Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill

Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill

Making her long overdue West End debut, 6-time Tony Award-winning Broadway legend Audra McDonald stars in Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill for a limited run through 9th September 2017.

Taking on the role of iconic jazz singer Billie Holiday, McDonald reprises her Tony Award winning performance that was seen on Broadway in 2014. Featuring some of Holiday’s most famous songs, including ‘God Bless the Child’, ‘Strange Fruit’, ‘Crazy He Calls Me’, ‘What a Little Moonlight Can Do’ and ‘Taint Nobody’s Biz-ness’, spend an evening in the presence of Billie Holiday as she regales the deeply personal stories of her loves and losses through the extraordinarily turbulent life of one of music’s most legendary performers.

Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill is not only a perfect star vehicle for McDonald, who brings to life the spirit of Billie Holiday in Lanie Robertson's 1986 play but is also a delight for audiences and fans of Holiday's music. More comfortably described as a biopic-performance, the play is set in Philadelphia in March 1959, some four months before Holiday's death. During this iconic concert evening where she is accompanied by Jimmy Powers on the piano, Holiday recounts stories about her life and a gripping musical drama unfolds.

The play originally opened off-Broadway in 1986 in a production that starred Lonette McKee, and went on to be staged all around America with different stars in the terribly demanding role. This new production, which is directed by Lonny Price, opened on Broadway at the Circle in the Square Theatre on 13 April 13 2014. McDonald starred as Lady Day alongside Shelton Becton as pianist Jimmy Powers. The production was initially scheduled for a limited 10-week run, but this was extended numerous times, finally closing on 5 October 2014. A London run was initially slated for summer 2016 and was postponed due to McDonald announcing that she was expecting a baby.

This show has now closed. See our list of theatre tickets for shows currently on sale.

Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill running time: 
1 hour 30 minutes
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By:
Lanie Robertson
Director:
Lonny Price
Lighting:
Robert Wierzel
Sound:
Steve Canyon Kennedy
Design:
James Noone
Costume:
Esosa
Cast list:
Audra McDonald
Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill Performance Dates & Times
Previews from: 
Saturday, 17 June, 2017
Opening date: 
Tuesday, 27 June, 2017
Available from: 
Saturday, 9 September, 2017
Closes: 
Saturday, 9 September, 2017
Booking to: 
Saturday, 9 September, 2017
MatineeEvening
Monday--
Tuesday-7.45pm
Wednesday2.45pm7.45pm
Thursday2.45pm7.45pm
Friday-7.45pm
Saturday2.45pm7.45pm
Sunday--

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Good things come to those that wait... and wait. 23 years on from her first Tony Award - won for a role in a production that actually originated at London's National Theatre when she starred in the Broadway transfer of Nicholas Hytner's Carousel in 1994 - Audra McDonald is finally making her official West End debut. In the intervening years, she's won a record run of five more Tony's in every... Read more

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First look at Audra McDonald in Lady Day
Tuesday, June 20, 2017

After Audra McDonald's unexpected pregnancy last year, Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill will be making its long awaited West End debut from Saturday 17 June. In anticipation of the launch, producers have released these stunning shots of McDonald in the role of Billie Holliday, one that saw her win a record 6th Tony Award. Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill tickets are on sale for Wyndham's Theatre until 9 September 2017.

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