The cable network will air a recording of a live performance of “Lady Day” that’s filming this month at New Orleans’ Cafe Brasil with a live audience. An exact air date has yet to be set.
McDonald became the winningest actor in Tony history in the spring when she picked up her sixth acting trophy for “Lady Day,” a biographical play-with-music that includes McDonald’s performances of well-known Holiday standards including “God Bless the Child,” “Strange Fruit” and “Taint Nobody’s Biz-ness.”
HBO has a long history of airing Broadway fare, either in live performance (as with “Lady Day”) or in telepic adaptations of plays such as “Angels in America” and “Wit.” (“Private Practice” alum McDonald appeared in the HBO version of “Wit.”) “All the Way,” the history play in which Bryan Cranston played LBJ, also is on tap from the cabler.
HBO’s broadcast of “Lady Day” will be directed by Lonny Price, who also helmed the Broadway version, and produced by Allen Newman and Two Hands Entertainment.