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    a heartbreaking portrait
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    remarkably powerful play
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Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill tickets

Multiple Tony Award-winning actress Audra McDonald makes her highly anticipated West End debut as the legendary jazz star Billie Holiday at London’s Wyndham’s Theatre. Directed by the prolific Lonny Price (Company, Candide) Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill immerses the audience in one of Holiday’s most intimate gigs, discovering her heart-breaking loves and losses.

Written by Lanie Robertson (The Insanity of Mary Girard), the critically-acclaimed Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill takes the audience on a tumultuous journey through Holiday’s extraordinary life. Set at a bar in 1959 Philadelphia, Holiday gives what became one of her final performances, opening up to her awaiting audience. Through moving monologues and a heart-wrenching score accompanied by a luscious live jazz band, McDonald gives the performance of her career as the renowned jazz singer. Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill includes plenty of popular songs, such as ‘What a Little Moonlight Can Do’, ‘Strange Fruit’ and ‘Taint Nobody’s Biz-ness’.

Earning two 2014 Tony Awards, including Best Actress for her performance as Holiday, McDonald is the only performer in Tony history to have received awards from all four acting categories. Her extensive credits include Carousel, Master Class, Ragtime, A Raisin in the Sun and Gershwin’s ultimate classic Porgy and Bess. McDonald’s musical prowess has also been recognised by winning two Grammy Awards and an Emmy, with multiple solo albums recorded.

Revered as one of the greatest voices of all time, Holiday rose to fame in the 1930s and 40s and recorded various hits that have become defining jazz numbers. After a struggle with addiction which caused an untimely death at the age of 44, Holiday was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2000. Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill celebrates the singer in all her glory, with moving, inspirational music that will remind the audience of one of the world’s greatest stars. This is set to be one of the hottest tickets in town.

Performance dates: 08 Sep 2017 - 09 Sep 2017

Running time: 90 minutes with no interval

Age recommendation: May not be suitable for very young children

Special notice: Billie Holiday fans will not be disappointed, as Audra McDonald transforms magnificently into the legendary singer and shouldn't miss the chance to get tickets!

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SeatPlan Recommends: Wyndham’s Theatre offers clear views throughout the auditorium and is one of the safest West End venues to buy tickets for, although the Upper Circle and Gallery can feel very far away. Make sure to get tickets in the Dress Circle for an unobstructed view of the whole stage.

Latest audience reviews

Though the show itself is flawed, Audra Mcdonald is absolutely mind-blowing in her long overdue West... More

SFS 21 Nov 2017

Though the show itself is flawed, Audra Mcdonald is absolutely mind-blowing in her long overdue West End debut, we can only hope that she returns soon.

SFS 21 Nov 2017

Come on, what more can I say than it's Audra-Freaking-McDonald, holder of the most Tony Awards of any... More

YankInLondon 18 Sep 2017

Come on, what more can I say than it's Audra-Freaking-McDonald, holder of the most Tony Awards of any actor ever and bearer of the kind of talent you will tell your great-grandchildren you were privileged enough to witness. Her performance of Lady Day will reach into your soul & rearrange the very molecules which make up your being, leaving you permanently changed once you leave the theatre.

YankInLondon 18 Sep 2017

I only saw this show to see Audra McDonald in action and boy was it worth it. What an absolutely incredible... More

Jamb0r Top 50 reviewer02 Sep 2017

I only saw this show to see Audra McDonald in action and boy was it worth it. What an absolutely incredible performance. I didn't really know anything about Billie Holiday but I was sure to watch a few youtube videos before I went to the show, and Audra mimicked everything about her just perfectly. I wasn't expecting the show to be quite so sad and moving. Really glad I got to see this - if Audra isn't nominated for the Olivier net year I'll be very surprised.

Jamb0r Top 50 reviewer02 Sep 2017

A very powerful and unique show. Audra was sensational and it was a real treat to see her perform. The... More

bryonyjameson Top 200 reviewer31 Aug 2017

A very powerful and unique show. Audra was sensational and it was a real treat to see her perform. The story is moving and captivating and the layout of the seating - with cabaret seats at the front and on-stage seating was truly unique.

bryonyjameson Top 200 reviewer31 Aug 2017

Audra McDonald in this show is beyond words. Her performance is a complete masterclass in acting and... More

gdeacon95 Top 200 reviewer31 Aug 2017

Audra McDonald in this show is beyond words. Her performance is a complete masterclass in acting and singing. It feels like an honour to see her perform this role. The onstage band are brilliant, and the whole setting with audience on stage creates one of the most unique theatre environments I've ever experienced.

gdeacon95 Top 200 reviewer31 Aug 2017

Wow..... One of the best performances on stage this year. Audra McDonald should win an award for her... More

joc78 Top 10 reviewer29 Aug 2017

Wow..... One of the best performances on stage this year. Audra McDonald should win an award for her heartfelt, captivating, mesmerising, sensational and spellbinding performance as Billie Holiday. Watching her portrayal of such a troubled, sad, and lonely individual in front of our eyes and through her scintillating performance moved me to tears. And that voice........wow! I now know why she is the most celebrated star in Broadway history.... :-)

joc78 Top 10 reviewer29 Aug 2017
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