Audra McDonald will Return to Broadway in Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar And Grill
One More Please? Why Not! The Broadway community was shocked to learn yesterday that yet another production will make it’s way to Broadway this spring season before the awards deadline ever happens and it’s taking over a theatre that needs some serious love. The Circle In the Square was not looking at much considering Bronx Bombers is scheduled to close this upcoming Sunday after a dismal run earlier this season. However, the venue and Broadway community are excited to welcome yet another new production to the Great White Way beginning in late March with a familiar name of someone you might just happen to know. Today, Luner on Theatre brings you the exciting news that five time Tony Award winner Audra McDonald will return to Broadway this season in Lady Day At Emerson’s Bar And Grill!
Lady Day At Emerson’s Bar and Grill, written by Lanie Robertson, tells the story of Billie Holiday’s life story through all of the songs that made her so well known. Its 1959 and we are in a small bar in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. While the audience has no idea, they are about to witness one of the last performances by Billie Holiday just four months before her death. Billie is about to put on the show of a lifetime with her iconic voice and unmatched songs that tell the tales of her love and loss as she reflects upon her life in this small show. The show includes songs such as “God Bless the Child,” “Strange Fruit,” “What a Little Moonlight Can Do,” “When a Woman Loves a Man,” “Foolin’ Myself,” “Don’t Explain,” “Somebody’s On My Mind,” “Taint Nobody’s Bizness,” “Baby Doll” and many more.
The Broadway producers of Lady Day at Emmerson’s Bar And Grill just ‘beyonced’ the Broadway community. Producers announced today that five time Tony Award nominee Audra McDonald would return to Broadway this season to headline the production which will take over the Circle In the Square Theatre. Previews are set to begin March 25th, 2014 and the show will officially open April 13th. Circle in the Square is currently home to Bronx Bombers which will close on Broadway March 2nd, 2014.
The show is scheduled to play the Circle in the Square Theatre for a limited engagement of 10 weeks only. The production will be directed by Lonny Price. At this point in time, no other creative team members have been announced for the production.
Wow! Talk about an eleventh hour announcement! Many of the Broadway productions scheduled for this spring are now within two weeks of beginning their runs on Broadway and here we are announcing yet another show set to hit Broadway this spring! The fact that something this late in the game could totally be blown to the side is also not valid due to the fact that Audra McDonald is attached, McDonald who has proved herself and talent time and time again is one of the greatest forces to be reckoned with when it comes to leading ladies currently on Broadway. She will no doubt be nominated for the Tony Award and already stands the chance of winning her sixth award. I am looking forward to seeing Audra McDonald in Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grille! I hope this show, while it is a limited 10 week engagement, does well for the Circle in the Square Theatre. This venue has not had much success lately when it comes to productions. Many shows have been short lived or lasted quite some time while making close to not profit at all. Here is to hoping we have another great Broadway production on our hands this summer and a great show for the owners of the Circle In the Square Theatre.
Get ready and hold on tight kids! Audra McDonald is on her way back to Broadway this season! Luner on Theatre does not know much else regarding the details of Lady Day because at this point in time, nothing else has been announced regarding the production. We will be sure to bring you more as soon as it comes our way. For more information, visit Lady Day on Broadway’s Official Website. Be sure to follow Luner on Theatre on Facebook and Follow Us on Twitter as well! We are constantly updating these pages with information! And of course, check out the rest of Luner on Theatre for all your theatre news you don’t only need but want to know and so much more!