Schools of the Stars: Where Lady Day Cast and Creators Went to College

Where the principals of the Broadway musical Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill pursued their college studies.

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Here is a rundown on where the principals of Broadway’s Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill pursued their college studies. Visit to learn how you can follow in their footsteps. Individual school listings on the site are linked below.

Cast List:
Audra McDonald: The Juilliard School
Sheldon Becton: Howard University

Production Credits:

Lanie Robertson (Playwright): University of Kansas and Temple University
Lonny Price (Direction): NA
James Noone (Scenic Design): Boston University
Robert Wierzel (Lighting Design): New York University – Tisch School of the Arts
Steve Canyon Kennedy (Sound Design): NA
Timothy R. Semon (Production Stage Manager): University of Cincinnati-College Conservatory of Music
Jeffrey Richards (Producer): Wesleyan University
Jerry Frankel (Producer): University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Jessica Genick (Producer): New York University
Gabrielle Palitz (Producer): Smith College and Columbia University
Will Trice (Producer): Northwestern University
Rebecca Gold (Producer): Harvard University
Roger Berlind (Producer): (Producer): Princeton University
Ken Greiner (Producer): Baruch College
Irene Gandy (Producer): New York University