Audra McDonald coming back to Broadway as Lady Day

By By MARK KENNEDY

NEW YORK (AP) — Audra McDonald will return to Broadway this spring as Billie Holiday.

Producers said Tuesday that the five-time Tony Award-winner will star in Lanie Robertson's "Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill," a musical build around one of Holiday's last performances in 1959.

Previews begin March 25 at the Circle in the Square Theatre and opening night is set for April 13.

McDonald spent four seasons on TV's "Private Practice" and won her fifth Tony Award for "The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess." She won raves as Mother Superior in the recent live NBC special "The Sound of Music" with Carrie Underwood.

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