Apparently, the redoubtable Audra McDonald needs to break that Tony-winning record. With five wins under her belt (the last was for her shattering take on the drug-snorting, tortured female lead of The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess), she could net a sixth for the Broadway premiere of longtime regional staple Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill, in which she will embody none other than “Strange Fruit” and “God Bless the Child” songstress Billie Holiday.
She currently ties Angela Lansbury and the late Julie Harris for the most competitive wins by an actress — a sixth would become a Tony milestone. (Additionally, if the production is considered a play versus a musical — à la the recent Broadway production of the Judy Garland-flavored End of the Rainbow — McDonald would be the first actor to win all four possible female acting categories at the Tonys.)
Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill began previews at Circle in the Square Theatre on March 25, with an opening night of April 13. For tickets, visit the show’s website.
And click below to watch the behind-the scenes featurette: