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Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill

April 5 - April 30

Topfer Theatre

Pull up a chair, order a delicious cocktail, and turn back the hands of time in our swanky nightclub for an intimate evening with legendary jazz songstress Billie Holiday. “God Bless The Child”, “Strange Fruit”, “Don’t Explain” and “My Man” are among the unforgettable hits you will savor from the lady who sings the blues. She’s got a life to sing.
Recommendation: High school and above.  Adult language and situations.
Run Time: Approximately 2 hours including one intermission.



Dan Jackson III and M. Jeremy Guiberteau
Mary and Rusty Tally

Supporting Sponsors

Production Team

Michael Rader
Allen Robertson
Music Director
Michelle Ney
Scenic Designer / Costume Designer
Stacey Johnson
Costume Design Assistant
Serret Jensen
Hair and Makeup Designer
Rachel Atkinson
Lighting Designer
Craig Brock
Sound Designer
Steve Baglio
Properties Designer
Catherine Anne Tucker
Stage Manager

The Cast

Billie Holiday
Jimmy Powers, Pianist


A musical play by Lanie Robertson
Musical Direction by Allen Robertson



“The richest jazz singing in town just now is at this subtle absorbing dramatic performance … by the end, one is filled with an unexpected joy. Robertson's play is a shrewdly constructed piece. Mesmerizing."
The New York Times

“An experience you will never forget.” — New York Observer

“Stunning.” — The Huffington Post

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This project is supported in part by the Cultural Arts Division of the City of Austin Economic Development Department.

ZACH Theatre is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit arts organization located in Austin, Texas.

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