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Audra McDonald Celebrates 100 Performances as Broadway's Lady Day

McDonald steps into her Tony-winning role for the 100th time today. logo
Audra McDonald earned her record-breaking sixth Tony Award for her performance as Billie Holiday in Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill.
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Today's 2pm matinee of Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill marks six-time Tony Award winner Audra McDonald's 100th performance of her role as Billie Holiday at Broadway's Circle in the Square Theatre. Since March 25, McDonald has been dominating the stage in a tour-de-force performance as legendary jazz singer Billie Holiday.

Written by Lanie Robertson and directed by Lonny Price, the show is set in 1959 during one of Holiday's intimate performances in a Philadelphia bar — one of her final performances — where the singer recounts stories from her life and career. The songs that are performed throughout the 90-minute show include "God Bless the Child," "What a Little Moonlight Can Do," "Strange Fruit," and "Taint Nobody's Biz-ness."

The role earned McDonald her record-breaking sixth Tony Award, making her the most decorated actress on Broadway. In addition to her award for Best Leading Actress in a Play, the production earned the Tony for Best Sound Design of a Play (Steve Canyon Kennedy). The show is set for a strictly limited run through August 31.

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