After being staged in Paris and London, the musical production Lady Day will make it New York debut when it opens on September 26 at Times Square’s Little Shubert Theatre. Lady Day—Billie Holiday, that is—will be played by Dee Dee Bridgewater (pictured above), who also starred in the leading role during the play’s European runs. Bridgewater—who won a Tony Award for her portrayal of Glinda the Good Witch in a Broadway production of The Wiz—was nominated for an Olivier Award for her performances as Holiday at London’s Piccadilly Theatre.
Written and directed by Stephen Stahl, Lady Day, which features 25 songs associated with the late singer, tells the story of Holiday’s attempt to stage one final concert. Previews of the show begin on September 12.
For more information, go to www.ladydaythemusical.com.