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Audra McDonald Leads Lady Day Into the Green

The award-winning play revival announces recoupment. logo
Audra McDonald earned her record-breaking sixth Tony Award for her performance in Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill.
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Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill, starring six-time Tony Award winner Audra McDonald as legendary jazz singer Billie Holiday, has announced that the production is now in profits after recouping its initial investment of $2.6 million.

Written by Lanie Robertson and directed by Tony Award nominee Lonny Price, Lady Day opened at Broadway's Circle in the Square Theatre on April 13. Initially slated for a 10-week limited engagement, the production (along with McDonald) has extended its run through September 21.

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.

Recorded live by PS Classics, the production released its cast album on July 15, which topped four of the Billboard Charts in its first week of release.

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