Skip to main content Skip to footer site map

Freda Payne

 
Fundraisers To Be Held In Honor of Cabaret Producer/Singer Les Michaels Photo Fundraisers To Be Held In Honor of Cabaret Producer/Singer Les Michaels
by Kay Kudukis - Jan 23, 2023

Les Michaels, a cabaret producer and singer in Palm Springs and Los Angeles who presented an ongoing popular Open Mic Cabaret Series at the Arthur Newman Theatre at the Joslyn Center in Palm Desert for many years, passed away unexpectedly on November 3, 2022 of a heart attack. Les Michaels is survived by his husband, Rick Valencia.

Gregg Marx and Bonnie Gilgallon Will Co-Host Les Michaels Memorial Concert This Weeke Photo Gregg Marx and Bonnie Gilgallon Will Co-Host Les Michaels Memorial Concert This Weekend
by Stephi Wild - Jan 23, 2023

 Les Michaels, a cabaret producer and singer in Palm Springs and Los Angeles who presented an ongoing popular Open Mic Cabaret Series at the Arthur Newman Theatre at the Joslyn Center in Palm Desert for many years, passed away unexpectedly on November 3, 2022 of a heart attack.  Les Michaels is survived by his husband, Rick Valencia.

SPIDER WEBB UNTANGLED Documentary to Premiere in January Photo SPIDER WEBB UNTANGLED Documentary to Premiere in January
by Michael Major - Dec 19, 2022

Spider Webb, the common denominator on hit records like “Cloud Nine” and “Runaway Child Running Wild” (The Temptations), “Keep On Truckin’” (Eddie Kendricks), “(You Can) Leave Your Hat One” (Etta James), “Band of Gold” (Freda Payne), “Home to You” (Martha Reeves) and “Mango, Coconut, Sugar Cane (Harry Belafonte).

West Coast Premiere of CLYDE'S to Open at the Mark Taper Forum in November Photo West Coast Premiere of CLYDE'S to Open at the Mark Taper Forum in November
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Oct 25, 2022

Two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Lynn Nottage and director Kate Whoriskey will bring their latest Broadway triumph, “Clyde’s,” a co-production with Goodman Theatre in Chicago to the Mark Taper Forum November 15 to December 18. It recently concluded the Goodman engagement.

Review: Freda Payne and her 'Band' of Gold Marvel in ELLA: FIRST LADY OF SONG at The  Photo Review: Freda Payne and her 'Band' of Gold Marvel in ELLA: FIRST LADY OF SONG at The Madison Theatre At Molloy College
by Nicholas Pontolillo - Aug 28, 2022

What did our critic think of ELLA: FIRST LADY OF SONG at The Madison Theatre At Molloy College?

Josephine Rose Roberts & Kaitlyn Black to Star in SQUIRREL SCREAMS AND OTHER DATING S Photo Josephine Rose Roberts & Kaitlyn Black to Star in SQUIRREL SCREAMS AND OTHER DATING SOUNDS
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jun 15, 2022

This week, the second show of its season begins performances in the downstairs Hays Theatre June 16–July 9: the premiere of Squirrel Screams and Other Dating Sounds starring Kaitlyn Black from TV’s Heart of Dixie and Josephine Rose Roberts (Rock of Ages on Broadway).

BWW Interview: A VERY SPECIAL Michael Feinstein Brings An EVENING WITH ELLA & FRANK A Photo BWW Interview: A VERY SPECIAL Michael Feinstein Brings An EVENING WITH ELLA & FRANK And a Lifetime of Great Classics
by Gil Kaan - Jun 4, 2022

Song master Michael Feinstein will duet with songstress Freda Payne in a tribute to two song greats - A Very Special Evening with Ella and Frank - June 7th and 8th at Feinstein’s At Vitello’s. The very busy Michael graciously took some time to answer a few of my queries.

CAROUSEL, IN THE HEIGHTS, XANADU and More Announced for Madison Theatre Series Photo CAROUSEL, IN THE HEIGHTS, XANADU and More Announced for Madison Theatre Series
by A.A. Cristi - May 12, 2022

The Madison Theatre at Molloy College in Rockville Centre, Long Island will launch its Signature Theater Series this summer with top artists from the worlds of Broadway, music & TV on fully staged productions of In The Heights, Xanadu and All Shook Up, plus the NY premiere of Ella, First Lady of Song starring Grammy-nominated singer & actress Freda Payne, and the world premiere of the play Squirrel Screams and Other Dating Sounds.

Michael Childer's Star Studded ONE NIGHT ONLY Sets 2022 Dates Photo Michael Childer's Star Studded ONE NIGHT ONLY Sets 2022 Dates
by David Green - Feb 1, 2022

Barbara Sinatra Children’s Center announces the return of “One Night Only' for the 16th year on November 9, 2022 at the McCallum Theatre produced by Michael Childers with returning director Scott Coulter and music director Todd Schroeder. The theme this year is “New York/New York” in all its glory from Harlem and the Cotton Club to Broadway and 42nd Street to Studio 54.

Ariana DeBose, Cynthia Erivo, Lin-Manuel Miranda & More Nominated for 53rd NAACP Imag Photo Ariana DeBose, Cynthia Erivo, Lin-Manuel Miranda & More Nominated for 53rd NAACP Image Awards
by Michael Major - Jan 18, 2022

Today, the full list of nominees for the “53rd NAACP Image Awards” were announced. Nominees included Ariana DeBose, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Encanto, Cynthia Erivo, Audra McDonald, Respect, Taraji P. Henson, Tituss Burgess, Jennifer Hudson, Billy Porter, Denzel Washington, and more. Check out the full list of nominees now!

