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.

7 Things You Didn’t Know About Super Star Audra McDonald

If you’re a theater fanatic, then you definitely know who Audra McDonald is.

The Essence Magazine April Cover Star, Audra has won multiple awards and accolades for her excellent portrayal of music legend Billie Holiday. Since Broadway revived Shuffle Along, McDonald has been spending most of her time there. Of late, we’ve also heard that she’s expecting a baby, which led to this summer’s postponing of London’s Lady Day performance at West End. But in addition to all these details that are scattered all over news platform and the entertainment web, we look deep into her life and resurface the interesting things that you might not have known about this superstar.

  • Her childhood drama – McDonald’s career started revealing itself when she was a small kid, she mostly feared rain and she would cry at any sight of it .Her parents realized that she was very dramatic and they channeled that energy into arts and it definitely worked out.
  • Attendance at Julliard where she didn’t fit in – Her passion for the stage made her apply at Julliard where she came to realize that it was not her place since they emphasized on opera music programs while her passion was on Broadway. At Julliard, she met Viola Davis who was studying acting at that time and they became good friends. She felt that the opera program she was undertaking was a waste of time for she was no good at it.
  • Her attempt to commit suicide – The experience at Julliard and the feeling that that’s not what she really wanted to do frustrated her and after two years at the Julliard art school she felt that she couldn’t bear it any longer and she attempted suicide. The Black student affairs director was the one who came to her aid by recommending a psychiatrist for her. She took a year off from school and joined a touring company, she later went back to Julliard to get her degree.
  • Her victory at Tony Awards – Despite the feeling that Julliard was not her place it still played a major role in her career for she won her first Tony award one year after college for her role in Carousel.
  • Her latest history-making Broadway project – Shuffle Along which starred Josephine Baker and Paul Robinson, is based on 1921 musical and it made history as one of the first African-American musicals to be ever performed on stage. This musical is yet to make history again as the first Broadway musical written and performed by African-American. It’s going to be a great hit this time.
  • Her six Tony awards do not define her – Audra is an actress who many people emulate, she has a strong will and does what no actress has done before and she continues to work harder and she says that the Tony awards do not slow her performance rather she gets motivated to do more.
  • Her desire to make her 15-year-old daughter proud – Audra lives for her daughter and she is proud of her for she is aware of the problems related with racialism and she is active in the Black Lives Matter Movement. Just like many parents are proud of their children, she also feels the same and all she wants is to leave behind a legacy for her daughter and to make her proud.

Certainly, Audra has got something great going, but it all didn’t come easy. She’s had to work hard and channel a lot of energy into her talent, and that’s precisely why she’s the successful actress we know today!

This Summer’s Season of Lady Day at EMERSON’S BAR & GRILL Postponed

Lady Day at Emmerson’s Bar & Grill is an award-winning hit that most play enthusiasts love to watch. But things aren’t looking so good this summer. Reportedly, the play’s star, Audra McDonald is expectant, and will be off the stage for quite a while.

Lady Day, a Broadway hit, had been scheduled to show at Wyndham’s theater starting 25th June. Since this is not happening, though, produces will announce dates for a later run anytime soon.

McDonald has bagged multiple Ton Awards, with her latest (sixth) recognizing her for an excellent performance portraying music legend Billie Holiday in New York. McDonald is very happy about the little miracle that has come into her life. She was quoted saying, “Who knew that tap dancing during perimenopause could lead to pregnancy? Will and I are completely surprised—and elated—to be expecting a new addition to our family. I am so very grateful…

Of course, I’m disappointed I have to postpone my West End debut in Lady Day, but I look forward to rescheduling as soon as possible.”

McDonald is currently featuring on Broadway production Shuffle Along. She was set to make the West End debut in London for the highly acclaimed drama that highlights the life, love and loss of Holliday’s staggering story for audiences across the world.

The reception for the London show has already been very warm, with plummeting ticket purchases. However, individuals who had already bought tickets have been advised to get in touch with their Box Office towards arranging a refund. Apparently, the high-placed opportune to witness Audra McDonald perform many of the singer’s most iconic hits will have to wait a little bit longer for theater aficionados.

About Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill

Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill is one of the most popular modern-time plays there is. Created by Lanie Robertson, it recounts events in the life of legendary singer Billie Holiday. The play premiered at the Alliance Theatre in George back in 1986, before playing Off-Broadway. Lady Day opened on Broadway more recently in April 2014, directed by Lonny Price. Actress Audra McDonald starred Billie Holiday, featuring Shelton Becton as pianist Jimmy Powers. Sets were created by James Noone, with Esosa taking care of the costumes.


Actress & Recent Updates

By the time the play was closed in October 2014, Audra McDonald garnered six record-breaking Tony Awards for the show. She also became the first person to prosper in all four categories for the acting awards, not to forget winning for the Best Actress in a Play. The Play scored an award for the Best Sound Design. It was filmed at New Orleans’s Café Brasil and broadcast on HBO starting March 12th, 2016. More recently, McDonald was scheduled to re-appear in West End at Wyndham’s Theatre between June 15th and September 3rd this year. However, appearance was postponed since McDonald and her husband (Will Swenson) are expecting a baby.

The Plot

Lady Day takes place in South Philadelphia starting March 1959. In the scene, Billie Holiday performs in a run-down bar before she met her death in July of the same year. As she sings, she is telling stories about her life and has Jimmy Powers at the piano.

Upcoming Events at Mizner Amphitheatre

Events are organized at Mizner Amphitheatre every year for different reasons. While some events are held purely for entertainment purposes with all the arrangements to make the audience enjoy the occasion most, some other are organized with a noble purpose to gather support and care of the people to deal with some dreaded diseases such as Alzheimer and breast cancer. However, all the events at Mizner Amphitheatre are able to attract more audience. Here are the names and purposes of some events at Mizner Amphitheatre.

  1. WALK TO END ALZHEIMER’S2262583719_1590bab899_m

Date and Time of the Event: 8.00 am, Sunday, 27th September 2015.

Alzheimer Association is arranging events to get the support and care of people of all ages to fight against the Alzheimer disease, the nation’s sixth primary cause of death. The events are held with the purpose of increasing awareness among the people about this disease and to get support and care to deal with the severity of the situation. These events are arranged annually around six hundred communities, and millions of participants join these events to provide support to those Alzheimer patients.


Date and Time of the Event: 6.00 am, Saturday, 10th October 2015

2145896360_00b5c9c163_mIn this event, many top artists will come together to perform the classic80s hits. This is an outdoor event and all the facilities such as live music, drinks, food and wine will be available to make it a great occasion forever. The top freestyle artists will entertain you with your favorite songs and this event will be one of the biggest concerts of 2015 and enjoyed by many people from across the world.

The main attractions of this event are Sugarhill Gang’s “Rappers delight”, Giggles “Love Letter”, TKA’s “Maria”, George Lamond’s “Bad of the heart”, Johnny O’s” Dreamboy Dreamgirl”, Judy Torres “Come into my arms” and many more for your entertainment.

You can purchase food and beverages and limited parking is available nearby the amphitheatre for $20. Paid and free parking is also available at downtown library and city halls, a walking distance from the amphitheatre.  There is also parking nearby at Mizner Park Apartments.


Date and Time of the Event: 8.00 am, Saturday, 24th October 2015.

Making Stride Against Breast Cancer is one of the largest networks that plays an important role in increasing awareness among the people about the breast cancer. The event will be held with the purpose of collecting fund to support the cancer patients and also enable American Cancer Society to work in a better way and to provide free information to the needy and to guide people how to deal with this disease effectively and how it can be cured in the initial stages.


Date and Time of the Event: 7. 00 pm, Sunday, 22nd November 2015.

The FAU Wind Ensemble, the Marching Owls, and the Jazz Band’s combination will make it a great event and every participant will enjoy it the most. Two hundred musicians will be there to entertain the audience.

Chairs and blankets are welcome in this event, and rented chairs are also available. Food and beverages will be there for purchase. Free parking is available at the downtown library and city hall, a walking distance from the amphitheatre.  Palmetto Park Realty in Boca Raton has also donated some parking at their office spaces, located behind the Bank of America building.