Players by the Sea is thrilled to announce their special run of “Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill” from December 9, 2021 through December 12, 2021. Tickets are available for $35 and may be purchased online at playersbythesea.org.
About the play: It’s March 1959. Just four months
before her death, the legendary Billie Holiday is performing one of her final
performances in South Philadelphia. She sings at a run-down bar accompanied by
Jimmy Powers on the piano and shares stories about her life. The audience
experiences more than a dozen musical numbers interlaced with sass, humor, and
nostalgic moments that portray the riveting lady who was Lady Day.
This version of the play written by Lanie Robertson and directed by Ramona Ramdeen, stars Desiree Montes, an AEA Equity Singer, Actress, Dancer, and Voice-Over Artist who contributed to the Central Florida entertainment industry for over 15 years. With musical direction by Jacksonville’s own Meachum L. Clarke, who will also play Jimmy Powers, Holiday’s longtime friend and accompanist. Meachum L. Clarke is a gifted singer/songwriter, musical director and worship leader known for his contemporary gospel ensemble True Purpose.
“I am so honored to portray a performed that has inspired me in my own career,” Montes said. “Billie Holiday was not only a beautiful singer, but also a powerful woman of color who opened doors for many others, like me.”
About Players by the Sea: For over 55 years, Players by the Sea Theatre has enriched the community through excellence in live and innovative theatre. Players by the Sea presents productions that are engaging, thought--provoking, emotionally stimulating and entertaining through the extraordinary support and dedication from community volunteers - actors, directors, designers, backstage crews, carpenters, visual artists, etc. Players by the Sea is an artistic home for anyone who wants to engage with the community through interactive and incredible storytelling.
at Emerson’s Bar & Grill”
DATES: December 9, 2021 — Dec. 12, 2021
TICKETS: Tickets are $35 and are available online or by calling (904)-249-0289.
LOCATION: Players By The Sea Theatre
106 6th Street North
Jacksonville Beach, FL 32250