The time is 1959. The place is a seedy bar in Philadelphia. The audience is about to witness one of Billie Holiday’s last performances, given four months before her death. More than a dozen musical numbers are interlaced with salty, often humorous, reminiscences to project a riveting portrait of the lady and her music.
By Lanie Robertson
Jazz icon Billie Holiday -- dubbed "Lady Day" by her friends -- forever changed the world of jazz and popular music with her pioneering vocal style. Despite great success and critical acclaim, Lady Day struggled with substance abuse and legal troubles for much of her life. In the months before her untimely death in 1959, Holiday played one of her final shows in a seedy little bar in South Philadelphia, singing some of her most beloved hits and telling stories from her life and career. "Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill" recreates this singular night in music history on the stage at the Overture Center's Wisconsin Studio. Synopsis provided by StageAgent.com.