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Watch: Audra McDonald Resurrects Billie Holiday in New ‘Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill’ Preview

Watch: Audra McDonald Resurrects Billie Holiday in New 'Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill' Preview

After a highly successful run on Broadway that resulted in four extensions, Audra McDonald’s acclaimed portrayal of jazz singer-songwriter Billie Holiday in “Lady Day at Emerson Bar & Grill” will debut as a special presentation on HBO on Saturday, March 12. 

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Written originally for off-broadway in 1987 by Lanie Robertson, “Lady Day at Emerson Bar & Grill” tells the story of Billie Holiday’s life through the songs that made her famous. HBO’s newly released teaser features McDonald, in the performance that earned her her sixth Tony Award, singing “God Bless The Child,” one of Billie Holiday’s most famous songs. The special was filmed in front of a live audience at Cafe Brazil in New Orleans.  

The special was directed by Lonny Price, who also directed the Broadway production, and was produced by Allen Newman and Two Hands Entertainment. Watch the preview above.  

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