July 15 – August 20, 2023 TICKETS & TIMES

By Lanie Robertson
Musical Arrangements by Danny Holgate

LADY DAY AT EMERSON’S BAR & GRILL is a riveting portrait of Billie Holiday and the songs that made her famous. In a captivating evening of story and song, audiences will be transported to the gritty Philadelphia bar where the legendary jazz singer gave one of her final public performances in 1959. The hard-hitting musical chronicles the singer’s life story – both humorous and heart-wrenching – and celebrates the music she gave the world including “What a Little Moonlight Can Do,” “Strange Fruit,” “God Bless the Child,” and “Ain’t Nobody’s Business if I Do.”

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RUNNING TIME: Approx. 1 hr 30 min with no intermission
CONTENT ADVISORY: LADY DAY AT EMERSON’S BAR & GRILL is a historical drama. This production contains coarse language, mature themes, drug use, references to sexual violence and references to racism and racial violence including the use of racial slurs.

LADY DAY AT EMERSON’S BAR AND GRILL is presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals.

Director Darnell Pierre Benjamin
Music Director Jason Alexander Holmes

Scenic Design Tyler Gabbard
Costume Design Daryl Harris
Lighting Design Ashton Karp
Sound Design Avery Reynolds
Wig Design Tiara Jones

Producer Tyler Gabbard
Technical Director Doug Stock
Stage Manager Shauna Nelson

Billie Holiday Brandi La’Sherrill
Jimmy Dev Marvelous (Devon Moore)
Pepi Popsicle “Poppy”

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LANGUAGE: Sexual references, mild obscenities, and homophobic slurs.

ALCOHOL: Alcohol is consumed.

VIOLENCE: There is a boxing match in the musical.

FOR WHICH AUDIENCE: Kinky Boots is a mature musical comedy. The play is best suited for Grade 8 and up.

RATING: If it were a movie, Kinky Boots would be rated “PG-13.”


SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN is a family-friendly production, appropriate for all ages.

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