Review On Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill

On stage until March 1st at the Nate Holden Performing Arts Center, “Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill” traces the downward spiral of jazz singer Billie Holiday’s tragic life while casting a harsh light on the racist rot at the heart of America’s soul.

Brilliantly portrayed by Karole Foreman, Billie has driven down from Harlem that afternoon to perform in the intimate cabaret setting she so loved in a seedy South Philly club. Along with her pianist and last lover Jimmy Powers (played by Stephan Terry), she recreates what would be her final performance, four months before she died of pulmonary edema and heart failure caused by cirrhosis in July of 1959.