LADY DAY Plays Actors Fund Benefit Performance Tonight
Don't miss an exclusive Jazz and Broadway experience when WBGO Jazz 88.3 FM joins forces with The Actors Fund to host a special benefit performance of Lady Day, the new musical about Billie Holiday starring Tony and multiple Grammy Award winner Dee Dee Bridgewater tonight, September 24, at 7:00 pm at the Little Shubert Theatre, 422 West 42nd Street (between 9th & 10th Avenues) in New York City. Tickets for Lady Day are on sale now.
Bridgewater's friend, the renowned classical vocalist Jessye Norman, will serve as the evening's Honorary Chair and Hostess. The two have collaborated on past projects including Honor! A Celebration of African American Cultural Legacy, a month-long festival curated by Norman for Carnegie Hall.
"This benefit is another outstanding partnership that brings together the spirit of Broadway and Jazz," said Amy Niles, Acting President and CEO of WBGO. "It is a natural progression to continue to unite the fans of the two musical genres as we pay tribute to the incomparable Billie Holiday. To watch our own Dee Dee Bridgewater in this incredible portrayal while benefiting WBGO and The Actors Fund is even more special."
Benefit tickets are $88, including the performance and post-show Talk Back. A limited number of tickets are available at $250, which includes premium seating, pre-show cocktail reception and post-show Talk Back. Proceeds from theSeptember 24 performance only, benefit WBGO and The Actors Fund; all sales are final and tickets cannot be exchanged, refunded or re-sold. Tickets and further information: www.WBGO.org/LadyDay.
Previews for Lady Day begin September 19 and the opening is slated for October 3.
Told through onstage triumphs and backstage personal trials, Lady Day sharesthe heart-wrenching story of Billie Holiday's attempt at a final comeback performance. Bridgewater brings alive the essence and spirit of Holiday while featuring more than 25 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."
Host of WBGO's JazzSet, which airs on NPR stations across the nation, Bridgewater has received nine Grammy Award nominations and three wins: Best Jazz Vocal Album for "Dear Ella," Best Arrangement Accompanying a Vocal for "Cotton Tail" (from "Dear Ella"), and the 2011 Grammy for Best Jazz Vocal Album for Eleanora Fagan (1915-1959): To Billie With Love From Dee Dee. Broadway audiences will remember her role as Glinda, the Good Witch, in The Wiz, a performance that won her the Tony Award's Best Featured Actress in a Musical and showcased her incredible voice, beauty and stage presence. In addition to her concert performances around the world, Ms. Bridgewater serves as UN Goodwill Ambassador for the. No stranger to the stage, she has starred in productions of Sophisticated Ladies, Cosmopolitan Greetings, Black Ballad, Carmen Jazz and Cabaret.
Along with Bridgewater, David Ayers (Wicked and SILENCE!) in the role of "Robert," Billie Holiday's Manager, and newcomer Rafael Poueriet in 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 and Sonny Rollins) and Bill Jolly (three-time Emmy Award winning pianist/composer/arranger) in the roles of the onstage musicians, complete the acting ensemble.