Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill

Sponsored by:
  • Brown Forman

January 3 - January 29, 2017

Run Time: 1 hour, 30 minutes
There will be no intermission.

part of the Brown-Forman Series

by Lanie Robertson
directed by Bill Fennelly

Join jazz icon Billie Holiday for a cabaret evening of classic songs and the life story of a legend.

January 3 – 29, 2017

It’s March 1959, and at a small Philadelphia club, a star vocalist takes the stage for one of the last shows of her life. This powerhouse performance conjures jazz icon Billie Holiday for an intimate cabaret evening featuring live renditions of her most beloved classics, and a revealing glimpse into the troubled history of the woman behind the legend. Funny and heartbreaking, this play with music is a testament to one woman’s ability to mine humor from hardship—and to the transformative power of song.

CAFÉ seating

Purchase café seating, located in the front row of the intimate Bingham Theatre, and transport yourself to Emerson’s Bar and Grill! A truly unique and immersive experience, starting at $25.

To Purchase by Phone: Call our Box Office at 502.584.1205.
To Purchase Online: Once you have determined your performance date, select the Best Seats Available ticket option on the seat map to access the “Additional Seating” tickets.

Please Note
Stephanie Anne Johnson will play the role of Billie Holiday at the following performances:

  • January 21, 4 p.m.
  • January 22, 7:30 p.m.

Audience Advisory: Contains very strong language and the discussion of graphic, adult situations that may be disturbing to some patrons, as well as young audiences.
Age Recommendations: Ages 16+
Student Matinee Grade Levels: 11 & 12

Read the program for Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill here!

The Buzz about Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill

“I was going to be able to see a world class professional production right in my own backyard.” – Taylor Clemons,

“Deidrie Henry as Billie Holiday is, in a word, sublime. She takes this incredibly juicy character and effectively makes the audience feel joy, grief, and everything in between. Her voice, showing undeniable characteristics of Billie Holiday is one of it’s own.” – Taylor Clemons,

“Overall, I absolutely adored this production. Henry’s breathtaking performances as one of entertainment’s most tortured souls is worth the price of admission. She gives us a unique look into the psyche of a woman who while adored by all, seemed never truly happy.” – Taylor Clemons, Full Review

“A fantastic musical performance by Deidrie Henry as Billie Holiday.” – Rick Redding, Full Review

“With Deidrie Henry as Holiday, the audience soaked up Henry singing Holiday’s music and telling her stories.” – Elizabeth Kramer, The Courier-Journal Full Review

“Ms. Henry brought Lady Day to life in a performance that I won’t soon forget.” – Annette Skaggs, Full Review



For Accessibility information, call the Box Office at 502-584-1205 or email

Actors Theater of Louisville
316 West Main St.
Louisville, KY 40202
Box Office: 502.584.1205
502.371.0956 TDD

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