LILLIAN SMITH'S STRANGE FRUIT to Return to the Stage at Piedmont College Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Sep 9, 2015

History is in the making at Piedmont College, where the play 'Lillian Smith's Strange Fruit' is returning to the stage 70 years after its Broadway premiere. Based on Smith's bold debut novel, the play follows an interracial relationship in a small 1920s Georgia town and speaks to the effects of hate and separation on the lives of people and their communities. (more...)

Joey Arias and Julie Atlas Muz Star in Basil Twist's SISTERS' FOLLIES: BETWEEN TWO WORLDS This Oct
by BWW News Desk - Sep 29, 2015

Commissioned for the 100th Anniversary of the Abrons' Playhouse, SISTERS' FOLLIES: BETWEEN TWO WORLDS is a spooktacular musical extravaganza direct from the unlimited imagination of Basil Twist and stars the legendary Downtown icons Joey Arias (Arias With A Twist, Lincoln Center's AmericanSongbook) and Julie Atlas Muz (Beauty and the Beast). (more...)

Nimbus Dance Works to Host 2015 Gala in October
by BWW News Desk - Sep 24, 2015

Last year the School of Nimbus Dance Works gave over $30,000 in scholarship funds to Jersey City youth, to ensure access to high quality dance training, regardless of financial situation. Nimbus' youth programs broaden young peoples' horizons and enrich the community with world-class arts. While remaining true to the company's community mission, up to now, scholarship money has come from the company's general operating budget. The 2015 Gala raises funds to offset the expense of the scholarship program, ensuring that this program, and Nimbus Dance Works are sustainable for the long term benefit of Jersey City. (more...)

BWW Review: IT AIN'T NOTHIN' BUT THE BLUES Is So Much More
by Marietta Lunceford - Sep 24, 2015

Right now in Birmingham you can see just about any kind of play you want. I have recently told you about NEXT FALL, an emotional and moving production, CLARK GABLE SLEPT HERE, a rowdy and irreverent play and last night I went to the Virginia Samford Theatre to see IT AIN'T NOTHIN' BUT THE BLUES, a collection of songs sung by some of the best voices you will hear anywhere. (more...)

Melbourne Opera Presents MARY STUART, with Elena Xanthoudakis, Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Sep 2, 2015

This spring, Melbourne Opera will stage a new production of Gaetano Donizetti's gripping historical drama, Mary Stuart (Maria Stuarda); starring international opera stars Elena Xanthoudakis and Rosamund Illing as the two rival feuding queens. (more...)

BWW Review: THE EXPERIMENT Wows In Insanely Clever Rocky Horror/Hedwig Mash-Up
by Gil Kaan - Sep 14, 2015

What do you get when you combine two already proven, successful musicals- The Rocky Horror Picture Show and Hedwig and the Angry Inch? THE EXPERIMENT - A ROCKIN' FRANK + WIGHEAD INSANE CABARET, the current extremely entertaining mash-up from the brilliantly creative minds of Creating Arts Studios. Cleverly written by Todd Martens and assuredly co-directed by Shannon Sukovaty and Lee Marshall. (more...)

THE SPHERES, THE BITTER GAME, HEAVEN ON EARTH and More Join 2015 Without Walls Festival Lineup
by BWW News Desk - Oct 9, 2015

La Jolla Playhouse announces additional projects for its second Without Walls (WoW) Festival today, October 9 - 11, featuring more than 20 immersive and site-based works taking place simultaneously in and around the Playhouse Theatre District, UC San Diego campus and the surrounding neighborhood. (more...)

Photo Flash: Sneak Peek at MITF's Autumn Edition Lineup
by BWW News Desk - Oct 23, 2015

Prolific producer John Chatterton's MIDTOWN INTERNATIONAL THEATRE FESTIVAL is now a series of three lavish events every year - Autumn, Spring, and Summer - presenting powerful works from around the world. Scroll down for a sneak peek at some of the shows from this year's Autumn Edition, running November 2-22 at The Jewel Box Theater @ The Workshop (312 W 36th Street) in NYC!  (more...)

