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Audra McDonald in Lady Day At Emerson’s Bar & Grill at Wyndham’s Theatre (Photo: Marc Brenner)

Audra McDonald in Lady Day At Emerson's Bar & Grill at Wyndham's Theatre (Photo: Marc Brenner)

Interview: Audra McDonald

Published 29 June 2017

It’s the performance which won the Tony Award record-setter her triumphant title, so we couldn’t wait to hear from Audra McDonald live on opening night, reprising her role in Lady Day At Emerson’s Bar & Grill.

Through an interview conducted by Jamie Lambert just after her press night performance, we invited you to pitch your questions to the theatrical legend. You can see the results of the Facebook Live video below:


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The show transports audiences to 1959; in a small, intimate bar in Philadelphia, Billie Holiday (Audra McDonald) puts on a show that unbeknownst to the audience, will leave them witnesses to one of the last performances of her lifetime.

Through her poignant voice and moving songs, one of the greatest jazz singers of all-time shares her loves and her losses.  

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.

The critically acclaimed production, which broke box office records at the Circle in the Square in New York, runs for a limited engagement at Wyndham’s Theatre until 9 September.

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