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Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill
Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill

Audra McDonald returns to Broadway to take on the role of legendary jazz singer Billie Holiday in a musical play that recounts Holiday’s life story through the songs that made her famous.

First Preview Date
March 25, 2014
Opening Date
April 13, 2014
Closing Date
October 5, 2014
Show Run Time
90 minutes with no intermission
Tickets By Phone Regular Ticket Price Premium Ticket Price
(212) 239-6200 / (800) 432-7250 $132 - $250 $225 - $302

Tickets may also be purchased in person at the box office. See Theatre Information for location and hours.

Additional Fees

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Group Tickets

For groups of 20 or more, please visit Telecharge.com Group Sales or call (212) 239-6262 (outside the NY metro area (800) 432-7780.)

Rush Information

$40 – A limited number of general rush tickets, subject to availability, will be made available the day of the performance when the box office opens. Rush tickets are $40 and are limited to two (2) tickets per customer.

Show Advisory

May be inappropriate for 12 and under. (Strong language) Children under the age of 4 are not permitted in the theatre.

Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill

Play, Play with music, Original, Broadway


A small bar in south Philadelphia. About midnight of a night in March, 1959.


Lanie Robertson’s musical play recounts legendary jazz singer Billie Holiday’s life story through the songs that made her famous. It’s 1959 in a small, intimate bar in Philadelphia. Holiday (played by Audra McDonald) 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.


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Written by Lanie Robertson.

Directed by Lonny Price.

Starring Audra McDonald.

For full credits, view the show on IBDB.com

Circle in the Square Theatre

1633 Broadway
Between Broadway and 8th Avenue on 50th Street (closest to 8th Avenue)

Box Office Hours

Monday: 10 am to 6 pm Tuesday through Saturday: 10 am to 8 pm Sunday: Noon to 7 pm

Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill on Tour

For more information regarding the tour, click here.

All performance dates and information subject to change.

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