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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

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 ...

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Audra McDonald Discusses Channeling Billie Holiday in Lady Day and Always Saying Yes

Audra McDonald Discusses Channeling Billie Holiday in Lady Day and Always Saying Yes

What a little studio light can do! Tony winner Audra McDonald stopped by NewsNation to discuss with Tamron Hall her latest Broadway role: Billie Holiday in Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill. McDonald shared what it’s like to portray such a legendary performer who “regardless of all the knocks, still rose to the top.” “In the end,” ...

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Billie Is Here to Stay! Lady Day, Starring Audra McDonald, Extends on Broadway

Billie Is Here to Stay! Lady Day, Starring Audra McDonald, Extends on Broadway

Good news, Audra McDonald fans: The five-time Tony winner will be channeling Billie Holiday in Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill all summer long! The new production has extended its limited Broadway run, and will now play through August 10 at Circle in the Square Theatre. The play with music was originally slated to play a ten-week engagement through ...

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Boozin', Bluesin' & Shooting Cats!? Audra McDonald's Big Night as Lady Day

Boozin', Bluesin' & Shooting Cats!? Audra McDonald's Big Night as Lady Day

Tony winner Audra McDonald is taking on the legendary Billie Holiday in Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill. We chatted with the star on opening night about smoking, swearing, drinking and her ever-changing scene partner...the audience!

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Billie Sings the Blues! Raise a Toast to Audra McDonald on Opening Night of Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill

Billie Sings the Blues! Raise a Toast to Audra McDonald on Opening Night of Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill
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Click for opening night photos of Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill on April 13, 2014, starring five-time Tony winner Audra McDonald as legendary jazz singer Billie Holiday. See her in action at Circle in the Square Theatre!

Happy Opening Night to Audra McDonald in Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill

Happy Opening Night to Audra McDonald in Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill

Somebody’s on our minds, and she’s giving one hell of a performance. Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill, starring five-time Tony winner Audra McDonald as Billie Holiday, opens on April 13. Under the direction of Lonny Price, the bio-show, written by Lanie Robertson, will run through June 1 at the Circle in the Square Theatre.

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Pics! Get a Glimpse of Audra McDonald Channeling the Legendary Billie Holiday in Lady Day

Pics! Get a Glimpse of Audra McDonald Channeling the Legendary Billie Holiday in Lady Day
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Click for production photos of Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill, starring five-time Tony winner Audra McDonald as Billie Holiday. See the new one-woman show, opening April 13 at Circle in the Square Theatre!

We’ll Be Seeing You! Lady Day, Starring Tony Winner Audra McDonald, Begins Performances on Broadway

We’ll Be Seeing You! Lady Day, Starring Tony Winner Audra McDonald, Begins Performances on Broadway

We wished on the moon, and it’s finally coming true. Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill begins performances on Broadway March 25, with five-time Tony winner Audra McDonald headlining as blues legend Billie Holiday. The show will play a limited ten-week engagement at the Circle in the Square Theatre with an official opening on April 13.

The bio-show, written ...

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Lady Day Star Audra McDonald on Prepping for Broadway with Booze and the Blues

Lady Day Star Audra McDonald on Prepping for Broadway with Booze and the Blues

At a press event for Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill, star Audra McDonald, playwright Lanie Robertson and director Lonny Price talk up the Billie Holiday bioplay.

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There Is No Greater Love! Audra McDonald & the Lady Day Creative Team Greet the Press

There Is No Greater Love! Audra McDonald & the Lady Day Creative Team Greet the Press

There’s only a few short weeks until Audra McDonald steps onstage to channel Billie Holiday in the new one-woman show Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill, and on March 17, the five-time Tony winner met the press! McDonald joined playwright Lanie Robertson and director Lonny Price at Pearl Studios in New York City to chat about the new production ...

