Date of Birth: December 08, 1925
Date of Death: May 16, 1990 (64)
Audio Exclusive: First Listen to Billy Porter's Rendition of 'I'm Not My Father's Son' from Upcoming Album
by Stage Tube - Mar 26, 2014

It's been almost a decade since the Pittsburgh-born Billy Porter released a solo album, and since then much has changed for the award-winning artist, who grew up singing in the Pentecostal church. Perhaps best known for his Tony Award-winning role as 'Lola' in the hit Broadway musical Kinky Boots, Porter's musical background is based in gospel, soul and R&B. He released his first solo album, Untitled, on A&M Records, and a second album, At The Corner of Broadway + Soul, on Sh-K-Boom Records. On April 15, 2014, Porter releases his debut on Concord Records, Billy's Back on Broadway. Below, BroadwayWorld brings you an exclusive first listen to the album's featured track 'I'm Not My Father's Son' from KINKY BOOTS! (more...)

STAGE TUBE: On This Day 6/7- Charles Strouse
by Stage Tube - Jun 7, 2013

Happy Birthday, Charles Strouse! Strouse's first Broadway musical was the 1960 hit Bye Bye Birdie, with lyrics by Lee Adams, who would become his long time collaborator. Following this was Golden Boy (1964, also with Adams), starring Sammy Davis, Jr. and It's a Bird, It's a Plane, It's Superman (1966, based on the popular comic strip) which introduced the song 'You've Got Possibilities' sung by Linda Lavin. In 1970, Applause (starring Lauren Bacall, with book by Betty Comden and Adolph Green, and lyrics by Adams) won Strouse his second Tony Award. In 1977, Strouse adapted another comic strip for the stage, creating the hit Annie, which garnered him his third Tony Award and two Grammy Awards. Other Strouse musicals include Charlie and Algernon (1979), Dance a Little Closer (1983, with lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner), Rags (1986), Nick & Nora (1993), and An American Tragedy (1995, with lyrics by David Shaber). (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Ben Vereen Brings STEPPIN' OUT to 54 Below- Highlights!
by Stage Tube - Jul 16, 2012

Tony Award winner Ben Vereen brings his hit show, "Steppin' Out with Ben Vereen," to 54 Below, through July 21. A high energy tribute to the music of Broadway, along with musical selections made famous by the likes of Frank Sinatra and Sammy Davis, Jr., audiences can expect to hear classics such as 'Life is Just a Bowl of Cherries', 'Mr. Bojangles' and even 'Defying Gravity'. Check out BroadwayWorld's highlights from the show below! (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Sneak Peek at Ben Vereen Before He'll Be 'Steppin' Out' Tomorrow!
by Christina Mancuso - Jun 11, 2012

Ben Vereen returns to The RRazz Room to with his show 'Steppin' Out with Ben Vereen,' a high energy tribute to the music of Broadway, along with musical selections made famous by the likes of Frank Sinatra and Sammy Davis, Jr. Audiences can expect to hear classics such as 'Life is Just a Bowl of Cherries,' 'Mr. Bojangles' and 'Defying Gravity.' We have a video of Ben's performace with the cast of HAIR, singing at a Sirius Radio event. Check it out below! (more...)

STAGE TUBE: On This Day 6/7- Charles Strouse
by Stage Tube - Jun 7, 2012

Happy Birthday, Charles Strouse! Strouse's first Broadway musical was the 1960 hit Bye Bye Birdie, with lyrics by Lee Adams, who would become his long time collaborator. Following this was Golden Boy (1964, also with Adams), starring Sammy Davis, Jr. and It's a Bird, It's a Plane, It's Superman (1966, based on the popular comic strip) which introduced the song 'You've Got Possibilities' sung by Linda Lavin. In 1970, Applause (starring Lauren Bacall, with book by Betty Comden and Adolph Green, and lyrics by Adams) won Strouse his second Tony Award. In 1977, Strouse adapted another comic strip for the stage, creating the hit Annie, which garnered him his third Tony Award and two Grammy Awards. Other Strouse musicals include Charlie and Algernon (1979), Dance a Little Closer (1983, with lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner), Rags (1986), Nick & Nora (1993), and An American Tragedy (1995, with lyrics by David Shaber). (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Keith Young Talks SMURFS Choreography
by BroadwayWorld TV - Jul 13, 2011

DanceOn, the YouTube partnership channel exclusive to dance videos, released their behind the scenes look at the highly anticipated Sony animated film The Smurfs. Choreographer Keith Young talks about the process of choreographing for animation and how he brought the smurfs to life. Plus what it was like to work with leading actors Neil Patrick Harris and Hank Azaria. The Smurfs hits theaters nationwide on July 29, 2011. (more...)

BWW Reviews: Sandy Hackett's RAT PACK - Vintage Vegas Lives & It's Lots of Fun
by Ellen Sterling - Mar 25, 2011

Even if you never got to see them, it's a good bet that you know the Rat Pack - Sinatra, Davis, Martin and Bishop - well. This is because, in a world where we lionize the mundane and everyone is a star, these guys were truly iconic, emblematic of Las Vegas. Their spirit lives on today in Sandy Hackett's Rat Pack Show at the Riviera Hotel on the Strip. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: 'SAMMY the Musical' at The Old Globe
by BroadwayWorld TV - Oct 2, 2009

Sammy, a new musical by Oscar and Grammy-winning composer Leslie Bricusse, runs at The Old Globe Sept. 19 through Nov. 8, 2009. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: The Old Globe's Press Presentation Of SAMMY
by BroadwayWorld TV - Sep 17, 2009

Sammy, a new musical by Oscar and Grammy-winning composer Leslie Bricusse, runs at The Old Globe Sept. 19 through Nov. 8, 2009. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: The Old Globe Presents The New Musical SAMMY
by BroadwayWorld TV - Sep 10, 2009

Sammy, a new musical by Oscar and Grammy-winning composer Leslie Bricusse, runs at The Old Globe Sept. 19 through Nov. 8, 2009. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: The Old Globe: Behind The Scenes Of SAMMY
by BroadwayWorld TV - Sep 3, 2009

Old Globe Executive Producer Lou Spisto introduces the creative team of the world premiere of Sammy, a new musical based on the life of Sammy Davis, Jr., on the first day of rehearsal. Director Keith Glover, Music Director Rahn Coleman and choreographer Keith Young also share their thoughts about the show. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: 'THE FIRST WIVES CLUB' New Video Preview!
by BroadwayWorld TV - Aug 6, 2009

The First Wives Club - A New Musical will extend its run by an additional week due to popular demand. The Broadway-bound musical features a book by Tony Award winner Rupert Holmes and a score by Brian Holland, Lamont Dozier and Eddie Holland. Directed by Francesca Zambello with choreography by Lisa Stevens and music direction by Ron Melrose, The First Wives Club will now run through Aug. 30. (more...)

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