformersKravis Center Promises An Entertainment-Packed March With Numerous Concerts, Shows & Superstar Performers
by BWW News Desk - Feb 7, 2017

The Raymond F. Kravis Center for the Performing Arts continues its star-packed 25th anniversary season in March 2017 with amazing performances from Hollywood to Bollywood, several fascinating lectures, two of Broadway's biggest hits, and the much-anticipated return of Michael Feinstein & the Kravis Center Pops Orchestra. (more...)

Stars of THE OFFICE, EMPIRE Sign on for the Lyric's CHICAGO VOICES ConcertStars of THE OFFICE, EMPIRE Sign on for the Lyric's CHICAGO VOICES Concert
by BWW News Desk - Feb 4, 2017

Lyric Opera announced today that Kate Flannery (NBC's The Office), Terrence Howard and Jussie Smollett (both from FOX's Empire), and The Voices of Trinity Mass Choir are joining the Chicago Voices Concert line-up. (more...)

Kate Flannery, Terrence Howard and Jussie Smollett Join Chicago Voices Concert at Lyric Opera, TodayKate Flannery, Terrence Howard and Jussie Smollett Join Chicago Voices Concert at Lyric Opera, Today
by BWW News Desk - Feb 4, 2017

Lyric Opera announced today that Kate Flannery (NBC's The Office), Terrence Howard and Jussie Smollett (both from FOX's Empire), and The Voices of Trinity Mass Choir are joining the Chicago Voices Concert line-up. Flannery, Howard, and Smollett will serve as special guest presenters, while The Voices of Trinity Mass Choir will perform in the celebratory event that pays tribute to the city's diverse vocal heritage. The one-night only concert takes place February 4, at 7:30pm at Lyric's Civic Opera House. (more...)

Broadway Vets Jessie Mueller and Michelle Williams Sign on for Lyric Opera's CHICAGO VOICES GalaBroadway Vets Jessie Mueller and Michelle Williams Sign on for Lyric Opera's CHICAGO VOICES Gala
by BWW News Desk - Feb 4, 2017

Lyric Opera announced today that Tony Award-winning Broadway star Jessie Mueller and gospel and R&B sensation Michelle Williams will join the line-up of performers slated for the Chicago Voices Gala Concert, a special, one-night-only concert today, February 4, at 7:30pm at Lyric's Civic Opera House. (more...)

THE LION KING Tour Breaks New Orleans Box Office Record with $7.5 MillionTHE LION KING Tour Breaks New Orleans Box Office Record with $7.5 Million
by BWW News Desk - Feb 2, 2017

Disney's The Lion King once again set the record for the highest-grossing engagement in New Orleans theatrical history with a gross of $7.5 million. (more...)

Chicago Voices Concert Announces Kurt Elling and Lupe FiascoChicago Voices Concert Announces Kurt Elling and Lupe Fiasco
by BWW News Desk - Feb 1, 2017

Lyric Opera announced today that world-renowned jazz vocalist and composer Kurt Elling, along with Grammy Award-winning rapper and record producer Lupe Fiasco, have joined the star-studded lineup of performers who will come together for the biggest night in Chicago music. (more...)

The Ensemble Theatre to Kickoff Black History and Women's History Month With Play on Gospel Music GreatThe Ensemble Theatre to Kickoff Black History and Women's History Month With Play on Gospel Music Great
by BWW News Desk - Jan 26, 2017

The Ensemble Theatre celebrates gospel music icon Mahalia Jackson in the musical Mahalia, by Tom Stolz and directed by Shirley Marks Whitmore, with musical direction by Melanie Bivens; Opening Night and Media reception, Today, January 26, 2017, 6:30 p.m. (more...)

