LADY DAY AT EMERSON’S BAR AND GRILL
MARCH 31 – APRIL 8, 2017
Overture Center for the Arts
The time is 1959. The place is a seedy bar in Philadelphia. The audience is about to witness one of Billie Holiday’s last performances, given four months 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.
By Lanie Robertson
Cast & Director
TRACEY CONYER LEE
Most recently, Ms. Lee played Shelly in Colman Domingo’s DOT. Original Off-Broadway credits: Bedbugs!!! and Sistas: The Musical, The Fire This Time Festival, 48 Hours in Harlem, NY International Fringe Festival. Select regional credits: Yale Rep, Denver Center, Baltimore Centerstage, Actors Theatre of Louisville & the Humana Festival of New American Plays, St. Louis Rep, Theatre of the Stars, Great Lakes Theatre Festival, Cincinnati Playhouse, Interact, TheatreWorks, Cleveland Playhouse, Delaware Theatre Co, Westport Playhouse, Merrimack Rep, Virginia Stage, Ogunquit Playhouse, Weston Playhouse, Geva Theatre, Cape Playhouse, Laguna Playhouse, Pittsburgh CLO, Syracuse Stage, New Harmony, Stages St. Louis, Palm Beach Dramaworks, WHAT, Florida Stage, Detroit Public Theatre, international and national tours including the world premiere of Remarkably Normal: Abortion Stories from the 1 in 3 Campaign. On screen: The Path, SMASH, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Ed, All My Children, Guiding Light and award winning independent film work. Also a playwright, Ms. Lee’s plays have received development or production in New York, Boston and Chicago and she is a Merit Scholar for a 2018 MFA in Writing For the Stage & Screen.
KENNEY M. GREEN
Kenney M. Green is a regular pianist at the famed MARIE’S CRISIS Piano Bar in NYC. When not behind the piano Kenney is onstage and behind the scenes in theatre spanning the globe. Most recently he performed with the a capella quartet New York Gospel Brothers in Japan helmed by TONY Nominee Phillip Boykin. Off-Broadway: FINKS! (Ensemble Studio Theatre, Drama Desk Nomination), Growing Up ’70′s starring Barry Williams (Luther). National/European Tours: Smokey Joe’s Cafe starring Gladys Knight(Victor/Dance Capt.), Ain’t Misbehavin’, The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber (Ensemble). Regional: Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (Atkins), Avenue Q (Gary Coleman), Diva Diaries: The Musical (Young Randee Jean), The Music Man, The Goodbye Girl, 42nd Street and A Chorus Line. Directing Credits: The Full Monty (Westchester Sandbox Theatre), Smokey Joe’s Cafe (Emelin Theatre), Almost Connected: The Music of Jimmy Webb, Legally Blonde, Oliver! and Hairspray! Kenney is an active board member of The New American Theatre Company, New York and is a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association.
Stephen is an award winning New York based director. He is at home directing both plays and musicals. His work has been seen on Broadway, Off-Broadway, Regionally, Internationally and on Film. Broadway: SHE LOVES ME (2016 Broadway Revival – Associate Director to Scott Ellis.) Film: WINNING NEW YORK.(Screenplay/Lyrics by Christine Toy Johnson, Music by Bobby Cronin) – Winner Audience Choice Award – NewFilmakersNY Festival. New York credits: ANIMALS OUT OF PAPER (Hudson Stage Co.), LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS – Off Broadway, Broadway and Beyond (with Alan Menken), BUYER AND CELLAR, MY NAME IS ASHER LEV, BECOMING DR. RUTH and ROUNDING THIRD (Penguin Rep), MR. CONFIDENTIAL , FOREVERMAN(NYMF- New World Stages Award), NAUGHTY/NICE (Producer’s Circle), DRIVING MISS DAISY, IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE- A Radio Play, I HATE HAMLET (Harbor Lights Theatre Co), FARAWAY BAYOU (with Nikki M. James), Waldrop and Ross’ LUCK! The Musical (York Theatre with Faith Prince), INTO THE WOODS – (Cap21/NYU), The 25th Anniversary Production of Harvey Fierstein’s TORCH SONG TRILOGY (starring Seth Rudetsky), Regional: 4000 MILES (Capital Rep), A CHORUS LINE (Olney Theatre – Helen Hayes Award, Best Musical), PRYOR RENDERING (World Premiere Tour) THE WHIPPING MAN (Omaha Playhouse), HELLO OUT THERE (Goodspeed New Musicals Festival). Tick, Tick…BOOM! and GUTENBERG! (New Rep), LADY DAY (Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theatre), CAMELOT, 1776 (Olney Theatre), WEST SIDE STORY (North Carolina Theatre), DREAMGIRLS (West Virginia Public). THE SUNSHINE BOYS and ALMOST, MAINE (Barnstormers Theatre).
He has developed new work at with such companies as The York Theatre, Luna Stage, NJ Rep, BMI, NYU Graduate Musical Theatre Writing, Goodspeed New Musicals.
He began his career while in High School in NYC as a PA for the Original Run of LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS Off-Broadway.