Audra McDonald

Performances of Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill in London have been postponed following the announcement that leading lady Audra McDonald is pregnant.

The production, which recounts jazz singer Billie Holiday's life story through the songs that made her famous, was due to play for a limited period at Wyndham’s Theatre from 25th June to 3rd September.

Plans and dates for a revised running period are to be announced shortly.

Speaking from New York where she is currently starring in the Broadway production of Shuffle Along, Or The Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed, Audra McDonald said:

“Who knew that tap dancing during perimenopause could lead to pregnancy? Will and I are completely surprised—and elated—to be expecting a new addition to our family.

“I am so very grateful to everyone in New York and London for allowing me to rearrange my schedule to accommodate this little miracle.

“Of course, I’m disappointed I have to postpone my West End debut in Lady Day, but I look forward to rescheduling as soon as possible.”

GTOs who have purchased tickets should contact the box office on 0844-482 5120 to arrange a refund.

More about Audra McDonald

The singer and actress is the recipient of a record-breaking six Tony Awards, two Grammy Awards, and an Emmy Award, and was named one of Time magazine’s 100 most influential people of 2015.

Productions McDonald has featured in include Carousel, Master Class, Ragtime, A Raisin in the Sun, The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess, and The Secret Garden.

She is also a Juilliard-trained soprano, and her opera credits include La voix humaine and Send at Houston Grand Opera, and Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny at Los Angeles Opera.

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