Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill @ Milwaukee Rep's Stackner Cabaret

  • October 30, 2016
  • 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
  • Milwaukee
  • 2


  • NOTE: Member ($70) with guest ($85) will cost a total of $155. TO ADD YOUR GUEST: click on the "ADD GUEST" button at the bottom of the registration form and enter the guest information, as indicated. Thank you.
  • Registration Fee includes Member Registration Fee ($70) plus cost of LADY Day Ticket ($42), or $112.00.
  • Single ticket purchase cost: $56.
    To add a second ticket purchase ($56), click on the "Add guest" button at the bottom on the registration form. Two ticket purchase total: $112

New! Purchase Lady Day Ticket ($56) and Travel-on-You-Own to the Stackner Cabaret. Limit: Two Tickets.

Guest Registration Fee: $85

NOTE: Members register their guests.

Registration Fee includes Badger Bus travel with Wi-Fi and theater ticket;. Lunch is on your own.

Registration Deadline to obtain the best seats is October 2.

Registration between Oct 3-28 will be for any remaining seats, if available.
Registration is closed


Join us for Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill- the second play in our eight-play Milwaukee Rep field trip series. It will be staged in true cabaret fashion.

The Stackner Cabaret provides a lighter version of live theater. Located on the 2nd Floor, this venue is much more intimate and very close to the stage and the performers. You will be seated at tables with wait staff, from whom which you can order appetizers, snacks and beverages from its full bar service. (124 Seating Capacity)


As the 1950s come to a close, the famous Billie Holiday puts on a show in a small bar in Philadelphia. Unbeknownst to the audience, they will witness one of the last performances of her extraordinary life. Full of show stopping numbers like “God Bless the Child,” “Strange Fruit,” and “What a Little Moonlight Can Do,” Lady Day shares her loves and losses in this award-winning musical fresh from its Broadway revival. Pull up a chair for an intimate evening that’s up close and personal, with one of the greatest jazz/blues vocalists of all time!


Who doesn’t like jazz music? And who did it better than Billie Holiday? The Stackner Cabaret is transformed into a Philadelphia bar at one of Billie Holiday’s last concerts. Listen to the sultry music and hear incredible stories of Lady Day’s life.

by Lanie Robertson
DIRECTED by Leda Hoffmann 

YouTube video preview: When a Woman Loves a Man, Alexis J. Rogers, (2.31)

To learn more about Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill, explore its Milwaukee Rep’s webpage.

The Milwaukee Rep’s production of Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill opens September 9. The running time is approximately two hours (2:00 PM – 4:00 PM) with one intermission.

Registration Limit: 54

Registration Deadline: September 30

Non-Member Policy Members must register their guests. Each PLATO member is entitled to bring one non-member guest per bus trip. (Members may bring more than one guest near the registration Deadline Date if seats are available. Check with trip organizer.) Non-member guests pay an additional $15.00 registration fee. PLATO Membership is $60.00/year.

                                                                                                                                     Accessibility Policy. On the Badger Bus, you must be able to climb steps to board and exit the bus. If you need assistance, we recommend that you bring a friend to give you a hand. Thirty-five percent (44 seats) of the Milwaukee Rep’s Stackner Cabaret is handicapped accessible. There are three stepdown rows for the remaining seating leading to the stage without handrail support.

Directions to the Stackner Cabaret: From the Milwaukee Rep’s Wells Street entrance, walk straight ahead to the atrium dome. The Stackner Cabaret is located on the 2nd floor. Take the elevator or escalator. From the 2nd floor elevator exit, walk around to the left into the promenade. From the escalator, you arrive in the promenade. Stackner Cabaret entrance is on the left.


PLATO Member Cost: 

$70.00 Lunch is on your own                                          

Non-Member Guest of a Member Cost:

$85.00 Lunch is on your own

Fee includes: Badger Bus with Wi-Fi and Theater Ticket. Lunch is on Your Own.

Member Extra Ticket Purchase: $42

For Non-Member Guest who will meet you in Milwaukee

Free Time from 11:30 AM – 2:00 PM


 Enjoy Sunday Bunch or Lunch and Explore Milwaukee’s Historic Third Ward or Weston on both sides of the river near the Rep


There are many nearby Third Ward restaurants from which to choose, including the Milwaukee Public Market that contains eight distinctive eateries.

For other nearby Third Ward cafes and restaurants (including map), click here.

Historic Third Ward Shopping, Dining and Entertainment Guide: Spring 2016 (with location directory p. 30 and map p. 31)

For Westown neighborhood eateries and restaurants along both sides of the river from the Rep (including map), click here.


Bear in mind that our boarding bus route is like Madison Metro or any other municipal bus service. Please arrive early at your boarding stop so you don’t miss the bus. When everyone is aboard and seated, we leave. Arrive early and we will all arrive in Milwaukee on time to begin our adventure.

– Don’t be late. We can wait just 5 minutes at any one location.

– Pack water bottles and snacks for sustenance on the trip.


Leave Madison

8:30 AM         Bus  arrives at Oakwood University Woods to begin boarding.

(Please allow trip organizers to get set up before entering the bus.)

8:50 AM     Arrives at Capitol Lakes

9:10 AM     Arrives at East Towne Shopko

9:20 AM    Departs for Milwaukee (Or, sooner if everyone is aboard)

In Milwaukee

11:00 AM     Arrive Milwaukee Public Market and other nearby Third Ward restaurants

11:15 PM    Arrive Milwaukee Rep Wells St. entrance for nearby Westown restaurants

1:15 PM        Bus Returns to Milwaukee Public Market for those who need a ride to the Stackner Cabaret and would rather not walk the five blocks to the Milwaukee Rep.

2:00 PM      Lady Day performance begins

4:00 PM        Lady Day performance ends

4:00 PM -    Begin bus boarding for return to Madison. There will be adequate time for coat check retrieval and restroom use

4:20 PM      Depart for Madison (Or, sooner if everyone is aboard)

Arrive Madison

5:35 PM         East Towne Shopko

5:50 PM         Capitol Lakes

6:00 PM        Oakwood University Woods

Lady Day Mail-In Registration Forms (including instructions):

PLATO Members

For further information, contact field trip organizer, Bob Blitzke, and 608-271-7741







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