Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill on Broadway: Show Is Now Closed

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Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill Summary

  • Show Status: Closed
  • Genre: Play with Music
  • Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill is 1.5 Hours long, including an intermission of None
  • 8 Shows per week
  • Previews Began: March 25, 2014
  • Show Opened : April 13, 2014
  • Show Closed: June 1, 2014

Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill is a play with music, recounting the life story of legendary jazz singer Billie Holiday through a fictionalized retelling of one of her final performances at an intimate bar in Philadelphia.

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The show is a segment of Billie Holiday's life and Featured powerful favorites such as “God Bless the Child,” “Taint Nobody’s Biz-ness,” and “What a Little Moonlight Can Do,” the show promises to be a moving and exciting revue. The play stars five-time Tony Award winner Audra McDonald, and is directed by her frequent collaborator Lonny Price.

What's Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill Like?

The immersive set-up of the Circle in the Square Theatre stage brings the audience closer to the scene of the actual Philadelphia bar where the play takes place. It's the final, but ultimately doomed, chance for Billie Holiday to make her singing comeback. Fighting her battle with drugs, addiction and the New York Police while battling her inner demons.

Is Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill Good for Kids?

Due to strong language, the show may be inappropriate for children 12 years old and under. Children under the age of 4 are not allowed to enter the theatre. Otherwise, children and teenagers will enjoy the classic tunes and relatable story.

Theatre Information

Circle In The Square Theatre

1633 Broadway
New York, NY 10019
Seats: 776
Entrance: Broadway, between 50th and 51st Streets
Theatre Information

Circle In The Square Theatre Seating Chart

Cast Members

Billie Holiday
Audra McDonald


Gabrielle Palitz

GFour Productions

Irene Gandy

Jeffrey Richards

Jerry Frankel

Jessica Genick

Ken Greiner

Rebecca Gold

Roger Berlind

Ronald Frankel

Will Trice

Production Credits

Lonny Price
Scenic Design
James Noone
Costume Design
Emilio Sosa
Lighting Design
Robert Wierzel
Sound Design
Steve Canyon
Music Coordinator
Michael Kely
Musical Arrangements/Orchestrations
Tim Weil
Lanie Robertson

Creative Team

General Manager
Richards Climan Inc
Company Manager
Daniel Hoyos at Richards Climan Inc
Technical Supervisor
Hudson Theatrical Associates
Advertising Representative
Serino Coyne
Press Agent
Jeffrey Richards Associates
Production Stage Manager
Timothy Semon