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Bessie Smith

 
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Birth Place: Chattanooga, TN, USA

Stage Credits

  [Immersive]
Original Immersive Production, 2019
Exile
  [Broadway]
1929
Bessie Smith

 

Stage

Performances
  [Immersive]
Original Immersive Production, 2019
Exile

  [Broadway]
1929
Bessie Smith






Bessie Smith News

The Palm Beach Institute for the Entertainment Arts Presents Avery Sommers in Concert Photo The Palm Beach Institute for the Entertainment Arts Presents Avery Sommers in Concert Next Month
by Stephi Wild - Sep 15, 2022

The Palm Beach Institute for the Entertainment Arts invites you to get up close and personal with south Florida born and raised Avery Sommers. For two nights only ‚Äď October 28th and October 29th at 7:00 pm ‚Äď the star of some of Broadway's most popular shows will entertain lucky audiences with some of her favorite stories and songs from her career.

Shamekia Copeland and Ruthie Foster Join Forces in Powerhouse Concert at Highmark Blu Photo Shamekia Copeland and Ruthie Foster Join Forces in Powerhouse Concert at Highmark Blues & Heritage Festival
by Stephi Wild - Sep 13, 2022

Guitarist/vocalist Shemekia Copeland was literally born into blues royalty and founded her own kingdom of artistic expression. Composer/vocalist/ keyboardist Ruthie Foster established her own sonic citizenship by combining a melting pot of musical genres into her own distinctive sound.

The King Center Announces Two Additional Shows and BSO Single Tickets Photo The King Center Announces Two Additional Shows and BSO Single Tickets
by Stephi Wild - Sep 13, 2022

The King Center for the Performing Arts has announced two additional shows coming to the Space Coast!  Elko Concerts Presents, writing, singing, and performing artist, Gordon Lightfoot: The Legend in Concert on Wednesday, March 15, 2023, at 8 PM.

Universal Preservation Hall Announces Upcoming 2023 Shows Photo Universal Preservation Hall Announces Upcoming 2023 Shows
by Stephi Wild - Sep 1, 2022

Universal Preservation Hall is announcing the first batch of shows coming in 2023. Tickets are‚ÄĮavailable‚ÄĮthrough the Box Office at Proctors,‚ÄĮin person or via phone at 518-346-6204 Monday-Friday 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. or online at UniversalPreservationHall.org starting Tuesday, September 6. Starting October 1, the Box Office at Proctors will extend their hours to include Saturdays. Groups of 10 or more can get their tickets by calling 518-382-3884, ext. 139.

Highmark Blues & Heritage Festival Takes Over Pittsburgh's Highmark Stadium in Septem Photo Highmark Blues & Heritage Festival Takes Over Pittsburgh's Highmark Stadium in September
by Stephi Wild - Aug 31, 2022

As the soundtrack of struggle, the narrative of collective experience and the backbeat of community, the blues in all its different forms is a tradition that lives on with the Highmark Blues & Heritage Festival. Produced by the August Wilson African American Cultural Center (AWAACC) and Presented by Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield, the fifth annual festival takes place September 14-15 at Highmark Stadium (510 W. Station Square Drive).

Pompano Beach Arts Welcomes World-renowned Classical And Broadway Stars Photo Pompano Beach Arts Welcomes World-renowned Classical And Broadway Stars
by A.A. Cristi - Aug 25, 2022

Pompano Beach Arts has announced an extraordinary new concert series produced by ‚ÄúGeneration‚ÄĚ Venetian Arts Society (GENVAS) specifically for the Pompano Beach Cultural Center. The Bell'Arte Concert Series, in its inaugural season, will consist of four fine arts salon-style concerts, each unique in topic and genre.

