Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill Tickets

Six-time Tony winner Audra McDonald returns to Broadway as Billie Holiday in Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill. Featuring a score of iconic Holiday hits, this play with music brings the essence and spirit of the late singer-songwriter to the stage.

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Show Info

Running Time
90 minutes (no intermission)
Audience
May be inappropriate for 12 and under

Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill Reviews

As for the singing, it's a testament to McDonald, who has one of the strongest voices in musical theater, that she molds hers to fit Holiday's sound. She manages to capture that smoky, peanut-buttery, sometimes staccato delivery. It's haunting. Close your eyes and Lady Day is back.
Mark Kennedy, Associated Press
Audra McDonald channels Billie Holiday in Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill. This is McDonald at her most intimate.
Joe Dziemianowicz, New York Daily News
Only a fool would second-guess the transformative power of Audra McDonald, but when it was announced that this five-time Tony Award-winner was going to portray Billie Holiday in the Broadway production of Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill, I must confess that I had my qualms...But from the moment McDonald takes the microphone, a metamorphosis more striking than any in Ovid occurs.
Charles McNutley, Los Angeles Times

Summary

The time is 1959. The place is a seedy bar in Philadelphia. The audience is about to witness one of Billie Holiday's last performances, given four months before her death. More than a dozen musical numbers are interlaced with salty, often humorous, reminiscences to project a riveting portrait of the lady and her music.

Songs include “God Bless the Child,” “What a Little Moonlight Can Do,” “Strange Fruit” and “Taint Nobody’s Biz-ness.”