Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill
About The Show
Written by: Lanie Robertson
Directed by: Lonny Price
Location: Wyndham Theatre
First Preview: June 17, 2017
Opening Night: June 27, 2017
Cast & Creative Team
Audra McDonald (Lady Day)
Lanie Robertson (Writer)
Lonny Price (Director)
Robert Wierzel (Lighting Design)
Steve Canyon Kennedy (Sound Design)
James Noone (Lighting Design)
Emilio Sosa (Costume Design)
Making her long overdue West End debut, 6-time Tony Award-winning Broadway legend Audra McDonald stars in Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill for a limited run through 9th September 2017.
Taking on the role of iconic jazz singer Billie Holiday, McDonald reprises her Tony Award winning performance that was seen on Broadway in 2014. Featuring some of Holiday’s most famous songs, including ‘God Bless the Child’, ‘Strange Fruit’, ‘Crazy He Calls Me’, ‘What a Little Moonlight Can Do’ and ‘Taint Nobody’s Biz-ness’, spend an evening in the presence of Billie Holiday as she regales the deeply personal stories of her loves and losses through the extraordinarily turbulent life of one of music’s most legendary performers.
Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill is not only a perfect star vehicle for McDonald, who brings to life the spirit of Billie Holiday in Lanie Robertson's 1986 play but is also a delight for audiences and fans of Holiday's music. More comfortably described as a biopic-performance, the play is set in Philadelphia in March 1959, some four months before Holiday's death. During this iconic concert evening where she is accompanied by Jimmy Powers on the piano, Holiday recounts stories about her life and a gripping musical drama unfolds.