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Nina Simone's Historic Philips Years Celebrated with Vinyl Remasters of Seven Classic Albums
by BWW News Desk - Sep 30, 2016

 From 1964 to 1967, the extraordinary Nina Simone released seven albums on PhilipsRecords, further establishing her peerless artistic expression and singular voice. During this exceptional purple patch, she recorded some of her best and most important work of her career, much of it fuelled by the Civil Rights Movement and the turmoil of 1960s America. In conjunction with their 60(th) anniversary this year, Verve is celebrating the genius of Simone, the supernaturally gifted singer, pianist and prolific songwriter, and her incredible mid-'60s run with the release of her entire Philips catalog on vinyl. (more...)

Vinyl Remasters of Seven Nina Simone Classic Albums Out Today
by BWW News Desk - Sep 30, 2016

From 1964 to 1967, the extraordinary Nina Simone released seven albums on Philips Records, further establishing her peerless artistic expression and singular voice. (more...)

Nina Simone's Historic Philips Years Celebrated with Vinyl Remasters of Seven Classic Albums Including Nina Simone in Concert, Wild is the Wind, High Priestess of Soul
by BWW News Desk - Sep 30, 2016

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IN THE HEIGHTS, 'LADY DAY' and More Set for ZACH Theatre's 2016-17 Season
by BWW News Desk - Sep 28, 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...)

Vinyl Remasters of Seven Nina Simone Classic Albums Out 9/30
by BWW News Desk - Sep 22, 2016

From 1964 to 1967, the extraordinary Nina Simone released seven albums on Philips Records, further establishing her peerless artistic expression and singular voice. (more...)

Theatre Company Announces Workshop Production of LADY DAY AT EMERSON'S BAR AND GRILL featuring Mary Louise Lee
by BWW News Desk - Sep 16, 2016

The Theatre Company at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts (DCPA) is proud to announce a workshop production of Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill featuring Mary Louise Lee. Lady Day will run for three performances only, October 28, 29 and 30 in The Jones. (more...)

BWW Review: Billie Holiday's Legend Comes to Life in Soulful LADY DAY AT Emerson's Bar and Grill
by Peggy Sue Dunigan - Sep 16, 2016

"No two people on earth are alike, and it's got to be that way in music or it ain't music." spoke jazz singer Billie Holiday. No singer duplicated Billie Holiday's inimitable voice or immortalized jazz singing and standards quite like this legendary diva.. While Holiday herself idolized Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong, "Lady Day" as she was nicknamed, captured the audience's imagination while breaking their hearts when speaking of her tragic childhood. Unfortunately, the singer's personal demons in love and life were also legendary In a tribute to Holiday's career, Milwaukee Rep's opening Stackner Cabaret Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill features the award-winning Alexis J. Roston portraying the star in her declining years after release from a year's imprisonment on drug related charges, which plagued the star her entire life. (more...)

From Stage to Screen - Revisit Emmy-Nominated ALL THE WAY & LADY DAY
by Caryn Robbins - Sep 15, 2016

This year's impressive list of Emmy nominations boasts two Tony Award winners, reprising their Broadway roles for the small screen. (more...)

Theatre Company Announces Workshop Production of LADY DAY AT EMERSON'S BAR AND GRILL featuring Mary Louise Lee
by BWW News Desk - Oct 28, 2016

The Theatre Company at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts (DCPA) is proud to announce a workshop production of Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill featuring Mary Louise Lee. Lady Day will run for three performances only, October 28, 29 and 30 in The Jones. (more...)

Electronic Music Meets Circus with UNDERTONE at Wonderland Festival this November
by BWW News Desk - Nov 2, 2016

Technology fuses with circus to bring this exciting new show Undertone to Wonderland Festival at Brisbane Powerhouse this November. (more...)

Jed Distler Set for 60th Birthday Recital at Symphony Space
by BWW News Desk - Nov 10, 2016

Pianist, composer, and critic Jed Distler marks his 60th birthday with a recital on Thursday, December 8 (7 pm) as part of Symphony Space's STEINWAY SALON series, which Distler curates. (more...)

