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Ben Vereen, Marin Mazzie, Cast of LES MIZ & More Coming to 54 Below in Coming WeeksBen Vereen, Marin Mazzie, Cast of LES MIZ & More Coming to 54 Below in Coming Weeks
by BWW News Desk - Jan 30, 2015

This February and March 54 BELOW presents an exciting lineup of the brightest talent from Broadway and beyond. Located just below the legendary Studio 54 at 254 West 54th Street. For a detailed schedule of upcoming performances at 54 Below and to purchase tickets, visit www.54Below.com. (more...)

THE COLOR PURPLE & More Set for Bounce TV's Celebration of Black History MonthTHE COLOR PURPLE & More Set for Bounce TV's Celebration of Black History Month
by TV News Desk - Jan 29, 2015

Bounce TV (www.bouncetv.com), the nation's first-ever broadcast television network for African Americans, will honor Black History Month in February with a month-long programming tribute (more...)

Bounce TV to Celebrate Black History MonthBounce TV to Celebrate Black History Month
by BWW News Desk - Jan 28, 2015

Bounce TV (www.bouncetv.com), the nation's first-ever broadcast television network for African Americans, will honor Black History Month in February witha month-long programming tribute including some of the greatest African-American stories, motion pictures and performances of all-time. (more...)

Marcus Goldhaber Returns to Manhattan 1/28 at The KitanoMarcus Goldhaber Returns to Manhattan 1/28 at The Kitano
by BWW News Desk - Jan 23, 2015

Next week, acclaimed NYC jazz vocalist-songwriter Marcus Goldhaber is back in Manhattan for his first concert of the new year -Wednesday, Jan. 28 at The Kitano for the 'Jazz @ The Kitano' Series, where he'll be reuniting with the Jon Davis Trio as the celebration continues for A LOVELY WAY TO SPEND AN EVENING (Fallen Apple/The Orchard), Marcus' latest album and first with major distribution. (more...)

Zach Heckendorf to Play the Fox Theatre, 2/21Zach Heckendorf to Play the Fox Theatre, 2/21
by BWW News Desk - Jan 23, 2015

Z2 Entertainment is proud to present Zach Heckendorf with special guests at the Fox Theatre on Saturday, February 21st, 2015. (more...)

Philly POPS to Welcome Tony DeSare for AMERICAN SONGBOOK, THEN AND NOW in MarchPhilly POPS to Welcome Tony DeSare for AMERICAN SONGBOOK, THEN AND NOW in March
by BWW News Desk - Jan 22, 2015

Whether he's swingin' like Frank Sinatra or sizzlin' like Jerry Lee Lewis, internationally acclaimed singer/pianist Tony DeSare will thrill The Philly POPS audiences in American Songbook, Then and Now on Friday, March 13, through Sunday, March 15. Conducted by Philly POPS Music Director Michael Krajewski, DeSare will perform the great jazz standards from the classic American Songbook and add new standards that bring a contemporary touch to this collection of music. The concerts will take place in Verizon Hall at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts on Friday, March 13, at 8 p.m.; and on Saturday, March 14, and Sunday, March 15, at 3 p.m. (more...)

A NIGHT IN OLD NEW ORLEANS Set for State Theatre's Acopian Ballroom, 2/13A NIGHT IN OLD NEW ORLEANS Set for State Theatre's Acopian Ballroom, 2/13
by BWW News Desk - Jan 20, 2015

Orange Kellin's A Night In Old New Orleans featuring Vernel Bagneris brings talent fresh from Broadway and sounds straight from New Orleans. These seasoned performers will thrill listeners in the Acopian Ballroom of the State Theatre on Friday, February 13th. (more...)

MOTOWN's N'Kenge to Join Oklahoma City Philharmonic for 'ALL THAT JAZZ'MOTOWN's N'Kenge to Join Oklahoma City Philharmonic for 'ALL THAT JAZZ'
by BWW News Desk - Jan 20, 2015

N'Kenge (Motown: The Musical, Sondheim on Sondheim), returns to Oklahoma City Philharmonic as a featured soloist to perform in the concert "All That Jazz: A Symphonic Celebration of the Duo Kander and Ebb". (more...)

ART/WNY to Host Mardi Gras CelebrationART/WNY to Host Mardi Gras Celebration
by BWW News Desk - Jan 19, 2015

The American Repertory Theater of WNY kicks off the second half of the 2014-15 season with the 8th annual Mardi Gras celebration with a new twist in the evening's entertainment. This celebration brings Poetry Slam with Beads that will feature regional urban poets 10k, Ben Brindise, Jimmie Byrd, Bo Brooks, Team Finks, Dana Ingerbreston, Danielle Johnson, Lazyrus, Solomon and Brandon Williamson as all bring their writing talent to an evening of gumbo, good times a rollin', beads a flyin', rice & beans and the soul-funkrock sounds of Child of Folly. And, of course, the ART/WNY Mardi Gras celebration wouldn't be complete without the traditional readings from the classic Louisiana book of folk-tales GUMBO YA YA. Festivities are at Bittner Hall, 16 Linwood Avenue, Buffalo NY, open at 7 pm with performances beginning at 8 pm. Tickets are $25 at the door but can be purchase online for $20. (more...)

Super Idina! Idina Menzel to Sing National Anthem at Super Bowl!Super Idina! Idina Menzel to Sing National Anthem at Super Bowl!
by BWW News Desk - Jan 16, 2015

This just in! Tony winner and Broadway superstar Idina Menzel will sing the National Anthem and John Legend will sing 'America The Beautiful' as part of Super Bowl XLIX pregame festivities at University of Phoenix Stadium in Arizona on Sunday, February 1, the NFL and NBC announced today. The performances will be televised live on NBC prior to kickoff. (more...)

