Tag Archives | Audra McDonald

Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill – Wyndham’s Theatre

Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill continues at the Wyndham’s Theatre, London until 9 September. Star rating: four stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ✩ Finally, after a year’s delay while its star produced an unexpected baby, the legendary Audra McDonald’s hypnotic re-creation of jazz singer Billie Holiday’s decline just a few months before her […]

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Audra McDonald on Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill in the West End

Following a record-breaking, sold-out Broadway run, six-time Tony Award winner Audra McDonald will make her West End debut at Wyndham’s Theatre this summer, portraying singer Billie Holiday in the one-woman show Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill. Musical Theatre Review was invited to a special launch event of the production, where McDonald – recently given five stars from […]

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Audra McDonald – Leicester Square Theatre

Audra McDonald performed in concert at the Leicester Square Theatre, London. Star rating: five stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Six-time Tony Award winner Audra McDonald returns to London’s Leicester Square Theatre for a glorious but short, four show residency after two similar cabaret concerts here last summer. Wearing the same outfit she wore last summer […]

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Olivier Awards – all the essential details for tuning in on Sunday

A glittering line-up of famous faces will take to the stage to present this year’s Olivier Awards at the Royal Albert Hall on Sunday (tomorrow). The presenters will include David Baddiel, Alfie Boe, John Boyega, Michaela Coel, Leanne Cope, Julian Clary, Robert Fairchild, Ben Forster, Phoebe Fox, Andrew Garfield, Denise Gough, Matt Henry, Ruthie Henshall, […]

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Olivier Awards go primetime on ITV for the first time

UK television viewers will be able to watch highlights of this year’s Olivier Awards’ ceremony when the show is broadcast for the first time in a primetime slot on ITV on Tuesday 11 April from 8pm until 10pm. Following on from the prestigious event’s debut at the Royal Albert Hall on Sunday 9 April which […]

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Audra McDonald makes West End return in April

Record-breaking American stage and screen star Audra McDonald will return to London for four concerts in April at Leicester Square Theatre just over a year after her sell-out shows at the same venue. The singer and actress who has won a string of awards including six Tonys, two Grammys and an Emmy Award, will take […]

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Shuffle Along and others set Broadway closings

Broadway closings continue apace, with Shuffle Along unexpectedly joining the farewell parade. The show, whose full title is the rather cumbersome Shuffle Along, or The Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed, posted a 24 July closing notice. That’s the same date that its leading lady, six-time Tony winner Audra McDonald, […]

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Audra McDonald pregnancy means West End Lady Day is postponed

It has been announced that this summer’s season of Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill will be postponed as the show’s star Audra McDonald has announced that she and her husband, actor Will Swenson, are expecting a baby. Speaking from New York where she is currently starring in the Broadway production of Shuffle Along, Or The Making of the […]

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Shuffle Along or The Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed – Music Box Theatre, New York

Shuffle Along or the Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed continues at the Music Box Theatre, New York. Star rating: four stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ✩ Whether it’s considered a revival or a new musical, Shuffle Along or the Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That […]

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Audra McDonald in concert – Leicester Square Theatre

Audra McDonald performed in concert at the Leicester Square Theatre, London Star rating: five stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ It’s been over a decade since American stage and screen star Audra McDonald has performed in London (in 2002 she became only the second American invited to be guest soloist at the Last Night of the […]

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Broadway Preview 2016 – from Disaster! to Paramour

Broadway Preview – Ron Cohen reflects on the musical theatre openings during the first half of 2016. While nothing on the immediate horizon seems ready to challenge the primacy of Hamilton as the champion of the 2015/2016 Broadway season, musical theatre gourmands nevertheless can still look forward to a promising buffet of late winter-into-spring openings. […]

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Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill starring Audra McDonald hits the West End in June 2016

Tony, Grammy, and Emmy Award-winner Audra McDonald will make her long-awaited West End debut this summer portraying legendary jazz singer Billie Holiday in the musical play Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill. The critically acclaimed production will play a limited engagement at the West End’s Wyndham’s Theatre from 25 June to 3 September, having broken box office records at the Circle in […]

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Audra McDonald adds extra date to London visit in January 2016

Record-breaking American stage and screen performer Audra McDonald’s forthcoming show at the Leicester Square Theatre in London on 17 January sold out in four hours. Due to overwhelming demand, the Broadway star has now added a 3pm matinee show scheduled for the same day. Producer Ollie Rosenblatt commented: “It’s wonderful to be welcoming Audra back to the […]

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Broadway star Audra McDonald plays London date in January 2016

Record-breaking American stage and screen star Audra McDonald will play her first London date in more than 15 years in January 2016. The singer and actress who has won a string of awards including six Tonys, two Grammys and an Emmy Award, will play a special one-off show at the Leicester Square Theatre on 17 January 2016. […]

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Tony Awards 2014 – Gentleman’s Guide and Hedwig come out on top

A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder climaxed it lucky streak in this year’s theatrical award races this season by capturing  the coveted Tony Award for Best Musical of the 2013-14 Broadway season. It also picked up three other Tony trophies. Voters, however, spread their love widely among the musical nominees at the Tony Awards […]

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Gentleman’s Guide wins big at Drama Desk Awards

Persistence is paying off for A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder. The Broadway musical, which has already garnered ten Tony Award nominations (the Tony winners will be announced on 8 June), has now added seven Drama Desk Awards to its laurels. The show opened in the fall and had been struggling with weak ticket sales […]

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A Gentleman’s Guide tops Tony Award 2014 nominations

A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder pretty much did in the competition when the nominations for the 68th Tony Awards were announced today (Tuesday). Gentleman’s Guide pulled in ten nominations, including those for Best Musical, Best Book (by Robert L. Freedman), Best Score (Steven Lutvak and Freedman), and Best Director of a Musical (Darko […]

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Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill – Circle in the Square, New York

Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill continues at the Circle in the Square theatre, New York, until 1 June. In an arresting note in the programme for Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill, playwright Lanie Robertson explains ‘Why I Wrote the Play’. “In 1959,” it says, “a boyfriend of mine saw the great Billie […]

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