Culture of New York City

  1. Roseland Ballroom, Historic NYC Venue, Closing In April (Breaking)

    October 18, 2013 4:30 PM EDT .869 k 1.029 k 52 0 New York City’s famed Roseland Ballroom will close its doors in April, according to an internal e-mail obtained by Billboard, though no official announcement has been made. The venerable venue, owned by developer Larry Ginsberg an ...

  2. Jennifer Hudson, Kristin Chenoweth Added to Music Mix at Oscars

    February 21, 2013 1:01 PM EST Oscar host Seth MacFarlane and Kristin Chenoweth will perform a special closing number, and past winners Jennifer Hudson, Russell Crowe and Catherine Zeta-Jones will join an all-star tribute to recent movie musicals at this Sunday's Academy A ...

  3. NYC's Kitchen Hosting Benefit Art Auction To Rebuild Venue Damaged by Hurricane Sandy

    November 20, 2012 11:07 AM EST The Kitchen, a non-profit, experimental performance space in New York City, is hosting an art auction this Monday, Nov. 26, to raise funds to help rebuild the space which was severely damaged by Hurricane Sandy. The historic venue is located on We ...

  4. Marvin Hamlisch Remembrance: How His Landmark Music Penetrated The American Consciousness

    August 07, 2012 12:49 PM EDT Scott Joplin was a footnote in American musical history before Marvin Hamlisch got ahold of his ragtime music from the 1890s and early 20th century. Hamlisch arranged Joplin piano rags for "The Sting" to create a song-based score that co ...

  5. 'Once' Completes Cinderella Story, Wins Eight Tony Awards

    June 11, 2012 9:27 AM EDT NEW YORK (AP) -- Once upon a time, a quirky film made on a shoestring turned into an unlikely Oscar-winner and, even more improbably, a Broadway show. Now, "Once" has completed its Cinderella story, winning the coveted best-musical Tony ...

  6. Broadway's 'How To Succeed in Business' Starring Nick Jonas Didn't Succeed In Business

    May 09, 2012 7:30 AM EDT NEW YORK (AP) -- Nick Jonas tried hard but couldn't keep Broadway's "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying" in business. Producers of the musical said Tuesday they they were reluctantly handing it a pink slip after s ...

  7. Backbeat: Jessie and the Toy Boys Play Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week @ Lincoln Center

    September 22, 2011 7:30 AM EDT The American Express Skybox at NY Fashion Week. Last Wednesday night, Prospect Park Records dance-pop act, Jessie and the Toy Boys , performed a short, acoustic set for an intimate, invite-only crowd that included members of the press as well as s ...

  8. 'Book of Mormon' Wins Best Musical Tony; Bono, The Edge Make Appearance

    June 13, 2011 6:10 AM EDT NEW YORK - A slew of acclaimed shows were up for Tony Awards in a remarkably competitive year, but a production that wasn't even eligible still managed to cast a shadow - well, shall we make that a web? - over the proceedings. On a night wh ...

  9. Jennifer Hudson Inks Deal With Dutton to Write Weight Loss Memoir

    June 07, 2011 6:20 PM EDT Add author to Jennifer Hudson's resume. The Academy Award-winning actress and singer has inked a deal with Dutton, an imprint of Penguin Group, to pen a memoir detailing her struggles with weight. The still-untitled book, due in January 2012, ...

  10. Tribeca Film Festival: A Progress Report on its Music Films

    April 29, 2011 4:25 PM EDT The Tribeca Film Festival winds up next week, but the deals keep coming. The festival, which kicked off April 20 with the world premiere of Cameron Crowe's just-finished documentary about Elton John and Leon Russell's collaboration, &quo ...

  11. Rep: Spider-Man 'Previews Will Continue as Planned'

    November 30, 2010 12:00 AM EST The show will go on for Spider-Man. Despite major problems during the first preview, the Broadway production of "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark" will continue. "There will be no delays in performance schedule," a spokesman told ...

  12. Frank Sinatra Musical 'Come Fly Away' To Close

    July 28, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The Frank Sinatra jukebox musical "Come Fly Away" will close on Broadway. The show will end its run at the Marquis Theatre on Sept. 5, producers announced Wednesday. The production was conceived, choreographed and directed by Twyla Tharp ...

  13. Buyer of CBGB Brand Files For Bankruptcy

    June 14, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The company that bought the right to market the name of the legendary New York City rock club CBGB has filed for bankruptcy. In its punk heyday, CBGB hosted acts such as the Ramones, the Talking Heads, Patti Smith and Blondie. The venue closed in ...

  14. Jay-Z, Alicia Keys, 'American Idiot' Get Tony Nominations

    May 04, 2010 12:00 AM EDT "Fela!" the musical produced by Jay-Z, Alicia Keys and Will and Jada Pinkett Smith, among others, was nominated for 11 Tony Awards Tuesday morning, tying it for most nominations on the year with "La Cage aux Folles." In additio ...

  15. 'Next to Normal,' Hank Williams To Receive Pulitzer Prizes

    April 12, 2010 12:00 AM EDT "Next to Normal," a musical about the complexity and heartbreak of a woman's mental illness and its effect on her family, has won the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for drama. Paul Harding's "Tinkers," a debut novel released by ...

  16. Tony Awards' Ratings Up 19% Over '08

    June 08, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The 63rd Annual Tony Awards saw its best ratings since 2006 on Sunday night, with 7.45 million viewers watching the telecast on CBS, according to Nielsen Media Research. The awards were hosted by Neil Patrick Harris and had double-digit percentage ...

  17. 'Billy Elliot' Dances Away With 10 Tony Awards

    June 08, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Billy Elliot The Musical" swept the top U.S. theater honors on Sunday, winning 10 Tony Awards for a Broadway season that defied a recession with record ticket sales. "Billy Elliot" is based on Oscar-nominated director Stephen Daldry ...

  18. Imagem Acquires Rodgers & Hammerstein Org

    April 21, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Imagem Music Group has signed an agreement to acquire the Rodgers & Hammerstein Organization (RHO) including the rights to the songs and musicals of Rodgers & Hammerstein. RHO owns the rights to popular stage and film musicals by Richard R ...

  19. Hal Leonard Signs Stephen Sondheim

    March 19, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Hal Leonard Corporation has signed a new agreement to exclusively represent the stage and screen composer and lyricist Stephen Sondheim as print music publisher on a world-wide basis, the company announced. The deal grants Milwaukee-based Hal Leon ...

  20. Apollo Theater Plans For 75th Anniversary

    January 27, 2009 12:00 AM EST A special edition of Amateur Night hosted by Kiss FM's Talent will be in full swing tomorrow (Jan. 28) to help commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Apollo Theater. The night will also feature a performance from Harlem-born rapper/producer ...

  21. Lil Kim Not Happy With Biggie Biopic

    January 14, 2009 12:00 AM EST Lil Kim was a big part of the Notorious B.I.G.'s life, but she's not happy about the way she's portrayed in the new biopic about the late rapper. The Notorious B.I.G. was Lil Kim's mentor and was also romantically linked to the ...

  22. New Jay-Z Song Leaks, Old Videos Go Mobile

    December 02, 2008 12:00 AM EST Jay-Z fans have both new and old music to enjoy this week. "Brooklyn (Go Hard)," the rapper's collaboration with Santogold from the "Notorious" soundtrack, leaked online yesterday (Dec. 1), while nine vintage Jay-Z videos ...

  23. Jay-Z Christens New Hollywood Palladium

    October 16, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Jay-Z and Frank Sinatra now have at least one thing in common: both artists have helped christen the legendary Hollywood Palladium in Los Angeles. Sinatra first opened the 4,000-capacity Palladium during a concert with the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra i ...

  24. Jay-Z To Open Renovated Hollywood Palladium

    August 26, 2008 12:00 AM EDT After undergoing renovations for more than a year, the Hollywood Palladium in Los Angeles will open its doors Oct. 15 with a concert by Jay-Z. The rapper will be backed by a 12-piece band. The 4,000-capacity Hollywood Palladium has been shuttered ...

  25. Latin Briefs: ‘West Side Story,’ Circo Rocktastico, SESAC Latina

    July 21, 2008 12:00 AM EDT -- "West Side Story" will come to Broadway in a new bilingual version in early 2009, the New York Times reports. Librettist Arthur Laurents, who wrote the original musical, says Spanish will be used in both the spoken and sung words of t ...

  26. 'Heights' Broadway Show To Get CD Release

    March 18, 2008 12:00 AM EDT A double-CD original Broadway cast recording of "In The Heights," the new Broadway musical about life in Washington Heights' Latin community, will be released June 3 on Ghostlight Records. A mix of tropical music and hip-hop, the mu ...

  27. CBGB Founder Hilly Kristal Dies At 75

    August 29, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Hilly Kristal, the founder of legendary New York punk club CBGB, died yesterday due to complications from lung cancer. He was 75. Kristal founded the club in 1973 to showcase bluegrass and country acts, but it quickly became known as a breeding gr ...

