Actress Audra McDonald is getting ready to take on another Broadway production!
The five-time Tony award-winning singer and former Private Practice star has been selected to perform the lead role of the legendary Billie Holliday in the Lonny Price-directed play, Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill.
Written by Lanie Robertson, the 10-week long show will kick off on Tuesday, March 25th and will be held at the Circle in the Square theater. During that time, Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill will be performed 70 times in the Big Apple after it opens on Tuesday, April 13th.
In a recent interview with the New York Times, the 43 year-old Julliard graduate talked about what she has learned about “Lady Day” while studying her music and life in 1959, during a time when the late singer was dealing with health issues and her addiction to heroin:
I might have been a little judgmental about Billie Holiday early on in my life, but what I’ve come to admire most about her — and what is fascinating in this show — is that there is never any self-pity. She’s almost laughing at how horrible her life has been. I don’t think she sees herself as a victim. And she feels an incredible connection to her music — she can’t sing a song if she doesn’t have some emotional connection to it, which I really understand.
McDonald will be singing 18 of the jazz singer’s classic songs including “What a Little Moonlight Can Do,” “Somebody’s On My Mind” and “Don’t Explain the Strange Fruit.”