Like most of America (most of the world, really), you likely won’t get the opportunity to see Tony Award winner Audra McDonald’s live acclaimed performance as Billie Holiday, in the current Broadway production of Lanie Robertson’s Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill. So here’s the next best thing…
McDonald, as Billie Holiday, in Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill, appeared on The Colbert Report two nights ago, and offered audiences a look at the Broadway performance they’re missing, as the late blues singer – a performance for which she’s been nominated for a Tony Award this year (Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play); and if she wins, it’ll be her 6th, giving her the record for most Tonys won by an actor – a title she currently shares with Julie Harris and Angela Lansbury.
The Broadway production, which was originally scheduled as a limited, 10-week engagement, will now continue through August 10 at the Circle in the Square Theatre, so you’ve got a few more months, if this is a performance you were keen on seeing.
The production is set in 1959 in a seedy Philadelphia bar, and relives Billie Holiday’s last performance, taking place only four months before her death at age 44.
Watch 2 performance clips below, and then McDonald’s sit-down chat with Colbert: