July 1, 2018
On the U.S. Bank Main Stage
Previews are May 26-31 | Opening night June 1
Starring Deidrie Henry
By Lanie Robertson
Directed by Bill Fennelly
Featuring iconic songs like “God Bless the Child” and “Strange Fruit,” Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill is an all-access pass to Billie Holiday’s final concert. With humor and hopefulness, the legendary singer takes us on a journey through the highs and lows of her tumultuous life, interspersed with exuberant renditions of her beloved repertoire. “Deidrie Henry as Billie Holiday is, in a word, sublime.” -BroadwayWorld
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Approximately 90 minutes, no intermission.
Recommended for ages 16 and up. Contains adult situations, explicit language and theatrical haze. The actor in this production will be using tobacco-free herbal cigarettes. Children under 6 are not permitted at any production at The Armory.
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Evenings: Tuesdays – Sundays at 7:30 p.m.*
Matinees: Saturdays and Sundays at 2 p.m., Thursdays at noon*
*Note: These are general performance times. Certain productions may have exceptions. View the season calendar or select “more performances” in the sidebar to view available dates and times.
Related News & Reviews
"Packed with great music and featuring an incredible performance by Deidrie Henry as Billie Holiday, Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill is an absolute must-see." - BroadwayWorld
Playwright Lanie Robertson talks about capturing Billie Holiday's voice for "Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill."
Bar Supervisor (and resident mixologist) Melissa Larrabee introduces the specialty cocktails in honor of our final show of the season, Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill.
Deidrie Henry stars as Billie Holiday in Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill at The Armory, but her history with Portland Center Stage and Chris Coleman go way back. Learn more about this incredible artist and her fascinating career.
Join us for live jazz before select performances of Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill, featuring faculty and students from the jazz program at Portland State University with a few special community member guests.
Join us for live jazz before select performances of Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill, featuring faculty from the jazz programs at Portland State University and Reed College.
Join Black Women for Peace in a celebration of building bridges with a one-night-only festival of singing, dancing, reading and other performances by 25 young artists.
Join us for live jazz before select performances of Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill, featuring the faculty from the jazz program at Portland State University.