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CAFE SOCIETY SWING Returns To London, Dec 2013
by BWW News Desk - Oct 7, 2013

After sell-out shows and rave reviews at The Southbank Centre and Tricycle Theatre, CAFE SOCIETY SWING - the true story about the legendary New York nightclub which promoted racial equality and progressive causes, will play a limited season at The Leicester Square Theatre on 21 and 22 December 2013. (more...)

Photo Coverage: Dee Dee Bridgewater & More Celebrate LADY DAY Opening Night
by Stephen Sorokoff - Oct 4, 2013

The new Billie Holiday musical Lady Day starring Tony and multiple Grammy Award-winner Dee Dee Bridgewater, opened last night, October 3 at the Little Shubert Theatre (422 West 42nd Street, between 9th and 10th Avenues). Written and directed by Stephen Stahl, the musical makes its New York debut having been produced at the Theatre de Boulogne-Billancourt and Theatre du Gymnase Marie Bell in Paris as well as The Donmar Warehouse and The Piccadilly Theatre in London, where it received critical praise and garnered an Olivier 'Best Actress in a Musical' Award nomination for Ms. Bridgewater. Check out photos from opening night below! (more...)

SISTAS: THE MUSICAL Airs on BET Today
by BWW News Desk - Oct 27, 2013

The hit Off-Broadway musical, SISTAS recently celebrated its third year running at St. Luke's Theatre in the heart of Broadway. Now the play is about to celebrate yet another milestone. Today, October 27th a film version of the musical will air nationally, on BET at 1:00pm (EST), expanding the opportunity for millions who might not otherwise be able to see the stage version of this emotionally compelling story. (more...)

SISTAS: THE MUSICAL to Air on BET on 10/27
by BWW News Desk - Oct 25, 2013

The hit Off-Broadway musical, SISTAS recently celebrated its third year running at St. Luke's Theatre in the heart of Broadway. Now the play is about to celebrate yet another milestone. On Sunday, October 27th a film version of the musical will air nationally, on BET at 1:00pm (EST), expanding the opportunity for millions who might not otherwise be able to see the stage version of this emotionally compelling story. (more...)

Joey Arias & Kristian Hoffman Bring LIGHTNING STRIKES to Feinstein's at the Nikko Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Oct 24, 2013

Following a successful engagement at Joe's Pub in New York City, Joey Arias and Kristian Hoffman bring their acclaimed show Lightning Strikes to Feinstein's at the Nikko for one performance only - tonight, October 24 at 8 p.m. (more...)

In Performance: LADY DAY's Dee Dee Bridgewater Sings 'Foggy Day in London Town'
by BWW News Desk - Oct 22, 2013

In today's New York Times Arts Beat 'In Performance' video, jazz singer Dee Dee Bridgewater who portrays Billie Holiday in the new musical "Lady Day," sings "A Foggy Day in London Town," (more...)

BWW TV: Dee Dee Bridgewater Talks LADY DAY on Opening Night!
by BroadwayWorld TV - Oct 10, 2013

The new Billie Holiday musical Lady Day starring Tony and multiple Grammy Award-winner Dee Dee Bridgewater, opened last week at the Little Shubert Theatre (422 West 42nd Street, between 9th and 10th Avenues). Written and directed by Stephen Stahl, the musical makes its New York debut having been produced at the Theatre de Boulogne-Billancourt and Theatre du GymnaseMarie Bell in Paris as well as The Donmar Warehouse and The Piccadilly Theatre in London, where it received critical praise and garnered an Olivier 'Best Actress in a Musical' Award nomination for Ms. Bridgewater. BroadwayWorld's Richard Ridge was there on opening night to chat with Bridgewater about the show, and you can check out what she had to say below! (more...)

Scoop: CRIMINAL MINDS on CBS - Wednesday, November 20, 2013
by TV Scoop - Nov 4, 2013

Get all the scoop on CRIMINAL MINDS, airing on CBS on Wednesday, November 20, 2013! (more...)