Uptown! Knauer Performing Arts Center Announces Fall and Holiday Jazz Series Featurin Photo Uptown! Knauer Performing Arts Center Announces Fall and Holiday Jazz Series Featuring Musicians, Vocalists, Dancers & More
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Aug 25, 2022

Uptown! Knauer Performing Arts Center is offering a stellar series of jazz performances with more than two dozen musicians, vocalists, and dancers appearing in West Chester this September through December, hosted by local jazz and blues artist, Sara Michaels.

Headliners Announced For The 2022 Sydney International Women's Jazz Festival Photo Headliners Announced For The 2022 Sydney International Women's Jazz Festival
by Stephi Wild - Aug 18, 2022

Musicians from around the globe will gather in Sydney for SIMA’s annual celebration of women in jazz. Now in its 11th year, the Sydney International Women’s Jazz Festival continues to showcase some of the most talented, inspiring and creative musicians from home and abroad. 

Wendy And DB Release INTO THE BLUE HOUSE Out August 19 Photo Wendy And DB Release INTO THE BLUE HOUSE Out August 19
by A.A. Cristi - Jul 20, 2022

A Chicago homestyle tribute to the blues, Wendy and DB's fifth album, Into the Little Blue House, is set for release on August 22, 2022. Though rooted in a blues vocabulary, Into the Little Blue House employs an up-to-date expansion to touch the soul of our time.

FreeFall Announces 2022/2023 Season Photo FreeFall Announces 2022/2023 Season
by Stephi Wild - Jul 11, 2022

Subscriptions and single tickets are now on sale for freeFall's 2022/2023 season. Two world premieres, the return of a holiday favorite, A Sherlock Holmes adventure, A Neil Simon romantic comedy and an exciting co-production with our friends at Ebony Rep in Los Angeles makes up just some of the exciting programming Tampa Bay audiences can experience for as low as $29 a month.

Bessie Smith Videos

VIDEO: Meet The Women Of BLUES IN THE NIGHT At Porchlight Music Theatre VideoVIDEO: Meet The Women Of BLUES IN THE NIGHT At Porchlight Music Theatre
by Stage Tube - Feb 23, 2022

Award-winning Porchlight Music Theatre latest mainstage production the ‚ÄúBest Musical‚ÄĚ Tony Award-nominated Blues in the Night, conceived by Sheldon Epps, with the music of Bessie Smith, Johnny Mercer, Harold Arlen, Vernon Duke, Gordon Jenkins, Alberta Hunter and others, is now playing through March 13 at The Ruth Page Center for the Arts, 1016 N. Dearborn St.

VIDEO: Sneak Peek of BLUES IN THE NIGHT at Ebony Reptertory Theatre VideoVIDEO: Sneak Peek of BLUES IN THE NIGHT at Ebony Reptertory Theatre
by Gigi Gervais - Nov 20, 2021

Set in 1948 in a Chicago hotel that has seen better days, the interwoven stories of BLUES IN THE NIGHT evoke the misery and humor of life, love and the dogged determination to do more than just survive. The drama reveals itself through glorious songs by Bessie Smith, Duke Ellington, Johnny Mercer, Alberta Hunter, Harold Arlen, Jimmy Cox, Ida Cox and more.

Newly Formed Pike & Sutton Team Up With Blues Traveler's John Popper for 'New Year's  VideoNewly Formed Pike & Sutton Team Up With Blues Traveler's John Popper for 'New Year's Resolution'
by Abigail Charpentier - Dec 6, 2019

Austin-based duo Pike & Sutton recently announced their new self-titled band project earlier this fall. Led by 'hometown favorites' (Austin American-Statesman) Patrice Pike and Wayne Sutton, the band has evolved out of the longtime alternative rock band Sister 7 and will release their debut full-length Heart Is A Compass in early 2020. To close out the year, they've teamed up with Blues Traveler's John Popper for a reimagined version of Otis Redding and Carla Thomas' classic 'New Year's Resolution.'

