Audra McDonald receives first Tony Award nomination in the category of “Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play” for her performance as Billie Holiday in Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill

tn-500_2011tonylogo copyFive-time Tony Award-winning singer and actress Audra McDonald has been nominated for a 2014 Tony Award in the category of “Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play” for her performance as the legendary jazz singer Billie Holiday in Lanie Robertson’s musical play Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill. This honor places her in the illustrious company of Tyne Daly (Mothers and Sons), LaTanya Richardson Jackson (A Raisin in the Sun), Cherry Jones (The Glass Menagerie), and Estelle Parsons (The Velocity of Autumn). Directed by Lonny Price, the production has also received a nomination in the category of “Best Sound Design of a Play.”

Audiences can catch Audra as Billie Holiday at the Circle in the Square Theatre now through August 10, 2014.

The 68th Tony Awards will be broadcast live from Radio City Music Hall on CBS on Sunday, June 8 at 8pm ET.