Lady Day At Emerson’s Bar & Grill - Starring Audra McDonald ~03/12/16 - Cafe Brazil in New Orleans, LA
Starring: Audra McDonald (Billie Holiday), Shelton Becton (Jimmy Powers), David Michael Cefalu (Audience Patron), Katie Lynn Cotaya (Waitress), Clayton Craddock (Drums), George Farmer (Bass), and Pepi (Roxie).
Filmed before a live audience at Cafe Brazil in New Orleans, LA, Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill features six-time Tony-Award® winner Audra McDonald in her history-making, tour de force performance as the jazz icon.
It's 1959 in a seedy bar in Philadelphia, and Billie Holiday is giving one of her last performances interlaced with salty, often humorous, reminiscences to project a riveting portrait of the lady and her music 4 months before her death.
Originally written for off-Broadway by Lanie Roberston in 1987, Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill tells Billie 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 Biz-ness. " It's an intimate evening , up close with a legend. So pull up a chair and order up a drink because she's got a life to sing.
Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill is directed by Lonny Price, who also directed the Broadway production. Beautifully captured with excellent picture and sound.
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