I will never forget the movie, "Lady Sings The Blues" starring Diana RossBillie Dee Williams, and Richard Pryor. To this day, Ross's portrayal of the Jazz legend Billie Holiday is both haunting and unforgettable. It has always amazed me how people Like Billie Holiday could live in so much pain and tragedy and still perform night after night.

Lady Day( a nickname given to her by Lester Young) was strikingly beautiful. Sadly, Holiday's life was marred with tragedy, physical abuse, and drug and alcohol addiction. Hear her sing, and learn more about her life in this amazing musical,  Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill. 

KC Productions SWLA and Panorama Music House present the live dinner theatre production “Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill” November 9-12, live at the Lake Charles Panorama Music House at 331 Broad Street. Get your tickets now!

Lanie Robertson wrote the play and recounts some events in the life of the legendary songstress. It premiered in 1986 at the Alliance Theatre in Atlanta, Georgia, and later turned into a musical on Broadway. However, you don't have to go to Broadway to see this play! Lake Charles, Singer, Songwriter, and Actress, Leah Nicole, portrays Billie Holiday as several talented musicians/actors help to bring this musical to life!

Part of the show proceeds will benefit Music Makers 2 U, a local non-profit whose mission is to provide SWLA youth with musical instruments.

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Stacker dug deep to find 30 celebrities who were previously college athletes. There are musicians, politicians, actors, writers, and reality TV stars. For some, an athletic career was a real, promising possibility that ultimately faded away due to injury or an alternate calling. Others scrapped their way onto a team and simply played for fun and the love of the sport. Read on to find out if your favorite actor, singer, or politician once sported a university jersey.

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