September 1, 2014

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Lexington singer gets her debut in, "Lady Day At Emerson's Bar and Grill"

The Balagula Theatre will present “Lady Day At Emerson’s Bar and Grill” by Lanie Robertson July 29-30, August 5-6 at Natasha’s Bistro & Bar, formerly Natasha’s Cafe, Lexington. The play is directed and produced by Sidney Shaw, a veteran Lexington actor and director.

Set in 1959 in a seedy bar in Philadelphia, “Lady Day” focuses on one of Billie Holiday’s last performances given four month before her death. More than a dozen musical numbers are interlaced with salty, often humorous, reminiscences to project a riveting portrait of the lady and her music.

A well known Lexington gospel and jazz singer, Jessie Laine Powell, who will appear in the title role, performed with such artists as Nancy Wilson and Calvin Key Trio in California and recorded a popular album On The Edge with Eric Copeland.