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LADY DAY AT EMERSON'S BAR & GRILL

EXTENDS LIMITED ENGAGEMENT
FOR A FINAL TIME
THROUGH OCTOBER 5, 2014

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Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill, the musical play starring record breaking six-time Tony Award-winner Audra McDonald, has announced that it will extend its limited engagement for a final time through October 5th, 2014.

Published in Broadway

LADY DAY AT EMERSON'S BAR & GRILL

STARRING TONY AWARD WINNER
AUDRA McDONALD NOW IN PROFITS

Get Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill Tickets

The producers of Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill, the musical play starring record breaking six-time Tony Award-winner Audra McDonald, are thrilled to announce that the production in now in profits, after recouping its initial investment of $2.6 million.

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LADY DAY AT EMERSON'S BAR & GRILL
EXTENDS LIMITED ENGAGEMENT
THROUGH SEPTEMBER 21, 2014

Get Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill Tickets

Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill, the musical play starring record breaking six-time Tony Award-winner Audra McDonald, will extend its strictly limited engagement through September 21st, 2014. The production will be dark from September 1st through September 7th while Ms. McDonald takes a previously scheduled vacation, and the final 16 performances will begin starting September 9th, 2014.

Published in Broadway
Wednesday, 11 June 2014 18:31

LADY DAY Extends Through Aug 31, 2014

LADY DAY AT EMERSON'S BAR & GRILL

STARRING SIX TIME TONY AWARD WINNER AUDRA McDONALD

EXTENDS LIMITED ENGAGEMENT THROUGH AUGUST 31, 2014

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Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill, Lanie Robertson’s musical play which stars Audra McDonald who won a record breaking sixth Tony Award for her portrayal of jazz legend Billie Holiday, will extend its strictly limited engagement through August 31st, 2014.

 

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AUDRA McDONALD

TO PORTRAY BILLIE HOLIDAY IN

 LADY DAY AT EMERSON'S BAR & GRILL

***10 WEEKS ONLY***

70 PERFORMANCES BEGIN MARCH 25

On the heels of her recent success in NBC’s television special The Sound of Music Live!, Five-time Tony Award-winner Audra McDonald will return to Broadway this spring to take on the role of legendary jazz singer Billie Holiday in the Broadway premiere of Lanie Robertson’s Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill.  The musical play will be directed by Lonny Price (110 in the Shade, A Class Act) and will begin rehearsals on March 10, 2014, with previews beginning March 25, 2014, at the Circle in the Square Theatre (1633 Broadway) for a strictly limited 10 week engagement with only 70 performances. Opening night is set for April 13, 2014

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BROADWAY BRIGHTEST  STARS COME OUT FOR
A U D R A    M C D O N A L D

AT

THE DRAMA LEAGUE’S
29TH ANNUAL MUSICAL CELEBRATION OF BROADWAY
FEBRUARY 11TH AT 7:00 P.M.
AT THE PIERRE HOTEL

NEWLY-ANNOUNCED CAST MEMBERS
TYNE DALY, JUDITH LIGHT, JULIE WHITE,
JAYNE HOUDYSHELL, PHILLIP BOYKIN, BOBBY STEGGERT,
REBECCA NAOMI JONES, EDDIE KORBICH, CAISSIE LEVY
JOIN ROSTER OF PREVIOUSLY ANNOUNCED CELEBRITIES
TAYE DIGGS AND PHYLICIA RASHAD CO-HOST ALL-STAR TRIBUTE

SPECIAL APPEARANCES BY
ZOE CALDWELL AND NEW YORK STATE SENATOR TOM DUANE

NEW ITEMS ADDED TO ONLINE AUCTION

New York, NY (February 4, 2013) – The Drama League (Executive Director Gabriel Shanks; Artistic Director Roger T. Danforth) will honor five-timeTony Award®-winner Audra McDonald at The Drama League’s 29th Annual Musical Celebration of Broadway, on February 11, 2013 at the famed Pierre Hotel    (2 East 61st Street).  Amy Eller and Ellen Fox are the 2013 Gala Chairpersons.  Tickets and tables are available by calling (212) 244-9494 or visiting www.dramaleague.org/audra

A U D R A    M C D O N A L D
TO BE HONORED AT

TO BE DRAMA LEAGUE’S
29THANNUAL MUSICAL CELEBRATION OF BROADWAY
FEBRUARY 11TH AT 7:00 P.M.
AT THE PIERRE HOTEL

TAYE DIGGS AND PHYLICIA RASHAD
HOST ALL-STAR TRIBUTE WITH BROADWAY’S BRIGHTEST STARS
PERFORMANCES BY BRIAN STOKES MITCHELL, PATTI LUPONE,
DAVID ALAN GRIER, VICTOR GARBER, STEVE KAZEE, NORM LEWIS,
NIKKI M. JAMES, MICHAEL ARDEN, MARY TESTA, SETH RUDETSKY,
TONY SHELDON, ANTHONY CRIVELLO, NIKKI RENEE DANIELS, VALISIA LEKAE
AND NEW YORK STATE SENATOR TOM DUANE

SPECIAL APPEARANCE BY ZOE CALDWELL

DIRECTED BY TONY AWARD NOMINEE MARCIA MILGROM DODGE

New York, NY (January 9, 2013) – The Drama League (Executive Director Gabriel Shanks; Artistic Director Roger T. Danforth) will honor five-timeTony Award®-winner Audra McDonald at The Drama League’s 29th Annual Musical Celebration of Broadway, on February 11, 2013 at the famed Pierre Hotel    (2 East 61st Street).  Tickets and tables are available by calling (212) 244-9494 or visiting www.dramaleague.org/audra.

