Thursday, April 10, 2014

John Malveaux: Audra McDonald Is Billie Holiday in 'Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill'

Audra McDonald (Autumn de Wilde)

John Malveaux of sends this link:

John Malveaux

Adam Hetrick
25 Mar 2014

Five-time Tony Award-winning actress Audra McDonald returns to Broadway as Billie Holiday in Lanie Robertson's play with music, Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill, which begins performances March 25 at Circle in the Square.

Directed by Tony Award nominee Lonny Price (110 in the Shade, Sweeney Todd, Company), Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill will officially open April 13. The Broadway production is a limited, 10-week engagement.

The 1959-set play, which centers on one of Holiday's final public appearances, takes place in Philadelphia four months before the singer's death. The 90-minute show includes such songs as "God Bless the Child," "Strange Fruit," "What a Little Moonlight Can Do," "When a Woman Loves a Man," "Foolin' Myself," "Don't Explain," "Somebody's On My Mind," "Taint Nobody's Bizness," "Baby Doll" and more. 

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