Audra McDonald
American singer and actress
Audra McDonald
Audra Ann McDonald is an American actress and singer. She has appeared on the stage in both musicals and dramas, such as Ragtime, A Raisin in the Sun, and Porgy and Bess. She maintains an active concert and recording career, performing song cycles and operas as well as performing in concert throughout the U.S. She has won five Tony Awards, sharing the record for most Tonys won by an actor with Julie Harris and Angela Lansbury.
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2017 SAG Award Winners Include Emma Stone, Viola Davis And Mahershala Ali
Huffington Post - 28 days
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New ‘Beauty And The Beast’ Character Posters Will Make You Smile Like a Kid
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Aisle View: The 2016 Ten Best List
Huffington Post - 2 months
2016: The Best New York Theatre Once again, the New York theatre world has had a banner year, with exciting plays, musicals and revivals on Broadway and off. In a continuing trend, many of the selections are transfers from non-profits or new productions from Broadway non-profits. Little matter; the productions below for the most part transported their audiences. Let it be added that two top flight musicals which are likely to appear on most or all of this year's Ten Best Lists -- Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812 and Falsettos -- have been omitted herein due to conflicts of interest. (I recently coauthored, with Dave Malloy, "The Great Comet: The Journey of a New Musical to Broadway"; and in 1990 coproduced the original production of William Finn's Falsettoland.) Thus, both are officially unlisted but highly recommended -- and you only have until January 8 to see Falsettos, so what are you waiting for? DEAR EVAN HANSEN Ben Platt in Dear Evan Hansen Photo: M ...
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Pregnancy and "Illness"
Huffington Post - 3 months
Audra McDonald, the star of Shuffle Along on Broadway, found herself pregnant last May, and, a month later, the show's producers cancelled the remainder of the run, instead of bringing in another performer to take over her role. The producers had purchased an insurance policy from Lloyds, which reportedly covered them in case Ms. McDonald was unable to perform because of "accident or illness". Putting aside whether the pregnancy was an "accident" (this will be litigated), is it an "illness"? While there are laws and cases on this (one report says, "no"), a look back at perhaps the first case on this issue, involving my grandmother, Margaret Sanger, might be instructive. One hundred years ago, on October 16, 1916, she opened America's first birth control clinic in Brownsville, Brooklyn. After ten days, the police shuttered the clinic as being in violation of the Comstock Law, which prohibited a person "to sell, or give away, or to advertise or offer for sale, any instrument or arti ...
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Broadway star Audra McDonald gives birth to baby daughter
Yahoo News - 4 months
NEW YORK (AP) — Broadway stars Audra McDonald and Will Swenson have announced the birth of their baby girl, saying, "Our hearts are bursting."
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Obama awards arts medals to Mel Brooks, Audra McDonald, Berry Gordy
Reuters.com - 5 months
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama awarded 24 American giants of the arts and humanities with medals on Thursday, lauding their accomplishments - and sharing some laughs.
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Here Are All The 2016 Emmy Award Winners
Huffington Post - 5 months
It’s TV’s biggest night and, once again, “Game of Thrones” is your best bet for Sunday night’s big winner, since the HBO show leads the 68th annual Emmy Awards with 23 nominations, followed closely by “American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson” with 22 noms.  Yes, tonight is the night when all your favorite shows and stars will battle it out live from the Microsoft Theater in Downtown Los Angeles. Though we are fairly certain “GoT” will dominate in the Outstanding Drama category, the show is up against “Homeland,” “House of Cards,” “Mr. Robot,” “Downton Abbey,” ”Better Call Saul” and “The Americans” for the top honor. Meanwhile, Jimmy Kimmel, who hosted the award show in 2012, returns as this year’s host.  He warned People that his famous friends should consider themselves targets for good natured ridicule, since he knows they’ll be able to handle it.  “The people with whom I’m actually friendly are in the most danger usually because I know they can take a joke,” Kimm ...
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Here Are All The 2016 Emmy Award Winners
Huffington Post - 5 months
It’s TV’s biggest night and, once again, “Game of Thrones” is your best bet for Sunday night’s big winner, since the HBO show leads the 68th annual Emmy Awards with 23 nominations, followed closely by “American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson” with 22 noms.  Yes, tonight is the night when all your favorite shows and stars will battle it out live from the Microsoft Theater in Downtown Los Angeles. Though we are fairly certain “GoT” will dominate in the Outstanding Drama category, the show is up against “Homeland,” “House of Cards,” “Mr. Robot,” “Downton Abbey,” ”Better Call Saul” and “The Americans” for the top honor. Meanwhile, Jimmy Kimmel, who hosted the award show in 2012, returns as this year’s host.  He warned People that his famous friends should consider themselves targets for good natured ridicule, since he knows they’ll be able to handle it.  “The people with whom I’m actually friendly are in the most danger usually because I know they can take a joke,” Kimm ...
