Weathervane Playhouse Opens One-Woman Billie Holiday Show

Thu 1/11-Sun 1/21

Fri 1/26 & Sat 1/27

Update: Weathervanes Production of Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill has been extended to Fri 1/26 & Sat 1/27 due to sellout crowds.

It took the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum nominating committee too long to recognize what most of world knows: Billie Holiday was a major influence on music today. It inducted her only in 2000 after a member of that nominating committee had told me a few years earlier “She didn’t influence anyone.”

She died in 1959 at the age of 44 after a difficult life that she channeled into some of the most affecting and heartbreaking music ever made.

The one-woman show Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill presents an evening with her four months before she died, as she prepares for a performance and reflects on her life. Akron’s Weathervane Playhouse is presenting the show, helmed by one of Cleveland’s busiest directors Terrence Spivey, who also leads the theater program at Shore Culture Center and recently started his own company, Powerful Long Ladder, and has directed at virtually every theater in Northeast Ohio since he was laid off at Karamu in March 2016.

Marissa Nicole Davis takes the pivotal and demanding role of “Lady Day” as Holiday was known.

The show runs Thursdays through Saturdays @ 7:30 and Sundays @ 2:30 through Sun 1/21, with an additional show Tue 1/16 @ 10am. Tickets are $10-$22.


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