Scoop: CRIMINAL MINDS on CBS - Today, November 20, 2013
by TV Scoop - Nov 20, 2013

Get all the scoop on CRIMINAL MINDS, airing on CBS tonight, November 20, 2013! (more...)

VIDEO: Sneak Peek - Tonight's Episode of CBS's CRIMINAL MINDS
by - Nov 20, 2013

On tonight's episode of CBS's CRIMINAL MINDS titled 'Strange Fruit,' when skeletons are found in the backyard of a Virginia home, the BAU centers its investigation on the family living there (more...)

Review: 386 Sundays Later, 700 SUNDAYS Returns
by Michael Dale - Nov 13, 2013

Faster than a speeding Les Miserables revival, Billy Crystal's solo performance of family memories returns to Broadway a mere 386 Sundays after its Tony-winning original production gave its regards. (more...)

LADY DAY AT EMERSON'S BAR & GRILL Now Available For Pre-Order, Out 7/15
by Pat Cerasaro - May 31, 2014

The live original Broadway cast recording of LADY DAY AT EMERSON'S BAR & GRILL starring five-time Tony Award winner Audra McDonald is now available for pre-order. (more...)

Mary Lou Barber, Edward Pleasant and Ben Rauch to Perform at 2014 Interfaith Awards Gala, 6/5
by BWW News Desk - May 30, 2014

Musical theatre performers MARY LOU BARBER, EDWARD PLEASANT and BEN RAUCH will be performing dramatic readings of excerpts from The Very Reverend James Parks Morton's forthcoming memoir at the 12th Annual James Parks Morton Interfaith Awards gala on Thursday, June 5 at the New York Hilton Midtown. This is the first time in the history of the Interfaith Center of New York (ICNY) awards dinner that a theatrical event has been presented. (more...)

Audra McDonald-Led LADY DAY AT EMERSON'S BAR & GRILL to Get Live Recording; Release Set for 7/15
by BWW News Desk - May 29, 2014

Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill, Lanie Robertson's play with music, starring five-time Tony Award-winner Audra McDonald, will be recorded live at Circle in the Square during a regularly scheduled performance during the week of May 27-31by PS Classics. The label has announced a July 15th street date; preorders are already being accepted at the label's website,www.psclassics.com. (more...)

Gareth Snook Joins Cast of CAFE SOCIETY SWING, Begin. 17 June at Leicester Square Theatre
by BWW News Desk - May 22, 2014

Acclaimed actor Gareth Snook joins the cast of the new revised version of Cafe Society Swing that begins its first West End run on June 17th at the Leicester Square Theatre. (more...)

VIDEO: Audra McDonald Chats 'LADY DAY'; Performs Two Numbers on 'Colbert'
by TV News Desk - May 1, 2014

Audra McDonald stopped by last night's THE COLBERT REPORT to chat about her Broadway role as Billie Holiday in 'Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill' and perform two numbers from the show. (more...)

BWW Reviews: ADELAIDE FRINGE 2014: PRE PC - SONGS BEFORE A TIME OF POLITICAL CORRECTNESS Is A Wonderful Musical Exploration Of Songs That Don't Pussy-Foot Around.
by Barry Lenny - Mar 5, 2014

This was a wonderful toe-tapping evening of raw and raunchy blues and jazz, sung wonderfully by Jayne-Anne Power. (more...)

Behind The Scenes Promo For Audra McDonald In LADY DAY AT EMERSON'S BAR & GRILL
by Pat Cerasaro - Mar 5, 2014

Fans of five-time Tony Award-winning Broadway superstar Audra McDonald now have an early chance to get a first look at her upcoming Broadway return in the Billie Holiday biomusical LADY DAY AT EMERSON'S BAR & GRILL via a new behind the scenes promotional featurette now available to view. (more...)

Behind The Scenes Promo For Audra McDonald In LADY DAY AT EMERSON'S BAR & GRILL
by Pat Cerasaro - Mar 25, 2014

Fans of five-time Tony Award-winning Broadway superstar Audra McDonald now have an early chance to get a first look at her upcoming Broadway return in the Billie Holiday biomusical LADY DAY AT EMERSON'S BAR & GRILL via a new behind the scenes promotional featurette now available to view. (more...)

