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LADY DAY AT EMERSON’S BAR AND GRILL at the Wyndham’s Theatre

August 5, 2017

Audra McDonald plays Billie Holiday in LADY DAY AT EMERSON’S BAR AND GRILL at the Wyndham’s Theatre.

Emerson’s Bar and Grill has been recreated by Christopher Oram in a realistic set on stage with tables extending into the stalls. It is obviously late in the evening and as soon as Audra McDonald ascends into the spotlight it is clear that it is late in Billie Holiday’s life.

This play is so much more than just a gig in a bar. Cleverly written it weaves into and between the songs the tragic and heart wrenching story of Billie Holiday’s life. I left the theatre feeling I knew her story. However it really is the stunning performance by Audra McDonald that stands out. I should say that Audra McDonald channels Billy Holiday in a performance that gives chills.

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