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Florida Rep Kicks off 25th Season With LADY DAY AT EMERSON'S BAR AND GRILL

The musical runs in the intimate venue from Sept. 23 – Oct. 30.

Florida Rep Kicks off 25th Season With LADY DAY AT EMERSON'S BAR AND GRILL

Florida Repertory Theatre's 25th Anniversary Season opens in the ArtStage Studio Theatre with "Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill" by Lanie Robertson, a biographical look at the life and music of jazz legend, Billie Holiday. The ArtStage Studio Theatre transforms into a seedy Philadelphia club where Holiday gave her last public performance to pay tribute to one of the great artists of the twentieth century.

The musical runs in the intimate venue from Sept. 23 - Oct. 30, with discounted previews Sept. 20 - 22. Tickets start at $63 for regular performances and $39 for previews and are available online at www.floridarep.org and through the box office at 239-332-4488 or toll-free at 877-787-8053.

Subscriptions are on sale now for 6, 7, 8, or nine shows and start as low as $216 for six shows. Discounted previews are selling out fast in the ArtStage Studio, and popular Flex Passes allow patrons to lock into $56 tickets before prices go up with demand.

"We are thrilled to celebrate twenty-five years with you this year," said Artistic Director, Greg Longenhagen. "This love letter to one of the great jazz artists of the twentieth century is a wonderful way to welcome you back to the ArtStage. 'Lady Day' takes an honest and hard-hitting look at Billie's life and music, and you'll hear all of her greatest hits and witness how she overcame tremendous obstacles to bring her beautiful music to life for audiences. Our 2022-2023 line-up has something for everyone, and we hope you'll join us for this exciting season opener!"

"Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill" stars Philadelphia-based actors Ebony Pullum as Billie Holiday and Garrick Vaughan as Jimmy Powers, her friend and piano player. Ms. Pullum is a veteran of the Philadelphia stage and makes her Florida Rep debut after a recent appearance as Billie Holiday with the Curio Theatre. Mr. Vaughan is an accomplished actor-musician who returns to Florida Rep after appearing in "Buddy: the Buddy Holly Story" last spring.

The production features a live band onstage again in the ArtStage. Mr. Vaughan plays piano and is joined by Matt Koller on drums and Perry Orfanella on bass. Both return to the ArtStage after playing in last season's opener, "Let's Fall in Love."

The production is directed by Ansley Valentine, a veteran of the regional stage, making his Florida Rep Debut. Mr. Valentine's credits include Cleveland Play House, Indiana Rep, Studio Arena, and others. He is a company member at Fonseca Theatre in Indianapolis and Actors' Reading Collective in the San Francisco Bay Area. He now heads the graduate directing program at Indiana University-Bloomington.

Valentine is joined by an expert creative team, including musical director Matt Koller, ensemble scenic designer Dennis Maulden ("Let's Fall in Love"), costume designer Tony Toney ("Let's Fall in Love"), lighting designer Joel Zishuk ("Let's Fall in Love"), sound designer Katie Lowe ("Maytag Virgin"), and ensemble stage manager Janine Wochna ("Maytag Virgin").

"Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill" is generously sponsored by Northern Trust and Sam Galloway Ford-Lincoln.

"Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill" by Lanie Robertson plays in the ArtStage Studio Theatre Sept. 23 - Oct. 30 with discounted previews Sept. 20-22. Performances are Tuesday - Saturday at 7 PM, Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday at 2 PM, and 8 PM for the opening night performance on Friday, Sept. 23. Florida Rep's parking lot opens 2 hours before each performance and offers guests FREE PARKING across the street from the Arcade Theatre.

Florida Repertory Theatre is committed to the safety of its patrons, volunteers, staff, and artists. Until further notice, Florida Rep is operating with enhanced health and safety measures, and current protocols are outlined on the theatre's website by clicking this link: https://cloud.broadwayworld.com/rec/ticketclick.cfm?fromlink=2191768®id=298&articlelink=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.floridarep.org?utm_source=BWW2022&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=article&utm_content=bottombuybutton1/buy-tickets/protocols-for-safety

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