LADY DAY AT EMERSON'S BAR AND GRILL Announces Broadway Rush Policy!
by BWW News Desk - Mar 24, 2014

The producers of Lanie Robertson's Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill just announced a general rush policy. A limited number of rush tickets, which are subject to availability, can be purchased at the box office of the Circle in the Square when the box office opens for the day of the performance on a first-come-first-served basis. The box office of the Circle in the Square opens at 10am Monday through Saturday, and at noon on Sunday (starting March 30th). Rush tickets are $40 each and limited to two (2) tickets per customer. (more...)

LADY DAY's Steve Canyon Kennedy Wins Best Sound Design of a Play Tony
by BWW Special Coverage - Jun 8, 2014

Steve Canyon Kennedy has won the 2014 Tony Award for Best Sound Design of a Play for LADY DAY AT EMERSON'S BAR & GRILL. This is Steve Canyon Kennedy's second Tony nomination. He was previously nominated for Catch Me If You Can in 2011. (more...)

LADY DAY's Audra McDonald Wins Historic Tony for Best Lead Actress in a Play
by BWW Special Coverage - Jun 8, 2014

Audra McDonald has just received her 6th Tony Award for Best Performance by and Actress in a Leading Role in a Play for her role as Billie Holiday in LADY DAY AT EMERSON'S BAR AND GRILL. This year's Tony nomination marked McDonald's 8th. She now holds the record for most Tonys won by an actor, surpassing Julie Harris and Angela Lansbury with 5 Tony Awards each. (more...)

FirstWorks to Celebrate 10th Anniversary This Fall
by BWW News Desk - Jun 26, 2014

FirstWorks, a non-profit arts organization, today announced the FirstWorks Decade Bash: a weekend of events to celebrate their 10th anniversary of connecting world-class arts with audiences of all ages throughout the region. Taking place from September 18-21, 2014, the anniversary celebration features stellar performers from Australia, Italy, Morocco, and Rhode Island – and includes the FirstWorks 10th Anniversary Gala on September 18, a free FirstWorks Urban Carnevale downtown on September 20, and in-depth arts-learning workshops in the community on September 19 and 21. The FirstWorks Decade Bash officially kicks off FirstWorks' 2014-15 season, a year of arts programming which concludes in June 2015 with the next FirstWorks Festival On The Plaza, co-presented with the City of Providence. (more...)

CAFE SOCIETY SWING Opened Last Night to a Standing Ovation
by BWW News Desk - Jun 18, 2014

In 1939, seventy-five years ago, a young Billie Holiday took to the stage for the very first time to perform a protest song that would become her signature tune, Strange Fruit. It was at the end of her performance. Lights were dimmed, with just a pencil light on her or face. Waiters stopped serving; the bar was silent and there was no encore. Patrons were left to consider the message in the song. (more...)

BWW Reviews: ADELAIDE CABARET FESTIVAL 2014: NOVA NOIR Sees the Welcome Return of Kim Smith
by Barry Lenny - Jun 11, 2014

Kim Smith is a regular visitor to the Adelaide Cabaret Festival, and we just can't enough of his style of cabaret. (more...)

LADY DAY AT EMERSON'S BAR & GRILL with Audra McDonald Extends Through August 31
by BWW News Desk - Jun 11, 2014

Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill, Lanie Robertson's musical play which stars Audra McDonald who won a record breaking sixth Tony Award for her portrayal of jazz legend Billie Holiday, will extend its strictly limited engagement through August 31st, 2014. (more...)

Audra McDonald-Led LADY DAY Extends Again Through 9/21
by BWW News Desk - Jul 7, 2014

Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill, the musical play starring record breaking six-time Tony Award-winner Audra McDonald, will extend its strictly limited engagement through September 21st, 2014. The production will be dark from September 1st through September 7th while Ms. McDonald takes a previously scheduled vacation, and the final 16 performances will begin starting September 9th, 2014. (more...)

