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Blues Singer Lady A ‘Not Happy’ About Lady Antebellum’s New Name

Blues singer Anita White, AKA Lady A. Photo: Lady A

Not everyone is dancing about Lady Antebellum’s sudden name change to Lady A.

The Nashville-based band announced their new name yesterday in a bid to distance themselves from the slavery-era history of their original name. But there’s another artist using the moniker already.

Seattle resident Anita White, 61, goes by the stage name Lady A, and she’s been doing so for almost two decades while releasing blues albums. White got her start as a gospel performer at church services and took up the Lady A name in the ’80s. Lady A plans to release her next full-length album, “Lady A: Live in New Orleans,” on July 18, which also happens to be her birthday.

In an interview with Rolling Stone, White suggested there is hypocrisy in a band formerly known as Lady Antebellum changing their name to avoid a slavery-era reference while simultaneously making their new name one already belonging to a black artist.

“This is my life. Lady A is my brand, I’ve used it for over 20 years, and I’m proud of what I’ve done,” White told Rolling Stone Friday. “This is too much right now. They’re using the name because of a Black Lives Matter incident that, for them, is just a moment in time. If it mattered, it would have mattered to them before. It shouldn’t have taken George Floyd to die for them to realize that their name had a slave reference to it.”

White added that her music has long been on Spotify and YouTube and expressed concern that the band or its management didn’t do a thorough look for anyone else using the name before co-opting it. “It’s an opportunity for them to pretend they’re not racist or pretend this means something to them. If it did, they would’ve done some research. And I’m not happy about that.”

White told Rolling Stone she owns the trademark for Lady A LLC and plans to meet with an attorney to determine if she will sue and, if so, what damages to request.

Lady Antebellum was formed in 2006. The band’s management did not immediately respond to TheWrap’s request for comment.

All the Broadway Shows Killed (and Postponed) Due to Coronavirus Shutdown

When New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo closed Broadway theaters on March 12 in response to the coronavirus pandemic, the New York theater scene was heating up ahead of the Tony Awards — with 31 shows playing and another eight scheduled to begin performances by mid-April. Now the theaters will remain dark until at least September — and the Tony Awards have been postponed indefinitely. But the uncertainty of when theaters (and Broadway-bound tourists) might return has forced some producers to close shows early — or push new productions to sometime in the future.

Closed: « Hangmen » 

Martin McDonagh’s new comedy, starring Dan Stevens (« Downton Abbey ») and Mark Addy (« Game of Thrones »), announced March 20 it would not reopen after playing 13 preview performances ahead of an expected March 19 official opening.

Closed: « Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? » 

The revival of Edward Albee’s classic drama, starring Laurie Metcalf and Rupert Everett, had played just nine preview performances before Broadway went dark. With the scheduled April 9 official opening off the table, producers decided to close the show on March 21.

Postponed: « Flying Over Sunset »

The new musical by composer Tom Kitt (« Next to Normal, » pictured), lyricist Michael Korie (« Grey Gardens ») and book writer James Lapine (« Into the Woods ») was scheduled to begin performances on March 12 ahead of an official April 16 opening. On March 24 the Lincoln Center Theater announced the show’s opening would be pushed to the fall.

Postponed: « Birthday Candles » 

Noah Haidle’s play, starring Debra Messing and Andre Braugher, was due to begin performances in early April. But on March 25, Roundabout Theatre Company announced it would open this fall instead.

Postponed: « Caroline, or Change » 

Roundabout also delayed the opening of its revival of the Jeanine Tesori-Tony Kushner musical « Caroline, or Change, » starring Sharon D. Clarke in an Olivier Award-winning performance. The show had been set for an April 7 opening at Studio 54.

Postponed: « How I Learned to Drive » 

Manhattan Theatre Club announced on April 7 it was postponing a Mary-Louise Parker-led revival of « How I Learned to Drive » to the 2020-21 season. The Pulitzer-winning drama, with David Morse as co-star, was due to open April 22, just before the cutoff for this year’s Tony Awards.

Closed: « Beetlejuice » 

The Tony-nominated musical was being evicted from the Winter Garden Theatre on June 6 (even though ticket sales had dramatically improved over the fall and winter). Now producers are hoping to find a new theater when Broadway opens up, though there’s no guarantee that will happen. The adaptation of Tim Burton’s 1988 movie played played 27 previews and 366 regular performances.

Postponed: « Plaza Suite » 

A new revival of Neil Simon’s comedy starring Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick will now play March 19, 2021 through July 18, 2021. The show had been expected to begin previews at the Hudson Theater on March 13, the day after theaters were shut down.

Postponed: « MJ » 

The new Michael Jackson musical, starring Tony nominee Ephraim Sykes as the late King of Pop, had been planning to begin performances in July for an August opening. But now it’s pushed back its debut to next spring, with a new opening night set for April 15, 2021.

Closed: « Frozen » 

Disney’s stage version of the animated hit « Frozen » became the first long-running show to close due to the pandemic. The Tony-nominated show opened in March 2018 and played 825 performances and 26 previews.

Postponed: The Tony Awards  

Since there’s no word yet on when Broadway performances might resume, the Broadway League on March 25 indefinitely postponed this year’s Tony Awards, which had been scheduled for June 7 at Radio City Music Hall.

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Disney’s “Frozen” is the latest affected

When New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo closed Broadway theaters on March 12 in response to the coronavirus pandemic, the New York theater scene was heating up ahead of the Tony Awards — with 31 shows playing and another eight scheduled to begin performances by mid-April. Now the theaters will remain dark until at least September — and the Tony Awards have been postponed indefinitely. But the uncertainty of when theaters (and Broadway-bound tourists) might return has forced some producers to close shows early — or push new productions to sometime in the future.

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