Photo Flash: Sneak Peek - TheatreLAB to Stage LADY DAY AT EMERSON'S BAR AND GRILL
by BWW News Desk - Oct 19, 2015

TheatreLAB, Richmond's home for unexpected and evocative performance, is proud to present Lanie Robertson's LADY DAY AT EMERSON'S BAR AND GRILL, starring local theatre favorite Katrinah Carol Lewis as Billie Holiday. The production is the first show of TheatreLAB's 2015-16 season, 'A Vivid Impression of Reality,' and will run November 12th to December 12th at TheatreLAB's venue, The Basement (300 East Broad Street). Scroll down for a sneak peek! (more...)

SISTER'S FOLLIES Extends at Abrons Arts Center
by BWW News Desk - Oct 16, 2015

Abrons Arts Center is pleased to announce the extension of 2015 MacArthur Fellow Basil Twist's Sisters' Follies: Between Two Worlds. (more...)

Joey Arias and Julie Atlas Muz Star in Basil Twist's SISTERS' FOLLIES: BETWEEN TWO WORLDS, Beginning Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Oct 1, 2015

Commissioned for the 100th Anniversary of the Abrons' Playhouse, SISTERS' FOLLIES: BETWEEN TWO WORLDS is a spooktacular musical extravaganza direct from the unlimited imagination of Basil Twist and stars the legendary Downtown icons Joey Arias (Arias With A Twist, Lincoln Center's AmericanSongbook) and Julie Atlas Muz (Beauty and the Beast). (more...)

Gad Elmaleh, The Hot Sardines, The Skivvies and More Coming Up This Fall at Joe's Pub
by BWW News Desk - Nov 24, 2015

Joe's Pub at The Public has announced its upcoming nightly performances from November 25-December 6, 2015. Scroll down or visit www.joespub.com for a complete list of shows! (more...)

Telly Leung, Greta Gerwig, Toshi Reagon and More Coming Up This Month at Joe's Pub
by BWW News Desk - Nov 18, 2015

Joe's Pub at The Public has announced its upcoming nightly performances, running November 18-29, 2015. Scroll down or visit www.joespub.com for a complete list of shows! (more...)

Telly Leung, Greta Gerwig, Toshi Reagon and More Coming Up This Month at Joe's Pub
by BWW News Desk - Nov 16, 2015

Joe's Pub at The Public has announced its upcoming nightly performances, running November 18-29, 2015. Scroll down or visit www.joespub.com for a complete list of shows! (more...)

Photo Flash: TheatreLAB's LADY DAY AT EMERSON'S BAR AND GRILL Begins Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Nov 12, 2015

TheatreLAB, Richmond's home for unexpected and evocative performance, is proud to present Lanie Robertson's LADY DAY AT EMERSON'S BAR AND GRILL, starring local theatre favorite Katrinah Carol Lewis as Billie Holiday. The production is the first show of TheatreLAB's 2015-16 season, 'A Vivid Impression of Reality,' and will run tonight, November 12th to December 12th at TheatreLAB's venue, The Basement (300 East Broad Street). Scroll down for a sneak peek! (more...)

Photo Flash: Billy Crystal Celebrates New Jack Crystal Theater at NYU Tisch School
by BWW News Desk - Nov 11, 2015

In recognition of the ongoing support provided by the family of actor, director, comedian, writer, and Tisch alumnus Billy Crystal, Tisch Dean Allyson Green announced yesterday that Tisch School of the Arts will officially rename its theater at 111 Second Avenue the 'Jack Crystal Theater,' in memory of Crystal's father, jazz impresario Jack Crystal. Scroll down for photos from the ceremony! (more...)

Food Network Announces June 2016 Highlights
by TV News Desk - May 2, 2016

As summer kicks into high gear, Food Network serves up a month of hot competition series starting with a trip back through the decades with the premiere of Cutthroat Kitchen: Time Warp Tournament on Wednesday, June 1st (more...)