Photos: Kimberley Locke Celebrates The Holidays At Birdland Photo Photos: Kimberley Locke Celebrates The Holidays At Birdland
by A.A. Cristi - Dec 15, 2021

On Monday, December 13, singer Kimberley Locke stormed the historic Birdland stage in New York City to celebrate the holidays and the release of her new CD, “Christmas is Here.”

Birdland Presents American Idol Favorite Kimberley Locke Celebrating New Album CHRIST Photo Birdland Presents American Idol Favorite Kimberley Locke Celebrating New Album CHRISTMAS IS HERE
by A.A. Cristi - Nov 30, 2021

BIRDLAND will present Kimberley Locke on Monday, December 13 at 7:00 PM to celebrate the release of the new album Christmas is Here. Locke will perform selections from the album, including the Donna Summer classic “Christmas is Here” and the vintage standard “Mele Kalikimaka,” in addition to traditional carols and seasonal favorites for this special time of year.

Birdland Announces Kimberley Locke in CHRISTMAS IS HERE Album Release Concert Photo Birdland Announces Kimberley Locke in CHRISTMAS IS HERE Album Release Concert
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Nov 30, 2021

BIRDLAND will present Kimberley Locke on Monday, December 13 at 7:00 PM to celebrate the release of the new album Christmas is Here. Locke will perform selections from the album, including the Donna Summer classic “Christmas is Here” and the vintage standard “Mele Kalikimaka,” in addition seasonal favorites for this special time of year.

BWW Review: Freda Payne Is Every Inch A Diva at Birdland, Celebrating a New Album and Photo BWW Review: Freda Payne Is Every Inch A Diva at Birdland, Celebrating a New Album and Memoir
by Stephen Mosher - Nov 27, 2021

Freda Payne played to an enthusiastic and diverse crowd at Birdland, by way of celebrating her new CD and her new book.

A SWINGING BIRDLAND CHRISTMAS Will Play Twelfth Year at Birdland Starring Blackhurst, Photo A SWINGING BIRDLAND CHRISTMAS Will Play Twelfth Year at Birdland Starring Blackhurst, Caruso, and Stritch
by Stephen Mosher - Nov 21, 2021

Billy, Klea and Jim are back for a twelfth year with their smash-hit holiday show... and lots of Christmas lights.

Monica L. Patton Releases Psychological Spy Thriller, NEO GEISHA, With EDM Soundtrack Photo Monica L. Patton Releases Psychological Spy Thriller, NEO GEISHA, With EDM Soundtrack
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Oct 19, 2021

Philomene Doucette, is a made-to-order assassin struggling between her programming and her desire for free will. Brainwashed and systematically fractured from the age of six, the pretty killer disassociates between her Six-Year-Old Self, the heart, Philomene, the head, and the Monarch Queen, the abyss who finds no issue with killing.

Freda Payne to Perform Album Release Concert for LET THERE BE LOVE at Birdland Photo Freda Payne to Perform Album Release Concert for LET THERE BE LOVE at Birdland
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Oct 19, 2021

BIRDLAND will present Freda Payne in her album release concert “Let There Be Love” for one show only on Monday, November 22 at 7:00 PM.

Birdland Announces November Programming Featuring Jason Kravits, Linda Purl with Bill Photo Birdland Announces November Programming Featuring Jason Kravits, Linda Purl with Billy Stritch Trio & More
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Oct 13, 2021

Birdland Jazz Club and Birdland Theater are open this November with a full slate of nightly performances!  At Birdland Jazz Club, catch Bill Charlap Duets with Houston Person, Jon Faddis, Chris Potter and Ron Carter, Peter Cincotti, Jihye Lee Big Band, The Hot Sardines, and more.

Here's Lucie! LUCIE ARNAZ Joins Tomlin, Barrett, Callaway, Harris And  The Star-Studd Photo Here's Lucie! LUCIE ARNAZ Joins Tomlin, Barrett, Callaway, Harris And The Star-Studded Cast Of ONE NIGHT ONLY
by David Green - Aug 16, 2021

The Desert's Premiere Concert Event just got starrier with the addition of Lucie Arnaz to the incredible cast of 26 celebrated Broadway Veterans! Michael Childers’ star-studded musical production of One Night Only “Back to the ’70s” will be presented on Wednesday, November 10, 2021 at 6:00 p.m., at the McCallum Theatre for the Performing Arts. This year’s show benefits Barbara Sinatra Children’s Center, which is celebrating its 35th anniversary. One Night Only is now in its 15th successful year as one of the Desert’s most thrilling theatrical evenings.

Freda Payne Stars In Tribute To Ella Fitzgerald At Bucks County Playhouse Photo Freda Payne Stars In Tribute To Ella Fitzgerald At Bucks County Playhouse
by A.A. Cristi - Aug 9, 2021

Singer Freda Payne, the celebrated singer of the disco-era top-charter “Band of Gold,” will bring her acclaimed “Tribute to Ella Fitzgerald” to Bucks County Playhouse for ten concerts, August 26 through September 5.

 1       …