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Lady Day… Understudy Performance

  • Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe 1646 10th Way Sarasota, FL 34236 USA (map)
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The entire run of Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill starring Melba Moore is SOLD OUT. There is, however, one opportunity to catch this spectacular show. You can see the Understudy Performance (with JoAnna Ford playing the role of Billie Holiday in place of Melba Moore) on Sunday, March 18 at 8 PM for a fraction of the regular price. Call the Box Office at (941) 366-1505
for more information. I will be playing bass for the show along with James Varnado on drums, under the direction of Levi Barcourt on piano.

by Lanie Robertson

It’s 1959 and legendary musical performer Billie Holiday appears in a small Philadelphia bar for one of her final performances. Audiences get more than expected. She sings a dozen of her beloved classics, like “God Bless the Child,” “Strange Fruit,” and “What a Little Moonlight Can Do,” and interlaces them with salty, sometimes funny, stories that reveal a riveting portrait of one of the greatest jazz/blues vocalists of all time.

Contains strong adult language and content

Earlier Event: March 11
Week 2 of Lady Day
Later Event: April 14
Highway 41 South