Rema Webb to Lead LADY DAY AT EMERSON’S BAR AND GRILL at Cape Playhouse This July

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Rema Webb will star as the unforgettable jazz icon Billie Holiday
July 6, 2021 7:15 AM
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It was announced today that Broadway’s Rema Webb (Book of Mormon, The Color Purple, Lion King) will step into the spotlight as the unforgettable jazz icon Billie Holiday in The Cape Playhouse’s upcoming production of Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill which runs July 14 through the 24th in Dennis, Massachusetts. Webb, who most recently played the carnivorous Audrey II in the Playhouse’s 2019 production of Little Shop of Horrors, takes on Holiday in Lanie Robertson’s play with music that won Audra McDonald her 6th Tony Award back in 2014

The show explores the life of Billie Holiday with deep and often humorous tales from the star’s life as she gives one of her last concerts at a bar in Philadelphia, alongside her pianist and music director, Jimmy Powers, played by Gary Mitchell, Jr. With jazz classics including “What A Little Moonlight Can Do,” “God Bless the Child,” “‘Taint Nobody’s Biz-ness If I Do,” and more, Cape Cod is in for a treat.

This production is set to be directed by Shariffa Ali, who has worked with such notorious companies as The Public Theater, The New Group, Yale University, and Princeton University where she currently serves as a faculty member at the Lewis Center for the Arts.

Lady Day will be presented on an outdoor stage as a continued safety precaution for audiences and artists alike. The Playhouse lawn, on the peaceful 22-acre campus of the Cape Cod Center for The Arts, will serve as The Playhouse’s theatrical home this summer. Limited capacity, general admission lawn seating will be available. Audiences are encouraged to arrive early, bring a picnic, and enjoy the evening on the campus before the show. 

The show will have scenic design by Daniel Whiting, costume design by Gail Baldoni, lighting design by Jaron Hermansen, sound design by Jay Sheehan and include Adrian Alea as Creative Consultant. The production stage manager will be Shawn Pryby and Gary Mitchell Jr. will also serve as Music Director.

Tickets are now on sale. For more information, visit here

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Kobi Kassal

Hailing from sunny South Florida, Kobi Kassal founded Theatrely (formerly Theatre Talk Boston) while attending Boston University. He is an avid theatre attender and can be found seeing a performance most nights of the week (in normal times!) He is interested in the cross section of theatre, popular culture, hospitality, and politics. He also loves a good bagel!