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Audra McDonald helps Broadway's 'Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill' turn a profit

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NEW YORK — Audra McDonald has propelled her new Broadway show into profitability.

Producers of the play "Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill" said Tuesday that they have recouped their $2.6 million initial investment.

In the show, McDonald portrays Billie Holiday in one of her last concerts, offering stories and performing about a dozen of Holiday's best-known songs, including "God Bless the Child," ''What a Little Moonlight Can Do" and "Strange Fruit."

PHOTO: This photo provided by Jeffrey Richards Associates shows Audra McDonald as Billie Holiday in "Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill". McDonald has propelled her new Broadway show into profitability. Producers of the play "Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill" said Tuesday that they’ve recouped their $2.6 million initial investment. In the show, McDonald portrays Billie Holiday in one of her last concerts, offering stories and performing about a dozen of Holiday's best known songs, including "God Bless the Child," "What a Little Moonlight Can Do," and "Strange Fruit." (AP Photo/Jeffrey Richards Associates, Evgenia Eliseeva)
This photo provided by Jeffrey Richards Associates shows Audra McDonald as Billie Holiday in "Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill". McDonald has propelled her new Broadway show into profitability. Producers of the play "Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill" said Tuesday that they’ve recouped their $2.6 million initial investment. In the show, McDonald portrays Billie Holiday in one of her last concerts, offering stories and performing about a dozen of Holiday's best known songs, including "God Bless the Child," "What a Little Moonlight Can Do," and "Strange Fruit." (AP Photo/Jeffrey Richards Associates, Evgenia Eliseeva)

In June, McDonald won her sixth Tony Award for the role, making her the awards' most decorated actress and the only woman to win a Tony in all four acting categories.

Other recent Broadway shows that have recouped include "Of Mice and Men," ''All the Way" and "The Glass Menagerie."


Online: http://ladydayonbroadway.com

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