Audra McDonald Keeps Extending in Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill
Don't let the last final extension fool you.
Broadway's one-woman muscial play, Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill, starring six-time Tony winner Audra McDonald, has announced yet another extension for its run at Circle in the Square Theatre. In early July, the production announced a final extension of performances through September 21. Producers, however, have added one more "final" extension to the production's schedule, with plans to run through October 5.
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.