Tag Archives | Billie Holiday

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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Patti Boulaye – Billie and Me – The Pheasantry

Patti Boulaye performed her show Billie and Me at The Pheasantry, London. Star rating: three stars ★ ★ ★ ✩ ✩ This is by way of an interim report as during the second half of her show, Billie and Me, Patti Boulaye told us that she had been awake in hospital the previous night with a leg problem, so […]

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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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Cafe Society Swing – 59E59 Theaters, New York

Cafe Society Swing continues at 59E59 Theaters, New York until 4 January. Those still mourning the demise this past June of After Midnight, the scintillating Broadway revue of music from New York’s legendary Cotton Club, can find some solace in Cafe Society Swing. This new Off-Broadway offering celebrates another ground-breaking Manhattan nightspot, Cafe Society, which […]

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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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Patti Boulaye – Crazy Coqs

Patti Boulaye performs at the Crazy Coqs, London, until 8 March. First of all, I have to declare an interest. Along with thousands of red-blooded males, I was totally smitten by Patti Boulaye when she won the 1978 edition of New Faces, the X Factor of its day, and many a good marriage was put […]

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Nina Kristofferson – being Billie Holiday

Musical Theatre Review’s Cameron Smith catches up with actress and singer Nina Kristofferson as she prepares to take her show, the Billie Holiday Story, on tour. As one of the foremost jazz singers of the 20th century, Billie Holiday was a unique talent. Well, it takes one to know one. Nina Kristofferson is not only […]

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Natalie Douglas – Crazy Coqs

Natalie Douglas sings Four Women: Nina, Lena, Abbey & Billie at the Crazy Coqs, London, until 15 February. New York jazz and cabaret star Natalie Douglas is one of those performers who fills a room with warmth and sheer loveability just by coming on the stage. Her second residency at the Crazy Coqs, one of […]

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