Six-time Tony Award winner Audra McDonald will sing the blues on Broadway in Lanie Robertson's Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill for a little while longer. The production has extended its run, for the final time, through September 21. McDonald and the musical drama will take a brief hiatus from September 1-7 before beginning the final 16 performances on September 9.
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.