Audra McDonald Stars as Billie Holiday in Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill + Trailer

 The time is 1959. The place is a seedy bar in Philadelphia. The audience is about to witness one of Billie Holiday’s last performances, given four months before her death. More than a dozen musical numbers are interlaced with salty, often humorous, reminiscences to project a riveting portrait of the lady and her music.

The Broadway production of LADY DAY at EMERSON’S BAR & GRILL opened April 13, 2014 and after several extensions closed on October 5, 2014. McDonald was joined onstage by a jazz trio led by Shelton Becton as well as by a Chihuahua named Roxie.

Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill Audra McDonald made Tony Awards history in 2015, becoming the first woman to win Tony Awards in all four eligible acting categories. She now holds the record for the most Tony Award wins (6) of any actor in competitive Tony categories.

McDonald previously won Tony Awards for her work in “The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess,” “Carousel,” “Master Class,” “Ragtime” and “A Raisin in the Sun.”

The broadcast version of “Lady Day” was directed by Lonny Price, who also did the Broadway version, and produced by Allen Newman and Two Hands Entertainment with Executive Producers Jeff Rowland, Stewart Lane and Bonnie Comley.

LADY DAY AT EMERSON’S BAR & GRILL will premiere on Saturday, March 12, 2016 on HBO NOW and HBO GO.


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