‘Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill’ to Celebrate Billie Holiday’s Birthday with CD Giveaway April 7, 2014

Producers are excited to announced that in celebration of Billie Holiday’s 99th Birthday, anyone who purchases tickets at the box office on Monday, April 7, 2014, will be signed up to receive a free copy of the upcoming cast recording of Lanie Robertson’s Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill featuring Five-time Tony Award-winner Audra McDonald. The box office of Circle in the Square (235 West 50th Street, btwn. Broadway and 8th Avenue) will open for business at 10:00 a.m. on April 7, 2014. Tickets buyers that day will be among the first to receive the CD when it is released. Label and release date information will be announced at a later date.

Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill recounts Holiday’s life story through the songs that made her famous. 1959, in a small, intimate bar in Philadelphia, Holiday puts on a show that unbeknownst to the audience, will leave them witnesses to one of the last performances of her lifetime. Through her poignant voice and moving songs, one of the greatest jazz singers of all-time shares her loves and her losses.

Among the songs that are performed: “God Bless the Child,” “What a Little Moonlight Can Do,” “Strange Fruit” and “Taint Nobody’s Biz-ness.”

Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill is directed by frequent Ms. McDonald collaborator Lonny Price. The pair have been developing and working on Lanie Robertson’s play with music for more than two years. The intimate setting of the Circle in the Square provides a unique theatrical experience, drawing audiences – especially those seated at the tables onstage – into the performance.

Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill is produced by Jeffrey Richards, Jerry Frankel, Jessica Genick, and Will Trice, who are joined by Ronald Frankel, Rebecca Gold, Roger Berlind, Ken Greiner, Gabrielle Palitz, Irene Gandy and GFour Productions.

Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill made its award-winning premiere with off-Broadway’s Vineyard Theatre in 1986.

Tickets are available via Telecharge.com, by calling (212) 239-6200, or at the box office of Circle in the Square.