FIRST LOOK: Audra McDonald brings Lady Day At Emerson’s Bar and Grill to London

Lady Day At Emerson's Bar and Grill tickets starring Audra McDonald

BritishTheatre.com are pleased to bring you Marc Brenner’s great first look production photographs of six-time TonyAward-winning sensation Audra McDonald who portrays jazz legend Billie Holiday in the award-winning acclaimed production Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill. The production which broke box office records at New York’s Circle In The Square is now playing at London’s Wyndham’s Theatre. Featuring songs including “Strange Fruit”, “God Bless The Child” and “What A Little Moonlight Can Do”, Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill recounts Holiday’s life story through the songs that made her famous. Lady Day plays in London for a very limited season until 9 September 2017. Don’t miss the incredible Audra McDonald making her West End debut! BOOK TICKETS TO LADY DAY AT EMERSON’S DAR AND GRILL

Audra McDonald’s journey to Lady Day in London

Audra McDonald in concert at Leicester Square Theatre

Mark Ludmon hears from Audra McDonald about her “long journey” to playing Billie Holiday on stage I fell in love with the voice of Audra McDonald when I first saw her perform as part of the Divas at the Donmar season in 1999. Combining a pure soprano with emotional intensity, she was already a three-time Tony winner for Carousel, Ragtime and Master Class and went on to appear in more musicals and serious dramas, including Raisin in the Sun which earned her another Tony award. Despite a stellar career on the American stage and screen and a number of best-selling solo albums, she has remarkably never performed in a musical in London’s West End. This is about to change when she takes to the stage of the Wyndham’s Theatre to play Billie Holliday in the transfer of her 2014 hit Broadway show, Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill. It … Read more

Audra McDonald Reschedules Lady Day At Emerson’s Bar And Grill

Audra McDonald in Lady Day at Emersons Bar and Grill

Following the postponement of Lady Day At Emerson’s Bar And Grill last year due to the joyous news of Audra McDonald’s Pregnancy, an announcement has been made that the show will transfer to the West End this Summer, opening at Wyndham’s Theatre on 17 June 2017. Audra McDonald, the Tony, Grammy and Emmy Award-winning singer, will be making her West End debut portraying jazz legend Billie Holiday in a performance that won her a record-breaking sixth Tony Award. Audra is 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.” Read our review of the Broadway production. 1959, in a small, intimate bar … Read more

Lady Day Performances Postponed As Audra Announces Pregnancy.

Lady Day at Emerson's bar And Grill London Season postponed

Audra McDonald and her husband, actor Will Swenson have announced that they are expecting a baby. As a result the London Summer season of Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar And Grill are to be postponed. Speaking from New York where she is currently starring in the Broadway production of Shuffle Along, Or The Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed, Audra McDonald said: “Who knew that tap dancing during perimenopause could lead to pregnancy? Will and I are completely surprised—and elated—to be expecting a new addition to our family. I am so very grateful to everyone in New York and London for allowing me to rearrange my schedule to accommodate this little miracle. Of course, I’m disappointed I have to postpone my West End debut in Lady Day, but I look forward to rescheduling as soon as possible.” The couple married in 2012. While this is … Read more

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