VIDEO: Extended Clip! Audra McDonald Performs 'God Bless The Child' in 'LADY DAY' on HBO
by TV News Desk - Mar 9, 2016

Audra McDonaldSix-time Tony Award winner Audra McDonald brings her acclaimed portrayal of Billie Holiday in the Broadway smash LADY DAY AT EMERSON'S BAR & GRILL to HBO on Saturday, March 12 (9:00-10:30 p.m. ET/PT). Filmed before a live audience at Cafe Brasil in New Orleans, the special features McDonald in her history-making, tour de force performance as the jazz icon, which won the actress her sixth Tony Award. Below, watch her in an extended clip singing 'God Bless The Child' in Holiday's signature style! (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Audra McDonald in HBO's LADY DAY AT EMERSON'S BAR & GRILL
by BWW News Desk - Mar 9, 2016

Six-time Tony Award winner Audra McDonald brings her acclaimed portrayal of Billie Holiday in the Broadway smash LADY DAY AT EMERSON'S BAR & GRILL to HBO on Saturday, March 12 (9:00-10:30 p.m. ET/PT). Filmed before a live audience at Cafe Brasil in New Orleans, the special features McDonald in her history-making, tour de force performance as the jazz icon, which won the actress her sixth Tony Award. BroadwayWorld has a sneak peek at McDonald in two captivating stills from the presentation below! (more...)

Natalie Douglas to Celebrate New Album Release at Birdland, 3/21
by BWW News Desk - Mar 3, 2016

NATALIE DOUGLAS - the acclaimed vocalist hailed as "a true, true star" by BBC London, "sensational" by Time Out New York and "stirring" by The New York Daily News - will release her new long-awaited third album Human Heart on Friday, March 18. She will celebrate the new recording with a special concert at Birdland Jazz Club on Monday, March 21 at 7:00 PM. Human Heart is produced by Brian J. Nash with photography by Bill Westmoreland. (more...)

BWW Review: Natalie Douglas Breathtakingly (and Politically) Explores the Human Heart in CD Release Show at Birdland
by Remy Block - Mar 29, 2016

"I'm a black woman in America; breathing is political," stated Natalie Douglas, wryly, early in her March 21 concert at Birdland to celebrate the release of her excellent new recording Human Heart. I felt myself inwardly fist pump-yes! Douglas dared to acknowledge the contemporary political circus-which I, for one, am completely obsessed with-on the cabaret stage! Okay, I can relax-I will make it through this show without listening to a political podcast or reading a David Brooks New York Times opinion column after all. Phew! I have not entered a purely escapist fantasyland, but surrendered to the capable musical ensemble on stage. Douglas wore a long white gown (chosen out of the pile when her husband made an approvingly bawdy comment as she tried it on for him) and her band-all six of whom appear on the record-wore all black. The appearance was a study in contrast, but the group, was most assuredly a cohesive instrument. (more...)

Centenary Stage Company to Host Annual Dance Fest, Begin. 3/31
by BWW News Desk - Mar 2, 2016

Centenary Stage Company celebrates the artistry of dance in the Lackland Center with the ever - popular annual Dance Fest.  This year's Dance Fest will feature Moe-tion Dance Theatre on Thursday, March 31 at 7:30pm, a double feature with 10 Hairy Legs on Saturday, April 2 at 2pm and 8pm and, finally, Nimbus Dance Works on Sunday, April 3 at 5pm.  All performances will be held in the Sitnik Theatre of Centenary Stage Company's Lackland Center. (more...)

Review Roundup - Audra McDonald Revives Tony Winning Performance in HBO's LADY DAY AT EMERSON'S BAR & GRILL
by TV News Desk - Mar 14, 2016

Six-time Tony Award winner Audra McDonald brought her acclaimed portrayal of Billie Holiday in the Broadway smash LADY DAY AT EMERSON'S BAR & GRILL to HBO (more...)

