Starring Broadway veteran Audra McDonald, Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill follows the life of Billie Holiday, a jazz great, as she performs on stage in a bar in Philadelphia. Through the use of her songs, her story comes to life. Witness Billie Holiday's last performance in this noteworthy look into the life of Lady Day. Get your Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill tickets below!
Five-time Tony winner Audra McDonald takes the role of jazz great Billie Holiday in the Broadway premier of Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill this spring. McDonald embodies the singer in this one-woman show depicting the life of Lady Day and the events leading to her death in 1959, just four months after her last performance.
This adaption of the play, written by Lanie Robertson and directed by Lonny Price, lets the audience be absorbed into the action. The closest sections consist of tables, making the audience feel as though they are right there at the Emerson Bar and Grill! Previews for this play began on March 25, 2014 with the official opening night on April 13, 2014.
Set in 1959 on the stage at Emerson’s Bar and Grill, Billie Holiday stands in front of the audience to begin one of her last public performances. Lady Day does not just stand on the stage and sing, however. Stories from throughout her life are illustrated through her songs, touching on everything from childhood memories to romantic involvements. Get tickets to see Audra McDonald take on the life of Billie Holiday with Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill tickets!