Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill

West End

General Manager



Playful Productions is general managing the UK transfer of Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill, which opens at the Wyndham’s Theatre on 27 June 2017 with previews from 17 June.

Tony®, Grammy® and Emmy Award-winner Audra McDonald will make her West End debut portraying legendary jazz singer Billie Holiday in this critically acclaimed production which broke box office records at the Circle in the Square in New York in a run that netted McDonald her record-setting sixth Tony® Award.

1959, in a small, intimate bar in Philadelphia, Holiday puts on a show that unbeknownst to the audience, will leave them witnesses to one of the last performances of her lifetime. Through her poignant voice and moving songs, one of the greatest jazz singers of all-time shares her loves and her losses. Written by Lanie Robertson and directed by Lonny Price, Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill recounts Holiday’s life story through the songs that made her famous, including ‘God Bless the Child’, ‘What a Little Moonlight Can Do’, ‘Strange Fruit’ and ‘Taint Nobody’s Bizness’.

Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill won two Tony® Awards in 2014 including Best Lead Actress in a Play for Audra McDonald, making her Broadway’s most decorated performer, winner of six Tony® Awards and the first and only person to receive awards in all four acting categories.

 “Mesmerizing! Pouring her heart into her voice, Audra McDonald breathes life into Billie Holiday’s greatest songs.” The New York Times

           “Audra McDonald is a vocal genius! One of the greatest performances I ever hope to see.” New York Magazine