Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill 10/05–10/29Buy Tickets
WEST BLOOMFIELD—The JET Theatre presents Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill by Lanie Robertson as its 29th season opener. The play centers around one of Billie Holiday’s last performances, in Philadelphia in 1959, and runs from October 5–29. Tickets are $44 with student, senior and group discounts available. Appropriate for age 14 and up. For tickets, call 248-788-2900 or visit JETPerforms.com.
The play features the talents of Lauren LaStrada as Billie Holiday, and Detroit jazz legend Alvin Waddles as her confidant and accompanist, Jimmy Powers, and is directed by Lynch Travis.
A Detroit native, Lauren LaStrada (Bille Holiday) is an actress, singer and published author. She became the lead singer for a jazz/soul band called “Galaxy” and later went solo as an indie soul/rock artist. Pianist, singer, composer and director Alvin Waddles (Jimmy Powers) has delighted audiences in over a dozen countries with his dazzling technique, fluid versatility and unique musical style. A native of Detroit and a graduate of the Interlochen Arts Academy and the University of Michigan School of Music. Mr. Waddles is a frequent performer at the Detroit International Jazz Festival, has performed with the Detroit and Rochester Symphony Orchestras, is the featured piano soloist in annual productions of “Too Hot to Handel” in Detroit and Chicago and can frequently be heard performing his own Fats Waller Revue.