'LADY DAY' with Audra McDonald Will Receive Cast Recording; Box Office Ticket Buyers to Receive Free Copy, 4/7
Producers have announced that in celebration of Billie Holiday's 99th Birthday, anyone who purchases full price tickets at the box office on Monday, April 7, 2014, will be signed up to receive a free copy of the upcoming cast recording of Lanie Robertson's Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill featuring Five-time Tony Award-winner Audra McDonald.
The box office of Circle in the Square (235 West 50th Street, btwn. Broadway and 8th Avenue) will open for business at 10:00 a.m. on April 7, 2014. Tickets buyers that day will be among the first to receive the CD when it is released. Label and release date information will be announced at a later date.
Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill recounts Holiday's life story through the songs that made her famous. 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.
Among the songs that will be performed: "God Bless the Child," "What a Little Moonlight Can Do," "Strange Fruit" and "Taint Nobody's Biz-ness."
Frequent collaborators Lonny Price and Audra McDonald have been developing and working on Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill for more than two years. The intimate setting of the Circle in the Square provides a unique theatrical experience, drawing audiences - especially those seated at the tables onstage - into the performance.
On Broadway, Price directed McDonald in 110 in the Shade for the Roundabout Theatre Company. He also directed her in both Sweeney Todd with the New York Philharmonic and Passion as part of Lincoln Center's American Songbook series, the latter of which was telecast on PBS's Live From Lincoln Center.
Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill made its award-winning premiere with off-Broadway's Vineyard Theatre in 1986.