MAKES HER WEST END DEBUT IN
LADY DAY AT EMERSON’S BAR & GRILL
WYNDHAM’S THEATRE, LONDON
From 17 June to 9 September 2017
Brand new West End production photography has been released of Audra McDonald in Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill which began preview performances at London’s Wyndham’s Theatre on Saturday 17 June with Opening Night on Tuesday 27 June. McDonald, the Tony, Grammy, and Emmy Award-winning singer and actress, will be making her long awaited West End debut portraying jazz legend Billie Holiday in a performance that won her a record-setting sixth Tony Award.
This critically acclaimed production broke box office records at the Circle in the Square in New York.
“Audra McDonald is a vocal genius! One of the greatest performances I ever hope to see.”
New York Magazine
Written by Lanie Robertson and directed by Lonny Price, Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill recounts Holiday’s life story through the songs that made her famous, including “God Bless the Child,” “What a Little Moonlight Can Do,” “Strange Fruit” and “Taint Nobody’s Biz-ness.”
“Mesmerizing! Pouring her heart into her voice, Audra McDonald breathes life into Billie Holiday’s greatest songs.”
The New York Times
Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill won two Tony Awards in 2014 including ‘Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Play’ for Audra McDonald, making her Broadway’s most decorated performer, winner of six Tony Awards and the first and only person to receive awards in all four acting categories.
1959, in a small, intimate bar in Philadelphia, 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 shares her loves and her losses.
Billie ‘Lady Day’ Holiday had what is widely considered one of the greatest jazz voices of all-time. Born Eleanora Fagan in April 1915, she rose to popularity in the 1930s and 1940s with her pioneering vocal style strongly inspired by jazz instrumentalists. After a turbulent personal life and struggle with addiction, she died at the untimely age of 44. In 2000, Holiday was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
“One of the most exquisite & haunting performances of the year!”
Wyndham’s Theatre, Charing Cross Road, London
First performance: 17 June 2017
Final performance: 9 September 2017
Press Performance: 27 June 2017
For full performance schedule see website: LadyDayWestEnd.com
Tuesday to Saturday at 7.45pm
Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday at 2.45pm
Telephone: 0844 482 5120
Prices from £19.50
Premium and exclusive club seating available