St. Pete’s freeFall Theater celebrates Billie Holiday’s legacy with new production starting this month

Tickets start at $25.

click to enlarge Karole Foreman as Billie Holiday. - c/o freeFall Theatre
c/o freeFall Theatre
Karole Foreman as Billie Holiday.
freeFall Theatre's newest musical transports St. Petersburg theatergoers to Philadelphia in 1959, to witness one of Billie Holiday’s very last performances. Woven in-between Holiday’s most popular and heart-wrenching songs are brief looks into the last months of her life.

These poignant performances of "Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill" take place inside freeFall—at 6099 Central Ave. in St. Pete—and run from March 25-April 24—typically Wednesday through Sunday, unless otherwise specified.
Adult tickets range from $45-$55 depending on the showtime, while tickets for folks 18 and under stay at a consistent $25. Head to freeFall's website to buy your tickets, where you can select your seats ahead of time.

All matinees at freeFall are at 2 p.m., while all evening performances take place at 7 p.m.

With Karole Foreman starring as Billie Holiday, this play was originally produced and performed by the Los Angeles-based Ebony Repertory Theatre, in which the “Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill” director Wren T. Brown co-founded. Originally written by playwright Lanie Robertson in 1986, this timeless and tragic story about one of America’s greatest singers transcends decades.

“This play has been one of our most requested productions in recent memory” says freeFall Artistic Director, Eric Davis. “We are also incredibly excited to present the acclaimed production from our new friends at Ebony Repertory Theatre in Los Angeles. Our hope is to continue to cultivate this collaboration for future productions.”

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