Billie Holiday News

Photo Flash: New Shots of Audra McDonald in 'LADY DAY' in the West EndPhoto Flash: New Shots of Audra McDonald in 'LADY DAY' in the West End
by BWW News Desk - Jun 20, 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 - get a look a new photos of Audra in action below! (more...)

Photo Coverage: Alice Ripley, Christiane Noll & More Sing the Musicals of the Last Decade at Broadway By The YearPhoto Coverage: Alice Ripley, Christiane Noll & More Sing the Musicals of the Last Decade at Broadway By The Year
by Genevieve Rafter Keddy - Jun 20, 2017

Tony Award winner Alice Ripley (Next to Normal), Erin Davie (Sunday in the Park with George, Side Show, Grey Gardens) and Drama Desk honoree Danny Gardner (Dames at Sea) will join Tony Award nominees Brandon Uranowitz (Falsettos, An American in Paris) and Christiane Noll (Ragtime, Chaplin, Jekyll & Hyde)  two-time Nightlife Award winner Scott Coulter  and more took part in for Town Hall's Broadway by the Year Series last night. (more...)

BWW Morning Brief June 19th, 2017 - Angela Lansbury in THE CHALK GARDEN and More!BWW Morning Brief June 19th, 2017 - Angela Lansbury in THE CHALK GARDEN and More!
by Jessica Khan - Jun 19, 2017

Good morning, BroadwayWorld! Today's big news: Angela Lansbury leads The Acting Company's benefit reading of THE CHALK GARDEN, and Rosie O'Donnell emcees a star-studded reading of HOLLYWOOD NURSES! (more...)

BWW REVIEW: Jim Brochu Returns With Drama Desk-Winning Mostel Tribute ZERO HOURBWW REVIEW: Jim Brochu Returns With Drama Desk-Winning Mostel Tribute ZERO HOUR
by Michael Dale - Jun 19, 2017

When playwright/actor Jim Brochu was announced as the 2010 Drama Desk Outstanding Solo Performance Award winner for his loving tribute to the great Zero Mostel, ZERO HOUR, circumstances of the evening set up an opportunity for him to open his acceptance speech with an incredibly funny, totally filthy line involving something Mitzi Gaynor supposedly told him to do. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look At Audra McDonald In West End LADY DAY!Photo Flash: First Look At Audra McDonald In West End LADY DAY!
by Ana Maria Wiggins - Jun 18, 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 - get a first look at Audra in action below!  (more...)

New Musical ZAREPHATH Brings Free Summer Fun to NYCNew Musical ZAREPHATH Brings Free Summer Fun to NYC
by BWW News Desk - Jun 17, 2017

Written, directed, and composed by Ayvaunn Penn, the gospel and jazz infused musical Zarephath is a dance-filled ensemble piece created under the tutelage of Pulitzer Prize Winner Lynn Nottage & Tony Award Winner David Henry Hwang. (more...)

Chicago's Landmark Avalon Regal Theater Goes HologramChicago's Landmark Avalon Regal Theater Goes Hologram
by BWW News Desk - Jun 16, 2017

Hologram USA Networks Inc.  today announced a partnership with Chicago's historic Avalon Regal Theater to install its patented hologram technology on a permanent basis, allowing live artists to be "beamed" in by telepresence, and for performances by Hologram USA's recreated stars from the past.  The Avalon Regal and the Hologram USA theater in Los Angeles, will be the first full time dedicated hologram theaters in the United States, and their launch kicks off a campaign to build and install 100 theaters nationwide. The network of theaters will be supported by Hologram USA Networks and the FilmOn TV and FOTV Media Group. (more...)

BWW Morning Brief June 16th, 2017 - BROADWAY BARES: STRIP U and More!BWW Morning Brief June 16th, 2017 - BROADWAY BARES: STRIP U and More!
by Jessica Khan - Jun 16, 2017

Good morning, BroadwayWorld! This weekend's big news: BROADWAY BARES: STRIP U sizzles at the Hammerstein Ballroom this Sunday! (more...)

Simon Godwin's MEASURE FOR MEASURE Begins This Weekend at TFANASimon Godwin's MEASURE FOR MEASURE Begins This Weekend at TFANA
by BWW News Desk - Jun 15, 2017

Theatre for a New Audience presents Simon Godwin's (Associate Director, London's National Theatre) Measure for Measure, William Shakespeare's dark comedy about justice, faith, power, sex and family. Measure for Measure is the first time Godwin is directing Shakespeare with an American company. The production runs this weekend, June 17, through July 16 at Polonsky Shakespeare Center (262 Ashland Place) in the Brooklyn Cultural District. (more...)

Photo Flash: Audra McDonald Auditions Pooches for 'LADY DAY' Companion in LondonPhoto Flash: Audra McDonald Auditions Pooches for 'LADY DAY' Companion in London
by BWW News Desk - Jun 15, 2017

Audra McDonald and director Lonny Price recently held auditions for the dog that will appear onstage with the actress as Billie Holiday's pup in Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill, which begins previews this Saturday at Wyndham's Theatre, London. Scroll down for some adorable photos! (more...)

Alice Ripley, Alex Brightman, Erin Davie and More to Highlight Musicals of the Last Decade in BROADWAY BY THE YEAR at Town HallAlice Ripley, Alex Brightman, Erin Davie and More to Highlight Musicals of the Last Decade in BROADWAY BY THE YEAR at Town Hall
by BWW News Desk - Jun 13, 2017

Tony Award winner Alice Ripley (Next to Normal), Tony Award nominee Alex Brightman (School of Rock), Erin Davie (Sunday in the Park with George, Side Show, Grey Gardens) and Drama Desk honoree Danny Gardner (Dames at Sea) will join Tony Award nominees Brandon Uranowitz (Falsettos, An American in Paris) and Christiane Noll (Ragtime, Chaplin, Jekyll & Hyde) and two-time Nightlife Award winner Scott Coulter for Town Hall's Broadway by the Year Series on Monday, June 19 at 8pm. (more...)