Max & Louie to Launch 2017 Season with LADY DAY AT EMERSON'S BAR & GRILL
by BWW News Desk - Nov 1, 2016

Max & Louie recreate a singular night in music history: one of the last, riveting performances in the life of jazz legend Billie Holiday, on stage at the Kranzberg Arts Center, February 17 through March 4, 2017. (more...)

Book Now For Audra McDonald's LADY DAY AT EMERSON'S BAR & GRILL
by BWW News Desk - May 9, 2017

This summer, Audra McDonald, the Tony, Grammy, and Emmy Award-winning singer and actress, will be making her long-awaited West End debut as jazz legend Billie Holiday in Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill. Book tickets here from £25 (more...)

John Minnock's Innovative Show EVERY DAY BLUES Set for Year-Long Residency at The Metropolitan Room
by BWW News Desk - May 23, 2017

Innovative vocalist John Minnock, known for modern twists on jazz cabaret classics, is proud to bring his 'Every Day Blues' series to The Metropolitan Room, located at 34 West 22nd St., on four separate dates between May and December of 2017: May 27th, 2017; August 12th, 2017; October 14th, 2017; and December 9th, 2017. (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...)

FUN HOME Kicks off Portland Center Stage at The Armory's 30th Anniversary Season
by BWW News Desk - Mar 7, 2017

Portland Center Stage at The Armory kicks off its 30th anniversary season with the "heart-gripping and cathartic" musical Fun Home, which swept the 2015 Tony Awards with five wins. (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...)

LADY DAY, TRUE WEST and More Set for Rep Stage's 25th Anniversary Season
by BWW News Desk - Mar 22, 2017

Rep Stage, the professional regional theatre in residence at Howard Community College, announces its 25th anniversary season lineup of three contemporary classics-'The Heidi Chronicles,' 'Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill,' and 'True West'-and a world premiere play about Baltimore's eccentric Cone sisters in Susan McCully's 'All She Must Possess.' (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...)

Announcing Theatrical Outfit's 2017-2018 SEASON OF CHARACTER
by BWW News Desk - Mar 13, 2017

Theatrical Outfit, Atlanta's second-oldest continually-operating professional theatre, aspires to create a compassionate, joyful and just community by starting the conversations that matter. From The Hunchback of Notre Dame, a timeless, epic musical co-production with Aurora Theatre (our third year in a row), to the conversation-starting new play Boy about gender reassignment, to the Atlanta premiere of GA native Lauren Gunderson's new, co-authored, Jane Austen-inspired holiday hit Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley, to an intimate look at one of legend Billie Holiday's final solo appearances in Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill, to the Atlanta professional homecoming of Perfect Arrangement, local writer Topher Payne's mid-century gay-rights comedy, to a world premiere collaboration with Atlanta Opera, to T.O.'s non-traditional update on the sizzling Broadway classic 110 in the Shade, to year two of our Unexpected Play Readings, our 2017-2018 Season of Character truly offers something for everyone. (more...)

DVR Alert: Audra McDonald Stars in LADY DAY AT EMERSON'S BAR & GRILL on HBO Tonight
by TV News Desk - Mar 12, 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 tonight, March 12 (9:00-10:30 p.m. ET/PT). (more...)

VIDEO: First Look - HBO Presents Audra McDonald in LADY DAY AT EMERSON'S BAR & GRILL
by BWW News Desk - Mar 11, 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 Today, March 12 at 9 PM, only on 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 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...)

Billie Takes a Holiday! Audra McDonald to Bring LADY DAY AT EMERSON'S BAR AND GRILL Across the Pond This Summer
by BWW News Desk - Jun 24, 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...)

'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...)

BWW Review: LADY DAY AT EMERSON'S BAR AND GRILL at Actors Theatre Of Louisville
by Taylor Clemons - Jan 9, 2017

The legend herself, Miss Billie Holiday has once again taken the stage, in the form of the insanely talented Diedrie Henry. (more...)

