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Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill - Broadway

Audra McDonald stars as Billie Holiday in this one-woman bio-play.

Watch Lady Day Tony Nominee Audra McDonald Reveal Her Addiction & Perform as Billie Holiday

Watch Lady Day Tony Nominee Audra McDonald Reveal Her Addiction & Perform as Billie Holiday
Audra McDonald

Five-time Tony winner Audra McDonald stopped by The Colbert Report to chat about her Tony-nominated performance as Billie Holiday in Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill. The two discussed what draws audiences to the triumphs and struggles of the legendary jazz singer, how McDonald sounds “a little bit like a cat” (Grizabella?!)  when putting on the voice, and that while she doesn’t share Holiday’s drug addiction, she does turn to a certain confection. If you follow her on Twitter, you might have an idea. After calling Colbert a "mother*cker" (endearingly, and as Holiday), McDonald broke out the soft lens and the grayscale filter to sing two numbers: “What a Little Moonlight Can Do” and “God Bless the Child.” Have a look at the interview and remarkable performances below!

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