It’s 1959, in a bar in South Philadelphia. It’s a bit rundown. You wouldn’t know it, but we’re in a moment of history – one of Billie Holiday’s legendary last performances.
As she sings her set (and it’s the greats – ‘Taint Nobody’s Business If I Do, Strange Fruit, What a Little Moonlight Can Do, Easy Livin’, God Bless the Child, and more), she shares the story of her life – a bit risqué, humorous, political, ecstatic, tragic. Lady Day comes to the fore as she looks back on a life, on an era.
Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill is produced by special arrangement with The Gersh Agency.
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"It’s just fantastic we can get Zahra Newman back on our stage – and not just for her charisma and her acting prowess, we get to hear her sing, too. And that’s seriously worth twice the ticket price. These songs blow your mind and move you to tears. It’s Zahra and her band, and it’s great theatre, perfect for a space like Belvoir." – Eamon Flack (Artistic Director)
Writer: Lanie Robertson
Director: Mitchell Butel
Associate Director: Zahra Newman
Musical Arranger: Danny Holgate
Set and Costumer Designer: Ailsa Paterson
Sound Designer: Andrew Howard
Lighting Designer: Govin Ruben
Cast: Zahra Newman
To be confirmed
September 14th, 2023
October 15th, 2023
Belvoir St Theatre - Upstairs Theatre
Recommended Age: 12yrs+
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