Powerful Long Ladder & Holy Trinity Revive Weathervane Playhouse's LADY DAY AT EMERSON'S BAR AND GRILL For Women's History Month

Powerful Long Ladder & Holy Trinity Revive Weathervane Playhouse's LADY DAY AT EMERSON'S BAR AND GRILL For Women's History Month

After playing to sold-out houses, standing ovations and an extended run at Weathervane Playhouse, one of Akron's premiere theatre companies, "Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill" is coming to Cleveland under the play's award winning director, Terrence Spivey with Akron native, Ms. Marissa Davis, reprising her role as Billie Holiday along with Cleveland musicians Ed Ridley and Bradford McGhee.

Marsha Gross of Pepper Pike stated, "I traveled from Cleveland to see this beautiful Weathervane production in Akron! I look forward to seeing it again with lots of friends!"

The critically acclaimed play will be staged by the collaborative new theatrical team Powerful Long Ladder and Holy Trinity Cultural Arts Center from Thursday, March 15 to Sunday, March 25 in The Underground at Holy Trinity Cultural Arts Center, 7209 Woodland Avenue in Cleveland's historic Fairfax District.

Showtime for Thursday through Saturday night performance will be at 7:30 pm. Showtime for Matinee performances will be at 3:00 pm on Saturday and Sunday. Every performance will offer limited priority seating. Group sales are also available. This production is intended for mature audiences only.

"The Underground," the company's theatrical venue, will be transformed into Emerson's Bar and Grill where Billie Holiday, played by Ms. Davis, will mesmerize and touch souls.

"Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill" is a musical drama written by Lanie Robertson. The time is 1959. The place is a seedy bar in Philadelphia. The audience is about to witness one of Billie Holiday's last performances, given four months before her death. More than a dozen musical numbers are interlaced with salty, often humorous, reminiscences to project a riveting portrait of "the lady" and her music.

Melanie YC Pepe, Weathervane's Chief Executive Artistic Director says of the extended run, "Weathervane Playhouse is thrilled that this production will continue after its recent sold-out, critically acclaimed run. It is an honor to work with these outstanding artists on this important play, and that the work created at Weathervane will be seen by a new and larger audience."

"It was an amazing experience directing this heart wrenching, but wonderful play at Weathervane Playhouse" said director Terrence Spivey. "There were constant sell outs and standing ovations accompanied with great reviews. I spoke to Pastor Clark and told him, we must bring this show to Cleveland to honor Women's History Month in March!" With the blessing of Weathervane's innovative Executive Artistic Director Melanie Pepe, it's coming to town with the same cast.

The mission of this Consortium is for the Arts to make theatrical, dramatic, thought provoking visual and performing arts available to urban centers across our city; to become a creative force and an educational resource for the community; and to harness and build upon legacy and the economic vitality of the arts.

This show will sell out quickly! A limited number of Club and Stage Level seats are available.

For group sales/ticket information, call 216.417.4571 or visit http://www.trinityculturalarts.org.

Photo Credit: aimeelambes.com, Courtesy of Weathervane Playhouse



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