First Listen: Audra McDonald Sings Billie Holiday on LADY DAY Album; Track List Announced!
by BWW News Desk - Jul 3, 2014

PS Classics will release the Original Cast Album for Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill, featuring six-time Tony Award-winner Audra McDonald, on July 15. Click here to listen to a preview of the album! (more...)

Decade Bash to Kick Off FirstWorks' 2014-15 Season
by BWW News Desk - Jul 24, 2014

FirstWorks, a non-profit presenting arts organization, today announced their 2014 - 2015 season will kick off in September with a 10th anniversary bash and includes a year full of extraordinary performances, arts learning programs and the next FirstWorks Festival on the Plaza in June 2015. (more...)

FirstWorks Announces 2014 - 2015 Season Including 10th Anniversary Decade Bash, Festival on the Plaza & more
by BWW News Desk - Jul 24, 2014

FirstWorks, a non-profit presenting arts organization, today announced their 2014 - 2015 season will kick off in September with a 10th anniversary bash and includes a year full of extraordinary performances, arts learning programs and the next FirstWorks Festival on the Plaza in June 2015. (more...)

Audra McDonald Breaks Billboard Records with LADY DAY Album!
by BWW News Desk - Jul 24, 2014

PS Classics' Original Broadway Cast Recording of Audra McDonald in Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill topped four of the Billboard Charts in its first week of release: #1 in Cast Albums, #1 in Jazz, #1 in Traditional Jazz and #1 in Heatseekers. According to Billboard, the album is McDonald's highest-charting solo release ever. (more...)

FirstWorks and Providence's Department of Art, Culture + Tourism to Celebrate Ten Years of Partnership with Urban Carnavale, 7/20
by BWW News Desk - Jul 14, 2014

FirstWorks and the City of Providence today announced the line-up of artists from across the globe for the FirstWorks Urban Carnevale. The Urban Carnevale is a celebratory evening of music, spectacle, art, and food capping four days of activities celebrating FirstWorks 10th Anniversary. The free public celebration brings the world to Providence with never-seen-here-before performances from Australia, Italy, Morocco, Mali, and Rhode Island on Saturday, September 20, 2014, starting at 5:00 PM in Providence's City Center, Kennedy Plaza. (more...)

Beyonce, Kerry Washington, Don Cheadle & More Among 45th NAACP IMAGE AWARDS Nominees; Full List Revealed!
by TV News Desk - Jan 9, 2014

The nominees for THE 45TH NAACP IMAGE AWARDS were announced today during a live press conference at the TV One presentation to the Television Critics Association during its Winter 2014 Press Tour in Pasadena, CA. David Oyelowo ('Lee Daniels' 'The Butler'), Joe Morton (ABC's 'Scandal'), Keke Palmer (VH1's 'CrazySexyCool'), Bresha Webb (TV One's 'Love That Girl') and Gina Torres (USA's 'Suits') announced the categories and nominees with NAACP Image Awards Committee Chairman, Leonard James and President and CEO of TV One, Alfred Liggins. (more...)

Nina Kristofferson's BILLIE HOLIDAY STORY to Kick Off UK Tour, April-May 2014
by BWW News Desk - Jan 22, 2014

The multi-talented British singer, actress and writer, NINA KRISTOFFERSON, debuted her passionate and exhilarating, self-penned, one-woman show 'Billie Holiday Story' in 2011 at the Edinburgh Festival. Following a sellout season at London's Charing Cross Theatre in the spring of 2013, Nina will now be hitting the road in April and May 2014, taking her critically acclaimed show about the life of Lady Day to audiences around the UK. (more...)

