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Broadway is always coming up with new musicals and dramatical hits, although nothing quite like this. Lady Day played by Audra McDonald as Billie Holiday is definitely a play to be seen.billie1

This one woman show captives the audience from beginning to end. As Lady Day takes the stage, the theater is transformed into 1959 Emerson’s Bar & Grill, South Philly.

Audra McDonald as Billie Holiday

Audra McDonald as Billie Holiday

Where segregation was alive and racism was rampant. Audra tells the tale of Billie’s first love and the loss of “The Duchess” her mother. Lady Day is spellbinding as you are entertained by her classics, “God Bless the Child”, “What a Little Moonlight Can Do”, “When a Woman loves a Man” and “Somebody’s on My Mind”. This play was so phenomenal that the limited showtime date has been extended until September 21st, 2014.

Audra McDonald stole your heart with a performance so believable you thought you were seeing Billie herself. Her vocals were electric and her acting was charismatic. You leave the theater feeling like you wanted more, I could watch this play written by Lanie Robertson, directed by Lonny Price, over and over again and you should too!

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