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Ruff Competition! See Audra McDonald Audition Lucky Dogs to Star in Lady Day on Broadway

Ruff Competition! See Audra McDonald Audition Lucky Dogs to Star in Lady Day on Broadway

See Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill star Audra McDonald and Broadway dog handler Bill Berloni audition pups to play Billie Holiday’s beloved pooch Pepe in the new play at Circle in the Square Theatre.

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Lady Day Auditions Furry Friends to Play Headliner Audra McDonald's Pooch

Lady Day Auditions Furry Friends to Play Headliner Audra McDonald's Pooch

Circle in the Square went to the dogs on March 11! Broadway animal trainer Bill Berloni and Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill headliner Audra McDonald held a doggy callback to find a pooch to play Billie Holiday's beloved pup Pepe. After meeting and playing with dozens of adorable dogs from all over the country, McDonald has a very ...

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Exclusive First Video! See Audra McDonald in Action as Lady Day in New TV Spot

Exclusive First Video! See Audra McDonald in Action as Lady Day in New TV Spot

Get a peek at five-time Tony winner Audra McDonald as Billie Holliday in this new commercial for Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill.

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Odds & Ends: Mary-Louise Parker! Rupert Everett is Salieri! Audra Surprises Emma Thompson!

Odds & Ends: Mary-Louise Parker! Rupert Everett is Salieri! Audra Surprises Emma Thompson!

Here's a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today.

Tony and Emmy Award winner Mary-Louise Parker is Returning to TV:
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the Mary-Louise Parker will headline Feed Me, a 30-minute single-camera comedy pilot for NBC following a dysfunctional family that runs a restaurant together. Parker will play Ellen, a somewhat uptight mom-of-two.

Rupert Everett to ...

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News Round-Up: Kristin! Audra! Another Tony Winner for Guys and Dolls! And Nathan Lane's No Longer in The Money

News Round-Up: Kristin! Audra! Another Tony Winner for Guys and Dolls! And Nathan Lane's No Longer in The Money

Welcome to our round-up of news stories, your daily guide to all the latest buzz in and around the Great White Way!

First up? Two-time Tony winner Nathan Lane, Tony nominee Billy Magnussen and Broadway alums Rosemary Harris, Mamie Gummer and Ray Liotta are no longer in The Money. According to Deadline, David Milch’s HBO pilot The Money is no ...

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Stephen Sondheim's Sweeney Todd, Starring Emma Thompson & Bryn Terfel, Heading to the Small Screen

Stephen Sondheim's Sweeney Todd, Starring Emma Thompson & Bryn Terfel, Heading to the Small Screen

Now we’re all going to get the chance to see Oscar and Emmy winner Emma Thompson and Grammy winner Bryn Tervel in the New York Philharmonic's production of Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler's Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street! The show will be telecast nationally on Live From Lincoln Center, hosted by five-time Tony winner Audra McDonald, on ...

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Exclusive! Five-Time Tony Winner Audra McDonald to Sing the Blues on Broadway as Billie Holiday in Lady Day

Exclusive! Five-Time Tony Winner Audra McDonald to Sing the Blues on Broadway as Billie Holiday in Lady Day

Lady is gonna sing the blues! Before her rumored role opposite Oprah, five-time Tony winner Audra McDonald is prepping to return to the Great White Way this season as Billie Holiday in Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill. Although no official announcement has been made, Broadway.com has learned the play is expected to play at the Circle in ...

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Talk Show Queen Oprah Winfrey Looks to Make Broadway Debut Opposite Audra McDonald in 'Night, Mother

Talk Show Queen Oprah Winfrey Looks to Make Broadway Debut Opposite Audra McDonald in 'Night, Mother

Oprah Winfrey is keeping her promise to act on Broadway, eyeing a debut opposite Audra McDonald in a revival of the suicide drama 'Night, Mother. According to The New York Times, the iconic talk show host and the five-time Tony winner plan to team up in the play sometime during the 2015-2016 season under the direction of George C ...

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Weekend Poll: Which Broadway Diva Should Be on American Horror Story Next Season?

