December 17, 2014 at 11:36 am #340043
Six-time Tony Award winner Audra McDonald will bring her acclaimed portrayal of Billie Holiday in the Broadway smash “Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill” to HBO, it was announced today by Michael Lombardo, president, HBO Programming. Filming before a live audience at Cafe Brasil in New Orleans this month, the special will feature McDonald in her history-making, tour de force performance as the jazz icon. Originally written for off-Broadway by Lanie Roberston in 1987, LADY DAY AT EMERSON’S BAR AND GRILL tells Holiday’s life story through the songs that made her famous, including “God Bless the Child,” “What a Little Moonlight Can Do,” “Strange Fruit” and “Taint Nobody’s Biz-ness.”
Being a Audra fan, I never got to see her live, unfortunetely. So this is the best news for me! Thank you HBO! Thank you life! Thank you love!
How does this work regarding Emmys eligibility?December 17, 2014 at 1:43 pm #340045
This will be eligible a la Thurgood starring Laurence Fishburne. Is it considered a special? Audra McDonald shouldn’t have a hard time getting a nom for TV Movie/Mini Lead Actress.
So when will it air? If it is eligible for 2016 Emmy, then at this very, very early stage, it could be McDonald vs Dunst (Fargo) race.December 17, 2014 at 7:59 pm #340046
This news is everything! Can’t wait to finally see this and record it! Score another one for HBO!December 17, 2014 at 10:22 pm #340047
Looking forward to it!December 18, 2014 at 5:24 am #340048
And the Emmy goes to……Audra McdonaldDecember 19, 2014 at 1:01 pm #340049
it could be McDonald vs Dunst (Fargo) race.
There is no way McDonald is losing for this. It’s a massive tour de force role and performance, and HBO will campaign hard.
Hopefully Audra’s success with this and Ava DuVernay’s success with Selma will bring the two together to make “Caroline, or Change” into a film.December 19, 2014 at 1:33 pm #340050
Well, this doesn’t seem like something HBO will push as their main contender. And if Audra McDonald has to be up against Oscar winners doing HBO movies/miniseries (e.g. Cate Blanchett in Cancer Vixen), it will be an uphill battle for her despite the juggernaut of a role and performance she has.December 19, 2014 at 2:21 pm #340051
When will HBO air this special? Something exceptional will have to come along to defeat Frances McDormand this cycle. Not to say that Audra McDonald couldn’t or wouldn’t be that person, but the staginess of this will always be a hindrance for it at the Emmys, just like it was with Laurence Fishburne for “Thurgood” a couple of years ago.December 19, 2014 at 2:36 pm #340052
I can’t wait until this gets a release date. I love Audra.December 20, 2014 at 8:50 am #340053
The most beautiful and heartbreaking performance I have ever seen on stage. Absolute brilliance from beginning to end. There is nothing that woman cannot do.
Very excited for this project.February 21, 2015 at 9:05 pm #340055
I’m excited for this, but I would like to see this get the Bryan Cranston/All the Way treatment — That is, turn it into an epic miniseries and bring back its leading star from the Broadway run.
As it is, Audra McDonald would likely get the nom. Emmy voters do love her, as she already has three Emmy noms, two in Supporting Actress for Wit (lost to Tammy Blanchard for Life with Judy Garland: Me and My Shadows) and A Raisin in the Sun (Lost to Eileen Atkins for Cranford), plus a nom for Live From Lincoln Center: Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Carousel. But no way will she be able to take down Frances McDormand or Maggie Gyllenhaal for their performances. Give her the miniseries treatment I mention above, however, and watch her sweep.March 12, 2016 at 7:30 pm #340056
Anyone watching this tonight? I just finished watching and WOW! Audra was amazing. This could be enough to take down Sarah, Kirsten, Felicity, and Lili. She is the show except for a small part plus she sings. Watching her go from happy Billie to drunk Billie, to strung out Billie was just stunning.March 12, 2016 at 7:48 pm #340057
It came on today?