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Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill (2016)

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It's 1959 in a seedy bar in Philadelphia, and Billie Holiday is giving one of her last performances interlaced with salty, often humorous, reminiscences to project a riveting portrait of the lady and her music 4 months before her death.

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Lonny Price

Writer:

Lanie Robertson
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Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 8 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Credited cast:
Audra McDonald ... Lady Day
Shelton Becton Shelton Becton ... Jimmy Powers
George Farmer George Farmer ... Bass
Clayton Craddock Clayton Craddock ... Drums
Roxie Roxie ... Pepi
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Debra Crowe Debra Crowe ... Bar Patron
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It's 1959 in a seedy bar in Philadelphia, and Billie Holiday is giving one of her last performances interlaced with salty, often humorous, reminiscences to project a riveting portrait of the lady and her music 4 months before her death.

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Biography | Drama | Music

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TV-14
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 March 2016 (USA) See more »

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Audra McDonald won her record sixth Tony for performing "Lady Day at the Circle in the Square Theater". The Tony for leading actress in a play was also the fourth category she had won for. Previously winning Leading Actress in a Musical for the Gershwins' "Porgy and Bess", Featured Actress in a Musical for "Ragtime" and "Carousel", and Featured Actress in a Play for "Master Class" and "Raisin in the Sun". She holds the record for most awards for performance and is the only person to have won an award in every acting category. See more »

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Written by Tim Weil
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Now this is a faithful version of Holliday's Life
12 August 2018 | by lavignebiz1See all my reviews

I've seen this onstage twice and was mesmerized by it both times. I saw this on HBO when I was in New York and thought it was terrific. I've seen Audra McDonald onstage twice, in Ragtime and Shuffle Along, and she was outstanding in both. She works hard to sound like Holliday in this remarkable biopic, and it's a vast improvement over Lady Sings the Blues, which was essentially a black version of Funny Girl. (Nicky Arnstein wasn't the hero Omar Sharif made him out to be, just as Louis MacKay wasn't the rescuer Billy Dee Williams played. They were both users who got plenty out of these women, only to abandon them when they were really needed. Don't miss this one!


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