Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill

 
 
Written by Lanie Robertson | Directed by Lonny Price
Location: Circle in the Square Theatre, 235 West 50th Street
Running Time: 90 minutes, no intermission
First Preview: March 25, 2014
Opening Night: April 13, 2014

Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill recounts Holiday’s life story through the songs that made her famous. 1959, in a small, intimate bar in Philadelphia, Holiday puts on a show that unbeknownst to the audience, will leave them witnesses to one of the last performances of her lifetime.  Through her poignant voice and moving songs, one of the greatest jazz singers of all-time shares her loves and her losses.   

Among the songs that will be performed: “God Bless the Child,” “What a Little Moonlight Can Do,” “Strange Fruit” and “Taint Nobody’s Biz-ness.”

Frequent collaborators Lonny Price and Audra McDonald have been developing and working on Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill for more than two years. The intimate setting of the Circle in the Square provides a unique theatrical experience, drawing audiences – especially those seated at the tables onstage – into the performance.


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Audra McDonald (Billie Holiday)
Shelton Becton (Jimmy Powers)
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Awards & Nominations


TONY AWARDS
*WINNER – Audra McDonald, Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play
*WINNER – Steve Canyon Kennedy, Best Sound Design of a Play

DRAMA DESK
*WINNER – Audra McDonald, Outstanding Actress in a Play

DRAMA LEAGUE
Outstanding Revival of a Broadway or Off-Broadwy Musical
Audra McDonald received an honorable mention for the Distinguished Performance Award

OUTER CRITICS CIRCLE
Outstanding Revival of a Musical
*WINNER – Audra McDonald, Outstanding Actress in a Musical