Iconic Musical Portrait LADY DAY AT EMERSON'S BAR & GRILL at Theatrical Outfit

Iconic Musical Portrait LADY DAY AT EMERSON'S BAR & GRILL at Theatrical Outfit

Captivate authentically. JANUARY 11 - FEBRUARY 4, 2018.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017 — To ring in the new year, Theatrical Outfit proudly stages Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill, a riveting look into one of jazz and blues legend Billie Holiday’s final performances, starring Atlanta’s own Terry Burrell (Alliance Theatre’s Ethel; Broadway’s Thoroughly Modern Millie, Dream Girls, Into the Woods). Set in a seedy bar in Philadelphia’s south side in 1959, Lady Day features twelve beloved songs and lays bare the humor and hurt of one of the most beloved singers and complex personalities of all time. Directed by Atlanta’s Eric J. Little (The Outfit’s Thurgood) with musical direction by S. Renee Clark (The Outfit’s Big Fish), Lady Day runs January 11 – February 4, 2018 and continues Theatrical Outfit’s bold 2017- 2018 Season of Character.


By Lanie Robertson
Directed by Eric J. Little
Musical Direction by S. Renee Clark

1959. Philadelphia. At Emerson’s seedy bar on Philly’s south side, an audience gathers to witness, unknowingly, one of legend Billie Holiday’s last solo performances, which was given four months before her death at forty-four. Full of heart-melting numbers like “God Bless the Child,” “Strange Fruit,” and “What a Little Moonlight Can Do,” Billie shares with us her loves and losses in this award-winning musical fresh from its recent Broadway and London revivals. Pull up a chair and grab a drink for an intimate and epic evening with one of the greatest jazz and blues vocalists of all time – a riveting portrait of the life, the icon and the unforgettable music that is “Lady Day.”

"Hurts and exhilarates in just the right proportions.”  – New York Magazine

Billie Holiday* –  Terry Burrell
Jimmy Powers – William Knowles

Eric J. Little – Director
S. Renee Clark – Musical Direction
Isabel and Moriah Curley-Clay – Scenic Designers
Rob Dillard – Lighting Designer
Jeff Cone – Costume Designer
Rob Brooksher – Sound Designer
MC Park – Properties Designer
Clifton Guterman – Associate Artistic Director/Casting Director
Barbara Gantt O'Haley*  – Stage Manager
*Appearing through an Agreement between this theatre, Theatrical Outfit, and Actors' Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States."

Previews: January 11-12, 2018 at 7:30PM
Opening night: Saturday, January 13, 2018 at 7:30PM
Regular performances: January 14 – February 4 , 2018

Theatrical Outfit’s regular performances of Lady Day are Wednesdays through Saturdays at 7:30PM and Saturdays and Sundays at 2:30PM. Tickets range from $18-$51* and may be purchased online at www.theatricaloutfit.org or by calling 678.528.1500. Group pricing is available. For info, email boxoffice@theatricaloutfit.orgAll performances of Lady Day take place at The Balzer Theater at Herren’s at 84 Luckie St. NW, Atlanta, GA 30303.

*Ticket prices are subject to availability. Fees and taxes apply. Order early for best pricing.

Consider taking MARTA to Theatrical Outfit! The Peachtree Center station is only two blocks north on Peachtree Street – easily walkable.

Downtown Dialogue
— Saturday, January 20, 2018, post-matinee
Be downtown and join a panel of special guests in an open dialogue about the social and global themes in the show. Open to all patrons with a ticket to any performance of the current production.

Page to Stage Talk Back, sponsored by Macy’s — Friday, January 26, post-show
Representatives from the creative team/staff share how they moved the show from script to finished production.


THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS: Major support is provided by the Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs. Major funding for this organization is provided by the Fulton County Board of Commissioners under the guidance of FCAC. Sponsors: Fulton County Office of Cultural Affairs, Turner Broadcasting, City of Atlanta Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs, Jackson Spalding, Publix Super Markets Charities, Audience Building Roundtable of The Blank Foundation, Macy’s, MARTA, The Shubert Foundation

ABOUT THEATRICAL OUTFIT: Atlanta’s second-oldest continually-operating professional theatre company was founded in 1976 and has been led by Artistic Director Tom Key since fall 1995. Key led the company through the creation of its award-winning downtown home, the Balzer Theater at Herren’s, the first U.S. theater to achieve LEED certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. The Balzer Theater is also the historical site of Herren’s, the first restaurant in Atlanta to voluntarily desegregate in 1962; its first African American patrons, Dr. Lee and Delores Shelton, remain Theatrical Outfit patrons and season ticket subscribers. Key's programming of classics, regional and world premieres and musicals tell soul-stirring stories, with themes that explore diversity, equality, ethnicity, race, and religion; and often feature the best writers of the American South, including Ernest Gaines, Lauren Gunderson, Horton Foote, Harper Lee, Flannery O’Connor, Janece Shaffer, Sherry Shephard-Massat, Elyzabeth Gregory Wilder, and Tennessee Williams. After ten years of capital investment, T.O. is in new territory. Having retired its mortgage, the staff, trustees, and artists have launched a new 2018-2020 Strategic Plan designed to produce great art, diversify and grow our audience, increase revenue and reserves, develop artists who contribute to the dramatic cannon and maintain an effective organization. 

ABOUT OUR VENUE: Lady Day will be performed at The Balzer Theater at Herren’s at 84 Luckie Street NW, Atlanta, GA 30303.

OUR VISION: A compassionate, joyful, and just community.  

OUR MISSION: Produce world-class theatre that starts the conversations that matter.                             


Lady Day artwork with no tag line by Daryl Fazio
Lady Day artwork with caption by Daryl Fazio
Terry Burrell (Billie Holiday)