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Audra Appears in “Down Low”

Lukas Gage (The White Lotus) and Zachary Quinto (American Horror Story) star in FilmNation’s Down Low, leading an all-star cast including Audra McDonald, Judith Light (American Crime Story: Impeachment), and Simon Rex (Red Rocket).

The comedy feature, written by Gage and Phoebe Fisher, centers around a deeply repressed man, the uninhibited young man that gives him a happy ending, and all the lives they ruin along the way.

Down Low will serve as Rightor Doyle’s feature directorial debut and be produced by Ashley Fox, Lucas Wiesendanger, and Ross KatzClick here to learn more.

Starring in “Rustin”

Audra McDonald will star alongside Colman Domingo (Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, The Scottsboro Boys), Chris Rock (Fargo, Top Five), and Glynn Turman (Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom) in a new film focusing on gay, civil rights activist Bayard Rustin. McDonald will play the role of organizer and activist Ella Baker as the film chronicles the facilitation of the 1963 March on Washington. Rustin will be first feature film from the Higher Ground, Michelle and Barack Obama’s production company in partnership with Netflix.

 

Click here to learn more.

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A Streetcar Named Desire at Williamstown Theatre Festival

UPDATE: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Williamstown Theatre Festival will not be able to move forward with the 2020 summer season as planned. In lieu of in-person performances, the Festival will produce the 2020 season on Audible’s streaming platform. Click here for more information about the 2020 Williamstown Theatre Festival season on Audible.

 

This summer, Audra McDonald returns to the Williamstown Theatre Festival to star in Tennessee Williams’ A Streetcar Named Desire.

Directed by Robert O’Hara, the American classic features Audra in her role debut of Blanche DuBois alongside Carla Gugino as Stella and Bobby Cannavale as Stanley in this story of an emotionally charged relationship between two sisters. Haunted by a troubled past, Blanche seeks refuge with Stella and Stanley in New Orleans, where she wrestles with the nature of her sister’s husband, her sister’s denial, and her own tumultuous mind.

Performances run from June 30-July 19 on the festival’s Main Stage in Williamstown, Massachusetts. Click here for tickets.

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2020 CSA Apple Award

On January 30, Audra McDonald will receive the Marion Dougherty New York Apple Award at the 35th Artios Awards. This award, presented by the Casting Society of America (CSA), recognizes individuals who have made a significant impact on the New York entertainment industry through their collaboration with casting directors. The award ceremonies will be held in Los Angeles, New York City, and London.

In addition, Oscar winner Geena Davis will be honored with the Lynn Stalmaster Award for Career Achievement from the CSA. Deborah Aquila, Andrew Femenella, and Andy Pryor are also among the award honorees.

Click here for more information and tickets to the NYC event.

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“Ragtime” in Concert: A tribute to Marin Mazzie

On April 27, Audra McDonald reprises the role of Sarah in a concert version of the Tony-nominated musical Ragtime at Minskoff Theatere on Broadway. Telling the story of immigrants and minorities struggling to make it in America, Ragtime deals with issues such as racism and income inequalityAudra joins two-time Tony winner Brian Stokes Mitchell in a concert dedicated to the late Marin Mazzie, with whom Audra and Brian performed as original cast members of the show. Proceeds from Ragtime benefit The Actors Fund, an organization that strives to provide safety nets to performing artists and entertainers in America. Stay tuned for tickets to go on sale in 2020.

2019 Kennedy Center Honors

This Sunday, CBS broadcasts the 2019 Kennedy Center Honors which celebrate the lifetime achievements of five artists: Michael Tilson Thomas; Linda Ronstadt; Sally Field; Earth, Wind & Fire; and the first-ever TV show to receive the award, Sesame Street.

Hosted by former honoree LL Cool J, the program features a variety of performances to celebrate the honorees. Carrie Underwood sings Linda Ronstadt’s “Blue Bayou,” Sesame Street puppets accompany country singer Thomas Rhett, and Audra McDonald performs Bernstein’s “Somewhere” alongside members of the New World Symphony and Michael Tilson Thomas’ former student, conductor Teddy Abrams. Tune in this Sunday at 8/7c to watch the 2019 Kennedy Center Honors on CBS.