Lady Day

Lady Day Tickets

Filled with perennial jazz numbers, Lady Day cherishes the touching life story of one of the early divas of jazz, Billie Holiday. Its well-crafted plot extracts some of the historic events from Holiday’s life and epitomizes them onstage through sensational performances. After earning acclaim for its renditions in London and Paris, Lady Day is making its New York debut at the Little Shubert Theatre. Witness this fresh musical and get a glimpse of the life and music of Billie Holiday.

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Event: Lady Day the Billie Holiday musical

Musical Numbers: Strange Fruit, A Foggy Day (In London Town), My Man, Don’t Explain

Type: Autobiographical Play

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Basis and Previous Productions

Lady Day is titled after the nickname of one of the most influential jazz singers of all time, Billie Holiday. The play sheds light on the music journey of the singer and her various other life endeavors. The show recreates 25 of the genre-defining jazz songs from her impressive musical legacy.


The play premiered in Paris in 1986 and was performed at two of the leading theaters of the country, namely Theatre du Gymnase and Theatre de Boulogne-Billancourt. A London production of the musical debuted at The Piccadilly Theatre and The Donmar Warehouse. The musical was well received in both countries and also garnered a Laurence Olivier Award nomination during its run in London. This time, the musical hits the New York, making its public premiere on October 3rd, 2013.



The Lady Again

The title role is played by highly talented and versatile singer and stage actress, Dee Dee Bridgewater. She performed the same role in the original 1986 production and was nominated for a Laurence Olivier Award. Her precise vocals and command over vast repertoire of jazz makes her ideal to play Billie Holiday. Ms. Bridgewater has won three Grammys for her skillful singing.


As a singer, Bridgewater has performed with a number of jazz ensembles as well as has released many acclaimed solo records. Some of her successful albums include Keeping Tradition, Dear Ella, Love and Peace: A Tribute to Horace Silver and her latest Eleanora Fagan (1915-1959): To Billie with Love from Dee Dee Bridgewater. Her stage credits include The Wiz, Sophisticated Ladies and many others. This time around, Bridgewater is reprising the role with her signature panache.


Creative Crew and other Cast Members

Lady Day is written and directed by the theater genius, Stephen Stahl. A renowned director, writer and producer in the US, Stahl displays absolute perfection whenever he undertakes a venture. He has more than 150 stage, television and film credits and is famous for his projects like Sister Mary Ignatius Explains It All for You, Psycho Beach Party, Hosanna, Stories of the City and Queen of Hearts. Lady Day is very close to Stahl as he has crafted its every line with love and passion.


Beautiful backdrops and sets are designed by the Obie Award winning, Beowulf Boritt. He has contributed his talents to numerous off-Broadway and Broadway productions including, The Scottboro Boys, Rock of Ages and The Last Five Years. Patricia A. Hibbert designs the gorgeous costumes for the musical. She has also worked for more than 30 operas for the McCarter Theater.


Besides Dee Dee Bridgewater in the lead role, the musical includes David Ayers as Robert and the newcomer, Rafael Poueriet for the role of Assistant Stage Manager. The onstage quartet includes revered musicians Jim Cammack, Ken Hitchcock, Jerome Jennings and Bill Jolly. Together as one unit, these cast members make the musical a pleasant theatrical experience.



Bringing Billie Back

Lady Day makes an attempt to pay homage to one of the greatest jazz artists of all time. Her unique style has helped define the genre and influenced many other types of music. The musical recreates some of the reveling works by the singer in a refreshing plot. Lady Day tickets are among the new and hottest events tickets that are happening in New York. Don’t miss the chance to experience this moving musical during its limited run.

Did You Know…

  1. Billie Holiday was posthumously inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame.
  2. In 2000, she was inducted into Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
  3. Stephen Stahl’s independent film, Consequences won an award for “Best Feature Film” at the Los Angeles International independent Film and Video Festival.
  4. Dee Dee Bridgewater is also the UN’s ambassador for the Food and Agriculture Organization.
  5. Bridgewater has won a Tony Award for her role in the musical, The Wiz.