This photo provided by Jeffrey Richards Associates shows Audra McDonald as Billie Holiday in "Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill". (AP Photo/Jeffrey Richards Associates, Evgenia Eliseeva)
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Singer Audra McDonald, a five-time Tony winner, channels legendary American jazz singer Billie Holiday in the Broadway musical "Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill" in a performance critics described as a "spellbinding tour de force" and "intoxicating".In "Lady Day" she becomes Holiday, who is considered one of the greatest jazz singers ever.Despite her impoverished childhood, abusive relationship and addiction, Holiday's extraordinary talent and distinctive style assured her stardom, even in the racially divided America of the 1930 and 1940s.Although she enjoyed fame, Holiday died a poor drug addict at the age of 44 .McDonald interacts with her pianist and is accompanied by a small jazz band, but it is essentially a solo performance.
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