GRAMMY-Nominated Duo Releases A Throw Back To R&B And Soul Classics
by BWW News Desk - Feb 19, 2014

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 19, 2014 /PRNewswire/ On March 25, hot on the heels of their GRAMMY nomination, force-of-nature blues-rock vocalist Beth Hart and guitar hero Joe Bonamassa will deliver Beth Hart & Joe Bonamassa Live In Amsterdam (2DVD/Blu-ray/2CD) the very first live experience from one of music's most powerful female voices and one of the world's greatest guitar players. Against the backdrop of the beautiful, historic Koninklijk Theater Carre in Amsterdam, the performance wows with scorching soul covers from the duo's 2011 debut album Don't Explain and 2013 follow-up Seesaw, originally made famous by artists such as Aretha Franklin, Etta James, Billie Holiday, Tom Waits, Ray Charles, Donnie Hathaway, Lucinda Williams, Bill Withers, Delaney & Bonnie, Buddy Miles, Tina Turner, Slackwax, Melody Gardot, Nina Simone, and more. (more...)

Melissa Laveaux Releases MEMORY IS A STRANGE BELL EP; See Her Live in New York Today
by BWW News Desk - Dec 9, 2013

Haitian-Canadian Melissa Laveaux is a self-assured artist that combines folk, indie pop and her signature percussive finger-style blues guitar for a style that is both sophisticated and sweet on her new EP Memory Is A Strange Bell, which is out now. (more...)

Melissa Laveaux Releases MEMORY IS A STRANGE BELL EP; See Her Live in New York, Today
by BWW News Desk - Dec 8, 2013

Haitian-Canadian Mélissa Laveaux is a self-assured artist that combines folk, indie pop and her signature percussive finger-style blues guitar for a style that is both sophisticated and sweet on her new EP Memory Is A Strange Bell, which is out now. (more...)

LADY DAY to Play Final Performance at Little Shubert Theatre on 1/5
by BWW News Desk - Dec 4, 2013

After receiving critical and popular acclaim, "Lady Day," the musical about Billie Holiday, will play its final performance on January 5th at Times Square's Little Shubert Theatre (422 West 42nd Street, between 9th and 10th Avenues). The production starring Dee Dee Bridgewater, started previews on September 19th and played 16 previews; opened on October 3rd and will have played 110 performances by January 5th. Written and directed by Stephen Stahl, the musical is produced by Misty Road Productions. (more...)

BWW Reviews: BEETHOVEN AND MISFORTUNE COOKIES Teaches to Take the Sour Notes in Life and Tweak Them in Your Favor
by Shari Barrett - Dec 2, 2013

BEETHOVEN AND MISFORTUNE COOKIES is the true story of Kabin Thomas, a musician and, for eleven years, a Professor of Music at the University of Arkansas. Ernest Harden, Jr. portrays Professor Thomas, taking us on Thomas' harrowing journey back to his childhood as he questions his mental health, just as Beethoven must have endured emotional turmoil after the loss of his hearing. (more...)

LADY DAY AT EMERSON'S BAR & GRILL Offers Free Cast Recording To Ticket Buyers Today
by Pat Cerasaro - Apr 7, 2014

Fans of five-time Tony Award winner Audra McDonald can now catch her in the new music-themed play LADY DAY AT EMERSON'S BAR & GRILL and ticket buyers who purchase tickets at the box office today will receive a copy of the forthcoming cast recording in honor of Billie Holiday's birthday. (more...)

'LADY DAY' with Audra McDonald Will Receive Cast Recording; Box Office Ticket Buyers to Receive Free Copy, 4/7
by BWW News Desk - Apr 4, 2014

Producers have announced that in celebration of Billie Holiday's 99th Birthday, anyone who purchases full price tickets at the box office on Monday, April 7, 2014, will be signed up to receive a free copy of the upcoming cast recording of Lanie Robertson's Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill featuring Five-time Tony Award-winner Audra McDonald. (more...)

