Best of Billie Holiday starring Mardra & Reggie Thomas! Two Nights Only!
May 20, 2022
Coming off their triumphant performances in "Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill" in Chicago, the Broadway Lounge is thrilled to welcome Mardra & Reggie Thomas to Peoria with their musical tribute show, "The Best of Billie Holliday"!
Cost is $48pp for a buffet dinner and shows featuring The Waterhouse Catering's Savory Sliced Pot Roast Au Jus, Boneless Chicken Breast in a Creamy White Wine Sauce with Mushrooms, Party Potatoes, Green Beans with Bacon, Tossed Mixed Greens Salad, Sister Schubert Homemade Dinner Rolls, and Texas Sheet cake for dessert! Seating begins at 6p. Dinner Buffet at 6:30p. Show at 7:30p. The Broadway Lounge's wait staff will provide table service for drinks.
Mardra Thomas is known for her realistic portrayal of Billie Holiday in concert and on the theatrical stage. Costumed in a vintage gown with her signature gardenias, Mardra looks and sings the part of this iconic jazz vocalist. She takes you back to 1959 impersonating Billie Holiday with songs that highlight the era in which she performed including her first big band experiences with world-known bandleaders such as Artie Shaw.
Mardra’s voice is well suited to showcase Holiday’s sculptured phrasing that stamped a signature style on jazz singing. She appears in theaters, concert halls, and premier clubs all across the country.
Accompanying Mardra will be her husband, Reggie Thomas, on piano. He is Coordinator of Jazz Studies at NIU, on faculty for Carnegie Hall’s Jazz National Youth Orchestra, and is a member of The Count Basie Orchestra.