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

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.