"Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill" (Porchlight Music Theatre): Rogers is The Lady!

"Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill" (Porchlight Music Theatre):  Rogers is The Lady!

Porchlight Music Theatre presents Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill.  The legendary Billie Holiday is in concert!  No, it’s not a return to Carnegie Hall.  It’s 1959 at a hole-in-the-wall joint in Philadelphia.  Unknown to her or her fans, the unique-sounding vocalist is making one of her final appearances.  The diva, known for her emotional, soulful sound, is four months away from death caused by cirrhosis of the liver.

Alexis J. Rogers and Jaret Landon in Porchlight Music Theatre's "Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill" by Lanie Robertson, directed by Rob Lindley. (photo credit: Kelsey Jorissen)The 44-year old singer reminds the audience what made her a tragic, musical icon.  Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill is as close to a Billie Holiday concert as most of us will ever get.

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