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Five-Time Tony Winner Audra McDonald Introduces Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill to Broadway

Lanie Robertson's jazz-infused play makes its Broadway debut at the Circle in the Square Theatre. logo

Nearly three decades after its award-winning premiere with off-Broadway's Vineyard Theatre in 1986, playwright Lanie Robertson's one-woman musical play Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill is making its Broadway debut with the most auspicious of leading ladies. Five-time Tony Award winner Audra McDonald will lend her incomparable vocals to the role of iconic jazz singer Billie Holiday, whose addiction to alcohol and drugs led to a tragic, premature death at the age of 44. Take a look as TheaterMania catches up with McDonald, Robertson, and director Lonny Price who share their thoughts on bringing Holiday's lasting musical legacy to the Broadway stage.