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Porchlight Music Theatre Announces Cast And Creatives For BLUES IN THE NIGHT Photo Porchlight Music Theatre Announces Cast And Creatives For BLUES IN THE NIGHT
by A.A. Cristi - Nov 23, 2021

Award-winning Porchlight Music Theatre announces the cast for the “Best Musical” 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, January 15, 2022 - February 27, 2022 at The Ruth Page Center for the Arts.

VIDEO: Sneak Peek of BLUES IN THE NIGHT at Ebony Reptertory Theatre Photo VIDEO: 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.

Photos: Photos: First Look at Vivian Reed & More in BLUES IN THE NIGHT Photo Photos: Photos: First Look at Vivian Reed & More in BLUES IN THE NIGHT
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Nov 18, 2021

Ebony Repertory Theatre in Association with International City Theatre is presenting the Tony and Olivier Award-nominated musical BLUES IN THE NIGHT, conceived by Sheldon Epps, directed by ERT Producing Artistic Director Wren T. Brown, choreographed by Keith Young, and music directed by William Foster McDaniel.

Irvine Barclay Theatre Announces Updated 2021-22 Season Photo Irvine Barclay Theatre Announces Updated 2021-22 Season
by A.A. Cristi - Nov 15, 2021

As live performances return to venues throughout Southern California, Irvine Barclay Theatre welcomes a new season featuring an array of renowned performers, from iconic dancers to Grammy-winning artists, the beloved holiday classic The Nutcracker, and Emmy nominee and social commentator Fran Lebowitz, among others.

The Great American Songbook Foundation's New Exhibit Compares Music Of The 1920s, 202 Photo The Great American Songbook Foundation's New Exhibit Compares Music Of The 1920s, 2020s
by A.A. Cristi - Nov 11, 2021

The Great American Songbook Foundation's new interactive gallery exhibit compares and contrasts the popular music and pop culture of the 1920s and the 2020s.

BWW Review: Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill, North Carolina Theatre Photo BWW Review: Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill, North Carolina Theatre
by Nicole Ackman - Nov 6, 2021

“Singing has always been the best part of living for me,” Billie Holiday tells the audience in North Carolina Theatre’s new production of LADY DAY AT EMERSON’S BAR AND GRILL. Angela Robinson plays singer Billie Holiday and Nygel Robsinon plays her pianist Jimmy Powers at NCT, under the direction of Jarvis Green.

Ebony Repertory Theatre Presents BLUES IN THE NIGHT Photo Ebony Repertory Theatre Presents BLUES IN THE NIGHT
by A.A. Cristi - Sep 22, 2021

Ebony Repertory Theatre announces full cast and creative team for BLUES IN THE NIGHT, the Tony and Olivier Award-nominated musical conceived by Sheldon Epps. Presented by Ebony Rep, in association with International City Theatre, ERT's Founder and Producing Artistic Director Wren T. Brown (ERT's Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill) directs this powerful and soulful blues celebration.

Ebony Rep to Present BLUES IN THE NIGHT Starring Vivian Reed Photo Ebony Rep to Present BLUES IN THE NIGHT Starring Vivian Reed
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Sep 22, 2021

Ebony Repertory Theatre has announced full cast and creative team for BLUES IN THE NIGHT, the Tony and Olivier Award-nominated musical conceived by Sheldon Epps.

CĂ©cile McLorin Salvant and Sullivan Fortner Come to SCFTA This Month Photo CĂ©cile McLorin Salvant and Sullivan Fortner Come to SCFTA This Month
by Stephi Wild - Sep 16, 2021

Jazz vocalist Salvant dazzled Segerstrom Center audiences when she first appeared at the Center in 2014; Fortner has been called one of the top jazz pianists of his generation and is recognized for his virtuosic technique and captivating performances.

BLUES IN THE NIGHT Comes to International City Theatre in Association With Ebony Rep Photo BLUES IN THE NIGHT Comes to International City Theatre in Association With Ebony Rep
by Stephi Wild - Sep 16, 2021

The soul of the blues wails out full and strong when Long Beach's International City Theatre, in association with L.A.'s Ebony Repertory Theatre, presents the Tony and Olivier award nominated, Sheldon Epps-conceived musical Blues in the Night.

