Audra McDonald Makes Long-Awaited West End Debut as Lady Day Opens in London

London News   Audra McDonald Makes Long-Awaited West End Debut as Lady Day Opens in London
 
The six-time Tony winner reprises her performance as Billie Holiday in the play with music.
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Audra McDonald Marc Brenner

Audra McDonald takes her first official West End bow June 27 as the London engagement of Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill opens at the Wyndham’s Theatre. The play with music will run through September 9.

McDonald won her record-breaking sixth Tony Award for her performance as Billie Holiday in the Lanie Robertson play, which offers a glimpse of one of the final performances from the legendary jazz and blues singer before her death in 1959. The Lonny Price-directed production premiered at Broadway’s Circle in the Square Theatre in April 2014.

Standards heard in Lady Day include “When a Woman Loves a Man,” “What a Little Moonlight Can Do,” “God Bless the Child,” and “T’ain’t Nobody’s Business If I Do.”

Performances began in London June 17.

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