Feb 25 - Feb 27 , 2022

Billie! Backstage with Lady Day

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CONSUMER ADVISORY: Some profanity.

“BILLIE! BACKSTAGE WITH LADY DAY”, is an exciting evening about one of America’s greatest jazz/blues legends. This story of Billie Holiday takes you back to an era where the joints were jumping and Hollywood was hopping. It was a time where glitz and glamour ruled and where ladies were dainty and gentlemen were smooth; where gowns flowed and hats topped short cropped hair.  The show takes place backstage where Billie Holiday is talking to reporters as she gets ready to do a concert.
This musically haunting, sad, happy, unpredictable journey of jazz/blues singer, Billie Holiday takes you on a winding road of love, joy, blues, racism and astounding hit songs that tell the story of a life hard fought.  The road takes you to places and people in Billie Holiday’s life that provided both pain and pleasure, excitement and disappointments.  It explores her relationship with her mother who was the “glue” in her life.  The highs and lows, the strengths and fragility of Billie’s turbulent life has been able to bring a new level of emotion and respect to music and inspiration to musicians and vocalists all over the world. 
BILLIE! BACKSTAGE WITH LADY DAY, written by and starring Synthia L. Hardy debuted at The Whitefire Theatre in California in 2009.   The director is Bryan Rasmussen.  It was awarded two The NAACP Theater Awards in 2011 for Best One Person Show and Best Musical Director.  It has, also, performed in other theaters, schools, temples and festivals, including the Central Avenue Jazz Festival in Los Angeles, CA.

Learn more about Synthia and the show in this sneak peek video!

Check out Synthia's interview for KPFK's Arts in Review with Julio Martinez (broadcasted on February 4, 2022) here!
 “Synthia. L. Hardy… is a simmering bundle of explosive dynamite!”
“…a fully committed and richly personal performance by Hardy.”

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Synthia L. Hardy


A play by

Synthia L. Hardy

Directed by

Bryan Rasmussen


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