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Edison Theatre (New York, NY)
240 W. 47th St.

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Me and Bessie is a musical revue about the life and career of blues singer Bessie Smith. The basically one-woman show, conceived and written by Will Holt and Linda Hopkins and performed by Hopkins, features songs by Lil Green, Clarence Williams, Henry Creamer, Andy Razaf, and Jimmy Cox, among others.



It originally was presented at Ford's Theatre in Washington, D.C. from November 1-17, 1974, then produced by the Center Theatre Group and staged by Robert Greenwald at the Mark Taper Forum from April 4 through May 3, 1975.



The Broadway production was directed by Greenwald, with special dance sequences choreographed by Lester Wilson for two characters, identified only as Man and Woman (Lester Wilson and Gerri Dean). Howlett Smith and Lenny Hambro were co-Musical Directors. Donald Harris was responsible for scenic design.


TRAV'LIN Plays NYMF At The TBG Theatre 10/11-10/17TRAV'LIN Plays NYMF At The TBG Theatre 10/11-10/17
by BWW News Desk - Sep 17, 2010

The New York Musical Theatre Festival is pleased to announce the world premiere production of TRAV?LIN by Gary Holmes and Allan Shapiro, with musical direction by John Dipinto and choreographed and directed by Paul Stancato. TRAV'LIN will play a limited engagement at TBG Theatre, (312 West 36th Street, NY, NY 10018). Performances begin Monday, October 11 and continue through Sunday, October 17. (more...)

TREASURE ISLAND Musical Makes World Premiere at Theatre Three Tonight, 9/15TREASURE ISLAND Musical Makes World Premiere at Theatre Three Tonight, 9/15
by BWW News Desk - Sep 15, 2012

TREASURE ISLAND, a new musical adventure, will premiere this fall at Theatre Three (412 Main Street) in Port Jefferson, NY from tonight, September 15 to October 27, 2012. (more...)

TRAV'LIN Plays NYMF At The TBG Theatre 10/11-10/17TRAV'LIN Plays NYMF At The TBG Theatre 10/11-10/17
by BWW News Desk - Oct 6, 2010

The New York Musical Theatre Festival is pleased to announce the world premiere production of TRAV?LIN by Gary Holmes and Allan Shapiro, with musical direction by John Dipinto and choreographed and directed by Paul Stancato. TRAV'LIN will play a limited engagement at TBG Theatre, (312 West 36th Street, NY, NY 10018). Performances begin Monday, October 11 and continue through Sunday, October 17. (more...)

TREASURE ISLAND Musical Makes World Premiere at Theatre Three, 9/15TREASURE ISLAND Musical Makes World Premiere at Theatre Three, 9/15
by BWW News Desk - Oct 26, 2012

TREASURE ISLAND, a new musical adventure, will premiere this fall at Theatre Three (412 Main Street) in Port Jefferson, NY from September 15 to October 27, 2012. (more...)

TRAV'LIN Plays NYMF At The TBG Theatre 10/11-10/17TRAV'LIN Plays NYMF At The TBG Theatre 10/11-10/17
by BWW News Desk - Oct 11, 2010

The New York Musical Theatre Festival is pleased to announce the world premiere production of TRAV?LIN by Gary Holmes and Allan Shapiro, with musical direction by John Dipinto and choreographed and directed by Paul Stancato. TRAV'LIN will play a limited engagement at TBG Theatre, (312 West 36th Street, NY, NY 10018). Performances begin Monday, October 11 and continue through Sunday, October 17. (more...)

TRAV'LIN - THE NEW 1930S HARLEM MUSICAL Premieres at Jubilee Theatre, 3/29-4/28TRAV'LIN - THE NEW 1930S HARLEM MUSICAL Premieres at Jubilee Theatre, 3/29-4/28
by BWW News Desk - Oct 10, 2012

Trav'lin - The New 1930s Harlem Musical, will receive its Regional Premiere production at Fort Worth's Jubilee Theatre in Spring 2013. The musical, which received a developmental production in 2010 as part of the New York Musical Theatre Festival (NYMF), runs March 29, 2013 through April 28, 2013. (more...)

Review - Chlamydia Dell'Arte: A Sex Ed Burlesque & The Broadway Musicals of 1975Review - Chlamydia Dell'Arte: A Sex Ed Burlesque & The Broadway Musicals of 1975
by Ben Peltz - May 21, 2012

The admirable mission of Gigi Naglak and MeghAnn Williams, writer/performers of Chlamydia Dell'Arte: A Sex Ed Burlesque, is to remove some of the awkwardness in open discussions about human sexuality by treating intimate issues with humor.  Their modestly produced show, which just completed a week-long run at Los Kabayitos, is obviously built to travel, coming to Gotham via stints in Philly and DC, and the amiable pair pulls off their mission with endearing enthusiasm. (more...)

TRAV'LIN - THE NEW 1930S HARLEM MUSICAL Premieres at Jubilee Theatre, Now thru 4/28TRAV'LIN - THE NEW 1930S HARLEM MUSICAL Premieres at Jubilee Theatre, Now thru 4/28
by BWW News Desk - Mar 29, 2013

Trav'lin - The New 1930s Harlem Musical, will receive its Regional Premiere production at Fort Worth's Jubilee Theatre in Spring 2013. The musical, which received a developmental production in 2010 as part of the New York Musical Theatre Festival (NYMF), runs tonight, March 29, 2013 through April 28, 2013. (more...)

