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Nona Hendryx (USA)


The Public: Joe's Pub

January 5 and 6

Running Time: 1 Hour and 25 Minutes

Members and Partners: $40
Full: $45 + fees

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Photo by Kevin Yatarola

In many ways, Billie Holiday and Edith Piaf lived parallel lives: the two women, whose heartrending loves and lives fed the soulful, singularity of their voices, were born during the same year on opposite shores and became two of the signature voices of their generation.

Curated by revolutionar funk, art-rock, new-wave goddess Nona Hendryx, and an international roster of contemporary vocalists, Parallel Lives: Billie Holiday & Edith Piaf is an exploration of the lives and music of these two legends— and a global celebration of ‘Lady Day’ and the ‘Little Sparrow.’ The show will feature contemporary vocalists like Tamar Kali, Kiki Hawkins, Keith Fluitt, Asa Arnold, Etienne Stadwjck and more.

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THE PHILIP AND JANICE LEVIN FOUNDATION provides support for The Public’s access and engagement programming.

All orders subject to $3 per ticket service fee and $1.50 per ticket facility fee. There is a $1 per ticket package fee per performance for UTR Packs. Service fees for single tickets are waived at the Box Office window. All fees are waived for Public Theater Members and Partners. Plays, titles, actors, directors, and performance dates and times are subject to change. All sales are final, no refunds or cancellations.

Food and beverage service will be available during the performance, but there is no minimum purchase required. 

Created and Directed by Nona Hendryx


Celia Faussart, Guest vocalist  (Les Nubians)

Raven O, Guest vocalist

Kiki Hawkins, Guest vocalist

Liza Jessie Peterson (Poet/Narrator)

Will Calhoun, Drums (Living Color)

Carl Burnett, guitar

Keith Witty, bass

Scott Trixier, Violin

Clerida Eltime, Cello

Gwen Laster, Violin

Melanie Dyer, Viola