“Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill” (Provided by RDG Photography)
Denver’s First Lady, Mary Louise Lee aka Ms. Michael Hancock, stars in this delightful evening of music. “Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill plays through Feb. 18th at the Vintage Theatre, 1468 Dayton St., in Aurora. For ticket information, visit www.vintagetheatre.org., or call 303-856-7830. From there, the show goes on the road and will move to the Garner Galleria Theater in the Denver Center for the Performing Arts where it plays Mondays at 7:30 p.m. from Mar. 5th through Apr. 23rd. For ticket information for the DCPA, visit www.denvercenter.org.
The show is set in 1959 at Emerson’s Bar and Grill in Philadelphia. Billie Holiday was also known by her fans as “Lady Day.” The very talented Ms. Lee is joined on stage by the equally talented Trent Hines, in the role of her pianist (Jimmy Powers.) Billie Holiday had a rough childhood and her trials continued into adulthood. Billie had great difficulty staying away from alcohol and drugs. In fact, she died from cirrhosis.
Mary Louise Lee’s beautiful voice makes songs like “God Bless the Child” fill the theater with bliss. Jimmy Powers tried his best to get the singer to moderate her drinking…with no success.