Monday, September 22, 2014

'Lady Day' Breaks B'way House Records

Producers of the Broadway production Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill, which stars Tony Award-winner Audra McDonald as legendary jazz singer Billie Holiday, are proud to announce that the show broke the Circle in the Square box office record the week ending September 21st, 2014. The production grossed $696,922 during that week which is more than any other production has grossed in one eight-performance week in the history of the theatre.

It has already been previously reported that the musical play recouped its investment of $2.6 million as of the first week of August.

Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill, which began performances on March 25th, 2014, and opened on April 13th, 2014, at the Circle in the Square (235 West 50th Street, btwn. Broadway and 8th Avenue), will play its final performance on October 5th, 2014. The production will have played 193 performances upon closing.

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

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

Daily News

“The best 90 minutes you’ll ever witness!
Audra McDonald is again AUDACIOUSLY AWESOME.”

“STUNNING & HEARTBREAKING. The performance of her career!
Get to the Circle in the Square theatre – pronto!”
Huffington Post

“One of the most exquisite & haunting performances of the year!”
Entertainment Weekly

McDonald won the 2014 Tony Award for Best Leading Actress in a Play and sound designer, Steve Canyon Kennedy, won for Best Sound Design of a Play.

Tickets are available by visiting, by calling (212) 239-6200, or at the box office of Circle in the Square.

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 are performed: “God Bless the Child,” “What a Little Moonlight Can Do,” “Strange Fruit” and “Taint Nobody’s Biz-ness.”

Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill is produced by Jeffrey Richards, Jerry Frankel, Jessica Genick, and Will Trice, who are joined by Ronald Frankel, Rebecca Gold, Roger Berlind, Ken Greiner, Gabrielle Palitz, Irene Gandy and GFour Productions.

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