Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill

written by Lanie Robertson
directed by Summer L. Williams
MainStage Theater
MAR 28-APR 19/2020

Lady Day At Emerson’s Bar and Grill
a biographical play with iconic music
by Lanie Robertson


It’s 1959 in a bar in South Philadelphia for one of Billie Holiday’s final performances before her untimely death. At an intimate evening with Billie and her pianist, Holiday’s most famous songs are interlaced with reminiscences from her life, told with her unique, salty humor. Featuring “What a Little Moonlight Can Do” and “Strange Fruit”, this biographical play with music by Lanie Robertson tells the incredible story of an icon who consistently battled racism, abuse, and addiction for her chance to sing.

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Creative Team
Summer L. Williams, Director
Summer L. Williams