Photo Coverage: Dee Dee Bridgewater & More Celebrate LADY DAY Opening Night

The new Billie Holiday musical Lady Day starring Tony and multiple Grammy Award-winner Dee Dee Bridgewater, opened last night, October 3 at the Little Shubert Theatre (422 West 42nd Street, between 9th and 10th Avenues). Written and directed by Stephen Stahl, the musical makes its New York debut having been produced at the Theatre de Boulogne-Billancourt and Theatre du Gymnase Marie Bell in Paris as well as The Donmar Warehouse and The Piccadilly Theatre in London, where it received critical praise and garnered an Olivier "Best Actress in a Musical" Award nomination for Ms. Bridgewater. Check out photos from opening night below!

Along with Ms. Bridgewater, David Ayers (Wicked and SILENCE!) in the role of "Robert," Billie Holiday's Manager and newcomer Rafael Pouerietin the role of the "Assistant Stage manager" as well as James Cammack(veteran bass player for legendary jazz pianist Ahmad Jamal), Jerome Jennings (performer & drummer for Benny Golson andSonny Rollins),Neil Johnson (acclaimed tenor sax player for his international style) andBill Jolly (three-time Emmy Award winning pianist/composer/arranger) in the roles of the onstage musicians, complete the acting ensemble.

The original play with music on the life of Billie Holiday, "Lady Day" features a cavalcade of Holiday hit songs and tells the inspired and heart-wrenching story of how Billie attempts a final comeback performance. With a new book by Mr. Stahl, "Lady Day" brings the essence and spirit of the late, great Billie Holiday to the stage. Told through onstage triumphs and backstage personal trials, the production features over twenty-five standards including: "Don't Explain," "Good Morning Heartache," "A Foggy Day (In London Town)," "Them There Eyes," "Strange Fruit," "My Man," "God Bless the Child," and "Mean to Me."

Photo Credit: Stephen Sorokoff

Tony Bennett

Michael Feinstein

Shelly Burch & Martin Charnin

Leslie Uggams

Valerie Simpson

Leslie Uggams & Valerie Simpson

Thomas Gentile, Producer

Sheila Jordan

Brenda Braxton

Teri Lynn Carrington & Tulani Bridgewater-Kowalski

Ken Roberson & Jamie deRoy

Michael Feinstein & Tony Bennett

Leslie Uggams & Suzanne Bowling

Curtain Call Dee Dee Bridgewater

Curtain Call Rafael Poueriet

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David Ayers & Dee Dee Bridgewater

Richie Ridge & Dee Dee Bridgewater

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Stephen Sorokoff Stephen is also the cabaret/ music and co-theatre editor of the Times Square Chronicles. He studied at the Manhattan School of Music. Besides being a pianist, Stephen’s business career was in the Fashion Industry. He was CEO of a textile manufacturing facility and President of an international textile machinery company. Stephen was on the Board of Directors of the “First All Children’s Theatre” which brought the Stephen Schwartz musical The Trip and Captain Louie to the Kennedy Center in Wash DC. His wife Eda, an interior space designer and classical pianist was on the Board of Barrington Stage Company and is still active at BSC. Stephen’s photographs, videos and articles appear on, and The New York Observer. He is active in the entertainment events at the Friars Club, where he is a member. email:


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