Tony, Grammy & Emmy® Winner Audra McDonald Brings her Acclaimed Performance in "Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill" to HBO

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07 March 2016
Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill
Photo by Michele K. Short
"Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill"
Debuts Saturday, March 12 at 9 PM ET/PT on HBO
            Six-time Tony Award winner Audra McDonald brings her acclaimed portrayal of Billie Holiday in the Broadway smash Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill to HBO, with the exclusive presentation scheduled to debut SATURDAY, MARCH 12. Filmed before a live audience at Cafe Brasil in New Orleans, the special features McDonald in her history-making, tour de force performance as the jazz icon.

            Originally written for off-Broadway by Lanie Roberston in 1987, Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill tells 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.”

            McDonald made history and became Broadway’s most decorated performer when she won her sixth Tony Award, for Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill, in 2014. In addition to setting the record for most competitive wins by an actor, she also became the first person to receive awards in all four acting categories. The show’s run at the Circle in the Square Theatre on Broadway was extended four times due to high demand.
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