Audra McDonald in 'Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill' (Photo credit: Evgenia Eliseeva)
Audra McDonald in ‘Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill’ (Photo credit: Evgenia Eliseeva)

Audra McDonald should save a space on her mantel for a (record) fifth Tony Award. She’s a shoo-in for her transformative turn as Billie Holiday in Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill, which imagines the troubled jazz singer in a late-in-life concert in a Philadelphia club. McDonald transforms her look, her shape, her bearing, and her voice—it’s an impressive performance in an admittedly somewhat formulaic play. Check out my A– review at EW.com

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