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Five-time Tony winner Audra McDonald stars as Billie Holiday in the new musical Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill. Holiday, who was known as “Lady Day,” was a trouble, iconic American jazz singer and songwriter. Her story is moving, poignant, and captivating, as the inimitable McDonald brings the iridescent Lady Day to life on stage.

McDonald brings Holiday and her story to life in Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill. This is a limited run, must-see musical!

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    Preview: Mar. 25, 2014 Open: Apr. 13, 2014 Status: Closed
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    Bille Holliday Audra McDonald


    Book Writer Lanie Robertson Music and Lyrics Various Artists Director Lonny Price

    It is 1959, the year of Billie Holiday’s death, as she is suffering from cirrhosis of the liver and heart disease, Lady Day puts on an unforgettable show at Emerson's Bar & Grill in Philadelphia. The show, one of her last, reveals every detail of the fragile, tough, and charismatic Holiday. Holiday grew up as no child should. She was raped when she was 11 years old, and in 1929, at the age of 14, she became a prostitute in Harlem. However, Holiday’s talent as a singer eventually won her fame, and by 1939, she was a mainstream talent. In 1948, she played to a sold out Carnegie Hall. Despite her amazing success, throughout her lifetime, Lady Day struggled with drug and alcohol addiction and was the victim of numerous abusive relationships.
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