Blueprint of a Lady is set to Holiday's signature songs, including "God Bless the Child" and "Lover Man," as well as original music by Freelon. It also makes use of projections by videographer Robert Penn.
According to a press release, the work seeks to "rename and reclaim" Holiday's legacy, "using her iconic status to examine race, human rights, poverty, and their role in American society." The piece examines the history of blues and jazz from 1900 through 1959, the year of Holiday's death.
Blueprint of a Lady was co-commisioned by the Mondavi Center in Davis, California; the New Jersey Performing Arts Center; and Jacob's Pillow. It will be seen at the Mondavi Center in October and at NJPAC in November.