Opening Tonight on Broadway: ‘Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill’

Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill, starring Audra McDonald as Billie Holiday, opens tonight on Broadway.

Audra McDonald stars in Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill (Photo: Evgenia Eliseeva)

Audra McDonald stars in ‘Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill’ (Photo: Evgenia Eliseeva)

The show is set in a small South Philadelphia bar back in 1959, where Holiday gives one of her last performances. She recounts her life story, peppered with the blues legend’s songs like “God Bless the Child,” “Crazy He Calls Me” and “Strange Fruit.” The show will only run for a ten-week engagement, with five-time Tony winner McDonald at the microphone. Darryl G. Ivey co-stars as Holiday’s pianist Jimmy Powers.

Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill opens tonight at the Circle in the Square Theatre at 235 W 50th St. Get tickets!