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First Look at LADY DAY AT EMERSON’S BAR AND GRILL at Metropolis

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Metropolis Performing Arts Center presents Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill through March 12, 2022.

Check out the photos and video below!

1959 Philly, in a dilapidated seedy bar, billie holiday captivates a cabaret crowd as she takes audiences on a journey through the ups and downs of a tumultuous and tragic life in the blues. Interspersed with iconic songs like God Bless the Child, Crazy He Calls Me and Strange Fruit, Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill has front row seats for one of the legendary jazz singer’s final performances. The iconic singer takes us on a spellbinding journey through a lifetime of unforgettable music and memorable events, to the birthplace of the blues. Filled with wry humor and painful hope, it’s a riveting portrait of one of the greatest jazz and blues singers of all time. Featuring intimate yet stunning renditions of Holiday’s beloved repertoire, Lady Day is an unforgettable and touching portrait of this beloved icon.

Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill contains graphic and explicit language. This biographical account includes intense emotional components and vivid descriptions which may be sensitive to some audience members – viewer discretion is advised.

COVID Protocols: All guests will be required to show proof of vaccination (along with photo ID) to enter the theater, or show proof of a negative covid test as well as wear a mask when in the theater in the theatre. For more information on covid protocols, visit the Metropolis website.

Lady Day preview performances at Emerson’s Bar and Grill will run from January 27-30, 2022; Regular performances run from February 2 through March 12, 2022. Preview tickets are $35, regular series tickets are $40, and can be purchased online at MetropolisArts.com, by phone at 847.577.2121, or by email. -email to [email protected].

The Metropolis cast for Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill includes Mardra Thomas (billie holiday), The Ricky Harris (Jimmy Powers/Music Director) and Jenece Upton (double billie holiday).

Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill is by Lanie Robertson. Directed by Anthony Sims, assistant directed by Rachael Calcote, music conducted by The Ricky Harris. The designers are Jos N. Banks (Costume Designer), T. Chester, PhD (Dramaturg), Stacey Coleman (Properties Designer), Sharese King, PhD (Dialect Coach), Sydney Lynne (Scenic Designer), Christopher Moore II (lighting designer), David Moreland (technical director) and Edward Richardson (sound designer). The Associate Artistic Director of Metropolis is Sabrina Odigie, the Production Director of the works produced is Alejandro Treccani, the Acting Production Director is Maya Baumann.

The costume sponsor for Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill is Lynn & Doug Steffen; Seasonal Costume Stocking Sponsor is Jennifer Burnidge, State Farm, CLU, CHFC; The painting season sponsor is Marc Poulos Painting. Metropolis is partially supported by grants from the Illinois Arts Council Agency and the Ecolab Foundation.

The Metropolis 2021-2022 subscription series continues with many popular theater productions: the groovy 60s musical revue SHOUT! Le Mod Musical (April 28 – June 11, 2021), and a joyful Alain Menken hit musical (July 14 – August 27, 2022).

Become a subscriber and see all 3 shows and save 25% or more on the single ticket price:

3 shows at regular price from $105 to $120; 3 Show subscription price $75-$90

Subscribers receive additional benefits including easy ticket redemptions at the box office window or by mail or phone, 10% off tickets to select shows throughout the year, and cast chat and directors on certain dates.

Metropolis is located in the heart of Chicago’s northwest suburbs in downtown Arlington Heights at the intersection of Campbell and Vail Avenue (111 West Campbell Street). Street parking is available. Free parking is available in the public garage behind the theatre. For more information on Metropolis and a full performance schedule, visit MetropolisArts.com or call the box office at 847.577.2121.

Mardra Thomas

Photos and video: First look at LADY DAY AT EMERSON'S BAR AND GRILL at Metropolis
Mardra Thomas

Photos and video: First look at LADY DAY AT EMERSON'S BAR AND GRILL at Metropolis
Mardra Thomas

Photos and video: First look at LADY DAY AT EMERSON'S BAR AND GRILL at Metropolis
Mardra Thomas

Photos and video: First look at LADY DAY AT EMERSON'S BAR AND GRILL at Metropolis
Mardra Thomas

Photos and video: First look at LADY DAY AT EMERSON'S BAR AND GRILL at Metropolis
Mardra Thomas

Photos and video: First look at LADY DAY AT EMERSON'S BAR AND GRILL at Metropolis
Mardra Thomas