Weekend Poll: Which Broadway Diva Should Be on American Horror Story Next Season?

It’s been a standout season for celebrated thespians on Amercan Horror Story: Coven, with a plethora of esteemed character actresses getting witchy scenery to chew on. The FX series just ended its third installment, with a stacked cast featuring Tony winners (Patti LuPone and Christine Ebersole) and Oscar winners (Jessica Lange and Kathy Bates), not to mention other celebrated thespians ...

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Broadway's Tops with the Pops! Sutton Foster, Kelli O'Hara, Matthew Morrison & Audra McDonald Set for Carnegie Hall Concerts

Broadway's Tops with the Pops! Sutton Foster, Kelli O'Hara, Matthew Morrison & Audra McDonald Set for Carnegie Hall Concerts

The New York Pops orchestra will welcome a host of Broadway stars—including two-time Tony winner Sutton Foster, four-time Tony nominee and The Bridges of Madison County's Kelli O'Hara, Tony nominee Matthew Morrison and Ryan Silverman—into the 32nd season of the company’s Carnegie Hall series, led by music director Steven Reineke. The Pops orchestra season will feature five concerts ...

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The Tonys Keep the Gold and The Sound of Music Live! Loses to Liberace at the 66th Annual Directors Guild Awards

The Tonys Keep the Gold and The Sound of Music Live! Loses to Liberace at the 66th Annual Directors Guild Awards

The results are in! On January 25, funny lady and former Broadway Annie star Jane Lynch announced the winners of the 66th Annual Directors Guild of America Awards. Celebrity presenters included Main Stem alums Debbie Allen, Bradley Cooper, Tom Hanks, Anna Kendrick and Sarah Paulson

Glenn Weiss and the directing team of the 67th Annual Tony Awards won ...

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Audra McDonald, Harvey Fierstein & More Join Drama League Gala to Honor Hedwig's Neil Patrick Harris

Audra McDonald, Harvey Fierstein & More Join Drama League Gala to Honor Hedwig's Neil Patrick Harris

There's a starry night in store! Tony winners Audra McDonald and Harvey Fierstein join the previously reported 2014 Drama League's Musical Celebration of Broadway honoring Hedwig star Neil Patrick Harris. Hosted by Whoopi Goldberg and co-directed by Michael Mayer and Johanna McKeon, the gala will be held February 3 at the Pierre Hotel in New York City. The event will ...

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Real-Life Lovebirds Audra McDonald & Will Swenson to Lead Reading of Venus and Adonis

Real-Life Lovebirds Audra McDonald & Will Swenson to Lead Reading of Venus and Adonis

Broadway husband-and-wife duo Audra McDonald and Will Swenson are already the most adorable couple we know, and we didn’t think it was possible that they could ever get any cuter...until now! The Broadway power couple will star together in a reading of Shakespeare’s epic love poem Venus and Adonis on February 10 at the Public Theater. Additional casting has ...

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See Audra McDonald Live! The Tony Winner Announces U.S. Tour Dates

See Audra McDonald Live! The Tony Winner Announces U.S. Tour Dates

Climb whatever mountain necessary to see Audra McDonald in concert in 2014! The five-time Tony Award-winner is set for a series of concert dates through March, according to her official website. McDonald is expected to perform songs from her most recent solo album, Go Back Home as well as selections from her long and varied career on the Great White ...

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Here’s To the Ladies Who Tony! Watch Nikki M. James Pay Tribute to Every Best Featured Actress Tony Winner Ever

Here’s To the Ladies Who Tony! Watch Nikki M. James Pay Tribute to Every Best Featured Actress Tony Winner Ever

Broadway’s newest Eponine and Tony winner Nikki M. James is certainly not on her own when it comes to being one of the many talented ladies of Broadway. At a performance at Joe's Pub, James paid tribute to the fellow winners of the Tony’s Best Featured Actress category by singing all of their names. That’s right, every single one, including ...

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