From A Time to Kill to Casa Valentina, A Look at the 2013-14 Season: The Plays

By Playbill Staff
11 Apr 2014

Show: Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill
Theatre: Circle in the Square Theatre

Preview: March 25 

Opening: April 13
Closing: June 1
Creators: Written by Lanie Robertson. Direction by Lonny Price
Original Principal Cast: Audra McDonald as Billie Holiday and Shelton Becton as Jimmy Powers.

Synopsis: According to producers, "Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill recounts Holiday's life story through the songs that made her famous. 1959, in a small, intimate bar in Philadelphia, Holiday 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."

Check out photos of Audra McDonald and Bill Berloni auditioning canine co-stars. 

Watch Playbill Video's interview with McDonald

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