Select nights through October 23 Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill Performing Artists Repertory Theatre, Crossroads Mall, 7400 Dodge All shows at 7 p.m., All tickets $35 performingartistsrepertorytheatre.org
Tiffany White-Welchen's appreciation for the late Billie Holiday has deepened since steeping herself in the famed jazz vocalist's aching song interpretations tinged by personal heartache. For this one-woman show set near the end of Lady Day's life, White-Welchen is reunited with Gordon Cantiello of Performing Artists Repertory Theatre (PART). The two go back to Duchesne Academy, where he was her drama teacher. He's since cast her in professional productions, including Beehive. "I couldn't ask for a better performer, actress, singer than Tiffany," says Cantiello, the show's producer-director. When not on stage, White-Welchen is a behavioral therapist. That expertise gives her deep insight into and empathy for Holiday's struggles with abuse and addiction. As an Omaha's soul sister queen, White-Welchen brings a big voice and personality to the role. The show christens PART's new venue at Crossroads Mall. Access it via the parking garage on the lower level and enter the Northeast doors.