LADY DAY AT EMERSON’S BAR AND GRILL by Lanie Robertson will run at the Playhouse on Park from September 28 to October 16, 2022. This production will be directed by Broadway veteran Stephanie Pope Lofgren.

It’s 1959. The place is a seedy Philadelphia bar. The public is preparing to attend one of Billie Holiday’s last performances, given four months before her death. In Tony Robertson’s award-winning play, Holiday engages audiences with salty and often humorous reminiscences of her troubled life as a traveling performer in an isolated South. With the help of her pianist, Jimmy Powers, she lets the music tell her story, sharing moving and heartbreaking songs from her memorable canon, including: “Strange Fruit”, “God Bless the Child”, “When a Woman Loves a Man”. ,” and “It’s nobody’s business if I do.”

Stephanie Pope Lofgren (director) is an actress, singer, dancer, writer, director, choreographer, producer, voice actress, performance coach and musical theater veteran with a career spanning over 35 years. She has appeared in more than 10 Broadway shows and recently received Connecticut Critics Circle Award and Regional Theater Award nominations for her portrayals of Camila Rosario in Lin Manuel Miranda’s In The Heights at Playhouse On Park and as Tanya in the production from Mama Mia! of the North Carolina Theatre. Broadway and touring credits include the revival of Pippin, for which she received an Astaire Award nomination, ACCA Award and beloved Legacy Robe, Chicago (Velma Kelly), Thoroughly Modern Millie (Muzzy Van Hossmere), Fosse (Leading Player), Smokey Joe’s Cafe (Brenda), A Funny Thing… Forum (Gymnasia), Kiss of The Spider Woman (Waiting for Mrs. Chita Rivera), Jelly’s Last Jam (The Hunnies), and The Will Rogers Follies …just to name a few. Stephanie is honored to have been chosen to work with legendary director/choreographer, Bob Fosse, and his wife and muse, Gwen Verdon, on her first two Broadway shows, the revival of Sweet Charity with Debbie Allen and Bebe Neuwirth and Big Deal by Bob Fosse. She holds the distinct and treasured title of “Fosse Dancer” and is one of a handful of Fosse Rebuilders teaching the Fosse Repertoire and Master Classes on behalf of The Verdon Fosse Legacy LLC. In addition to her work on stage, screen and television, Ms. Pope is a producer with several projects in development, including a musical she is creating with Drama Desk Award winner Chesney Snow called Grin and Bare It and an adaptation of Eugene O’ Neill’s A Touch of The Poet. She recently produced a new play written by Lloyd Khaner, directed by Tonya Pinkins and starring Chuck Cooper and Robert Cuccioli for the 2021 TRU Virtual Reading Series.

About Playhouse on Park: Operated under the direction of Playhouse Theater Group, Inc., Playhouse on Park is Greater Hartford’s award-winning destination for the performing arts. Playhouse on Park offers a wide range of challenging, inspiring and highly enjoyable professional theater productions that often leave audiences smiling, sometimes crying and always talking about what they have just experienced.

Tickets are on sale now for LADY DAY AT EMERSON’S BAR AND GRILL, and range from $45 to $55. Group rates available! Student and senior discounts are also available. Previews are September 28 and 29, with all tickets $25. Student Rush is $15 cash ($17.50 with credit card), available 15 minutes before curtain time. Special lunchtime tickets are available between 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. for the show on the same day/evening. They cost $15 cash ($17.50 with credit card). Special lunchtime tickets must be purchased in person at the Playhouse on Park box office. Matinees at 2 p.m. take place on Tuesday, Saturday and Sunday. Evening performances are at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesdays and Thursdays and at 8 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. There will be a discussion with the cast after each Sunday matinee.

Additionally, subscriptions are currently on sale for the 14th season of Playhouse on Park’s main stage. LADY DAY AT EMERSON’S BAR AND GRILL is the first subscription show in the series. Subscribers save 20% on the price of individual tickets. Purchase your subscription now to get advance tickets to all Main Stage productions for the upcoming season! Customers choose to subscribe because they are guaranteed the same day of performance and the same seats for each production. Additionally, tickets can be exchanged to a new date if required, provided the exchange is requested prior to the original date. Subscribe now to see LADY DAY with FENCES by August Wilson, INDECENT by Paula Vogel, the world premiere of WEBSTER’S BITCH by Jaqueline Bircher and BANDSTAND with music by Richard Oberacker, and the book and lyrics by Robert Taylor and Richard Oberacker . Subscribers can also add stop/time dance theater (Playhouse on Park’s resident dance company) for a 20% discount!

COVID-19 policy: Vaccination record checks and masks are not mandatory. However, masks are highly recommended.

For more information or tickets, call the box office at 860-523-5900 x10 or visit Playhouse on Park offers discounts for group sales; inquire today! Playhouse on Park is located at 244 Park Road, West Hartford, CT 06119.

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