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Lanie Robertson

 
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Stage Credits

Productions

 
[Broadway, 2014]
Author

Writing

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Stage

Productions

Author

Writing
Bookwriter

Lanie Robertson Awards and Nominations

 
- 1993 - Most promising musical theatre librettist Gold Star
Lanie Robertson
 
Outer Critics Circle Awards - 1987 - Best Off Broadway Book Gold Star
Lanie Robertson, Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill

Lanie Robertson News

Theatrical Outfit Presents LADY DAY AT EMERSON'S BAR AND GRILL Next Month Photo Theatrical Outfit Presents LADY DAY AT EMERSON'S BAR AND GRILL Next Month
by Stephi Wild - May 11, 2022

Theatrical Outfit will conclude its return to the stage season with the return of a fan favorite production fused with a brand-new look – Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill by Lanie Robertson. Broadway’s Terry Burrell completely transforms into the iconic Billie Holiday in a mind-blowing performance that will leave you speechless.

Playhouse On Park Announces 2022-23 Season Photo Playhouse On Park Announces 2022-23 Season
by Stephi Wild - May 3, 2022

Patrons and friends from the Playhouse on Park community tuned in for Playhouse's Season 14 Big Reveal in-person and via livestream; the season was announced by Executive Director Tracy Flater and Co-Artistic Directors Sean Harris and Darlene Zoller.

Farmers Alley Theatre Regional Premiere Of LADY DAY AT EMERSON'S BAR AND GRILL Partne Photo Farmers Alley Theatre Regional Premiere Of LADY DAY AT EMERSON'S BAR AND GRILL Partners With The Gilmore Piano Festival
by A.A. Cristi - Apr 19, 2022

After more than two years of anticipation, Farmers Alley Theatre presents the Tony-Award-winning musical play, Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill, written by Lanie Robertson.  We are once again thrilled to be partnering 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. 

LADY DAY AT EMERSON'S BAR AND GRILL Comes to Theatre Tallahassee in May Photo LADY DAY AT EMERSON'S BAR AND GRILL Comes to Theatre Tallahassee in May
by Stephi Wild - Apr 18, 2022

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.

LADY DAY AT EMERSON'S BAR & GRILL Announced At Farmers Alley Photo LADY DAY AT EMERSON'S BAR & GRILL Announced At Farmers Alley
by A.A. Cristi - Apr 15, 2022

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. 

BWW Review: LADY DAY AT EMERSON'S BAR AND GRILL at FreeFall Theatre Photo BWW Review: LADY DAY AT EMERSON'S BAR AND GRILL at FreeFall Theatre
by Drew Eberhard - Apr 1, 2022

Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill is a play with music written by Lanie Robertson and this production is directed by Wren T. Brown. The musical premiered in 1986 in Atlanta, Georgia and its story recounts some events of Billie Holiday’s life leading up to this performance at Emerson’s four months shy of her death in 1959. Emerson’s is a small bar in South Philadelphia and the time is a midnight performance by Lady Day. Set to the backdrop of a piano center stage and a few cocktail tables around the space, we relive some events of Ms. Holiday’s life as told through stories found deep in her memory but living on the surface as if they just happened yesterday.

Florida Repertory Theatre Announces 25th Anniversary Season Photo Florida Repertory Theatre Announces 25th Anniversary Season
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Mar 30, 2022

Florida Repertory Theatre has announced its 25th Anniversary Season in the Historic Arcade and ArtStage Studio Theatres. The 2022-2023 Season opens to previews in the ArtStage Studio on September 20, and the nine-show season runs through May 21, 2023.

THE SOUND OF MUSIC Comes to La Mirada in April Photo THE SOUND OF MUSIC Comes to La Mirada in April
by Stephi Wild - Mar 29, 2022

La Mirada will present The Sound of Music beginning in April! The show stars Diane Phelan (Broadway: The King and I & South Pacific at Lincoln Center) as “Maria,” Christopher Carl (Broadway: South Pacific at Lincoln Center, Mamma Mia!) as “Captain von Trapp,” and Grammy nominee Suzanna Guzmán (The King and Iwith Yul Brynner, Bizet’s Carmen) as “Mother Abbess.'

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by Stephi Wild - Mar 28, 2022

Theatre Calgary Announces 2022-23 Season Photo Theatre Calgary Announces 2022-23 Season
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Mar 15, 2022

Theatre Calgary's Artistic Director Stafford Arima has announced their 2022-23 season of plays.

Lanie Robertson Videos

VIDEO: On This Day, April 13- Audra McDonald Returns to Broadway in LADY DAY AT EMERS VideoVIDEO: On This Day, April 13- Audra McDonald Returns to Broadway in LADY DAY AT EMERSON'S BAR & GRILL
by A.A. Cristi - Apr 13, 2018

On this day in 2014, Audra McDonald returned to Broadway as legendary jazz singer, Billie Holiday, in the musical drama, Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill.

