Audra McDonald to make her West End debut in Billie Holiday musical play at the Wyndhams’ Theatre.
Tony, Grammy, and Emmy Award-winner Audra McDonald will make her West End debut portraying legendary jazz singer Billie Holiday in the musical play Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill.
Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill won two Tony Awards in 2014 including ‘Best Lead Actress in a Play’ for McDonald, making her Broadway’s most decorated performer, winner of 6 Tony Awards and the first and only person to receive awards in all four acting categories.
Written by Lanie Robertson and Directed by Lonny Price, Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill recounts Holiday’s life story through the songs that made her famous, including God Bless the Child, What a Little Moonlight Can Do, Strange Fruit and Taint Nobody’s Biz-ness.
Billie ‘Lady Day’ Holiday had what is widely considered one of the greatest jazz voices of all-time. She rose to popularity in the 1930’s and 1940’s with her pioneering vocal style strongly inspired by jazz instrumentalists. After a turbulent personal life and struggle with addiction, she died at the untimely age of 44. In 2000, Holiday was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill will play a strictly limited run from 25 June 2016 until 3 September 2016 at the Wyndham’s Theatre.