In Performance: LADY DAY's Dee Dee Bridgewater Sings 'Foggy Day in London Town'
In today's New York Times Arts Beat 'In Performance' video, jazz singer Dee Dee Bridgewater, who portrays Billie Holiday in the new musical "Lady Day," a bio-drama that featuring works from the Holiday's career, sings "A Foggy Day in London Town," written by George Gershwin, with lyrics by Ira Gershwin. "Lady Day," written and directed by Stephen Stahl, is currently playing at the Little Shubert Theater. (422 West 42nd Street, between 9th and 10th Avenues) Click here to watch!
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."