LADY DAY AT EMERSON'S BAR AND GRILL Runs this November at Rep Stage VideoLADY DAY AT EMERSON'S BAR AND GRILL Runs this November at Rep Stage
by BWW News Desk - Oct 3, 2017

Rep Stage, the professional regional theatre in residence at Howard Community College (HCC), continues its 25th season with Lanie Robertson's Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill, directed by Danielle A. Drakes and music direction by Wil Lewis III.

VIDEO: LADY DAY's Audra McDonald Performs 'God Bless The Child' on BBC One VideoVIDEO: LADY DAY's Audra McDonald Performs 'God Bless The Child' on BBC One
by Caryn Robbins - Jul 26, 2017

Six time Tony Award winner Audra McDonald stopped by this past Sunday's THE ANDREW MARR SHOW on BBC One to perform 'God Bless The Child', a number from the critically acclaimed production of LADY DAY AT EMERSON'S BAR & GRILL

Exclusive: Audra McDonald Gets 'Shooketh'; Talks LADY DAY on Facebook Live
by Alan Henry - Jun 27, 2017

Audra McDonald took to Official London Theatre's Facebook page in partnership with BroadwayWorld following her opening performance of LADY DAY in the West End. The event was hosted by Jamie Lambert. Check out the video below!

STAGE TUBE: Audra McDonald Talks the Joys of Playing LADY DAY on MSNBC
by Stage Tube - Apr 17, 2014

As BroadwayWorld previously reported, Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill, Lanie Robertson's play with music, starring Audra McDonald, has extended its limited engagement at the Circle in the Square Theatre (235 West 50th Street, btwn. Broadway and 8th Avenue) through August 10, 2014. Leading lady Audra McDonald just visited Tamron Hall on MSNBC to chat about her Lady Day experience and you can check out the full interview below!

BWW TV: Audra McDonald is Billie Holliday! Meet the Company of LADY DAY AT EMERSON'S BAR AND GRILL
by BroadwayWorld TV - Mar 18, 2014

Five-time Tony winner Audra McDonald will return to the stage as legendary songstress Billie Hollidayin a revival of Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill. The show will open at the Circle in the Square Theatre on April 13 for a limited 10-week run. Performances will begin on March 25. The company just met the press yesterday and BroadwayWorld's Richard RIdge was there to chat with the whole gang. Check out what they had to say below!

BWW TV: It's Puppy Playtime! Audra McDonald Hunts for a LADY DAY Pooch
by BroadwayWorld TV - Mar 12, 2014

The Broadway premier production of Lanie Robertson's Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill is on the search for a small dog to perform with five-time Tony Award-winner Audra McDonald as the show has a dog written into it. The producers of the show have been looking for submissions for a small dog to be cast in the show and actual callbacks were held yesterday, March 11th at the Circle in the Square Theatre (1633 Broadway). Audra McDonald and Broadway animal trainer Bill Berloni were on hand to judge selected finalists and BroadwayWorld's Richard Ridge was there to chat with the whole gang. Go inside the puppy auditions below!

STAGE TUBE: Andrea Maulella, Andy Prosky and More Talk Penguin Rep's HOW THE WORLD BEGAN
by Stage Tube - Jun 29, 2013

Penguin Rep Theatre presents How the World Began, Catherine Trieschmann's thought-provoking new play examining contemporary America where religion, science and irreconcilable beliefs collide, beginning last night, June 28 in Stony Point (Rockland County), New York, directed by Penguin Rep founder and Artistic Director Joe Brancato will direct. Click below to watch interviews with the cast and creative team!

BWW TV: First Look at Highlights of Porchlight Music Theatre's LADY DAY
by BroadwayWorld TV - Feb 6, 2013

Porchlight Music Theatre celebrates Black History Month, with the third production in their 2012 - 2013 season, Lanie Robertson's Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill, February 2 - March 10, 2013, starring Alexis Rogers as Billie Holiday and directed by Porchlight Artistic Associate Rob Lindley with music direction by Jaret Landon, at Stage 773, 1225 West Belmont Ave. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the performance below.


Lanie Robertson Frequently Asked Questions

How many shows has Lanie Robertson written?
Lanie Robertson has written 1 shows including Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill (Bookwriter).

What awards has Lanie Robertson been nominated for?
Most promising musical theatre librettist () for and Best Off Broadway Book (Outer Critics Circle Awards) for Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill .

What awards has Lanie Robertson won?
Most promising musical theatre librettist () for and Best Off Broadway Book (Outer Critics Circle Awards) for Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill.