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Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill

March 15, 2019 8:00PM  to  April 14, 2019 3:00PM

Show times are 8 p.m. Fridays & Saturdays | 3 p.m. Sundays | Studio Theater


  • Written by Lanie Robertson
  • Directed by Scott Spence
  • Musical Direction by Ed Ridley
  • Featuring Nicole Sumlin as Billie Holiday
  • Presented through special arrangement with Samuel French Inc.
  • Buy Early & Save! Use code BILLIE when ordering tickets online or over the phone to save $5 on adult or senior tickets before March 15
  • March 15 – April 14, 2019 | Studio Theater

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Nicknamed “Lady Day” by saxophonist Lester Young, Billie Holiday was one of the greatest jazz voices of all time. The award-winning Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill takes place in 1959 at a small Philadelphia club where she takes to the stage for one of the last shows of her accomplished, yet turbulent life. More than a dozen musical numbers, including “God Bless the Child” and “Strange Fruit,” are interlaced with salty, often humorous, reminiscences to project a riveting portrait of the lady and her music.

"Original and riveting." - The London Times

"Utterly intoxicating." – The Daily Telegraph

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CAC 4c NEW 27may09  Ohio Arts Council

Programming at Beck Center for the Arts is made possible through the generous support of the Ohio Arts Council. Beck Center gratefully acknowledges the generous funding provided by the citizens of Cuyahoga County through Cuyahoga Arts and Culture.

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