Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill

2021 Musical
Played October 28 - November 27, 2021 Evenings at 7:30pm • Saturday and Sunday matinees at 2pm

Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill


Winner 2014 Tony Award Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Play
Winner 2014 Tony Award Best Sound Design of a Play

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. In Robertson’s Tony award-winning play, Holiday engages the audience with salty, often humorous reminiscences of her troubled life as a travelling performer in a segregated south. With the help of her piano man, Jimmy Powers, she lets music tell her story, sharing soulful and heart-wrenching songs from her memorable canon including: “Strange Fruit,” “God Bless the Child,” “When a Woman Loves a Man,” and “Ain’t Nobody’s Business if I Do.”


The State Theater

Ticket Prices

General $42 • Senior/Military $38 • Student/Youth $25 View our Seating Chart, or learn about Rush Tickets and Pay What You Choose

Age Recommendation

11 and older with guidance

Content Advisory

Difficult themes and language


For patrons with mobility challenges, we offer front-row seats, accessible bathrooms, and gently sloping aisles. Wheelchair Seating is also available. Assisted Listening Devices are available free of charge at the Concessions Counter.
estimated run time 1 hr 40 mins


Alexandria J. Henderson*
Billie Holiday View
*Member of the Actor's Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.


Addison Daniels
Piano View
Lamar Lofton
Bass View
Maria Wulf
Drums View


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