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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 Star Audra McDonald Open Up About Picking Up Billie Holiday's Habits & Her Troubled Past

Watch Lady Day Star Audra McDonald Open Up About Picking Up Billie Holiday's Habits & Her Troubled Past
Audra McDonald

It looks like someone needs to put a quarter in the swear jar over at Eggfartopia. In an interview with ABC News’ Popcorn with Peter Travers, six-time Tony winner Audra McDonald revealed that she’s begun to pick up some of Billie Holiday’s habits after appearing as the legendary jazz singer in Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill on Broadway. No, not the drugs and alcohol. “My language started to get bad at home because Billie had a very salty mouth,” McDonald admitted. In the interview, she also opened up about her own troubled past, including a life-threatening case of depression she battled while at Juilliard.  Check out the video below and catch McDonald in her history-making performance in Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill at the Circle in the Square Theatre through September 21.

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