Lady Day’s Timeless Magic Returns to Old Town’s Cygnet Theatre

The Cygnet Theatre is set to enchant audiences once again with a soul-stirring production of “Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill.” This captivating play, directed by Wren T. Brown and presented in association with the Ebony Repertory Theatre, promises to take theatergoers on a mesmerizing journey through the life and music of the legendary Billie Holiday.

Set in 1959 in a cozy, intimate bar in Philadelphia, “Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill” transports the audience to a pivotal moment in history. It’s a night that would become one of the final performances of Billie Holiday’s extraordinary career, unbeknownst to the mesmerized crowd. As the lights dim and the spotlight focuses on the stage, Karole Foreman steps into the iconic role of Billie Holiday, breathing life into the music, the memories, and the haunting beauty of Holiday’s unforgettable voice.

Karole Foreman, known for her remarkable performances in “A Little Night Music,” takes on the daunting task of portraying the mythically iconic Lady Day. The Grunion Gazette raved about her performance, describing it as “SEARING,” and it’s no wonder why. Foreman’s portrayal of Billie Holiday captures the essence of the legendary jazz singer, holding the audience captive with her poignant voice and emotionally charged songs.

The play, written by Lanie Robertson, is a powerful blend of storytelling and music. Through Billie Holiday’s iconic songs, including “Strange Fruit,” “God Bless the Child,” and “Summertime,” the audience is transported through time, sharing in Lady Day’s loves and losses. Each note, each lyric, becomes a window into the soul of this remarkable artist, allowing us to connect with her on a profound level.

Wren T. Brown’s direction brings an added layer of depth to the production, ensuring that every moment on stage is filled with authenticity and emotion. The synergy between the talented cast and crew, including the Ebony Repertory Theatre, creates an atmosphere where Billie Holiday’s spirit is palpable, and her story resonates deeply with everyone in the room.

“Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill” is not just a play; it’s a musical experience that pays homage to one of the greatest jazz singers of all time. Billie Holiday’s music transcends generations, and this production captures the essence of her artistry like never before. Whether you’re a die-hard jazz fan or someone discovering her magic for the first time, this show is a must-see.

The Cygnet Theatre invites you to immerse yourself in the world of Billie Holiday from January 24th to February 18th, 2024. Treat yourself or a loved one to an unforgettable night of music and storytelling. Join us for an evening that celebrates the enduring legacy of Lady Day, a timeless artist whose voice continues to inspire and move audiences around the world.

Don’t miss your chance to witness the magic of “Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill” at the Cygnet Theatre. Get ready to be transported to a bygone era and experience the power of Billie Holiday’s music like never before.

Dates – Jan 24 – Feb 18, 2024

Phone – (619) 337-1525

Address – 4040 Twiggs St, San Diego, CA 92110