Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill
By Lanie Robertson
Step into Emerson's Bar and Grill and witness one of Billie Holiday's last performances in Philadelphia, in March 1959, four months shy of her death, at the age of 44. This drama with music examines and explores the life of this legendary performer, with more than a dozen of the jazz legends' songs in this riveting portrait of Holiday and her music. Songs include "God Bless the Child," "T'aint Nobody's Business If I Do," "Crazy He Calls Me" and "Easy Livin'."
Adult themes and language

The Cast

Billie Holliday

Jimmy Powers

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August 19 - September 5, 2021
Solvang Festival Theater
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Scenic Designer

Ed Haynes

Costume Designer

Kimberly DeShazo

Lighting Designer

Donna Ruzika

Sound Designer

Corwin Evans

Production Stage Manager

Sarah Ford*

Stage Manager

Generously Sponsored by
Jerry & Sharon Melson
Elise Roberts

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Press Release

*Member, Actors' Equity Association

Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill is presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals on behalf of Samuel French, Inc.

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