Singer and actress Audra McDonald is unparalleled in the breadth and versatility of her artistry. The winner of a record-breaking six Tony Awards, two Grammy Awards, and an Emmy Award, McDonald was named one of Time magazine’s 100 most influential people of 2015 and received a 2015 National Medal of Arts—America’s highest honor for achievement in the arts—from President Obama. McDonald makes her debut at Longwood Gardens with this performance.
An Evening with Audra McDonald
Songs from the American Music theater
Brian Hertz: Piano
Mark Vanderpoel: Bass
Gene Lewin: Drums
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In addition to Audra McDonald's Tony-winning performances in Carousel; Master Class; Ragtime; A Raisin in the Sun; The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess; and Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill—the role which also served as the vehicle for her 2017 debut on London’s West End—she has appeared on Broadway in The Secret Garden; Marie Christine (Tony nomination); Henry IV; 110 In the Shade (Tony nomination); and Shuffle Along, Or, The Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed.
The Juilliard-trained soprano’s opera credits include La voix humaine and Send at Houston Grand Opera, and Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny at LA Opera. On television, she was seen by millions as the Mother Abbess in NBC’s The Sound of Music Live! and played Dr. Naomi Bennett on ABC’s Private Practice. She won an Emmy Award for her role as host of Live From Lincoln Center on PBS and has received nominations for Wit, A Raisin in the Sun, and Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill. In 2018, she joins the cast of CBS’s All Access original drama series The Good Fight. On film, she has appeared in Seven Servants; The Object of My Affection; Cradle Will Rock; It Runs in the Family; The Best Thief in the World; She Got Problems; Rampart; Ricki and the Flash; Disney’s live-action Beauty and the Beast; and the movie-musical Hello Again.
An exclusive recording artist for Nonesuch Records, she has released five solo albums for the label. McDonald also maintains a major career as a concert artist, regularly appearing on the great stages of the world and with leading international orchestras. Of all her many roles, her favorites are the ones performed offstage: passionate advocate for equal rights and homeless youth, wife to actor Will Swenson, and mother to her children.
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