BWW Reviews: VIVIAN REED Signs, Seals and Delivers a Soulful and Powerful Performance at 54 Below
by Stephen Hanks - Apr 3, 2014

In the late '70s, Vivian Reed captured a Tony Award nomination and won a Drama Desk Award for her work in the Broadway musical Bubbling Brown Sugar, and although Reed has delivered some critically-acclaimed work in the many years since (a Tony nomination for the 1992 musical The High Rollers Social and Pleasure Club and a star turn in the revue Three Mo' Divas), during the last decade she had gone and stayed away too long, mainly to take care of her ailing mother. Last November, she dipped a toe in the New York nightclub waters, producing a one-night show at 54 Below that was highly praised and offered hints of great things to come. But this past Monday night—the first of what will ultimately be a four-show run of “An Evening With Vivian Reed” (the next three dates are April 14, May 20 and June 19)—this performing powerhouse established her return in earnest. With Reed's still expressive voice tackling musical genres ranging from R & B to Jazz to Great American Songbook standards to Gospel (even a dash of Opera), her electric and passionate show was cabaret/nightclub performing as revival meeting in more ways than one. Reed is not only reviving her singing career, she is inspiring impassioned converts at the same time. (more...)

Scoop: CRIMINAL MINDS on CBS - Tonight, April 23, 2014
by TV Scoop - Apr 23, 2014

Get all the scoop on CRIMINAL MINDS, airing on CBS tonight, April 23, 2014! (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Audra McDonald Talks the Joys of Playing LADY DAY on MSNBC
by Stage Tube - Apr 17, 2014

As BroadwayWorld previously reported, Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill, Lanie Robertson's play with music, starring Audra McDonald, has extended its limited engagement at the Circle in the Square Theatre (235 West 50th Street, btwn. Broadway and 8th Avenue) through August 10, 2014. Leading lady Audra McDonald just visited Tamron Hall on MSNBC to chat about her Lady Day experience and you can check out the full interview below! (more...)

Audra McDonald-Led LADY DAY AT EMERSON'S BAR & GRILL Extends Through 8/10
by BWW News Desk - Apr 16, 2014

As a result of strong critical response and public demand Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill, Lanie Robertson's play with music, starring Audra McDonald, announces that the production will be extending its limited engagement at the Circle in the Square Theatre (235 West 50th Street, btwn. Broadway and 8th Avenue) through August 10, 2014. (more...)

BWW Reviews: McDonald Mesmerizes in LADY DAY AT EMERSON'S BAR AND GRILL
by Michael Dale - Apr 13, 2014

There's a lady on stage, and not only is she an entrancing singer, but she's one hell of an actor. (more...)

Review Roundup: LADY DAY AT EMERSON'S BAR AND GRILL Opens on Broadway - All the Reviews!
by Review Roundups - Apr 13, 2014

Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill opens tonight on Broadway. Lady Day stars five-time Tony Award-winner Audra McDonald under the direction of Lonny Price (110 in the Shade, A Class Act), will play a strictly limited 10-week engagement with only 70 performances at the Circle in the Square Theatre (1633 Broadway, on 50th Street btwn. Broadway and 8th Ave.). (more...)

CAFE SOCIETY SWING to Play Leicester Square Theatre, 17-21 June
by BWW News Desk - Apr 11, 2014

Cafe Society Swing - a true story is set for Leicester Square Theatre, London on Tues 17th - Sat 21st June 2014 (not Thurs 19th June). A Copasetic Production, written by Alex Webb & directed by Simon Green. (more...)

Nina Kristofferson's BILLIE HOLIDAY STORY to Kick Off UK Tour, Now thru May 2014
by BWW News Desk - Apr 1, 2014

The multi-talented British singer, actress and writer, NINA KRISTOFFERSON, debuted her passionate and exhilarating, self-penned, one-woman show 'Billie Holiday Story' in 2011 at the Edinburgh Festival. Following a sellout season at London's Charing Cross Theatre in the spring of 2013, Nina will now be hitting the road in April and May 2014, taking her critically acclaimed show about the life of Lady Day to audiences around the UK. (more...)

Scoop: CRIMINAL MINDS on CBS - Wednesday, April 23, 2014
by TV Scoop - Apr 1, 2014

Get all the scoop on CRIMINAL MINDS, airing on CBS on Wednesday, April 23, 2014! (more...)

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