Spend an intimate evening filled with some of the most inspiring and moving songs ever written and hear the personal stories of Holiday’s loves and losses through a turbulent but extraordinary life. With a glorious score featuring God Bless the Child, What a Little Moonlight Can Do, Strange Fruit, Crazy He Calls Me and Taint Nobody's Biz-ness you'd better pull up a chair and order a drink because this legend's got a life to sing.
Génèse du musical
Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill premiered at the Alliance Theatre, Atlanta, Georgia, on April 16, 1986, with direction by Woodie King, Jr., and Reenie Upchurch as Billie Holiday.
The play was next produced Off-Broadway at the Vineyard Theatre on June 5, 1986 and then opened in a Vineyard Theatre production at the Westside Theatre on September 7, 1986. The play closed on May 17, 1987 after 281 performances. Directed by Andre Ernotte, Lonette McKee starred as Billie Holiday. McKee left the play in February 1987 and S. Epatha Merkerson took over the role of Billie Holiday. The play won the 1987 Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Off-Broadway Book (Robertson).
The play opened on Broadway at Circle in the Square on April 13, 2014. Directed by Lonny Price, the play starred Audra McDonald as Billie Holiday and featured Shelton Becton as pianist Jimmy Powers. The sets are by James Noone, costumes by Esosa, lighting by Robert Wierzel and sound by Steve Canyon Kennedy. The play was originally scheduled for a limited 10-week engagement, but had extended to August 31, 2014. This is the second extension; the first was through August 10. The play extended for the third time, from September 9 to September 21 (the play was on hiatus September 1 to September 7 for McDonald's vacation). The play finally closed on October 5, 2014, after its fourth extension. Audra McDonald won her record-breaking sixth Tony Award for the production, and she became the only person to win in all four acting categories, this time winning for Best Actress in a Play. The play also won for Best Sound Design of a Play. McDonald will reprise her role in the West End at the Wyndham's Theatre, from June 15, 2016 through September 3. (She will take a 3-month break from her role on Broadway in Shuffle Along.)
This production was filmed at the Cafe Brasil in New Orleans and broadcast on HBO on March 12, 2016.
Among regional productions, the Hollywood Playhouse (California) produced the play in October 1987, with S. Epatha Merkerson as Billie Holiday and directed by Andre Ernotte. Ernotte said that he wanted to "deglamorize Billie: show the dark, sad side. So it's not so much a nightclub act as a theater play with music." He also noted that Merkerson brought another aspect to the role as an actress rather than as a singer. The play was presented at the Long Wharf Theatre, New Haven, Connecticut in November 2005, with Ernestine Jackson as Billie Holiday.
Liste des chansons
"I Wonder Where Our Love Has Gone" (music by Buddy Johnson; lyrics by Buddy Johnson)
"When a Woman Loves a Man" (music by Bernie Hanighen and Gordon Jenkins; lyrics by Johnny Mercer)
"What a Little Moonlight Can Do" (music by Harry Woods; lyrics by Harry Woods)
"Crazy He Calls Me" (music by Carl Sigman; lyrics by Bob Russell)
"Gimme a Pigfoot (And a Bottle of Beer)", (music by Wesley Wilson; lyrics by Wesley Wilson)
"God Bless the Child" (music by Billie Holiday and Arthur Herzog, Jr.; lyrics by Billie Holiday and Arthur Herzog, Jr.)
"Foolin' Myself" (music by Jack Lawrence and Peter Tinturin; lyrics by Jack Lawrence and Peter Tinturin)
"Somebody's on My Mind" (music by Billie Holiday and Arthur Herzog, Jr.; lyrics by Billie Holiday and Arthur Herzog, Jr.)
"Easy Livin'" (music by Ralph Rainger and Leo Robin; lyrics by Ralph Rainger and Leo Robin)
"Strange Fruit" (music by Abel Meeropol; lyrics by Abel Meeropol)
"T'ain't Nobody's Business If I Do" (music by Porter Grainger and Everett Robbins; lyrics by Porter Grainger and Everett Robbins)
"Don't Explain" (music by Arthur Herzog, Jr. and Billie Holiday; lyrics by Arthur Herzog, Jr. and Billie Holiday)
"What a Little Moonlight Can Do" (Reprise) (music by Harry Woods; lyrics by Harry Woods)
"Deep Song" (music by George Cory and Douglass Cross; lyrics by George Cory, Douglass Cross)
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