Did you see Audra McDonald take home the Tony Award last week for her performance as Billie Holiday in Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill? It seems that African American torch songstresses are hotter than ever, with Holiday showing up in two New York productions in the past year (off-Broadway’s Lady Day starring Dee Dee Bridgewater) and Nina Simone playing key roles in Broadway’s Soul Doctor and A Night With Janis Joplin.
If you can’t get enough of the incredible chanteuses of the 60s and 70s, we’ve got a talk coming up that’s just for you. Professor Ruth Feldstein will lead a discussion about Simone, Lena Horne and other black entertainers during the civil rights movement who took risks in the U.S. and abroad and raised the issues of gender and race. Find out more about the July 8 event here.