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'Lady Day' set to open at Prizery

“Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill” by Lanie Robertson is based on the life and music of Billie Holiday and it’s coming to The Prizery on Jan. 16, 17, 23, 24 and 25 at 7:30 p.m. and Jan. 19 and 22 at 3 p.m.  

The show takes place in a seedy bar in Philly four months prior to Billie’s death of cirrhosis of the liver handcuffed to a hospital bed in Harlem.  

Galyana Castillo recreates the final concert and performs many of the Billie Holiday classics including “When a Woman Loves a Man,” “Strange Fruit” and the most famous, “God Bless The Child That’s Got His Own.”  

One might remember Galyana as the “Fairy Godmother” in Summer Theatre 2012’s “Cinderella.”  

Local gospel/jazz pianist Chris Oliver is the music director and pianist with Robert Anderson on upright bass.

“A searing portrait of a woman whose art was triumphant... “Evokes all the sordidness of a woman entirely shaped by suffering... By the end.... one is filled with an unexpected joy...N.Y. Times

The show is performed without an intermission, according to Prizery Artistic Director Chris Jones.  A cash bar will be located in the lobby prior to curtain and during the show.  

“Please enjoy a cocktail at your seat in the theatre,” Jones said.

The show is for a mature audience with adult language and story.  The show is not for children.  

“We suggest that the show would be a good musical history lesson for high school students and older,” Jones said.

A total of 10 or more in a group for a single show will qualify for a ticket price of $16 for each adult and senior for all shows except the half price matinee on Wednesday, Jan. 22, at 3 p.m. 

Older students including college students can buy tickets for $8. 

“Please join us as we celebrate the life and music of the incomparable Billie Holiday,” Jones said.