The musical was first performed off-Broadway in 1986. The new production with McDonald is scheduled to begin preview performances in New York at the Circle in the Square Theatre on March 25, with an official opening on April 13.
"Lady Day" follows Holiday as she tries to make it through a concert despite health problems. (In real life, the singer was a heroin addict and alcoholic.) The theater, which has an in-the-round seating arrangement, will be transformed into a club setting.
Los Angeles audiences recently got a chance to watch McDonald perform at an L.A. Opera concert in October at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. In December, she appeared in
"Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill" is scheduled to run through June 1.
Another Billie Holiday musical titled "Lady Day" recently ran off-Broadway at the Little Shubert Theatre in New York. The production, which is different from "Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill," starred jazz singer Dee Dee Bridgewater in the role of Holiday.