LADY DAY AT EMERSON’S BAR AND GRILL

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Garry Marshall Theatre presents the Tony-winning Broadway play Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill by Lanie Robertson, only for 15 performances from May 15 to June 2, 2019 — starring Deidrie Henry as Billie Holiday.

The time is 1959, 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 — including “What a Moonlight Can Do,” “Crazy He Calls Me,” “Easy Living,” Strange Fruit,” “Taint Nobody’s Biz-ness If I Do,” and “God Bless the Child” — are interlaced with salty, often humorous, reminiscences to project a riveting portrait of the lady and her music.

“In my imagination,” says playwright Lanie Robertson, “(Billie Holiday) enters, doesn’t know where she is, sees the microphone, and knows she’s supposed to sing. Once she starts singing, the music is like an injection of heroin. By the time she finishes, she knows where she is and what she has to do.” Late in life, Holiday could still bring the house to silence. The New York Times said, “The quiet usually held, as one of the great singers of the last century turned jazz songs and standards into searching, and searing, portraits of life and love gone wrong that cast a shimmering spell.”

Reviews

Travis Michael Holder - Ticket Holders LA

Billie Holiday is a legend and, as such, is surely a hard act to follow. Deidrie Henry, however, with the precision directorial guidance of Gregg T. Daniel and both of them paying deference to Lanie Robertson’s uncanny ability to bring Lady Day back to life, does far more than follow; she creates an indelible, mesmeric portrait of one of the greatest figures in American musical history.

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I cried, I laughed, my heart was twisted by the vividly scenes her words created in my mind. The pace and back-and-forth rhythm of songs and stories was just right, I was riveted every minute, and glad there was no intermission to break the spell. Director Gregg T. Daniel did an excellent job of bringing Lanie Robertson’s book to life.

sweet - Carol Edger-Germain - Colorado Blvd - ...read full review


Steven Stanley

Whether you’re a Billie Holiday fan or discovering Lady Day for the first time, expect to be spellbound by the divine Deidrie Henry and Garry Marshall Theatre’s powerful look back at Lady Day At Emerson’s Bar & Grill.

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Deborah Klugman

Wonderfully supported by Royal and Leary (who also engage in a brilliant instrumental number on their own), Henry renders her vocals with poise and skill. The stories she spins from Holiday’s past are relayed with the intimacy and candidness you’d anticipate from a gifted talent with few illusions left.

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She has a presence that defies logic somehow. Her performance is astonishing, beautiful and profoundly moving. And when she sings the roof rises, the audience holds its breath and time stands still.

sweet - Samantha Simmonds-Ronceros - NoHo Arts District - ...read full review


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An exquisite portrait is painted of the legendary Billie Holiday by another unforgettable singer, Deirdre Henry, who stars in Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill at Garry Marshall Theatre. It’s a must-see for lovers of great songs well sung, plus the stories behind the songs.

sweet - Margie Barron - Tolucan Times - ...read full review


Carol Kaufman Segal

Royal and Leary are an outstanding combo and the three musicians light up the show.

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Travis Michael Holder - Ticket Holders LA

Billie Holiday is a legend and, as such, is surely a hard act to follow. Deidrie Henry, however, with the precision directorial guidance of Gregg T. Daniel and both of them paying deference to Lanie Robertson’s uncanny ability to bring Lady Day back to life, does far more than follow; she creates an indelible, mesmeric portrait of one of the greatest figures in American musical history.

sweet - Travis Michael Holder - Ticketholders LA - ...read full review


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I cried, I laughed, my heart was twisted by the vividly scenes her words created in my mind. The pace and back-and-forth rhythm of songs and stories was just right, I was riveted every minute, and glad there was no intermission to break the spell. Director Gregg T. Daniel did an excellent job of bringing Lanie Robertson’s book to life.

sweet - Carol Edger-Germain - Colorado Blvd - ...read full review


Steven Stanley

Whether you’re a Billie Holiday fan or discovering Lady Day for the first time, expect to be spellbound by the divine Deidrie Henry and Garry Marshall Theatre’s powerful look back at Lady Day At Emerson’s Bar & Grill.

sweet - Steven Stanley - StageSceneLA - ...read full review


Deborah Klugman

Wonderfully supported by Royal and Leary (who also engage in a brilliant instrumental number on their own), Henry renders her vocals with poise and skill. The stories she spins from Holiday’s past are relayed with the intimacy and candidness you’d anticipate from a gifted talent with few illusions left.

sweet - Deborah Klugman - Stage Raw - ...read full review


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She has a presence that defies logic somehow. Her performance is astonishing, beautiful and profoundly moving. And when she sings the roof rises, the audience holds its breath and time stands still.

sweet - Samantha Simmonds-Ronceros - NoHo Arts District - ...read full review


Avatar

An exquisite portrait is painted of the legendary Billie Holiday by another unforgettable singer, Deirdre Henry, who stars in Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill at Garry Marshall Theatre. It’s a must-see for lovers of great songs well sung, plus the stories behind the songs.

sweet - Margie Barron - Tolucan Times - ...read full review


Carol Kaufman Segal

Royal and Leary are an outstanding combo and the three musicians light up the show.

sweet - Carol Kaufman Segal - Carol's Culture Corner - ...read full review