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Your Dog Could Co-Star with Audra McDonald in ‘Lady Day’

If you have a small dog who yearns for the spotlight, now is your chance to have him or her star on Broadway. The upcoming production of Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill is seeking a small dog to appear onstage with five-time Tony Award winner Audra McDonald, who will portray legendary jazz singer Billie Holiday.

Your pup could be Audra McDonald's co-star (Photo: Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)

Your pup could be Audra McDonald’s co-star (Photo: Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)

Interested dog owners should send a clear photo of their dog, as well as a description of size and temperament to by 10am on Mon., March 10. Ideal candidates are dogs weighing 15 pounds or less, that get along well with people and other animals and enjoy being held. No previous stage experience is required. Finalists will be notified and invited to the March 11th final callbacks with a written confirmation. Audra McDonald and Broadway animal trainer Bill Berloni (who cast the role of Sandy in the recent revival of Annie) will judge selected finalists

Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill, which will be directed by Lonny Price (110 in the Shade, A Class Act), begins previews March 25, and will play a strictly limited 10-week engagement. Opening night is set for April 13. Robertson’s Lady Day was previously presented Off-Broadway in 1986 in a production starring Lonette McKee. Set in a small, intimate Philadelphia bar, the play recreates one of Holiday’s last public performances in 1959.

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