WINNER! - TONY AWARD - BEST ACTRESS IN A PLAY, Audra McDonald - 2014
WINNER! - DRAMA DESK AWARD - BEST ACTRESS IN A PLAY, Audra McDonald - 2014
WINNER! - OUTER CRITICS CIRCLE AWARD - BEST ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL, Audra McDonald - 2014
The time is 1959. The place is a seedy bar in Philadelphia. The audience is about to witness one of Billie Holiday's last performances, given four months before her death. More than a dozen musical numbers are interlaced with salty, often humorous, reminiscences to project a riveting portrait of the lady and her music.
"The richest jazz singing in town just now is at [this] subtle absorbing dramatic performance.... Evokes all the sordidness of a woman entirely shaped by suffering.... By the end ... one is filled with an unexpected joy.... Robertson's play is a spare, shrewdly constructed piece. " - N.Y. Times.
"Hurts and exhilarates in just the right proportions." - New York Magazine
"Original and riveting." - London Times
"A searing portrait of a woman whose art was triumphant." - On Stage
The world premiere of Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill opened at the Westside Theatre, New York City on September 7, 1986.