Theater Resources Unlimited Announces Upcoming Community Gatherings Via Zoom Photo Theater Resources Unlimited Announces Upcoming Community Gatherings Via Zoom
by Stephi Wild - Sep 10, 2021

A dependable haven for artists in isolation, Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU) is now into its second year of non-stop weekly Community Gatherings this Friday, having offered to date over 60 conversations and unlimited camaraderie since April 17, 2020.

Stage and Screen Actor Michael K. Williams Dies at 54 Photo Stage and Screen Actor Michael K. Williams Dies at 54
by Stephi Wild - Sep 7, 2021

Williams is best known for playing Omar Little on the HBO drama series The Wire and Albert 'Chalky' White on the HBO series Boardwalk Empire. He is also known for his role as Jack Gee, husband of Bessie Smith, in the HBO telefilm biopic Bessie.

Writers Theatre Announces 2021-2022 Season Featuring World Premiere of WIFE OF A SALE Photo Writers Theatre Announces 2021-2022 Season Featuring World Premiere of WIFE OF A SALESMAN & More
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Aug 25, 2021

Writers Theatre Executive Director Kathryn M. Lipuma and Interim Artistic Director Bobby Kennedy have announced the company’s 2021/22 four-play season and are excited to welcome patrons back in-person in December 2021.

Irvine Barclay Theatre Announces More Live Performances for 2021-22 Season Photo Irvine Barclay Theatre Announces More Live Performances for 2021-22 Season
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Aug 19, 2021

As live performances return to venues throughout Southern California, Irvine Barclay Theatre has announced nearly 20 shows that it has added to its season, which kicks off on September 19 with the country chart-topping trio The Gatlin Brothers.

Black Theatre Troupe Presents SISTAS THE MUSICAL Photo Black Theatre Troupe Presents SISTAS THE MUSICAL
by A.A. Cristi - Aug 16, 2021

As its opening production of their 50th season, Black Theatre Troupe presents the smash hit, SISTAS THE MUSICAL to the Helen K. Mason Performing Arts Center. SISTAS was originally scheduled to open 18 months ago in March of 2020, but was postponed shortly before opening night due to the pandemic.

Porchlight Music Theatre Announces 2021 - 22 Season Photo Porchlight Music Theatre Announces 2021 - 22 Season
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Aug 9, 2021

Porchlight Music Theatre has announced its return to live performance with its 27th season that includes the 2021 – 2022 Mainstage, Porchlight Revisits and New Faces Sing Broadway seasons. 

BWW Review: AIN'T MISBEHAVIN'  THE FATS WALLER MUSICAL SHOW at Candlelight Music Thea Photo BWW Review: AIN'T MISBEHAVIN' THE FATS WALLER MUSICAL SHOW at Candlelight Music Theatre
by Greer Firestone - Aug 9, 2021

Ain’t Misbehavin’: The Fats Waller Musical Show, is a different juke box show from Candlelight’s previous production of BEEHIVE. From the rock n’ roll of 60’s we time travel back 30- years to the American jazz pianist Waller. His innovations in the Harlem stride style laid the groundwork for modern jazz piano. In 1922, at the tender age of 18, he produced his first piano roll, “Got To Cool My Doggies Now.” (I had to mention that only because the title cracked me up).

Black Theatre Troupe Announces 50th Season Photo Black Theatre Troupe Announces 50th Season
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Aug 2, 2021

​​​​​​​After a year-long hiatus with the pandemic hitting just before Black Theatre Troupe's 50th Anniversary Season, the renowned company has announced it will resume its annual schedule of performances with its 2021-22 Season.

Irvine Barclay Theatre Announces New Season Photo Irvine Barclay Theatre Announces New Season
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jul 13, 2021

Irvine Barclay Theatre will kick off a new season on September 9 with an array of renowned artists including country chart-topping trio The Gatlin Brothers; multi-Grammy-winning jazz artist Pat Metheny; internationally-acclaimed song stylist Michael Feinstein; and author and social commentator Fran Lebowitz.

BWW Review: STARDUST at Chat Noir - Hilde Louise Asbjørnsen Gives Star Power on Ever Photo BWW Review: STARDUST at Chat Noir - Hilde Louise Asbjørnsen Gives Star Power on Every Level
by Christian Ranke - Jul 4, 2021

Seeing Hilde Louise Asbjørnsen on stage is a good lesson in star power. It feels like she doesn't have to try - she just does, and she does it magnificently. Commanding the audience’s attention, never losing it during those ninety minutes of splendor.

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