A celebration of life and art fully lived. “Music is light to me.” – Billie Holiday
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. Lean back, absorb the music and enjoy the ride.
News About LADY DAY AT EMERSON'S BAR & GRILL at The Human Race Theatre Company
BWW Review: LADY DAY AT EMERSON'S BAR AND GRILL Mesmerizes at Human Race Theatre Company
September 26, 2019
If you are a lover of theatre and great music, then LADY DAY AT EMERSON'S BAR AND GRILL at the Human Race Theatre Company is the show for you.
The Human Race and The Neon Present WOMEN OF INFLUENCE IN THE MOVIES
September 10, 2019
In honor of the hundredth anniversary of the Nineteenth Amendment, The Human Race Theatre Company's season-long theme is a?oeWomen of Influence: Their Power, Passion, and Pitfalls.a?? In that spirit, they've partnered with The Neon for a companion film series, a?oeWomen of Influence in the Movies.a?? Each of The Human Race's five mainstage productions will be paired with a thematically-related film, shown at The Neon on a Monday evening during the production's run.
The Human Race Kicks Off Its 33rd Season With LADY DAY AT EMERSON'S BAR & GRILL
August 30, 2019
In 1959, Billie Holiday, or a?oeLady Daya?? as she was called, performed one of her final shows in a run-down bar in South Philly. In Robertson's award-winning play, Holiday engages the audience with salty, often humorous reminiscences of her troubled life as a travelling performer in a segregated south. With the help of her piano man, Jimmy Powers, she lets music tell her story, sharing soulful, heart-wrenching and bawdy songs from her memorable canon including: a?oeStrange Fruit,a?? a?oeGod Bless the Child,a?? a?oeWhen a Woman Loves a Man,a?? and a?oeTaint Nobody's Business If I Do.a??
The Human Race Theatre Company Announces 33rd Season
April 10, 2019
"This may be the first time in our 33 years," stated Human Race Artistic Director and Founding Member Kevin Moore, "that we selected a season theme before we selected our shows." And for good reason. The 2019-20 Human Race Theatre season at the Loft Theatre coincides with the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment, the first step in all women having the right to vote and the catalyst for our movements for Equality.