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Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill’s limited engagement extended through August 10, 2014

April 17th 2014

Lady DayDue to popular demand and strong critical acclaim, Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill’s limited engagement at the Circle in the Square Theatre has been extended through August 10, 2014. Lanie Robertson’s musical play, which began previews on March 25 and opened on April 13, recounts Billie Holiday’s life story through the songs that made her famous. In a small intimate bar in Philadelphia in 1959, 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 share her loves and losses.

Among the songs performed are “God Bless the Child,” “What a Little Moonlight Can Do,” “Strange Fruit,” and “Tain’t Nobody’s Business If I Do.”

Purchase your tickets to see Audra in Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill.

Audra McDonald “dazzles” in Lady Day

April 14th 2014

Audra Lady DayAudra McDonald has just scored another major triumph, this time as Billie Holiday in Lanie Robertson’s musical play Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill. The Associated Press raved: “One of the supreme honors this Broadway season is to go to Circle in the Square, close your eyes and hear a ghost…If a voice has DNA, McDonald has cracked the code for Lady Day’s,” while the Los Angeles Times noted that “from the moment McDonald takes the microphone, a metamorphosis more striking than any in Ovid occurs. Gone is the shimmering operatic prowess that powered through “Summertime” in The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess, the last of McDonald’s Tony-winning performances. In its place are Holiday’s distinctive jazz timing and idiosyncratic phrasing, qualities as singular as fingerprints.”

The New York Times hailed Audra’s ability to “sing selections from Holiday’s repertoire with sensitive musicianship and rich seams of feeling that command rapt admiration,” and the Huffington Post stated: “The most exquisite singing being done on a New York City stage right now is Audra McDonald delivering “God Bless the Child” at Circle in the Square. It’s stunning, it’s heartbreaking. If there’s anything available even better at the moment, it’s McDonald again, this time singing “Strange Fruit.” The anguish and fury in it is heart stopping.”

Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill is in limited run through June 1 at the Circle and Square Theater. Purchase your seats here.

COMING SOON: Cast recording of Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill

April 7th 2014

Billie+Holiday (10) copyIt was recently announced that Lanie Robertson’s musical play Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill will receive a cast recording. In celebration of what would have been Billie Holiday’s 99th birthday, anyone who purchases full price tickets today for Lady Day at the Circle in the Square box office will be automatically signed up to receive a free copy of the new cast recording. Label and release date information for the new recording will be announced at a later date. Click here for more information and to purchase tickets.

Audra McDonald returns to Broadway tonight in Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill

March 25th 2014

Lady Day photoAudra McDonald returns to the Broadway stage tonight as the legendary jazz singer Billie Holiday for the first preview performance of Lanie Robertson’s Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill at the Circle in the Square Theatre.  Directed by Lonny Price, Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill will officially open on April 13. The Broadway production is a limited, 10-week engagement.

The musical play, which centers on one of Holiday’s final public appearances in 1959, 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.

This production marks Audra’s first time on Broadway since her Tony-Award winning performance as Bess in The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess. Click here for more information and to purchase tickets.

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