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Watch: Audra McDonald Brings Billie Holiday to ‘Colbert Report’

Tony Award winner Audra McDonald recently stunned the Colbert Report audience with a peek at her role as the legendary Billie Holiday in a Broadway production of ‘Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill.’

Audra Mcdonald as Billie Holiday in 'Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill' on Broadway
Audra Mcdonald as Billie Holiday in ‘Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill’ on Broadway

Tony Award winner Audra McDonald recently stunned the Colbert Report audience with a peek at her role as the legendary Billie Holiday in a Broadway production of Lanie Robertson‘s Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill.

Unsurprisingly, the remarkable performance has earned the incredibly talented actress a Tony Award nomination this year (Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play).

A win would be her sixth, giving her the record for most Tonys won by an actor — a title she currently shares with Julie Harris and Angela Lansbury.

Originally scheduled as a limited, 10-week engagement that began in late March at the Circle in the Square Theatre, Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill has been extended through August 10.

Set in 1959 in a seedy Philadelphia bar, the show relives Billie Holiday’s last performance, taking place only four months before her death at age 44.

Watch Audra’s uncanny embodiment of Billie in two performance clips below, along with her interview with Colbert. Get tickets to Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill at ladydayonbroadway.com.

[via shadowandact]

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