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Agony and ecstasy of jazz icon Billie Holiday all in night’s work for ‘Lady Day’ star Rogers

Feb 3, 2013 – 6:53 pm
Porchlight's Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grille stars Alexis J. Rogers - photo by Kelsey Jorissen

Preview: Singer-actress Alexis Rogers thinks of herself as cut from the same cloth as the great jazz vocalist Billie Holiday – a spunky, lively, laughing spirit, and someone who doesn’t mince words. That’s the briefly resurgent Billie Holiday, heroin-addicted and near the end of her life, embodied by Rogers in Lanie Robertson’s musical bio-drama “Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill” for Porchlight Music Theatre.

The New Season: It isn’t pizza in Porchlight’s oven, but well-spiced musicals Chicago-style

Aug 3, 2012 – 12:28 am
Michael Weber at center with the company of Porchlight Music Theatre

Third in a series of season previews: A rethought, more visceral Porchlight Music Theatre rolls out its 18th season with two Chicago premieres to be followed by a searing portrait of the faded Billie Holiday and “Pal Joey,” Rodgers and Hart’s anti-hero driven drama on the dark side of the human comedy.