Tickets are now available for five-time Tony winner Audra McDonald’s return to Broadway as Billie Holiday in Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill. The show will play a limited ten-week engagement at the intimate Circle in the Square, with some audience members being seated at tables onstage. Performances begin March 25 with opening night set for April 13.
Written by Lanie Robertson and directed by Lonny Price, the bio-show recounts Holiday's life story through the songs that made her famous. 1959, in a small, intimate bar in Philadelphia, Holiday puts on a show that unbeknownst to the audience, will leave them witnesses to one of the last performances of her lifetime. Through her poignant voice and moving songs, one of the greatest jazz singers of all-time shares her loves and her losses. McDonald will perform 18 numbers as Holiday, including “What a Little Moonlight Can Do,” “Taint Nobody’s Biz-ness” and “God Bless the Child."
Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill debuted off-Broadway in 1986 starring Lonette McKee and has been produced around the country and internationally ever since. Tony and Grammy winner Dee Dee Bridgewater starred in another show, entitled just Lady Day, off-Broadway that closed earlier this year.