New York City
At a small Philadelphia club in March 1959, a vocalist takes the stage for one of the last shows of her life. Her name? Billie Holiday.
The powerhouse performance that is Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill conjures the iconic jazz singer-songwriter for an intimate cabaret evening, complete with live renditions of Holiday’s most beloved songs and a glimpse into the troubled history of the woman behind the legend. This play with music is a testament to one woman’s ability to mine humor from hardship — and to the transformative power of song. It’s written by Lanie Robertson, directed by Bill Fennelly, and stars Deidrie Henry (winner of a Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award for Yellowman).
Note: Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill contains strong language and discussion of graphic, adult situations that may be disturbing to some patrons. The show is recommended for ages 16 and up.