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BWW Interview: KINKY BOOTS' Kevin Smith Kirkwood on Channeling Whitney Houston and the Future of CLASSIC WHITNEY: ALIVE!BWW Interview: KINKY BOOTS' Kevin Smith Kirkwood on Channeling Whitney Houston and the Future of CLASSIC WHITNEY: ALIVE!
by Troy Frisby - Jul 30, 2017

Creating and starring in a solo show in which the late Whitney Houston, an undeniable legend with a complicated legacy, 'comes down from heaven and is reincarnated' in your body is a swing for the fences. But Kevin Smith Kirkwood does just that in CLASSIC WHITNEY: ALIVE!, which mostly sets the darkness of the singer's later years aside to focus on Whitney's 'good times.' (more...)

Orfeh & Andy Karl Will Release LEGALLY BOUND Live Album in August!Orfeh & Andy Karl Will Release LEGALLY BOUND Live Album in August!
by BWW News Desk - Jul 12, 2017

She has a 'powerhouse voice' (The New York Times). He is 'a theater world heartthrob' (The New York Times). And together Orfeh and Andy Karl have had an impressively long run as one of Broadway's best couples. (more...)

Kevin Smith Kirkwood to Return to Joe's Pub with CLASSIC WHITNEY: ALIVE!Kevin Smith Kirkwood to Return to Joe's Pub with CLASSIC WHITNEY: ALIVE!
by BWW News Desk - Jul 6, 2017

Kevin Smith Kirkwood - currently appearing on Broadway in the Tony Award-winning musical Kinky Boots - will bring CLASSIC WHITNEY: ALIVE! back to Joe's Pub at The Public by popular demand. (more...)

Exclusive Podcast: LITTLE KNOWN FACTS with Ilana Levine- featuring OrfehExclusive Podcast: LITTLE KNOWN FACTS with Ilana Levine- featuring Orfeh
by Little Known Facts w/ Ilana Levine - May 8, 2017

BroadwayWorld has teamed up with Broadway alum Ilana Levine, who makes her entrance onto the podcast stage with her new show Little Known Facts. Ilana's unique brand of celebrity interview, 'Podcast Verite,' is unfiltered, raw, honest and uniquely funny. (more...)

Vy Higginsen's Mama Foundation to Salute Cissy Houston at Grand Opening of Gospel Concert SeriesVy Higginsen's Mama Foundation to Salute Cissy Houston at Grand Opening of Gospel Concert Series
by BWW News Desk - Mar 22, 2017

In the tradition of excellence always associated with Vy Higginsen, The Mama Foundation for the Arts launches The Harlem Gospel Concert Series starring Vy Higginsen's Gospel Choir from Harlem at The Dempsey Theater, 127 West 127th Street starting April 15th and continuing the first three Saturdays in May (6th, 13th & 20th). (more...)

Vy Higginsen's Gospel Choir from Harlem to Host Concert Series This SpringVy Higginsen's Gospel Choir from Harlem to Host Concert Series This Spring
by BWW News Desk - Mar 22, 2017

Vy Higginsen and The Mama Foundation for The Arts announces their first Harlem Gospel Concert Series starring Vy Higginsen's Gospel Choir from Harlem at The Dempsey Theater, 127 West 127th Street starting April 15th at 2:00pm and continuing the first three Saturdays of May (6th, 13th & 20th) at 4:30pm. (more...)

Elijah Ahmad Lewis, Musically Known as E, Releases New Single 'BELIEVE'Elijah Ahmad Lewis, Musically Known as E, Releases New Single 'BELIEVE'
by BWW News Desk - Mar 13, 2017

On Friday, March 10th, Elijah Ahmad Lewis, musically known as E, released his new pop dance single 'BELIEVE' which is available on iTunes, Spotify, Amazon MP3, Tidal and all digital music stores. (more...)

BWW Review: Kevin Smith Kirkwood Embodies Whitney Houston In Dazzling CLASSIC WHITNEY: ALIVE! at Joe's PubBWW Review: Kevin Smith Kirkwood Embodies Whitney Houston In Dazzling CLASSIC WHITNEY: ALIVE! at Joe's Pub
by Troy Frisby - Sep 8, 2016

Arriving on stage in a tear-away USA tracksuit to wow the crowd with 'The Star-Spangled Banner,' Kevin Smith Kirkwood looked every bit the part of Whitney Houston in the return of CLASSIC WHITNEY: ALIVE! at Joe's Pub on August 31. But as everyone knows, a diva is more than just clothes (although the jumpsuit underneath was admittedly stunning as well). In less adept hands, the show's concept--- that Houston came down on a cloud for a repeat performance--- might have felt awkward or, worse, exploitative. Fortunately, Kirkwood, who is no stranger to glam and larger-than-life performers following his run in KINKY BOOTS, truly embodied the late icon on every level. Opening the show, he addressed the audience with a coy, 'Ladies and gentlemen, it's so good to be back.' (more...)

Kevin Smith Kirkwood to Return to Joe's Pub with CLASSIC WHITNEY ALIVE!Kevin Smith Kirkwood to Return to Joe's Pub with CLASSIC WHITNEY ALIVE!
by BWW News Desk - Aug 31, 2016

KEVIN SMITH KIRKWOOD - now appearing on Broadway in the Tony Award-winning musical Kinky Boots - will bring CLASSIC WHITNEY: ALIVE! back to JOE'S PUB at The Public by popular demand.  (more...)