Invited X-FACTOR Contestant Will Perform at Trump Inauguration Under One Condition
by TV News Desk - Jan 3, 2017

Rebecca Ferguson, a British singer who was a runner up on Season 7 of THE X FACTOR, turned to Twitter to reveal that she has been invited to perform at the presidential inauguration of Donald Trump. (more...)

The Rockettes Saga Continues: MSG Fires Back at Marie Claire for Article on Private Meeting
by BWW News Desk - Jan 3, 2017

Unless you've been living under a rock, you know that the The Rockettes are performing for President-elect Donald Trump's inauguration on January 20th. Madison Square Garden executive chairman James Dolan called an impromptu meeting with the Rockettes on December 27th to discuss - in a 'safe setting' - the controversy surrounding MSG's decision to have the dancers perform at the event. Marie Claire published Dolan's and several Rockettes' statements from the meeting in a new piece this morning. Now, Madison Square Garden Company has released a statement regarding Marie Claire's coverage of the private meeting. (more...)

Millbrook Press Announces Four New Picture Books Featuring Noah Webster, Billie Holiday, the Moon, and a Picnic in the Animal Kingdom
by BWW News Desk - Feb 3, 2017

Enjoy a new selection of exceptional picture books from Millbrook Press, a division of Lerner Publishing Group, this spring! Four fascinating new titles from acclaimed authors and illustrators will engage and entertain young readers. (more...)

BWW Review: Max & Louie Productions' Compelling LADY DAY AT EMERSON'S BAR & GRILL
by Chris Gibson - Feb 24, 2017

Playwright Lanie Robertson's alternately harrowing and exhilarating work, LADY DAY AT EMERSON'S BAR & GRILL, is an intriguing take on Billie Holiday's final performance in 1959. Holiday was a jazz singer who could captivate an audience with her unique vocal style, which combined elements of Louis Armstrong and Bessie Smith, two performers she idolized growing up. She had a storied career and tumultuous life that was further undone by drug and alcohol addictions that would leave her dead from heart failure and cirrhosis of the liver. But, her legacy is undeniable, and this play allows us to see her talent, as well as the demons that haunted her. Max & Louie Productions is presenting a superlative production of this work which is smartly crafted and brilliantly performed. (more...)

Audra McDonald to Bring LADY DAY AT EMERSON'S BAR AND GRILL To The West End
by Alan Henry - Feb 2, 2017

Billie Holiday will be travelling across the pond this summer! BroadwayWorld can report that 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 at Wyndham's Theatre with performances beginning on June 17th. (more...)

Max & Louie to Launch 2017 Season with LADY DAY AT EMERSON'S BAR & GRILL
by BWW News Desk - Feb 17, 2017

Max & Louie recreate a singular night in music history: one of the last, riveting performances in the life of jazz legend Billie Holiday, on stage at the Kranzberg Arts Center, February 17 through March 4, 2017. (more...)

Jed Distler Set for 60th Birthday Recital at Symphony Space
by BWW News Desk - Dec 8, 2016

Pianist, composer, and critic Jed Distler marks his 60th birthday with a recital today, December 8 (7 pm) as part of Symphony Space's STEINWAY SALON series, which Distler curates. (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...)

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...)

VIDEO: Audra McDonald Talks LADY DAY on the West End
by BWW News Desk - Apr 27, 2017

Audra McDonald is gearing up to the take the West End by storm in Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill - in the video below she talks about the production. (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...)

Queensbury Theatre Continues its 60th Anniversary Season with IT AIN'T NOTHIN' BUT THE BLUES
by BWW News Desk - Apr 11, 2017

Queensbury Theatre, 12777 Queensbury Lane, Houston, TX 77024 is proud to present It Ain't Nothin' but the Blues, a sizzling musical revue that traces the history of blues music with more than three dozen songs. The eight member cast and incredible onstage band create the atmosphere of a blues club during a musical journey from Africa to Mississippi to Memphis to Chicago. Called 'A non-stop spree of joyous entertainment,' It Ain't Nothin' but the Blues is 'a potent blend of visual eloquence and historical sweep that engages the eye and touches the heart while its songs soothe the ear' - The New York Times (more...)

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