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Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill

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Closed October 5, 2014

Ms. McDonald sings selections from Holiday's repertoire with sensitive musicianship and rich seams of feeling that command rapt admiration.

Charles Isherwood, The New York Times

Why See Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill?

2014 Tony Award Winner for Best Actress

Audra McDonald returns to Broadway as Billie Holiday in this look back on the First Lady of Jazz's life. Her story is told through the music and songs she created.

Set inside a smokey Philadelphia nightclub in late 1950s, the musical recreates one of Ms. Holiday's last ever performances - occurring just four months before her untimely death.

Fans of the blues singer will be delighted to hear Ms. McDonald, now a six-time Tony Award-winning actress, perform some of Billie Holiday's classic hits - including Strange Fruit, When a Woman Loves a Man, and God Bless the Child. Her sensational performance won her the 2014 Tony Award for Best Leading Actress in a Play, making her the only person in Tony history to win an award in four different acting categories.

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Dates

Previews from: 25 March 2014

Opening night: 22 April 2014

Audience

May not be suitable for younger audiences

Run time

90 minutes, with no intermission

And before you stop reading

Please note that the show is on hiatus from 1st to 7th September

Cast and Creative

Cast

Starring Audra McDonald

Creative

Directed by Lonny Price
Written by Lainie Robertson

Awards

 

2014 Tony Awards:

Performance for Best Leading Actress in a Play - Audra McDonald

Nominated for two 2014 Tony Awards

Performance for Best Leading Actress in a Play - Audra McDonald
Best Soud Design of a Play - Steve Canyon Kennedy

Drama Desk Award Wins 2014

Outstanding Actress in a Play - Audra McDonald

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