Centenary Stage Company to Host Annual Dance Fest at Lackland Center
by BWW News Desk - Mar 10, 2016

?   Centenary Stage Company celebrates the artistry of dance in the Lackland Center with the ever - popular annual Dance Fest.  This year's Dance Fest will feature Moe-tion Dance Theater on Thursday, March 31 at 7:30pm, a double feature with 10 Hairy Legs on Saturday, April 2 at2pm and 8pm and, finally, Nimbus Dance Works on Sunday, April 3 at 5pm.  All performances will be held in the Sitnik Theatre of Centenary Stage Company's Lackland Center. (more...)

Analisa Bell Brings PERTHONALITY: THREE TIMES A CHARM Back to The Duplex
by BWW News Desk - Mar 1, 2016

Bright and bubbly Australian cabaret performer, Analisa Bell, brings her latest show Perthonality: Three Times A Charm back to The Duplex! (more...)

Analisa Bell Coming to The Metropolitan Room
by BWW News Desk - Jun 9, 2016

Australian cabaret performer, Analisa Bell, brings her Billie Holiday tribute, Strange Fruit, to the Metropolitan Room on Thursday, June 30 at 9.30pm. (more...)

BWW Review: VIVIAN SESSOMS Swings Out In Adelaide
by Barry Lenny - Jun 29, 2016

Vivian Sessoms has an amazing voice, with a wide range and remarkable control. (more...)

'LADY DAY' & PECONG Set for Bayou Theatre Company's Third Season
by BWW News Desk - Jun 21, 2016

The Bayou Theatre Company returns with its third season entitled 'The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly: Exploring the Complexities of Womanhood'. With a season focused on female-centered stories, the season will open with Lanie Robertson's riveting one woman play with music LADY DAY AT THE EMERSON'S BAR AND GRILL, followed by PECONG by Steve Carter, a resetting of the myth of Medea. (more...)

Spinning Tree Theatre to Present LADY DAY AT EMERSON'S BAR AND GRILL, 8/11-28
by BWW News Desk - Jun 1, 2016

It's midnight in March of 1959 at a seedy bar in Philadelphia. The audience is about to witness one of Billie Holiday's final appearances, just four months before her death. In between funny and heartbreaking stories about her life and career, "Lady Day" sings her most beloved songs including "What a Little Moonlight Can Do," "Crazy He Calls Me," "God Bless the Child" and "Strange Fruit." (more...)

BWW Review: Dazzling 'Diva' VIVIAN REED Is Awe-Inspiring On STANDARDS & MORE at the Metropolitan Room
by Victoria Ordin - Jun 1, 2016

Vivian Reed and her consummate band—led by conductor and pianist Billy McDaniel, and joined by guest vocalists Janinah Burnett and Raun Ruffin—dazzled a packed Metropolitan Room on May 23 with her new show, An Evening with Vivian Reed: Standards and More. (more...)

BWW Review: JOEY ARIAS (with Ben Allison) Brings His LITTLE BLACK BOOK and Downtown Sensibilities To Pangea
by Alix Cohen - Jun 1, 2016

Joey Arias, vocalist/songwriter/actor/performance artist/host, has been on the scene here since the 1980s. Visually and vocally distinctive, Arias's signature black bangs and ponytail have been on stages such as Club 57, Astor Theater, HERE, and Abrons Art Center--not to mention playing Mistress of Seduction at Cirque du Soleil's Zumanity in Las Vegas.  To say the physically diminutive Arias is larger than life is a comment on her fully inhabited, unique presence and talent. On May 30 (the third of seven show run through late July), she's aided and abetted in Little Black Book (no idea what the title means) by Musical Director (and superb bass player) Ben Allison and guitarist Brandon Seabrook. (more...)

The Henegar Announces 2016-2017 Season
by BWW News Desk - Jul 3, 2016

Continuing with its tradition of offering new and interesting theatrical productions to its patrons, The Henegar will be the first Florida Theatre to produce the new musicals, The Witches of Eastwick and It Shoulda Been You. (more...)