TONY AND GRAMMY-AWARD WINNER AUDRA McDONALD IS NAMED NEW HOST OF LIVE FROM LINCOLN CENTER

December Programs Include “The Richard Tucker Opera Gala” and “One Singular Sensation: Celebrating Marvin Hamlisch” With The New York Philharmonic

G I V E N I K . C O M
ANNOUNCES NEW AMBASSADORS

AUDRA MCDONALD, CATHY RIGBY
AND AARON CARTER
LEND THEIR SUPPORT
TO THE REVOLUTIONARY WAY TO GO TO BROADWAY!

New York, NY – Givenik.com has announced three more members of their Ambassador Program, it was announced by Jordan Roth, President of Jujamcyn Theaters.  Audra McDonald (Porgy & Bess) joins in support of Broadway Impact, Cathy Rigby (Peter Pan) joins in support of Discovery Arts and Aaron Carter (The Fantasticks) joins in support of Kids Beating Cancer and the Howard Phillips Center.

THE GERSHWINS’ PORGY AND BESS

WILL BE A LIMITED ENGAGEMENT;

RUNS THROUGH JUNE 24, 2012
TICKETS ON SALE NOW


{module ad_left_body}The Broadway-bound production of THE GERSHWINS’ PORGY AND BESS, which played a record-breaking, sold out engagement at the American Repertory Theater,will play a 26-week limited run at the Richard Rodgers Theatre (226 West 46th Street, between 8th Avenue and Broadway).

The production will begin previews on Saturday, December 17th, 2011 and open on Thursday, January 12th, 2012. Tickets are now on sale at ticketmaster.com or by calling 800-745-3000.

“A don’t miss theater event. Porgy is a streamlined, intimate, musically ravishing show. This Porgy is faithful to what counts most – Gershwin’s lush, bluesy, irreplaceable score. That makes it a revival to hail.”
– Time

“A vibrant, stunning production! This is a ‘Porgy and Bess’ with spirit and heart. And in Audra McDonald, this production boasts a Bess for the ages.”

– The Boston Globe

“A watershed work. Audra McDonald transforms a classic character forever. Her scarred, shapely Bess is a heartbreaking mélange of audacity and trepidation, a performance as complete and complex as any I’ve seen years. She made me understand ‘Porgy and Bess’ in a way I hadn’t before.”

– The New York Times

“Nothing less than spectacular! The characters are now genuine, emotional, and, most significantly, real.”

– The Colby Echo

“A great achievement that left me breathless…a quiet and true lullaby of feeling.”
– The New Yorker

THE GERSHWINS’ PORGY AND BESS, with a score by George Gershwin, a book by DuBose and Dorothy Heyward, and lyrics by Ira Gershwin and DuBose Heyward, has been adapted by Pulitzer prize-winning writer Suzan-Lori Parks, and two-time Obie winner Diedre L. Murray. A.R.T.'s Artistic Director, Diane Paulus, directs. The Broadway production will star Audra McDonald as Bess, Norm Lewis as Porgy and David Alan Grier as Sporting Life, reprising their A.R.T. roles.

The creative team also includes choreographer Ronald K. Brown, set designer Riccardo Hernandez, costume designer ESosa, lighting designer Christopher Akerlind and sound designer Acme Sound Partners

THE GERSHWINS’ PORGY AND BESS is the classic American tale is set in the 1930s in Catfish Row, a neighborhood in Charleston, South Carolina. Bess, beautiful and troubled, turns to Porgy, the crippled beggar, in search of safety after her possessive lover Crown commits murder. As Porgy and Bess’s love grows, their future is threatened by Crown and the conniving Sporting Life. This heartbreaking love story boasts some of the most famous and beloved works from the Great American Songbook, including: “Summertime,” “Bess, You Is My Woman,” “It Ain’t Necessarily So" and “I Loves You, Porgy.”

THE GERSHWINS’ PORGY AND BESS is based on DuBose Heyward's novel “Porgy” and the play of the same name, which he co-wrote with his wife Dorothy Heyward. All three works deal with African American life in the fictitious Catfish Row (based on the real-life Rainbow Row) in Charleston, South Carolina, in the early 1920s. George Gershwin worked on Porgy and Bess in Charleston, SC and drew inspiration from the James Island Gullah community, which he felt had preserved some African musical traditions.  The music itself reflects his New York jazz roots, but also draws on southern black traditions. Gershwin modeled the pieces after each type of folk song which the composer knew about; jubilees, blues, praying songs, street cries, work songs, and spirituals are blended with traditional arias and recitatives.

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