Casting Announced for A SPOONFUL OF SHERMAN at Live at Zedel this SummerCasting Announced for A SPOONFUL OF SHERMAN at Live at Zedel this Summer
by BWW News Desk - Jun 13, 2017

Following two sold out critically-acclaimed London runs, A Spoonful of Sherman returns for two weeks only to Live at Zedel in the heart of London's West End. Today casting is announced as Helena Blackman (Titanic, How Do You Solve a Problem Like Maria?) and Daniel Boys (The Boys in the Band, Park Theatre/West End, Spamalot, Avenue Q, Rent). (more...)

TFANA Presents Simon Godwin's New Staging of MEASURE FOR MEASURETFANA Presents Simon Godwin's New Staging of MEASURE FOR MEASURE
by BWW News Desk - Jun 9, 2017

Theatre for a New Audience (TFANA; Jeffrey Horowitz, Founding Artistic Director) is pleased to announce casting for British director Simon Godwin's new staging of Measure for Measure, William Shakespeare's dark comedy about justice, faith, power, sex, and family. The production, which marks Godwin's first time directing Shakespeare for an American company, runs June 17 - July 16 at Polonsky Shakespeare Center (262 Ashland Place) in the Brooklyn Cultural District. (more...)

Old School Square Announces the 2017-18 SeasonOld School Square Announces the 2017-18 Season
by BWW News Desk - Jun 8, 2017

Old School Square announces the 2017-18 Season of performances, lectures, exhibits, classes and workshops. (more...)

MFAH Presents 5th Annual Jazz on FilmMFAH Presents 5th Annual Jazz on Film
by BWW News Desk - Jun 6, 2017

On four weekends in June, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, presents the fifth edition of Jazz on Film. Organized by returning guest curator Peter Lucas, this year's Jazz on Film series includes eight films highlighting jazz soundtracks and legendary musicians. (more...)

Tony Award-Nominees Brandon Uranowitz & Christiane Noll & More Set for BROADWAY BY THE YEAR at Town HallTony Award-Nominees Brandon Uranowitz & Christiane Noll & More Set for BROADWAY BY THE YEAR at Town Hall
by BWW News Desk - Jun 2, 2017

Tony Award-Nominees Brandon Uranowitz (Falsettos, An American in Paris) & Christiane Noll (Ragtime, Chaplin, Jekyll & Hyde) and two-time Nightlife Award-Winner Scott Coulter and more to be announced are set to appear at Town Hall's Broadway by the Year Series on Monday, June 19 at 8pm. (more...)

Cleveland Play House Announces HERSHEY FELDER AS IRVING BERLIN to Take the Stage in 2018Cleveland Play House Announces HERSHEY FELDER AS IRVING BERLIN to Take the Stage in 2018
by BWW News Desk - Jun 2, 2017

Internationally acclaimed virtuoso pianist Hershey Felder (Broadway's George Gershwin Alone and Maestro Bernstein) will tickle the ivories as one of the most popular and prolific songwriters of the 20th century in Hershey Felder as Irving Berlin. (more...)

BWW Review: Audra McDonald at StrathmoreBWW Review: Audra McDonald at Strathmore
by Elliot Lanes - May 30, 2017

In the pop music world there are certain artists who only need to be introduced by their first names. When you hear Cher, Madonna, or Barbara, there is instant recognition. The same holds true in the musical theatre world. When you hear the names Idina, Sutton, or Audra you know exactly who these people are. The latter, of course, is six-time Tony Award-winning actress, singer, and modern day goddess of the Great American Songbook Audra McDonald. (more...)

Toronto Symphony Orchestra Announces 95th SeasonToronto Symphony Orchestra Announces 95th Season
by BWW News Desk - May 23, 2017

Fresh from a memorable, ambitious tour of Israel and Europe, the intrepid musicians of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra (TSO) jump back into action. The TSO's 95th season is coming to an end, but the month of June is bursting with highly anticipated events, such as the new, semi-staged production of Kurt Weill's The Seven Deadly Sins; William Walton's mighty Belshazzar's Feast; and Carl Orff's epic Carmina Burana-all part of this season's final instalment of The Decades Project, in partnership with the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO). Highlighting the 100th birthday of Ella Fitzgerald, the TSO pays tribute to one of the greatest singers of all time. And the Orchestra presents a nostalgic journey through memorable music from Canadian stage and screen. (more...)

Photo Coverage: Josh Young, Christina Bianco & More Celebrate BROADWAY BY THE YEAR: 1997-2006Photo Coverage: Josh Young, Christina Bianco & More Celebrate BROADWAY BY THE YEAR: 1997-2006
by Genevieve Rafter Keddy - May 23, 2017

Tony Award nominee Josh Young (Jesus Christ Superstar), Drama Desk Award nominees Christina Bianco and Farah Alvin, Brian Charles Rooney (The Threepenny Opera), Maxine Linehan, Jeremy Benton and the Broadway by the Year Chorus appeared at Town Hall's Broadway by the Year Series last night, May 22, for 'The Broadway Musicals of 1997-2007,' which highlighted the music of Stephen Schwartz, Jason Robert Brown, Adam Guettel, Elton John & Tim Rice, Stephen Sondheim, Frank Wildhorn and more. BroadwayWorld has photos from the performances below! (more...)

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