JUST ANNOUNCED: Audra brings Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill to HBO

December 17th 2014

HBO-LOGO_thAudra McDonald will bring her acclaimed portrayal of Billie Holiday from Lanie Robertson’s musical play Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill to HBO. Filming before a live audience at Café Brasil in New Orleans this month, the special will feature Audra in her history-making performance as the jazz icon. Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill tells Billie Holiday’s life story through the songs that made her famous, including “God Bless the Child,” “What a Little Moonlight Can Do,” “Strange Fruit” and “Tain’t Nobody’s Biz-ness.”

“The great Audra McDonald’s brilliant performance as the legendary Billie Holiday was a Broadway landmark,” said Michael Lombardo, president of HBO Programming. “I’m thrilled that we will be able to bring this riveting show to viewers who weren’t able to experience it in person.”

“Playing Billie Holiday in Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill on Broadway was one of the most challenging and artistically rewarding experiences of my career, and it is an absolute honor to be able to bring Lanie’s incredible work about this extraordinary woman to film, thanks to HBO,” says Audra.

Audra made history and became Broadway’s most decorated performer when she won her sixth Tony Award for Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill earlier this year. In addition to setting the record for most competitive wins by an actor, she also became the first person to receive awards in all four acting categories. The show’s run at the Circle in the Square Theatre on Broadway was extended four times due to high demand.

Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill will be directed by Lonny Price, who also directed the Broadway production, and produced by Allen Newman and Two Hands Entertainment. It was originally produced on Broadway by Jeffrey Richards, Jerry Frankel, Jessica Genick, and Will Trice.

Audra featured in the Wall Street Journal

December 5th 2014

WSJIn this week’s “House Call” column in the Wall Street Journal, Audra reminisces about her childhood home in Fresno, CA, love for Donna Summer, and more. In the piece, she also touches upon her first theater memories and current home in Westchester, NY. Read Audra’s reflective essay.

Audra launches 32-city concert tour tonight at Walt Disney Concert Hall

December 2nd 2014

audra-mcdonald-2013-theater-autumn-de-wilde-2 copyAudra returns to California this week for six concerts across her home state. She kicks off her 32-city concert tour tonight with a performance at Los Angeles’s Walt Disney Concert Hall. She then heads up the coast for concerts at Cal Poly Arts in San Luis Obispo (Dec 3), the McCallum Theatre in Palm Desert (Dec 4), the Green Music Center in Sonoma (Dec 5), Cal Performances in Berkeley (Dec 6), and the Granada Theatre at UC Santa Barbara (Dec 7). The record-breaking six-time Tony Award-winner will be performing favorite showtunes, popular standards, and original pieces written especially for her.

Click here for a full list of upcoming performances.

“Yahoo! Answers Lounge Singers” returns to The Tonight Show

November 13th 2014

Yahoo answersIn case you missed it, Audra returned to The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon last night for another round of “Yahoo! Answers Lounge Singers.” What’s the best way to get rid of hiccups? Watch the below clip to find out. Audra kicks off her national concert tour next month; check the schedule page to see if Audra is coming to city near you.

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