Kevin Smith Kirkwood to Return to Joe's Pub with CLASSIC WHITNEY ALIVE!Kevin Smith Kirkwood to Return to Joe's Pub with CLASSIC WHITNEY ALIVE!
by BWW News Desk - Aug 1, 2016

KEVIN SMITH KIRKWOOD - now appearing on Broadway in the Tony Award-winning musical Kinky Boots - will bring CLASSIC WHITNEY: ALIVE! back to JOE'S PUB at The Public by popular demand.  (more...)

Vince Giordano Documentary to Make New York Debut at 92YVince Giordano Documentary to Make New York Debut at 92Y
by BWW News Desk - Jul 6, 2016

How crazy do you have to be to keep a Jazz Age enterprise going in the 21st Century? 92Y presents the New York premiere of the film that attempts to answer that question. (more...)

Faith Evans, Naughty By Nature, Cissy Houston and More Set for Newark Celebration 350Faith Evans, Naughty By Nature, Cissy Houston and More Set for Newark Celebration 350
by BWW News Desk - May 13, 2016

Newark Celebration 350 (NC 350) is proud to present Newark's local hometown heroes and International recording artists Faith Evans, Naughty by Nature, Cissy Houston and India who are set to headline the Founders Weekend Festival Celebrating 350 Years of Newark's arts, culture and community as one of America's great historical cities. (more...)

Sony Classical to Release LOVE & FRIENDSHIP Original Motion Picture SoundtrackSony Classical to Release LOVE & FRIENDSHIP Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
by BWW News Desk - May 6, 2016

Sony Classical proudly announces the release of LOVE & FRIENDSHIP (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) available digitally May 6 and on CD, May 13. (more...)

Faith Evans, Naughty By Nature, Cissy Houston and More Set for Newark Celebration 350Faith Evans, Naughty By Nature, Cissy Houston and More Set for Newark Celebration 350
by BWW News Desk - Apr 4, 2016

Newark Celebration 350 (NC 350) is proud to present Newark's local hometown heroes and International recording artists Faith Evans, Naughty by Nature, Cissy Houston and India who are set to headline the Founders Weekend Festival Celebrating 350 Years of Newark's arts, culture and community as one of America's great historical cities. (more...)

BWW Exclusive: KINKY BOOTS' Kevin Smith Kirkwood Picks 5 Whitney Performances That Inspire CLASSIC WHITNEY: ALIVE!BWW Exclusive: KINKY BOOTS' Kevin Smith Kirkwood Picks 5 Whitney Performances That Inspire CLASSIC WHITNEY: ALIVE!
by BWW News Desk - Feb 29, 2016

Kevin Smith Kirkwood, who is now appearing on Broadway in the Tony Award-winning musical Kinky Boots, is bringing CLASSIC WHITNEY: ALIVE! back to New York by popular demand. Hot on the heels of its sold-out debut at Joe's Pub last year, Kirkwood will once again channel the voice, look and spirit of the late legend Whitney Houston at The Cutting Room on Wednesday, March 2 at 7:30 PM. In honor of the upcoming performance, Kevin took a moment to reflect on five Whitney performances that he finds have helped inspire him and his performance for the show. BroadwayWorld brings you his selections, from classics to medleys, below!  (more...)

KINKY BOOTS' Kevin Smith Kirkwood to Bring 'CLASSIC WHITNEY' to The Cutting Room, 3/2KINKY BOOTS' Kevin Smith Kirkwood to Bring 'CLASSIC WHITNEY' to The Cutting Room, 3/2
by BWW News Desk - Feb 24, 2016

KEVIN SMITH KIRKWOOD - now appearing on Broadway in the Tony Award-winning musical Kinky Boots - is bringing CLASSIC WHITNEY: ALIVE! back to New York by popular demand. (more...)

UPDATE: Bobbi Kristina Incident Being Investigated by Police, Bobby Brown's Attorney Releases StatementUPDATE: Bobbi Kristina Incident Being Investigated by Police, Bobby Brown's Attorney Releases Statement
by TV News Desk - Feb 10, 2015

The family of Bobbi Kristina Brown has agreed to take her off life support tomorrow, marking the anniversary of her mother, Whitney Houston's death. (more...)

UPDATE: Bobbi Kristina's Family to Take Her Off Life Support on Anniversary of Whitney Houston's Death?UPDATE: Bobbi Kristina's Family to Take Her Off Life Support on Anniversary of Whitney Houston's Death?
by TV News Desk - Feb 10, 2015

The family of Bobbi Kristina Brown has agreed to take her off life support tomorrow, marking the anniversary of her mother, Whitney Houston's death. (more...)

UPDATE: Bobbi Kristina Brown Suffered 'Unexplained Injuries'UPDATE: Bobbi Kristina Brown Suffered 'Unexplained Injuries'
by TV News Desk - Feb 8, 2015

The Hollywood Reporter writes that investigators are still looking into the unexplained injuries found on Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown's 21-year-old daughter Bobbi Kristina Brown, after she was found facedown and unresponsive in a bathtub full of water at her Roswell, Georgia, home on January 31. (more...)

UPDATE: Whitney Houston's Mother at Bobbi Kristina's SideUPDATE: Whitney Houston's Mother at Bobbi Kristina's Side
by TV News Desk - Feb 7, 2015

According to USA Today, Whitney Houston's mother, Cissy, has come to her Bobbi Kristina Brown's side at Emory University Hospital. (more...)

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