George Brant's MARIE AND ROSETTA Set for Playwrights' Center, 2/2-3George Brant's MARIE AND ROSETTA Set for Playwrights' Center, 2/2-3
by BWW News Desk - Jan 15, 2015

The popular Ruth Easton New Play series at the Playwrights' Center continues in February with readings of the new play "Marie and Rosetta" by Core Writer George Brant. The play with music, about gospel greats Sister Rosetta Tharpe and Marie Knight, will have two public readings: Monday, February 2 and Tuesday, February 3 at 7 p.m. at the Playwrights' Center, 2301 E. Franklin Avenue in Minneapolis. The readings are free but tickets go fast so claim yours at pwcenter.org before they are gone. (more...)

Diane Schuur to Bring WITH LOVE FROM DEEDS AND DIVA to the Iridium for Valentine's DayDiane Schuur to Bring WITH LOVE FROM DEEDS AND DIVA to the Iridium for Valentine's Day
by BWW News Desk - Jan 14, 2015

Celebrate this Valentine's Day weekend WITH LOVE FROM DEEDS AND DIVA - a very special three-night engagement where two-time Grammy winning legendary jazz vocalist Diane Schuur takes to the stage with New York's own magnetic tour-de-force Diva Jazz Orchestra, led by the extraordinary talented drummer Dr. Sherrie Maricle. (more...)

Anthony Crivello and Vanessa Stewart to Lead 'LOUIS AND KEELY' at Chicago's Royal George Theatre This SpringAnthony Crivello and Vanessa Stewart to Lead 'LOUIS AND KEELY' at Chicago's Royal George Theatre This Spring
by BWW News Desk - Jan 14, 2015

Continuing in a tradition of storytelling and music, Hershey Felder announces the star cast for the Chicago stage premiere of Academy Award winning director Taylor Hackford's LOUIS AND KEELY, 'LIVE' AT THE SAHARA. (more...)

Mandy Gonzalez to Lead 1/26 Reading of SING ME HOME in L.A.Mandy Gonzalez to Lead 1/26 Reading of SING ME HOME in L.A.
by BWW News Desk - Jan 12, 2015

Members of the Los Angeles theater community are invited to a staged reading of Sing Me Home on January 26 at 8 pm (cocktails at 7 pm). This brand new, contemporary musical, with book by Amber Romina Cassell and music and lyrics by singer-songwriter Kristy Hanson features fourteen original songs in the pop-rock genre, with influences ranging from rhythm and blues to country. (more...)

HAM: A MUSICAL MEMOIR, Directed by Billy Porter, Opens Tonight at Theater 511 at Ars NovaHAM: A MUSICAL MEMOIR, Directed by Billy Porter, Opens Tonight at Theater 511 at Ars Nova
by BWW News Desk - Jan 12, 2015

HAM: A Musical Memoir, a new theatrical event based on Sam Harris' book, HAM: Slices of a Life (a collection of stories and essays published by Simon & Schuster) is an innovative and exciting hybrid theatrical concept and the culmination of Harris' successful 30 year career as actor, vocalist and, now, author. HAM: A Musical Memoir will play a limited engagement, with an opening night set for tonight, January 12, 2015 at Theater 511 at Ars Nova. (more...)

Michael Bolton Returning to Van Wezel, 1/21Michael Bolton Returning to Van Wezel, 1/21
by BWW News Desk - Jan 9, 2015

Michael Bolton is a multiple Grammy Award-winning Singer/Songwriter who has sold more than 53 million records around the world, where he continues to tour every year. He holds a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and is known as “People Magazine's Sexiest Man” as well as the sensational “Captain Jack Sparrow” in Saturday Night Live's viral video with 110 million YouTube views. He will perform at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall on Wednesday, January 21 at 8pm. (more...)

Billy Porter-Helmed HAM: A MUSICAL MEMOIR Begins Tonight at Ars NovaBilly Porter-Helmed HAM: A MUSICAL MEMOIR Begins Tonight at Ars Nova
by BWW News Desk - Jan 8, 2015

HAM: A Musical Memoir, a new theatrical event based on Sam Harris' book, HAM: Slices of a Life (a collection of stories and essays published by Simon & Schuster) begins previews tonight, January 8 at Theater 511 at Ars Nova. (more...)

Billy Porter-Helmed HAM: A MUSICAL MEMOIR Begins Tomorrow at Ars NovaBilly Porter-Helmed HAM: A MUSICAL MEMOIR Begins Tomorrow at Ars Nova
by BWW News Desk - Jan 7, 2015

HAM: A Musical Memoir, a new theatrical event based on Sam Harris' book, HAM: Slices of a Life (a collection of stories and essays published by Simon & Schuster) begins previews tomorrow night Thursday, January 8 at Theater 511 at Ars Nova. (more...)

Maceo Parker to Play Byham Theater, 1/16Maceo Parker to Play Byham Theater, 1/16
by BWW News Desk - Jan 7, 2015

The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust presents the legendary musician Maceo Parker and his funk-filled band on Friday, January 16, 2015 at 8:00pm. This performance will take place at the Byham Theater, located at 101 Sixth Street, downtown Pittsburgh. The presentation is part of the 2014-15 Cohen & Grigsby Trust Presents series. (more...)

Rita Coolidge to Play Suncoast Showroom, 2/14-15Rita Coolidge to Play Suncoast Showroom, 2/14-15
by BWW News Desk - Jan 6, 2015

Recording artist, songwriter and two-time Grammy Award winner Rita Coolidge will set a romantic tone at her Valentine's show, “Rita Coolidge: A Special Valentine Evening,” at the Suncoast Showroom February 14 and 15. (more...)

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