Yesterday, it was announced that Audra McDonald has been nominated for the 2014 Outer Critics Circle Award in the category of “Outstanding Actress in a Musical” for her portrayal of the legendary jazz singer Billie Holiday in Lanie Robertson’s musical play Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill. In 2012, Audra won in the same category for her role as the downtrodden Bess in the Broadway revival of The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess. Lady Day, directed by Lonny Price, has also been nominated for an Outer Critics Circle Award in the category of “Outstanding Revival of a Musical.”
The Drama League announced today that Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill has been nominated for the 2014 Drama League Award in the category of “Outstanding Revival of a Broadway or Off-Broadway Musical.”
In 2012, Audra received the Drama League’s Distinguished Performance Award for her role as Bess in The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess. This award is given to an artist only once during his or her career.