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ONE NIGHT ONLY!

Audra McDonald plays The Wallis May 1st

ONE NIGHT ONLY!

  • By Arlene Winnick
  • Photo Courtesy of The Wallis

The Broadway at The Wallis series is at it again bringing one of the Great White Way’s top performers to Beverly Hills for an intimate evening of songs and stories.  Reserve May 11 for a remarkable one night only event with Broadway legend and six-time Tony Award-winner Audra McDonald. MacDonald is joined on the stage by pianist Seth Rudetsky.

The evening is so much more than a concert (of course, she does sing the biggest hits from her musical repertoire) – it’s a mix of behind-the-scenes stories (some poignant, some hysterically funny) and personal anecdotes from a star studded life in the theater – all gently coaxed by Rudetsky’s questions – making for a not to be missed event.

How do I even begin to describe McDonald and her long and storied career?  She holds the record for more Tony Best Performance wins than any other actor in history and is the only person to win all four acting categories including this past June when she won for her role as Billie Holiday in Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill.  She also starred in Carousel, Master Class and Ragtime alongside theater greats Shirley Booth, Gwen Verdon and Zero Mostel. In 2016 she returned to the stage in the musical Shuffle Along, Or, The Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed.

“Broadway at The Wallis” takes place in the intimate Bram Goldsmith Theater at The Wallis. There will be two performances on May 11th at 7pm and 9:30pm.

Zara Larsson!

Zara Larsson

Zara Larsson!

  • By Adam Tyler Hughes
  • Photo Courtesy of Zara Larsson

You may think that pop stars are a dime a dozen these days, and maybe you’re right. Maybe some songs don’t sound quite fresh these days. That’s up to you. But don’t think that when it comes to Swedish pop sensation, Zara Larsson. The nineteen-year-old singer/songwriter has fun music, a stellar voice, and is rising in her international success.

Zara Larsson got her start when she was just ten, after winning the Swedish talent competition, Talang. Since then, she was signed and has released two studio albums. Her first album, released in 2014, boasts great songs like Rooftop, Wanna Be Your Baby, and Carry You Home. And those are just my favorites! Her newest album, So Good, was released earlier this year. It includes singles like Lush Life, I Would Like, and So Good, all of which are, well, so good. If you’re looking for music that’s really going to get you moving, Larsson’s tunes literally fill your veins. There’s just something so fresh about the way she sounds, and it’s not something you want to miss out on.

Larsson won the Artist of the Year award at this year’s Grammis award show, and is an avid feminist and activist. She’s also been featured on the single, Girls Like, released by Tinnie Tempah early 2016. She was named one of the 30 most influential teens by Time Magazine in 2016.

For all things Zara Larsson, click here.

Taylor & Zayn!

Zayn Malik

Taylor & Zayn!

  • By Sharareh Zerang
  • Photo Courtesy of Zayn Malik

Taylor Swift is back with a new hit after a whole year. Taylor and Zayn’s new music drop has surprised the crowd of R&B lovers and has given them a new taste of Swift’s sexy side. “I Don’t Wanna Live Forever” is the new, hot, electro-R&B soundtrack duet of Taylor Swift and Zayn Malik to the Fifty Shades Darker film.

The song was beautifully performed and heavily hit across the continent. It reached the number 2 rank on the Hot 100, with 109 million radio listeners. It became Zayn’s second top 5 single and Taylor’s 11th top 5 singles. The two artists, trade “romantic overtures” meanwhile Zayn uses a falsetto on some parts of the song and Taylor reflects on what the relationships is all about. The song is currently on the Top 10 billboard list.

The performance was stylized with a narratively dramatic video to harmonize with the sultry tune. I think they both express their post-romantic pain in this duet, Taylor has been making a switch from her teen based country music to adult pop-culture R&B music from a movie like Fifty Shades Darker.  Overall, the music video was heavily performance based and luckily, Zayn takes care of that part. This song is seen as one of sexiest slow jams ever sang by Taylor and Zayn. Check it out!

For all things Zayn Malik, click here. For all things Taylor Swift, click here.

Harry’s Direction!

Harry Styles

Harry’s Direction!

  • By Adam Tyler Hughes
  • Photo Courtesy of Harry Styles

It all started when this young man found himself competing on the popular, British singing competition, The X Factor. Placed with four other young, talented singers, Harry Styles found himself a member of a new boyband, One Direction. Though One Direction finished third in the competition, their popularity continued to grow. And now, Harry Styles has branched out on his own, and I can confirm that he sounds great.

Harry Styles isn’t the first member of One Direction to move out on his own. In fact, most of the members have done so. But there’s something different about Harry’s sound. There’s a maturity in his newest single, Sign of the Times, that should not be overlooked. The song is gripping, as is his voice, and debuted in the top four of US Billboard Hot 100, as well as number one on numerous other charts. This is just the first single off his new, self-titled album, and if it’s the lone example of what we’re going to get when the full album’s released, well, then we can be sure it’s going to sound great.

Outside of singing, Styles will appear in the upcoming war film, Dunkirk, which was written, produced, and directed by Christopher Nolan. The movie premieres in late July, so gear up for that while listening to Harry’s new album, which comes out on May 12th.

For all things Harry Styles, click here.

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