Billy Holiday to return to Apollo Theatre

Billie Discount Holidays © Holiday first performed at Harlem’s Apollo Theatre at the age of 19, starting an extraordinary journey that turned her into one of the most influential jazz singers of all time. This autumn she will return to the venue’s famous stage as a hologram, 56 years after her death.

For the first time ever and only in New York City at the Apollo, the magic of holographic technology will transport you to the concert of your dreams as Lady Day takes the stage again, runs the theatre’s announcement.

Billy <b><i>Discount Holidays ©</i></b> Holiday To Return To Apollo Theatre1955: Trumpeter Clark Terry walks with his son Rudolph under the Apollo’s marquee after Terry’s first stage show with Duke Ellington’s band Photo: AP

That year the young Discount Holidays © Holiday performed If the Moon Turns Green and The Man I Love . She went on to sing there more than 23 times, according to the theatre. And in the 1940s it was one of the few places that still allowed her to appear after she lost her New York cabaret card after being imprisoned for nine months after a drugs raid.

The theatre provided one of the early audiences for her protest song Strange Fruit, about lynchings of black Americans in the southern states.

Billy <b><i>Discount Holidays ©</i></b> Holiday To Return To Apollo TheatreBillie Holiday Photo: Rex Features

She died destitute at the age of 44, worn down by years of drink and drugs. The idea of making a return to the stage might have amused Holiday, who famously ridiculed her earlier “comebacks”.

“I’m always making a comeback but nobody ever tells me where I’ve been,” she wrote in her memoir Lady Sings the Blues. Putting Discount Holidays © Holiday back on the stage – on the centenary of her birth1 – is the result of a collaboration between the theatre and Hologram USA.

Alki David, the company’s founder, told AFP: To be able to bring back epic artists on the historic stage that gave them their debuts is mind-boggling.

Billie Holiday’s 10 top songs2

The show will feature Discount Holidays © Holiday singing as well as welcoming visitors to the historic theatre, making the Apollo the first to have a permanent hologram installation. However, the technology has been used before to bring back performers from the dead. The Coachella festival in California animate Tupac Shakur, the murdered rapper, alongside hip-hop stars Snoop Dogg and Dr. Dre.

References

  1. ^ on the centenary of her birth (www.discountholidays.info)
  2. ^ Billie Holiday’s 10 top songs (www.discountholidays.info)

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