Holy Mother of Theatre Land, that Audra McDonald sure can … And she is amazing. … Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill review – Audra McDonald is Billie Holiday 3 / 5 stars 3 out of 5 stars. Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill includes plenty of popular songs, such as ‘What a Little Moonlight Can Do’, ‘Strange Fruit’ and ‘Taint Nobody’s Biz-ness’. This performance completely stole my heart and clenched my soul. I love the theater. Shedding light on her troubled life, hers is a story that deserves to be told. I'm speaking of the great Audra McDonald. Photo: Marc Brenner . Lady Day At Emerson's Bar & Grill review; On a set of tables and chairs occupied by a few lucky audience members, a trio of musicians play popular jazz with cavalier ease. I've seen this onstage twice and was mesmerized by it both times. Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill is playing at Wyndham’s Theatre until September 9. For if this version was never done we would all be missing out on something incredibly Great! 12 August 2018 | lavignebiz1 10 | Now this is a faithful version of Holliday's Life. Framed as one of Billie Holiday’s later performances at the Philadelphia venue, the play features a three-piece band led by Jimmy Powers who sit at the back of stage and accompany Audra McDonald’s Holiday. Broadway so frequently fetes its visiting Brits that it's nice when the honour is repaid. Performances are at 8pm February 12,13,14,15 and tickets can be obtained by calling 305-294-5015 or by visiting waterfrontplayhouse.org. Reviews & Commentary Add a Review User Reviews. Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill is not only a perfect star vehicle for McDonald, who brings to life the spirit of Billie Holiday in Lanie Robertson's 1986 play but is also a delight for audiences and fans of Holiday's music. … It is set at a smoky little rundown club in South Philadelphia, a setting that is … Chanel playing the titular role of Lady Day enters the stage via the audience. Without question, Ms. McDonald's performance in this, "Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill," left nothing to be argued. Six-time Tony Award winner … Audra McDonald in Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill. Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill By Lanie Robertson Starring Tracey Conyer Lee February 12,13,14,15 at 8pm The time is 1959. Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill plays at Rep Stage through November 19, 2017 in the Studio Theatre of the Horowitz Visual and Performing Arts Center at Howard Community College — … Lady Day reveals more of Holiday than most of us already know, and tells the tale of the woman behind the singer/songwriter. Earning two 2014 Tony Awards, including Best Actress for her performance as Holiday, McDonald is the only performer in Tony history to have received awards from all four acting categories. I was riveted. Share . LADY DAY AT EMERSON’S BAR & GRILL . So great she is, you forget that you are not really watching the great late Lady Day herself. by Matt Wolf Wednesday, 28 June 2017. 0 Comment Report abuse J Bellington. 0 0 0 0. Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill is at Wynham’s Theatre from 17 th June until 9 th September 2017. Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill, Wyndham's Theatre, London, review: Audra McDonald is absolutely astonishing. I love Billie Holiday. For 4 performances only, the Tony Award winning, Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill will play at the Award winning Waterfront Playhouse, now celebrating its 80 th Anniversary. Niki Shakallis June 29, 2017. More comfortably described as a biopic-performance, the play is set in Philadelphia in March 1959, some four months before Holiday's death. Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill is a play with music featuring a 44 year-old Billie Holiday giving one of her last live shows in March 1959 before passing away four months later. Through August 10. I love jazz. Six-time Tony Award® winner Audra McDonald makes her West End debut as legendary jazz icon, Billie Holiday. Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill Wyndham’s Theatre 27 th June 2017 Book Now. Selina Begum Photos: Marc Brenner. In Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill, Audra is not Audra, she is Lady Day. Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill runs through March 4, 2018, at the Creative Cauldron – 410 S. Maple Avenue, Falls Church, VA. 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