Lady Day On Broadway: Audra McDonald To Play Billie Holiday

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Remember we told you that Oprah and Audra McDonald would star in the revival of the Broadway play, night, Mother? We told you that the play wouldn’t hit the stage until 2015 or 2016 because both women had already been committed to other things in the coming years.

Turns out, McDonald will be taking on the role of legendary singer Billie Holiday in the play Lady Day at Emerson Bar & Grill. 

The play relives Holiday’s last performance which took place four months before her death at just 44 years old.

McDonald has had a very successful Broadway career that has included not only work but recognition. She’s won give Tonys for her roles in Porgy and Bess, Ragtime, Carousel and A Raisin in the Sun, Master Class. If critics appreciate this performance she could win a whole new award, best leading actress in a play. If she does win, she’ll become the most honored woman on Broadway.

The run dates for the show have yet to be announced but they expect it will play at the Circle in the Square Theatre.

Does this sound like a play you’d be interested in seeing?

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