by Albert Rodriguez -
SGN A&E Writer
If you missed Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill during its Broadway run, you'll have a front row seat to see it on TV. The smash musical, starring six-time Tony Award winner Audra McDonald, will premiere on HBO this month to television audiences. Originally written in 1987 by Lanie Robertson for Off-Broadway, it tells the life story of Holiday's life through the songs that made her a household name, including 'God Bless the Child,' 'What a Little Moonlight Can Do,' 'Strange Fruit' and 'Taint Nobody's Biz-ness.' The TV special was filmed before a live audience at Cafe Brasil in New Orleans and will appear on HBO on March 12, 16, 19, 21, 24, 27 and 30, and on April 7. It will also be shown on HBO2 on March 15, 17, 20, 22 and 25. Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill will be available on HBO NOW, HBO GO and HBO On Demand as well.
Ciara has canceled her 20-date North American tour, including her March 4 appearance at The Showbox Market. The R&B singer, often seen around Seattle locking arms with beau Russell Wilson, announced to fans via social media that she was putting the tour on hold until she completed her next recording, which she described as 'the best album of my career!' If you have tickets for her concert, inquire at the point of purchase about a refund.
Def Leppard, anyone? The veteran pop-rock band is set to perform October 1 at the Tacoma Dome, as part of its extensive 2016 summer tour. Joining the group for the show are special guests and opening acts REO Speedwagon and Tesla. Def Leppard - Joe Elliott (vocals), Vivian Campbell (guitar), Phil Collen (guitar), Rick 'Sav' Savage (bass) and Rick Allen (drums) - owns two of the best-selling albums of all time, 1983's Pyromania and 1987's Hysteria. Among the hits you're likely to hear at the T-Dome are 'Photograph,' 'Rock of Ages,' 'Pour Some Sugar on Me,' 'Love Bites,.' 'Foolin' and 'Bringin' on the Heartbreak.' Tickets are on sale now at LiveNation.com, all Ticketmaster outlets, or charge by phone 1-800-745-3000.
Singer-songwriter Mayer Hawthorne is also stopping in Seattle on his upcoming tour, squeezing in a night, May 10, at the Neptune Theatre. Another singer-songwriter, Damien Jurado, will perform at the Neptune as well, two nights later on May 12. For jazz fans, saxophonist Joshua Redman has booked a four-night stay at Dimitriou's Jazz Alley on June 16 through 19.
Lady GaGa completed a musical performance trilogy last weekend, becoming the first entertainer to sing at the Super Bowl, Grammys and Academy Awards in the same year (in the same month, too). The pop icon wowed those seated inside the Dolby Theatre during the Oscars ceremony with her expectedly over-the-top, yet effective rendition of the emotional ballad 'Til It Happens to You,' used in The Hunting Ground, a documentary centering on sexual abuse crimes on college campuses. Shortly after bowing to the audience, who rewarded her with loud applause, Lady GaGa lost Best Original Song to the unbelievably bland 'Writing's on the Wall,' co-written by Sam Smith and Jimmy Napes for the Bond-themed movie Spectre. In his acceptance speech, Smith dedicated his award to the LGBT community, suggesting he was the first openly Gay person to win an Oscar. Obviously, he hadn't done his homework, as Elton John, Melissa Etheridge, Joel Grey, Jodie Foster and Dustin Lance Black are a few of the Gay musicians, actors and writers who have claimed Hollywood's top accolade.
Amy, which depicts the life and struggles of the late musician Amy Winehouse, deservedly took home the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature; it earned a Grammy for Best Music Film earlier this month. And, Italian maestro Ennio Morricone received his very first Oscar for composing the score to Quentin Tarantino's The Hateful Eight. He'd previously been given an honorary lifetime achievement Oscar, though this was the first competitive win for the legendary film composer.
Finally, I'll be attending the grand opening of the newly built T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas next month. The Killers are the first act who will perform on April 6 inside the multi-purpose entertainment complex, to be primarily used for concerts and sporting events, followed by back-to-back shows from Guns n' Roses with Seattle's own Alice in Chains on April 7 and 8.
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