  28. Live Nation, Blender Re-Launch Venue

    April 24, 2007 12:00 AM EDT In yet another investment in the small venue space, Live Nation has now formed an alliance with Blender magazine with the new New York club to be known as the Blender Theatre at Gramercy. Formerly known as the Gramercy Theatre, the 600-capacity Bl ...

  29. Williamson Signs 'Grey Gardens'

    March 15, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Williamson Music, a division of the Rodgers & Hammerstein Organization, is now administering the score for the critically acclaimed Broadway musical "Grey Gardens," featuring music by Scott Frankel and lyrics by Michae Korie. Based o ...

  30. Pitts Named Zomba's Prez Of Urban

    February 27, 2007 12:00 AM EST Mark Pitts has been named president of urban music for Zomba Label Group (ZLG). Pitts reports to Barry Weiss, president and CEO of ZLG, and is based in New York. Most previously, Pitts served as senior VP of ZLG, joining the label in 2004 from Ari ...

  31. 'Dreamgirls' come true for Condon

    November 15, 2006 12:00 AM EST Confab panel talks music in movies. When it comes to making movie musicals, the biggest challenge is weaving the film's songs with the story line. Also important is creating ample opportunities for those tunes to be performed, "Dreamgirl ...

  32. The Indies

    March 03, 2005 12:00 AM EST Hot punk/hardcore label Victory adds Rise to its roster of distributed companies. Read Todd Martens' column. Hot punk/hardcore label Victory adds Rise to its roster of distributed companies. Read Todd Martens' column. News Todd Martens ...

  33. On The Road

    February 07, 2005 12:00 AM EST Promoter Stan Levinstone, former principal in Concerts East, will be talent buyer at the new House of Blues in Atlantic City, N.J. It is HOB's 10th club and will be its largest. Read Ray Waddell's col Promoter Stan Levinstone, former pri ...

  34. HOB Atlantic City Names Buyer

    January 27, 2005 12:00 AM EST N.J. vet Levinstone shifts to new club. Promoter Stan Levinstone, former principle in Concerts East, will be the talent buyer at the new House of Blues in Atlantic City, N.J. As previously reported, the 10th HOB club will be the company's lar ...

  35. Wire

    December 22, 2004 12:00 AM EST Wire has been on the minds of musical youth lately, as one of the principal inspirations for today's post-punk revivalists. Wire has been on the minds of musical youth lately, as one of the principal inspirations for today's post-punk re ...

  36. Simple Plan

    November 02, 2004 12:00 AM EST The Canadian pop/punk band has upped the ante with its sophomore album. The Canadian pop/punk band has upped the ante with its sophomore album. News ...

  37. Sum 41

    October 27, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Sum 41's most mature album to date is one more reason why 2004 will go down as the year punk/pop grew up. Sum 41's most mature album to date is one more reason why 2004 will go down as the year punk/pop grew up. News ...

  38. Green Day's 'Idiot' Earns Billboard 200 Crown

    September 29, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Pop/punk trio enjoys best debut sales week ever. Pop/punk trio enjoys best debut sales week ever. News ...

  39. Green Day

    August 26, 2004 12:00 AM EDT The punk-popsters get political on the first single from the album of the same name. The punk-popsters get political on the first single from the album of the same name. News ...

  40. The Hives

    July 26, 2004 12:00 AM EDT The band's signature brand of garage punk has been infused with a more mod, angular sound. The band's signature brand of garage punk has been infused with a more mod, angular sound. News ...

  41. ADA To Distribute Epitaph

    July 07, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Leading punk label switching distributors in October. Leading punk label switching distributors in October. News ...

  42. Def Jam, Shyne Hammering Out Record Deal

    April 20, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Island Def Jam expects to sign jailed rapper Jamal "Shyne" Barrow to a $3 million record contract this week, according to a source familiar with negotiations. Barrow is serving a 10-year prison term f Island Def Jam expects to sign jaile ...

  43. Manhattan Center Productions, NewYorkDVD Link

    April 12, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Deal covers DVD authoring, project development New York-based Manhattan Center Productions (MCP), sister company to Manhattan Center Studios, has forged an alliance with with NewYorkDVD. Under the agreement, NewYorkDVD will be the preferred, in-ho ...

  44. Victory Records

    March 26, 2004 12:00 AM EST Started with $800 in 1989, the punk label has raised the bar for indie success in its 15 years. Started with $800 in 1989, the punk label has raised the bar for indie success in its 15 years. News ...

  45. Lumberjack Distribution Inks Three

    February 24, 2004 12:00 AM EST Toledo, Ohio-based indie-label consortium Lumberjack Distribution has forged exclusive distribution agreements with three imprints run by punk-rock veterans. Toledo, Ohio-based indie-label consortium Lumberjack Distribution has forged exclusive di ...