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“Performing in the West End — it was something I dreamt about once I first visited here, and that was when I was 16 and I came over with my high school drama class.“We saw Phantom [Of The Opera] and Starlight Express, and so I knew I wanted to come to the West End.” Despite her success on Broadway, Mc Donald said she was not on the lookout to win accolades, such as an Evening Standard Theatre Award, in London.Son Mason is portrayed by child actor Griffin Gluck.While Gluck initially served as a guest star, he was promoted to series regular later on in the season.“I’ve performed in London a lot and I’ve shot two films there, but this will be the first time I will have appeared on the West End stage. “That seems to be so important right now in these precarious times where it seems we’ve lost a bit of touch with that.

“We’ve hired a wonderful British nanny who’s helping out a lot and we’re just making it an adventure in England.

Broadway actress Audra Mc Donald says she fears racial equality has been “yanked back” as she made her long-awaited West End debut as Billie Holiday.

The actress, 46, plays the jazz legend in Lanie Robertson’s play Lady Day At Emerson’s Bar & Grill, which imagines a night in the presence of the singer in the months running up to her untimely death in 1959.

In between, growing increasingly unsteady from all the booze she has been knocking back, she delivers an unstructured monologue that draws on memories of a childhood blighted by rape and prostitution and on the scourge in later years of abusive men, heroin addiction and institutionalised racism. Her luscious, classically-trained soprano is, ordinarily, a far cry from Billie Holiday’s jazz sound.

But here she pulls off a quite uncanny impersonation of that plaintive voice with its eccentric intonation patterns, its catches, side-of-the-mouth slides and leaps of register. You feel that it is by having entered so deeply into Holiday’s spirit that she is able to capture all the vocal tics.

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