BWW Interview: Director Roshunda Jones Talks the Joys and Pains of Bringing 'LADY DAY' to Life
by Katricia Lang - Jul 29, 2016

Billie Holiday knew what a little moonlight can do. Do you? Allow The Bayou Theatre Company to enlighten you with its production of LADY DAY AT EMERSON'S BAR & GRILL. (more...)

HBO's Adaptation of ALL THE WAY, Filmed 'LADY DAY' Receive Premiere Dates
by BWW News Desk - Jan 7, 2016

Following its critically acclaimed, award-winning Broadway run, ALL THE WAY, a riveting behind-the-scenes look at President Lyndon B. Johnson's tumultuous first year in office in the wake of President Kennedy's assassination, comes to HBO this May, while the exclusive presentation of Broadway's LADY DAY AT EMERSON'S BAR & GRILL, starring six-time Tony winner Audra McDonald, will air Saturday, March 12. (more...)

DUTF Sets 2016 Season
by BWW News Desk - Jan 4, 2016

Downtown Urban Theater Festival (DUTF) announced its 14th Annual Season today which will feature 19 productions from March 8 to April 2, 2016. The season includes 17 new theatrical works to be presented at Here's Dorothy B. Williams Theatre and two solo works, Joe Gulla's The Bronx Queen and Ella Turenne's Love, Locs & Liberation, at Joe's Pub at The Public. The festival kicks off with a special performance by Corey Glover, acclaimed actor and two-time Grammy award-winning lead singer of the band Living Colour, on March 4 at Joe's Pub. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look - HBO Presents Audra McDonald in LADY DAY AT EMERSON'S BAR & GRILL
by TV News Desk - Jan 19, 2016

Below, check out photos of Audra McDonald as Billie Holiday, in the performance that won her her sixth Tony. LADY DAY AT EMERSON'S BAR & GRILL premieres Saturday, March 12 at 9 PM, only on HBO. (more...)

VIDEO: First Look - HBO Presents Audra McDonald in LADY DAY AT EMERSON'S BAR & GRILL
by TV News Desk - Jan 18, 2016

Below, get a first look at Audra McDonald as Billie Holiday, in the performance that won her her sixth Tony. LADY DAY AT EMERSON'S BAR & GRILL premieres Saturday, March 12 at 9 PM, only on HBO. (more...)

Billie Takes a Holiday! Audra McDonald to Bring LADY DAY AT EMERSON'S BAR AND GRILL Across the Pond This Summer
by Jessica Khan - Jan 14, 2016

Billie Holiday will be traveling across the pond this summer! Six-time Tony Award-winner Audra McDonald will make her West End debut as the legendary jazz icon in LADY DAY AT EMERSON'S BAR AND GRILL for a ten-week run at Wyndham's Theatre from 25 June 2016. (more...)

HBO to Debut Audra McDonald in LADY DAY AT EMERSON'S BAR & GRILL, 3/12
by TV News Desk - Feb 22, 2016

Six-time Tony Award winner Audra McDonald brings her acclaimed portrayal of Billie Holiday in the Broadway smash “Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill” to HBO, with the exclusive presentation scheduled to debut SATURDAY, MARCH 12  (more...)

STAGE TUBE: First Look at Audra McDonald in HBO's LADY DAY AT EMERSON'S BAR AND GRILL
by Stage Tube - Feb 21, 2016

HBO has just released a promo video for LADY DAY AT EMERSON'S BAR & GRILL, starring Audra McDonald as Billie Holiday, the role that won the acclaimed actress her record-breaking sixth Tony in 2014. LADY DAY AT EMERSON'S BAR & GRILL premieres Saturday, March 12 at 9 PM, only on HBO. Watch the sneak peek here! (more...)

