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Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill

April 5 - April 30

Topfer Theatre

Celebrate the life of Billie Holiday with an up close and personal cabaret seat ON STAGE as you immerse yourself in the music of the legendary jazz icon. This VIP special seating has the additional option of wine or sparkling bottle service. Lady Day might even join you for a drink.

Pull up a chair, order a delicious cocktail, and turn back the hands of time in our swanky nightclub for an intimate evening with Lady Day. “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 (through June 4)
Bryan Bradford *
Take Over Stage Manager (beginning June 5)

The Cast

Billie Holiday
Kris Keyz
Jimmy Powers, Pianist
Lannie Hilboldt
Glenn Schuetz
Bassist (sub)
Harrell Williams
*AEA Member
**United Scenic Artists
***Stage Directors and Choreographers Society


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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