Audra McDonald is Broadway’s Lady Day

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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Audra McDonald, Shelton Becton and Roxie in 'Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill.' Audra McDonald, Shelton Becton and Roxie in 'Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill.' (Evgenia Eliseeva)

One of the most celebrated voices of our era meets one of the most distinctive voices of an earlier era. Audra McDonald, the five-time Tony-winning singer and actress, becomes the latest performer to channel Billie Holiday in the Broadway revival of Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill at Circle in the Square Theater.

Written by Lanie Robertson and directed by Lonny Price, we see Holiday performing at a Philadelphia nightclub just a few months before her death in 1959.

New York Times theater critic Charles Isherwood considers the strength of the play, the songs sung within it, and the possibility of McDonald's performance winning her a sixth Tony Award.

Comments [2]

Shelly Beach

Audra is Billie! When she sang STrange Fruit I cried. An enormous performance from an enormous talent. She is well worthy of a sixth Tony award. I think Billie would agree.

Apr. 30 2014 10:25 AM
gail pierris

Audra McDonald BECOMES Billie Holiday..I just saw her and she deserves that 6th Tony. The show is wonderful -such an emotional performance....its so great!

Apr. 17 2014 09:21 AM

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