Stage and screen actress Suzzanne Douglas will portray the late Billie Holiday in the production, which runs through Feb. 15. Music director Alva Nelson will portray Jimmy Powers. Ted Sod directs. "The time is 1959," press notes state. "The place is a seedy neighborhood bar in South Philadelphia. The audience is about to witness one of Billie Holiday's explosive final performances, only four months prior to her death. Lady Day sings, laughs, and cries as she discovers and recounts her life, loves and adventures, weaving her story into more than a dozen classics including 'God Bless The Child,' 'When a Woman Loves a Man,' 'Where Our Love Has Gone,' 'Ain't Nobody's Business If I Do,' and 'Strange Fruit.'"
The design team comprises John McDermott (set), Raquel Davis (lighting), Bettina Bierly (costume) and Alison Goessling (sound).
Suzzanne Douglas has been seen on Broadway in The Threepenny Opera, Into The Woods, The Tap Dance Kid, Sophisticated Ladies and A Grand Night for Singing. Her screen credits include "The Parent 'Hood," "Sounder," "Law & Order: SVU," "Law & Order: Criminal Intent," "NYPD Blue," "Touched By an Angel," "I'll Fly Away," "The Parkers," "Critical Condition" and "Promised Land."
The Bickford Theatre is located at 6 Normandy Heights Road in Morristown, NJ. For tickets call (973) 971-3706 or visit www.bickfordtheatre.org.