Kate Flannery, Terrence Howard and Jussie Smollett Join Chicago Voices Concert at Lyric Opera, 2/4Kate Flannery, Terrence Howard and Jussie Smollett Join Chicago Voices Concert at Lyric Opera, 2/4
by BWW News Desk - Jan 24, 2017

Lyric Opera announced today that Kate Flannery (NBC's The Office), Terrence Howard and Jussie Smollett (both from FOX's Empire), and The Voices of Trinity Mass Choir are joining the Chicago Voices Concert line-up. Flannery, Howard, and Smollett will serve as special guest presenters, while The Voices of Trinity Mass Choir will perform in the celebratory event that pays tribute to the city's diverse vocal heritage. The one-night only concert takes place February 4, at 7:30pm at Lyric's Civic Opera House. (more...)

Stars of THE OFFICE, EMPIRE Sign on for the Lyric's CHICAGO VOICES ConcertStars of THE OFFICE, EMPIRE Sign on for the Lyric's CHICAGO VOICES Concert
by BWW News Desk - Jan 24, 2017

Lyric Opera announced today that Kate Flannery (NBC's The Office), Terrence Howard and Jussie Smollett (both from FOX's Empire), and The Voices of Trinity Mass Choir are joining the Chicago Voices Concert line-up. (more...)

Marcus Gardley's A WONDER IN MY SOUL to Premiere at Victory GardensMarcus Gardley's A WONDER IN MY SOUL to Premiere at Victory Gardens
by BWW News Desk - Jan 20, 2017

Victory Gardens Theater continues its season with the World Premiere of A Wonder In My Soul, written by ensemble playwright Marcus Gardley and directed by Artistic Director Chay Yew, with original music by Jaret Landon. A Wonder In My Soul runs February 10 - March 12, 2017, with the press performance on Friday, February 17, 2017, at 7:30pm at Victory Gardens Theater, 2433 N. Lincoln Avenue. (more...)

The Ensemble Theatre to Kickoff Black History and Women's History Month With Play on Gospel Music GreatThe Ensemble Theatre to Kickoff Black History and Women's History Month With Play on Gospel Music Great
by BWW News Desk - Jan 4, 2017

The Ensemble Theatre celebrates gospel music icon Mahalia Jackson in the musical Mahalia, by Tom Stolz and directed by Shirley Marks Whitmore, with musical direction by Melanie Bivens; Opening Night and Media reception, Thursday, January 26, 2017, 6:30 p.m. (more...)

The Ensemble Theatre Makes a Joyful Noise with MAHALIAThe Ensemble Theatre Makes a Joyful Noise with MAHALIA
by BWW News Desk - Dec 30, 2016

The Ensemble Theatre makes a joyful noise with the third show of its 40th anniversary season celebration with the musical Mahalia, by Tom Stolz and directed by Shirley Marks Whitmore, with musical direction by Melanie Bivens. (more...)

Jacqui Cross Is Mahalia Jackson in FOR THE LOVE OF MAHALIA from RKJB Entertainment in February 2017Jacqui Cross Is Mahalia Jackson in FOR THE LOVE OF MAHALIA from RKJB Entertainment in February 2017
by Frank Benge - Dec 15, 2016

FOR THE LOVE OF MAHALIA tells the story of white writer Julie Ann Mathews who traveled in 1965 from Alabama to Illinois to get a rare interview with gospel legend Mahalia Jackson. This gospel spirited musical is filled with some of Mahalia Jackson's greatest hits like 'How I Got Over', 'Precious Lord Take My Hand', 'Didn't It Rain' and many more! FOR THE LOVE OF MAHALIA received a Broadway World nomination last season for best writing of an original work in its workshop production. (more...)

Broadway Vets Jessie Mueller and Michelle Williams Sign on for Lyric Opera's CHICAGO VOICES GalaBroadway Vets Jessie Mueller and Michelle Williams Sign on for Lyric Opera's CHICAGO VOICES Gala
by BWW News Desk - Dec 15, 2016

Lyric Opera announced today that Tony Award-winning Broadway star Jessie Mueller and gospel and R&B sensation Michelle Williams will join the line-up of performers slated for the Chicago Voices Gala Concert, a special, one-night-only concert on Saturday, February 4, at 7:30pm at Lyric's Civic Opera House. (more...)

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