Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill

by Lanie Robertson

It’s 1959 and legendary musical performer Billie Holiday appears in a small Philadelphia bar for one of her final performances. Audiences get more than expected. She sings a dozen of her beloved classics, like “God Bless the Child,” “Strange Fruit,” and “What a Little Moonlight Can Do,” and interlaces them with salty, sometimes funny, stories that reveal a riveting portrait of one of the greatest jazz/blues vocalists of all time.

Contains strong adult language and content

"searing portrait of a woman whose art was triumphant."  On Stage

“Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill” is presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH, INC.


VIDEO: See excerpts from Lady Day!


cast and creative:

Levi Barcourt* (Jimmy Power)

JoAnna Ford *(Understudy)

Melba Moore* (Billie Holiday)


KATORI HALL (Playwright)

CHUCK SMITH (Director)