TRAV'LIN - THE NEW 1930s HARLEM MUSICAL Opens Tonight in Fort WorthTRAV'LIN - THE NEW 1930s HARLEM MUSICAL Opens Tonight in Fort Worth
by BWW News Desk - Mar 29, 2013

Following development in New York City and Washington, D.C., including a sold-out run at the New York Musical Theatre Festival (NYMF), Trav'lin - The New 1930s Harlem Musical receives its Regional Premiere at Fort Worth's Jubilee Theatre, the original home of African-American theater in North Texas,beginning Friday, March 29, 2013. Opening Night is Friday, April 5, and the show runs through April 28, 2013. (more...)

Alfre Woodard  to Play U.S. President in NBC Pilot STATE OF AFFAIRSAlfre Woodard to Play U.S. President in NBC Pilot STATE OF AFFAIRS
by TV News Desk - Mar 24, 2014

Alfre Woodard will take on the role of the President of the United States in NBC's upocoming drama pilot STATE OF AFFAIRS (more...)

PLATINUM To Debut at FRINGE NYC, Tix On Sale 7/23PLATINUM To Debut at FRINGE NYC, Tix On Sale 7/23
by BWW News Desk - Jun 8, 2010

A new developmental production of Platinum (www.PlatinumTheMusical.com) starring Tony Award nominee Liz Larsen (The Most Happy Fella, A New Brain) and Sarah Litzsinger (Beauty and the Beast, Amour) will be presented by UnsungMusicalsCo. Inc. as part of the 2010 New York International Fringe Festival. (more...)

PLATINUM To Debut at FRINGE NYC, Tix On Sale 7/23PLATINUM To Debut at FRINGE NYC, Tix On Sale 7/23
by BWW News Desk - Jul 23, 2010

A new developmental production of Platinum (www.PlatinumTheMusical.com) starring Tony Award nominee Liz Larsen (The Most Happy Fella, A New Brain) and Sarah Litzsinger (Beauty and the Beast, Amour) will be presented by UnsungMusicalsCo. Inc. as part of the 2010 New York International Fringe Festival. (more...)

Alfre Woodard Joins Horror Spinoff ANNABELLEAlfre Woodard Joins Horror Spinoff ANNABELLE
by Movies News Desk - Jan 30, 2014

According to Variety, Alfre Woodard has signed on for ANNABELLE, a spinoff of New Line's THE CONJURING. John Leonetti will direct from a script by Gary Dauberman. (more...)

Woodard, Allen and French Honored by CTH, Feb. 27
by BWW News Desk - Feb 22, 2006

On February 27th, Alfre Woodard, Billie Allen and Arthur French will be honored with awards at the Classical Theatre of Harlem's annual benefit (more...)

BroadwayWorld.com's On This Day - February 1, 2010BroadwayWorld.com's On This Day - February 1, 2010
by - Feb 1, 2010

Here are the Broadway, Off-Broadway and West End shows which opened on February 1 along with all of the upcoming show openings, closings and special events! (more...)

TREASURE ISLAND Musical Makes World Premiere at Theatre Three, 9/15TREASURE ISLAND Musical Makes World Premiere at Theatre Three, 9/15
by BWW News Desk - Aug 22, 2012

TREASURE ISLAND, a new musical adventure, will premiere this fall at Theatre Three (412 Main Street) in Port Jefferson, NY from September 15 to October 27, 2012. (more...)

PLATINUM To Debut at FRINGE NYC, 8/13PLATINUM To Debut at FRINGE NYC, 8/13
by BWW News Desk - Aug 13, 2010

A new developmental production of Platinum (www.PlatinumTheMusical.com) starring Tony Award nominee Liz Larsen (The Most Happy Fella, A New Brain) and Sarah Litzsinger (Beauty and the Beast, Amour) will be presented by UnsungMusicalsCo. Inc. as part of the 2010 New York International Fringe Festival. (more...)

TRAV'LIN - THE NEW 1930S HARLEM MUSICAL Premieres at Jubilee Theatre, 3/29-4/28TRAV'LIN - THE NEW 1930S HARLEM MUSICAL Premieres at Jubilee Theatre, 3/29-4/28
by BWW News Desk - Apr 27, 2013

Trav'lin - The New 1930s Harlem Musical, will receive its Regional Premiere production at Fort Worth's Jubilee Theatre in Spring 2013. The musical, which received a developmental production in 2010 as part of the New York Musical Theatre Festival (NYMF), runs March 29, 2013 through April 28, 2013. (more...)

Tony Nominee Sam Harris Leads LET ME SING Musical Reading, 4/15Tony Nominee Sam Harris Leads LET ME SING Musical Reading, 4/15
by BWW News Desk - Apr 14, 2010

Producer Richard Winkler will present a reading of the new musical comedy LET ME SING starring Tony Award nominee Sam Harris as Al Jolson in New York City on Thursday, April 15. With a book by Sherman Yellen, new music & lyrics by Will Holt and featuring some of the most enduring Al Jolson standards, LET ME SING is directed by Matt Lenz. Carl Pasbjerg/Alchemy Productions is the General Manager. (more...)