Background on Lady Day: The Musical


Lady Day is a musical play by Broadway artist Lanie Robertson which goes on at Emerson’s Bar and Grill. Billie Holiday, a Broadway legend marks the gist of this musical play since Lady Day describes a few experiences and moments of her life. This musical commenced in mid-1986 in Georgia in the Alliance Theatre of Atlanta. The musical later opened Off-Broadway. The journey from Off-Broadway to Broadway is quite long since it got on Broadway musical in 2014.

The plot of the entire musical play happened in South Philadelphia enlightening the classy Billie Holiday period of 1959 somewhere in March. It starts with Billie performing her musical in a bar which happened to be one of her last citations before she died in July of 1959. Jimmy Powers is on the piano with his noted skills and finger memory. The musical enlightens more about her life furthermore.

This play saw its next production at the Vineyard Theatre in mid-1986 and then, after a successful run, it opened at the Westside Theatre after a few months in 1986. The musical play went on for a whopping 281 performances before it was closed in mid-1987. Andre Ernotte directed the whole play where Mckee played Holiday. Lonette McKee quit the play somewhere in early 1987 and then the character of Holiday was taken up by a famous artist S. Epatha Merkerson who actually played a good role in getting the play an Outer Critics Circle Award of 1987 for being voted the best Off-Broadway role-play. The bright moments of this play got under the spotlight when it opened in the Square on April 13 of 2014. Yes, it was the Broadway at Circle. Lonny Price coordinated and administrated the musical play’s artists and other co-stars. This play had Billie’s role played by Audra McDonald and Powers was played by Shelton Becton. The stage, set, ensembles, lighting and sound were all managed by the industry’s reliable artists and co-workers.

Indeed, even in the clamoring clubs where she generally performed, Holiday frequently demanded aggregate calm before she would open her mouth. The calm generally held, as one of the considerable artists of the most recent century transformed jazz melodies and gauges into looking, and burning, representations of life and adoration turned out badly that cast a gleaming spell.

Mr. Robertson has quite modulated a convincing voice for these reflections, salty and cheeky, at times flaring into hot blasts of resentment, and inclined to gin-powered diversions. Ms. McDonald moves between the inclinations with an unsteady sharpness, passing on the glow and funniness in splendid, sparkling blasts that can rapidly die down into dim, severe ruminations on the wayward, neglectful furrow into which her life slowly fell.

This play was pre-booked with a lot of caution which included a restricted engagement of two and a half months. The play in 2014 was successful and it is expected that another version will be witnessed soon. The website shows how successful their play was and the artists involved. Broadway musical, as we know is an undying art form and it is music plays like this that keep it alive.

The 6 Greatest Playwrights of all Time

There’s no underestimating the benefit of a trip to the live theater. It has its own way of increasing your literary knowledge, empathy and psychological insight. Modern studies suggest that going to live theater is in fact much better than watching movies. Playwrights are the brains behind those brilliant theater acts. In all time, and in all places in the world, here are the 6 greatest playwrights who ever lived:

1.      William Shakespeare

If you don’t know who William Shakespeare was, then you must have been living under a rock. Shakespeare comes across the board as the linguistic equal of Sophocles. He has been unsurpassed in his trade. Shakespeare’s genius, metaphors and other contributions to the literary scene have always been used to measure poetic genius. His plays, dialog and well-developed characters are appealing in all ways, not to forget the intriguing theme that he so cleverly used to portray characters who stick to the mind. There’s no disputing the fact that Shakespeare is one of the greatest literary minds that ever lived.

2.      Henrik Ibsen

The 19th Century Norwegian playwright, poet and theater director, Henrik Johan Ibsen, is often referred to as ‘the father of realism’. He’s is popularly placed among the founders of theater modernism. Some of his major works include A Doll’s House, An Enemy of the People, Brand, The Wild Duck, and The Master Builder among many others. After Shakespeare, Henrik is the world’s most performed dramatist. His play, A Doll’s House, was the most popular play by number of performances as early as the 20th century. In European History, Ibsen is seen as one of the most prominent playwrights.

3.      Samuel Beckett

Irishman Samuel Barclay Beckett was a celebrated playwright, novelist, poet and theatre director who resided in Paris, and died in 1989. He’s written extensively in both French and English, and is regarded amongst the most authoritative writers from the 20th century. Beckett’s life’s work scopes black comedy, gallows humor, and a look at human existence. He is ranked amongst the most modernist writers ever, is the Nobel Prize winner in Literature, 1969.

4.      Arthur Miller

A distinguished American playwright and essayist, Arthur Asher Miller’s most popular plays include Death of a Salesman, All My Sons, A View from the Bridge and The Crucible. Death of a Salesman has been listed amongst the greatest American plays of the 20th century. He won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, and married the historic American model and popular culture icon, Marilyn Monroe.

5.      Kalidasa

Although much of his life is unknown, Kalidasa easily gets away with the title ‘greatest dramatist and poet in the Sanskrit language’. His drama and poetry are majorly based on Hindu Puranas. He most likely lived and wrote during the 5th Century AD.

6.      Jean Racine

One of the three greatest playwrights of the 17th century, Jean Racine was a Frenchman and legendary figure of western tradition. His work includes ‘Phedre’, ‘Les Plaideurs’, and ‘Andromaque’. Racine’s plays are exhibit a mind of purity, speed, elegance and fury. Many distinguished poets have unsuccessfully tried to translate his work to other languages, although most of Racine’s poetry is considered untranslatable.