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Nicolas King Releases New Collection – –

CLUB44 RECORDS is proud to launch their relationship with acclaimed vocalist Nicolas King with the release of his new collection Act One: Celebrating 25 Years of Recordings, which will be available in streaming and digital formats on Friday, January 22. A physical CD will follow on Friday, February 26.

As they plan King’s all-new album within the next year, the label looks back with this lively history of King’s already multi-decade career. While focusing on his suave vocals, and showcasing both eternal standards and newer songs, the album boasts guest appearances from stage and screen luminaries Liza MinnelliTom SelleckJane Monheit, and Norm Lewis. The recording also features major musical contributions from two-time Grammy Award nominee Mike Renzi (renowned pianist and music director for Peggy Lee, Tony Bennett, Lena Horne, and Mel Tormé) and Charles Calello (arranger and producer for Barbra Streisand, Frank Sinatra, and Ray Charles). Music legend Connie Francis provides liner notes. The album’s first single “What a Wonderful World” – a duet with celebrated Broadway leading man Norm Lewis – is currently available. www.Club44Records.com

MCC Theater will re-air the benefit reading of Alan Bowne’s Beirut that took place this past April starring Marisa Tomei and Oscar Isaac. The reading will re-air on January 28 at 7:30 PM EST and will be available to ticket buyers for three days. The reading will then join MCC’s On Demand portal the following day for subscribers or 24-hour rentals.

Zhailon Levingston

Broadway’s Future Songbook Series, presented by Arts and Artists of Tomorrow, will continue January 25 with the virtual concert Broadway’s Black Voices of the Future.

Produced by Tina: The Tina Turner Musical‘s Leandra Ellis-Gaston and Zhailon Levingston (in association with John Znidarsic), the free concert will spotlight up-and-coming Black composers and lyricists, including Zhailon Levingston, Nik Alexander, Nehemiah Luckett, Tracey Conyer Lee, Sissi Liu, Kirya Traber, Alex Hare, Derrick Byars, Tia DeShazor, AriDy Nox, and Brandon Webster. Alexander, Traber, Lee, and Luckett will also perform; they will be joined by Avionce Hoyles, Matthew Greer, John Carlin, Amara Brady, Richard Baskin, Tonilyn Sideco, Missy Wise, Jeannette Bayardelle, Kayla Davion, Kevin R. Free, Denise Manning, Carla R. Stewart, Ashley Jenkins, Nattalyee Randall, Ashley Jenkins, Ashanti J’Aria, Ck Edwards, Desiree Murphy, Renee Reid, Leandra Ellis-Gaston, Alaina Newell, Corey Barrow, Hk Wall, Tayler Harris, Marthaluz Veliz, Tyler McKenzie, Caleb Spainhour, and Max Morter.

The series is sponsored by the Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center.Click HERE for tickets.

Critics Choice Awards 2021: The Complete List of TV Nominees – “Best Movie Made for Television … Bad Education … Between the World and Me … The Clark Sisters: First Ladies of Gospel … Hamilton … Sylvie’s Love … What the Constitution Means to Me. . .(Entertainment Tonight)

Frozen postpones West End Premiere at Theatre Royal – The West End production of Frozen has postponed its opening while uncertainty over the ending of lockdown restrictions continues. In a social media message, the production revealed that it is going to halt selling tickets for the time being as it searches for new dates. Bookers in April and May 2021 will have their seats moved, with a new opening to be unveiled “as soon as possible

Hollywood Critics Association (@HCAcritics announced that Lin-Manuel Miranda (@Lin_Manuel) will be their Inspire Award recipient. Lin-Manuel’s work has inspired an entire generation. The celebration is scheduled on March 5, 2021. #LinManuelMiranda #Hamilton #HCA #HCAAwards.

Camille A. Brown, choreographer and director,honored with Distinguished Artist Award By International Society For The Performing Arts –  receives Andrew W. Mellon Award. ISPA’s Distinguished Artist Award is presented to artists who have made an outstanding contribution of talent, artistry, dedication and service to the performing art.

A Tribute to Nick Cordero – See Nick Cordero workshop a musical he was set to star in before his death as cast pays tibute exclusive footage, the Broadway star is seen rehearsing the musical The Eyes of the World: From D-Day to VE Day, part of the American History Unbound series. … To treat fans, John Monsky, the creator and narrator of American History Unbound, and actress Kate Rockwell put together footage of Cordero in his last would-be role. Honor Cordero with a donation to www.actorsfund.org

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