“Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill” Begins Performances Sept 9 at Milwaukee Rep

Milwaukee Repertory Theater launches the Stackner Cabaret 2016/17 Season with Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill. Back by popular demand this intimate evening captures one of the last performances in the life of jazz and blues phenome Billie Holiday. Alexis J. Rogers reprises her Jefferson Award-winning role as Lady Day herself with Abdul Hamid Royal (Sirens of Song) as Jimmy Powers on piano. With show stopping numbers like “God Bless the Child,” “Strange Fruit,” and “What a Little Moonlight Can Do” Lady Day shares her loves and losses in this award-winning musical fresh from its Broadway revival.

Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill features direction by Leda Hoffman (The Amish Project), music direction by Abdul Hamid Royal(Sirens of Song), set design by J. Michael Griggs (Illinois Theatre’s Long Lost), costume design by Jason Orlenka (The Devil’s Music: The Life and Blues of Bessie Smith), lighting design by Christine BInder (Lookingglass Theatre) and sound design by Victoria Deiorio(Back Home Again).


Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill begins performances September 9 and runs through October 30 in the Stackner Cabaret. Tickets can be purchased online at www.milwaukeerep.com, by phone at 414-224-9490 or in person at the Ticket Office (108 E. Wells Street). The Rep is sponsored in part by The United Performing Arts Fund.


About Milwaukee Repertory Theater

Milwaukee Rep is a nationally-recognized company that presents compelling dramas, powerful classics, award-winning contemporary works and full-scale musicals housed in its three unique performance venues – the Quadracci Powerhouse, Stiemke Studio and Stackner Cabaret. The Rep also produces an annual production of A Christmas Carol, featuring a World Premiere of a new adaptation in 2016, at the historic Pabst Theater. Under the leadership of Artistic Director Mark Clements and Managing Director Chad Bauman, Milwaukee Repertory Theater ignites positive change in the cultural, social, and economic vitality of its community by creating world-class theater experiences that entertain, provoke, and inspire meaningful dialogue among an audience representative of Milwaukee’s rich diversity.