Actress Audra McDonald poses for a photograph while promoting the play "Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill" in New York in this file photo taken March 17, 2014. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson/Files
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Five-time Tony Award-winning singer Audra McDonald, just finishing a 30-city tour, is heading back to Broadway next week as legendary American jazz singer Billie Holiday in "Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill".The musical is based on one of Holiday's last performances, when she was in poor health, singing in a small, intimate Philadelphia bar before a handful of people just a month before she died in 1959 . It begins a 10-week run at the Circle in the Square theatre with previews on March 25 and opening night on April 13 .With her sultry voice and distinctive style, Holiday is considered one of the greatest jazz singers ever. She was nicknamed "Lady Day" by saxophonist Lester Young. McDonald admits to being intimidated by playing Holiday.
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