BWW TV: First Look at BroadwayHD's Teaser for A NIGHT WITH JANIS JOPLIN Before its Re VideoBWW TV: First Look at BroadwayHD's Teaser for A NIGHT WITH JANIS JOPLIN Before its Release on 1/19
by BroadwayWorld TV - Jan 10, 2019

BroadwayHD is about to rock 'n' roll! This new year will bring the 48th anniversary of Janis Joplin's untimely death and 50th anniversary celebration for Woodstock, so BroadwayHD is opening the new year by releasing A NIGHT WITH Janis Joplin starring the show's Tony-nominated star Mary Bridget Davies. The cast will also feature Aurianna Angelique, Ashley Támar Davis, Tawny Dolley, Paige McNamara and Jennifer Leigh Warren. This tribute to the iconic rock star will be released on what would have been her 76th birthday, January 19. 

VIDEO: In Conversation With The Cast Of BLUES IN THE NIGHT VideoVIDEO: In Conversation With The Cast Of BLUES IN THE NIGHT
by Alan Henry - May 4, 2018

The Wallis production of BLUES IN THE NIGHT, conceived and directed by Sheldon Epps, starts performances next week in the intimate Lovelace Theater! Artistic Director Paul Crewes snuck into rehearsal to chat with cast members Yvette Cason, Bryce Charles, Chester Gregory, and Paulette Ivory about this exciting new production.

Visual Artist FdlM Pays Pictorial Tribute to Iconic Women on Women's History Month VideoVisual Artist FdlM Pays Pictorial Tribute to Iconic Women on Women's History Month
by Julie Musbach - Mar 5, 2018

Art has a responsibility and so too does the artist - one of the many requirements of art is that it elevates the viewer in some manner - not necessarily in spirit - but definitely in thought. In many ways Franck de las Mercedes embraces this responsibility as his work not only pleases aesthetically, it often teases intellectually. The viewer is often left having to dig deep within de las Mercedes subjects, tunneling with him, in a manner towards what can only be de?ned as the sublime. De las Mercedes, is also an artist that shares his existence with the viewer taking us through the ups and downs of not only his life, but of life in general - thereby adding the understanding of the human condition to his artistic responsibility.

VIDEO: Queen Latifah Talks About Playing Bessie Smith on JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE
by Caryn Robbins - Aug 20, 2015

On JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE, Queen talks about playing legendary blues singer Bessie Smith.

STAGE TUBE: A NIGHT WITH JANIS JOPLIN - Mary Bridget Davies on Good Day LA
by Stage Tube - Jul 20, 2015

The Pasadena Playhouse presents A NIGHT WITH JANIS JOPLIN. Conceived, written and directed by Randy Johnson, with choreography by Patricia Wilcox and musical direction by Tyler Evans. A NIGHT WITH JANIS JOPLIN stars Mary Bridget Davies, following her Tony Award nominated Broadway run. Pasadena native Kacee Clanton, also from the Broadway production of A NIGHT WITH JANIS JOPLIN, will alternate the role of Janis Joplin with Davies. Check out Mary Bridget Davies and the Joplinaires on Good Day LA! 

VIDEO: Queen Latifah Talks Singing the Blues in HBO's BESSIE
by Caryn Robbins - May 14, 2015

Queen Latifah sings the blude in her new film BESSIE. The multi-talented actress and singer, who produced and stars in the new HBO film, stopped by ABC's Good Morning America to talk about the film.

VIDEO: First Trailer for HBO's Bessie Smith Biopic, Starring Queen Latifah
by Tyler Peterson - Apr 3, 2015

Starring Oscar¬ģ nominee Queen Latifah ("Chicago") in the title role, BESSIE focuses on legendary blues singer Bessie Smith's transformation from a struggling young singer into "The Empress of the Blues," one of the most successful recording artists of the 1920s and an enduring icon today. Check out the first trailer for the film below!


Bessie Smith Frequently Asked Questions

How many Broadway shows has Bessie Smith been in?
Bessie Smith has appeared on Broadway in 1 shows.

How many West End shows has Bessie Smith been in?
Bessie Smith has not appeared in the West End