LADY DAY AT EMERSON'S BAR & GRILL Announced At Farmers Alley

Audiences will feel like they've taken a step back in time to a 50's jazz club in Pennsylvania – complete with the return of the lobby bar!

By: Apr. 15, 2022
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LADY DAY AT EMERSON'S BAR & GRILL Announced At Farmers Alley

After more than two years of anticipation, Farmers Alley Theatre will present the Tony-Award-winning musical play, Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill, written by Lanie Robertson.

The company will once again will partner with the Gilmore Piano Festival (Liberace!, Murder for Two, Old Wicked Songs) to produce this powerful show featuring the life and work of Lady Day herself, Billie Holiday. Running April 29-May 15, in conjunction with the Festival, our intimate black box will be transformed. Audiences will feel like they've taken a step back in time to a 50's jazz club in Pennsylvania - complete with the return of the lobby bar!

"Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill might be our most anticipated production of all-time, considering we had planned to produce it in the spring of 2020, right after the start of the pandemic," states Managing Artistic Director Jeremy Koch, "Luckily, with the light and of the tunnel shining and our magnificently talented artists still in place, we're able to bring Billie Holiday's story to our audience. And we're so grateful to once again collaborate with the world-renowned Gilmore Piano Festival. It just goes to show how important and vibrant the Arts are here in West Michigan."

Portraying "Lady Day" will be renowned Chicago Artist Alexis J Roston as she will be reprising her Joseph Jefferson Award - Chicago's Tony Award, The Black Theatre Alliance Award, and Black Excellence Award-winning performance as Billie Holiday. Malkia Stampley, producer at the famed Goodman Theatre in Chicago, will serve as the production's Director. Abdul Hamid Royal, another award-winning artist and Broadway veteran, will serve as the production's Music Director and portray Lady Day's pianist, Jimmy.

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, 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.

Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill runs for three weekends from April 29-May 15. Tickets are $44 on Fri/Sat/Sun and $39 on Thursdays. Student ticket pricing is $15 for all shows. Tickets are available for purchase at www.farmersalleytheatre.com or by calling the Box Office at (269) 343-2727.



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