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Questlove: Bill O'Reilly’s 'Existence Is 5 Steps Backwards' For Humanity
Huffington Post - 7 months
Questlove didn’t find anything entertaining or enlightening about Bill O’Reilly taking issue with Michelle Obama’s “I wake up every morning in a house that was built by slaves” line from her Democratic National Convention speech. Like many on social media, the multi-instrumentalist addressed O’Reilly’s sentiments on Wednesday in an Instagram response. O’Reilly stated on his show that the slaves who built the White House were ‘well-fed’ and had “decent lodgings provided by the government.” Slavery was inhumane. Slavery was sadistic. Slavery was uncomfortable. Slavery was unjust. Slavery was a nightmare. Slavery was a despicable act. Slavery is the pebble whose ripple in the river still resonates on and on and on and on. I'd like to think most of you have common sense. But there is nothing more dangerous than a man in a suit pretending to be a journalist giving revisionist history on the ugliness that was slavery. What's so fun and lighthearted about being shackled? ...
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‘Shuffle Along’ Decides It Can’t Go on Without Audra McDonald
NYTimes - 8 months
Producers cited an expected plunge in ticket sales with Ms. McDonald’s maternity leave as the reason to close this show next month.
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The 20 Funniest Tweets From Women This Week
Huffington Post - 8 months
After this week we all need a little pick-me-up. Here to bring some much-needed levity is the funny ladies of Twitter. Each week, HuffPost Women rounds up hilarious 140-character musings. For this week's great tweets from women, scroll through the list below. Then visit our Funniest Tweets From Women page for our past collections.  Wow this IHOP has unlimited chocolate milk and hot chocolate I'm gonna die of hydration — Brittani Nichols (@BisHilarious) June 15, 2016 STREET GUY: smile more! ME: don't let them know what you're against or what you're for! [we start a Hamilton sing-a-long] Sexism is over! — Dana Schwartz (@DanaSchwartzzz) June 14, 2016 FURTHER PROOF DOGS R MAGIC: i was about to google an ex & my friend's dog ran over, put her paw on my keyboard, & looked deeply into my soul — Aparna Nancherla (@aparnapkin) June 15, 2016 The phrase I say to my husband more than "I love you" is "I wish I didn't just eat ...
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Every. Single. Time. 'Hamilton' Won Or Performed At The Tonys
Huffington Post - 9 months
Sunday night marked an evening of #Tonys4Ham.  The musical may not have broken the record for the most Tony Awards for a single production, but "Hamilton" did earn an impressive 11 wins, including three of the four potential acting categories and the coveted Best Musical honor. Lin-Manuel Miranda himself walked away with statues for Best Book of a Musical and Best Original Score, while Daveed Diggs, Renée Elise Goldsberry, Leslie Odom Jr., Thomas Kail, Alex Lacamoire, Andy Blankenbuehler, Howell Binkley and Paul Tazewell took home trophies in their respective categories. And then there were the performances. "Hamilton" cast members opened the show by propping up host James Corden in song. They introduced a parallel set of #Ham4Ham-esque videos recorded outside the Beacon Theatre, featuring actors from the nominated musicals performing favorites of Broadway past. They performed a medley of hits from their own production near the end of the night. And finally, they closed o ...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Audra McDonald
    FORTIES
  • 2016
    Age 45
    On September 22, 2016, Audra McDonald was awarded the National Medal of Arts by President Barack Obama for 2015.
    More Details Hide Details The Award states, in part: "for lighting up Broadway as one of its brightest stars. In musicals, concerts, operas, and the recording studio, her rich, soulful voice continues to take her audiences to new heights."
    McDonald left the show on July 24, 2016 to begin maternity leave.
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    In 2016, McDonald starred on Broadway as the vaudeville performer Lottie Gee in a new musical titled Shuffle Along, or, the Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed about the making of the 1921 musical Shuffle Along.
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    McDonald had planned to make her West End debut as Holiday in Lady Day in June through September 2016, but after becoming pregnant she postponed these plans.
    More Details Hide Details She appeared at the Williamstown Theatre Festival, Williamstown, Massachusetts, in Eugene O'Neill's play A Moon for the Misbegotten in August 2015, co-starring with her husband Will Swenson.
    McDonald received a 2016 Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie for her role in the broadcast.
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  • 2014
    Age 43
    McDonald attended Joan Rivers' funeral in New York on September 7, 2014, where she sang "Smile".
    More Details Hide Details McDonald lives in Croton-on-Hudson, New York. Audra McDonald in Concert Tour 23 concerts total; the gap between May and October 2013 is due to McDonald's work with television and her album coming out, causing the three and a half month gap. The tour ended due to McDonald's show, Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill opening on Broadway, but she picked up again with a new tour once the show closed. An Evening with Audra McDonald Tour 37 concerts; this tour marked her Australian debut. The lack of August shows was due to her run in A Moon for the Misbegotten. Other concerts
    McDonald played Billie Holiday on Broadway in the play Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill in a limited engagement that ended on August 10, 2014.
