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West End Premiere Production, 2016
Effie White (Alternate)

Original Broadway Production, 1989


Original Off-Broadway Production, 1987

Original Broadway Production, 1983

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Brenna Whitaker Comes to Catalina Jazz Club This Week

Acclaimed Universal recording artist Brenna Whitaker will bring her new, intimate concert Her Voice and Jazz Piano to Catalina Jazz Club in Hollywood for one show only on Tuesday, November 14, at 8:30pm.

Full Cast and Creative Team Set for A CHRISTMAS CAROL at DCPA Theatre Company

The Denver Center for the Performing Arts (DCPA) Theatre Company has revealed the full casting and creative team for Denver’s favorite holiday tradition, A Christmas Carol. 

Photos: Go Inside Rehearsals for DREAMGIRLS At Lone Tree Arts Center

Get an exclusive backstage pass to the rehearsals of DREAMGIRLS at Lone Tree Arts Center. Explore behind-the-scenes photos and immerse yourself in the vibrant energy of this highly anticipated show. Don't miss this sneak peek into the cast and set preparations for the upcoming musical spectacle.

Lone Tree Arts Center Returns To Professional Theatre With The Iconic Musical, DREAMGIRLS

Marking a return to a celebrated and beloved tradition, the Lone Tree Arts Center produces the iconic musical Dreamgirls this fall. Featuring a creative team stacked with acclaimed local talent, this production is the first theatrical event produced in Lone Tree since Beehive: The 60s Musical in 2019.

Frank Owens, Broadway Musician And Former Musical Director For IT'S SHOWTIME AT THE APOLLO, Passes Away

Frank Owens, Broadway Musical Virtuoso, Former Musical Director for 'It's Showtime at the Apollo' Dies. A pianist for nearly seven decades, Owens backed talent on Broadway stages, recording studios and TV sets – backing artists from Lena Horne to The Washington Ballet.

Fantasy Records Announces 25th Anniversary Edition of Susan Tedeschi's 'Just Won't Burn'

This special, 16-track expanded edition features the original album plus five previously unreleased bonus tracks: an alternate take of “Looking For Answers,” two new album outtakes, and two live versions of Just Won’t Burn album tracks recorded with Tedeschi Trucks Band at NYC’s Beacon Theatre.

John Minnock Continues Annual Tradition at 54 Below Next Month

Renowned jazz vocalist and award-winner John Minnock announces an electrifying show at the esteemed 54 Below featuring musical compatriot, NEA Jazz Master saxophonist Dave Liebman on August 18, 2023 at 9:30 PM.

mssv to Release New Album 'Human Reaction' in September

The band, composed of guitarist Mike Baggetta, Stephen Hodges (Tom Waits, David Lynch) on drums and avant-punk icon mike watt on bass, creates music that is a heretofore unimagined hybrid of a punk power-trio and a dreamy experimental rock band, though they prefer the term “post-genre.”

Westchester Collaborative Theater's MUSIC IN THE BOX Series to Feature Return Appearance By Alexis Cole

On Saturday, April 29, Westchester Collaborative Theater (WCT) will feature internationally renowned jazz vocalist, Alexis Cole at 7:30pm. The theme for the evening will be “Girl Talk: Music of Women Songwriters from The Great American Songbook and Beyond.”

Universal Preservation Hall Announces Upcoming 2023 Shows

Universal Preservation Hall is announcing the first batch of shows coming in 2023. Tickets are available through the Box Office at Proctors, in person or via phone at 518-346-6204 Monday-Friday 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. or online at 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.

National Youth Theatre and Vogue Rites Among The Star-Studded Opening Night For Somerset House's THIS BRIGHT LAND

The magical world of This Bright Land has officially opened with a launch party in the spectacular surroundings of Somerset House. Created by Somerset House Studios' artists Gareth Pugh and Carson McColl, Somerset House's magnificent open-air courtyard has been transformed into a welcoming wonderland of performances, voguing, street parties, music and more.

Three Shows Newly On-Sale for Fall 2022 at Proctors, Featuring Misty Blues & More

Proctors is adding new shows to their already dynamic fall programming for 2022. See Misty Blues – Queens of the Blues, and more!

Stars Of London's West End Unite To Shine A Spotlight On The UK's Youth Mental Health Crisis

On 20th June at The Other Palace, some of the West End's brightest stars will perform songs that have seen them through dark times. Holby City actress and mental health advocate Chizzy Akudolu host the evening, with Sam Coates as Musical Director.

Broadway Method Academy Announces 2022 Stephen Sondheim Award Nominees

Broadway Method Academy, in association with the Shubert Theatre of New Haven and Sacred Heart University's Theater Arts Department has announced the nominees for the fifth annual Stephen Sondheim Awards.

Updates Announced for DCPA Cabaret Summer Lineup At The Garner Galleria Theatre

Denver Center for the Performing Arts Cabaret announces two shows for the summer lineup at The Garner Galleria Theatre; Rockin' and Rollin' with Miss Rhythm: The Story of R&B Legend Ruth Brown plays two weekends only June 3&4 and June 10&11, and Dixie is back where it all started with Dixie's Never Wear a Tube Top While Riding a Mechanical Bull (and 16 Other Things I learned while I Was Drinking Last Thursday) June 22 through July 17. Tickets are on sale now at

QUEENS OF THE BLUES Announced At The Vergennes Opera House

The first show of the year 2022 to take place in the Vergennes Opera House will pay tribute to four amazing female Jazz/Blues singers.

Broadway Press Agent Terry M. Lilly Has Passed Away

Association of Theatrical Press Agents & Managers  retired member Terry M. Lilly. Terry was a Press Agent on Broadway, Off-Broadway, and across the country, who came into membership in September of 1977. He passed away peacefully at home on November 24, 2021 after a long illness, surrounded by loved ones.

A VENOMOUS COLOR Kicks Off With World Premiere Of Part 1: THE FAIREST at The Wild Project

Thirdwing, a theater company with roots planted in both the live and streaming theater realms, is thrilled to launch its next hybrid onstage and streaming drama, A VENOMOUS COLOR, with the world premiere of A VENOMOUS COLOR Part 1: THE FAIREST, written and directed by Cameron Darwin Bossert.

Composer and Musical Director Mike Renzi Dies at 80

Renzi was musical director for Peggy Lee and Mel Torme for over 25 years. He also worked on Sesame Street as the music director for seasons 31 through 40 and recorded Our First Christmas with singer Cynthia Crane and leads the Mike Renzi Trio.

BWW Exclusive: Read an Unpublished Chapter About The Beach Boys from Albert Poland's Best-Selling Memoir, STAGES

The Beach Boys were in a career low, and Maharishi had begun to fade from his media darling days as the Indian 'guru' to the Beatles, Mia Farrow, the Beach Boys and others. With photos andheadlines of the hip and famous at his ashram in India, Maharishi had burst into the spiritual mythology of media hype, creating a worldwide market for similar gurus, endless lines of clothing and Indian music of the brilliant Ravi Shankar, among others.


Ruth Brown has appeared on Broadway in 2 shows.

Ruth Brown has appeared on London's West End in 1 shows.

Ruth Brown's first West End show was Dreamgirls which opened in 2016

Ruth Brown has been nominated for several awards throughout her career. She was nominated for Best Actress - Musical at the Outer Critics Circle Awards for her performance in "Black and Blue." Additionally, she received a nomination for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical at the Tony Awards for the same show, "Black and Blue."

Ruth Brown has won the following awards for her performance in the musical "Black and Blue": Best Actress - Musical from the Outer Critics Circle Awards and Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical from the Tony Awards.

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