2016 Downtown Urban Arts Festival to Run 3/4-4/2
by BWW News Desk - Feb 2, 2016

Now in its 14th year, the Downtown Urban Arts Festival (DUTF) is becoming New York's premiere winter/spring theatre event showcasing independent theatre artists. The month-long festival, produced by Creative Ammo, Inc., provides writers and performance artists from America's burgeoning multicultural landscape the opportunity to share their stories that interpret our history and our times. (more...)

LADY DAY, Marco Ramirez's THE ROYALE, DISGRACED and More Set for Milwaukee Rep's 2016-17 Season
by BWW News Desk - Feb 15, 2016

Tonight, Artistic Director Mark Clements and Managing Director Chad Bauman announced Milwaukee Repertory Theater's 2016/17 Season to a group of The Rep's subscribers, donors, community leaders, and members of the press. (more...)

2016 Downtown Urban Theater Festival Finalists Announced
by BWW News Desk - Dec 14, 2015

?Downtown Urban Theater Festival (DUTF) has announced the finalists for its 14th Annual Season to run at HERE and Joe's Pub at The Public Theater in spring 2016. Reg E. Gaines, two-time Tony nominee, returns as DUTF's Artistic Director. (more...)

Photo Coverage: LADY DAY AT EMERSON'S BAR & GRILL at Dorset Theatre Festival
by BWW News Desk - Aug 9, 2016

Opening August 19 and running through September 3, fresh from a Tony Award-winning revival on Broadway, Dorset Theatre Festival presents award-winning playwright Lanie Robertson's vivid look into the life and times of jazz great Billie Holiday, Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill. (more...)

THE SPHERES, THE BITTER GAME, HEAVEN ON EARTH and More Join 2015 Without Walls Festival Lineup
by BWW News Desk - Aug 31, 2015

La Jolla Playhouse announces additional projects for its second Without Walls (WoW) Festival on October 9 - 11, featuring more than 20 immersive and site-based works taking place simultaneously in and around the Playhouse Theatre District, UC San Diego campus and the surrounding neighborhood. (more...)

Jacob's Pillow to Present Free Inside/Out Series, 6/24-8/29
by BWW News Desk - Aug 28, 2015

Presenting both emerging and esteemed dance artists from across the U.S., Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival's Inside/Out Performance Series will return to the outdoor Henry J. Leir Stage at the breathtaking Marcia & Seymour Simon Performance Space June 24-August 29. (more...)

BoxFest Detroit Sets 2016 Festival Schedule
by BWW News Desk - Aug 2, 2016

The producers of BoxFest Detroit are pleased to announce BoxFest Detroit 2016, an annual theatre festival that showcases and creates opportunities for women directors. (more...)

IN THE HEIGHTS, 'LADY DAY' and More Set for ZACH Theatre's 2016-17 Season
by BWW News Desk - Apr 6, 2016

Producing Artistic Director Dave Steakley recently announced the 2016-17 ZACH Theatre Season at an event for ZACH's Trustees, annual donors, and Season Sponsors. ZACH is thrilled to produce Hamilton composer/playwright Lin Manuel Miranda's extraordinary, Tony award winning, Broadway musical In The Heights. (more...)

Theatre Royal Stratford East's Artistic Director Invited to Participate in Home Theatre Festival
by BWW News Desk - Apr 29, 2016

Theatre Royal Stratford East's artistic director Kerry Michael has been invited to Brazil to take part in the 4th edition of the Home Theatre Festival (RIO). Taking place from 28th April to 8th May 2016, Kerry will work with 12 actors to oversee the creation of new work in homes across the Olympic City of Rio De Jeneiro.   He will be joined by the artistic director of the State Theatre in Petoria, South Africa's National Theatre, Aubrey Sekhabi.  (more...)

Apollo Theater to Present JAZZ AND SPIRIT, 5/21
by BWW News Desk - Apr 27, 2016

The Apollo Theater will present Jazz and Spirit, an evening featuring new jazz works that explore the connections between jazz, spirituality, national politics, and activism on Saturday, May 21 at 8:00 p.m. (more...)

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