    More Details Hide Details After previews that began on March 25, 2014, the play opened at the Circle in the Square Theatre on April 13, 2014. Of the play, McDonald said in an interview: It's about a woman trying to get through a concert performance, which I know something about, and she's doing it at a time when her liver was pickled and she was still doing heroin regularly I might have been a little judgmental about Billie Holiday early on in my life, but what I’ve come to admire most about her – and what is fascinating in this show – is that there is never any self-pity. She's almost laughing at how horrible her life has been. I don’t think she sees herself as a victim. And she feels an incredible connection to her music – she can’t sing a song if she doesn’t have some emotional connection to it, which I really understand.
  • 2012
    Age 41
    She married Will Swenson on October 6, 2012.
    More Details Hide Details As of May 2016, the two are expecting their first child together.
  • 2011
    Age 40
    McDonald appeared in a revised version of Porgy and Bess, at the American Repertory Theatre (in Cambridge, Massachusetts) from August through September 2011, and recreated the role on Broadway at the Richard Rodgers Theatre, which opened on January 12, 2012 and closed on September 23, 2012.
    More Details Hide Details For this role, McDonald won her fifth Tony Award and her first in a Leading Actress category. This American Repertory Theater production was "re-imagined by Suzan-Lori Parks and Diedre Murray as a musical for contemporary audiences."
  • THIRTIES
  • 2009
    Age 38
    McDonald and Donovan divorced in 2009.
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    The recording of this production of Mahagonny won two Grammy Awards, for Best Opera Recording and Best Classical Album in February 2009.
    More Details Hide Details In September 2008, American composer Michael John LaChiusa was quoted in Opera News Online, as working on an adaptation of Bizet's Carmen with McDonald in mind. McDonald has recorded five solo albums for Nonesuch Records. Her first, the 1998 Way Back to Paradise, featured songs written by a new generation of musical theatre composers who had achieved varying degrees of prominence in the 1990s, particularly LaChiusa, Adam Guettel and Jason Robert Brown. Her next album, How Glory Goes (2000), combined both old and new works, and included composers Harold Arlen, Leonard Bernstein and Jerome Kern. Her third album, Happy Songs (2002), was big band music from the 1920s through the '40s. Her fourth album, Build a Bridge (2006), features songs from jazz and pop. In May 2013, Audra McDonald released her first solo album in seven years, Go Back Home, with a title track from the Kander & Ebb musical The Scottsboro Boys. To coincide with the album's release, McDonald performed a concert at Avery Fisher Hall in New York City that aired on the PBS series Live from Lincoln Center titled Audra McDonald In Concert: Go Back Home.
  • 2007
    Age 36
    On April 29, 2007, while she was in previews for the show, her father was killed when an experimental aircraft he was flying crashed north of Sacramento, California.
    More Details Hide Details McDonald is known for defying racial typecasting in her various Tony Award-winning and -nominated roles. Her performances as Carrie Pipperidge in Nicholas Hytner's 1996 revival of Carousel and Lizzie Curry in Lonny Price's 2007 revival of 110 in the Shade made her the first black woman to portray those (traditionally white) roles in a major Broadway production. Of her groundbreaking work in encouraging diversity in musical theatre casting, she said in an interview for the New York Times, "I refuse to be stereotyped. If I think I am right for a role I will go for it in whatever way I can. I refuse to say no to myself. I can't control what a producer will do or say but I can at least put myself out there." In a 'Talk of the Nation' interview on NPR, Asian-American actor Thom Sesma said McDonald's performance in Carousel "transcended any kind of type at all", proving her to be "more actress than African-American."
    McDonald appeared as Lizzie in the Roundabout Theatre Company's 2007 revival of 110 in the Shade, directed by Lonny Price at Studio 54, for which she shared the Drama Desk Award for Best Actress in a Musical with Donna Murphy.
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  • 2004
    Age 33
    She was nominated for another Tony Award for her performance in Marie Christine before she won her fourth in 2004 for her role in A Raisin in the Sun, placing her in the company of then four-time winning actress Angela Lansbury.
    More Details Hide Details She reprised her Raisin role for a 2008 television adaptation, earning her a second Emmy Award nomination. On June 10, 2012, McDonald scored her fifth Tony Award win for her portrayal of Bess in Broadway's The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess, thus tying Angela Lansbury and Julie Harris. Her 2014 performance as Billie Holiday in Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill earned McDonald her sixth Tony award and made her the first person to win all four acting categories.
  • TWENTIES
  • 2000
    Age 29
    McDonald married bassist Peter Donovan in September 2000.
    More Details Hide Details They have one daughter, Zoe, named after McDonald's close friend and Master Class co-star Zoe Caldwell.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1970
    Born
    Born on July 3, 1970.
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