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Can’t Get Enough Audra! Lady Day Extends Again

For the fourth and final time, the hit Broadway play Lady Day starring 6-time Tony Award winner Audra McDonald extends it’s run. Producers announced today (Aug. 7th) that performances will continue until October. Lady Day started previews March 25 and opened to rave reviews on April 13. Originally suppose to run for a limited 10-week engagement, the Tony Award winning show will now run until October 5th. Tickets for the final extension will go on sale to the general public Aug. 12. Sure it would run longer if the theatre wasn’t already booked for Hugh Jackman who will be starring in the play The River. 

The 1959-set play, which centers on one of Billie Holiday‘s final public appearances, takes place in Philadelphia four months before the singer’s death. The 90-minute show includes such songs as “God Bless the Child,” “Strange Fruit,” “What a Little Moonlight Can Do,” “When a Woman Loves a Man,” “Foolin’ Myself,” “Don’t Explain,” “Somebody’s On My Mind,” “Taint Nobody’s Bizness,” “Baby Doll” and more. 

This great news is in addition to the cast album topping the Billboard charts. So, if you have yet to see this history making production with the living legend that is Audra McDonald, you need to get your tickets ASAP! Check out some clips from the show below for just a taste and tell us McDonald’s Billie Holiday isn’t spot on!

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Drew Shade is a theatre artist and enthusiast who fosters artistic diversity and excellence for the love of Black theatre artists. He is the Founder/Creative Director of Broadway Black, Off-Book Podcast & The Antonyo Awards. “Have a belief in yourself that is bigger than anyone’s disbelief.” – August Wilson


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