The Broadway production of Lanie Robertson's Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill, starring six-time Tony Award winner Audra McDonald as Billie Holiday, has extended its run at the Circle in the Square Theatre through August 31. Directed by Lonny Price, the play-with-music officially opened on April 13 and was previously scheduled to close on August 10.
Set in 1959 at a seedy Philadelphia bar, the production relives Holiday's last performance, taking place only four months before her death at age 44. The show's musical numbers include "God Bless the Child," "What a Little Moonlight Can Do," "Strange Fruit," and "'Tain't Nobody's Business If I Do." The production made its New York debut off-Broadway at the Vineyard Theatre in 1986 and has since gone on to tour the world.
Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill began previews March 25 and was initially set to play 70 performances during a 10-week limited engagement. McDonald is joined onstage by a jazz trio led by Shelton Becton as well as by a Chihuahua named Roxie.
Tickets for the extension will go on sale to the general public on April 19.
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