Legendary Broadway performer Audra McDonald finally makes her West End debut as the legendary jazz icon Billie Holiday in Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill! Her Tony Award-winning performance is a tour de force that left Broadway audiences spellbound and now London audiences get the chance to experience what New York theatregoers have been talking about!
Directed by Lonny Price, who’s recent credits include directing Glenn Close in Sunset Boulevard and Emma Thompson & Bryn Terfel in Sweeney Todd at the London Coliseum for English National Opera, Lanie Robertson’s play comes to life like never before in a performance for the ages by the six-time Tony Award-winning actress.
Audra McDonald is one of Broadway’s biggest stars, with Tony, Grammy and Emmy Awards to her name. Since breaking out on the New York stage with her Tony Award-winning performance as Carrie in Carousel at Lincoln Center in 1994, McDonald has gone on to establish herself as theatrical royalty – her name gives a show a “must-see” status. McDonald holds the record for the most Tony Award-winning performances by an actress – six in total, including wins for Raisin’ in the Sun, Master Class, Porgy and Bess, Ragtime, the aforementioned Carousel and, her most recent win, Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill.
It’s March 1959, and you’re invited to one of the last performances Billie Holiday gave before her death, only four months later. A run-down bar in South Philadelphia is the venue, and Holiday has something to sing about. This is an evening in the presence of music royalty as Audra McDonald brings the spirit of Holiday to life through some of the most inspiring and moving songs ever written and regales you with personal stories of the loves and losses she experienced during her extraordinary yet turbulent life. Featuring the songs God Bless the Child, Crazy He Calls Me, T’ain’t Nobody’s Biz-ness, What a Little Moonlight Can Do and many other Holiday-standards, these are the songs of a lifetime that demand absolute attention.
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