On April 27, Audra McDonald appears on PBS’s hit series “Finding Your Roots” alongside fellow Broadway veteran Mandy Patinkin. Now in its seventh season, the show follows some of today’s most compelling personalities as they discover the surprising stories buried within their own families. In this episode, host Henry Louis Gates, Jr. investigates the family histories of Audra and Mandy, discovering ancestors whose struggles laid the groundwork for their success. This episode premieres on April 27 at 8pm ET (check your local listings). Click here to watch a trailer.
On May 21, Spectrum Originals premieres “The Bite,” a new satirical drama from creators Robert and Michelle King. The six-episode series follows the lives of two neighbors Rachel (Audra McDonald) and Lily (Taylor Schilling, Orange is the New Black) as they embark on unprecedented times when a deadly new strain of a virus arrives. Navigating New York City’s new normal, Rachel works from home juggling her many telemedicine clients and a shaky marriage to her husband Dr. Zach (Steven Pasquale, The Comey Rule), while Lily tries to convince her Wall Street clientele that her very specific skillset is still just as valuable through a video screen. Co-produced with CBS Studios, the series also features Will Swenson, Phillipa Soo, and Leslie Uggams. Click here for the trailer, or watch below!
On March 26, Black Theatre United released a new video and song titled “Stand for Change” in partnership with The Republic Records Action Committee (R2AC). This powerful and emotional song is brought to life by the 13 award-winning veterans of the Broadway and founders of Black Theatre United: Audra McDonald, Vanessa Williams, Billy Porter, Darius de Haas, Norm Lewis, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Lillias White, Allyson Tucker, Michael McElroy, NaTasha Yvette Williams, LaChanze, Wendell Pierce, and Capathia Jenkins. “I just wanted this to be our legacy and I just didn’t want to do it alone,” Tony-nominated actress Vanessa Williams tells PEOPLE. “I wanted everyone to get together and unite.” The song was also made possible by songwriters and NYU professors Phil Galdston and Dave Schroeder, as well as the NYU orchestra and Musicians United for Social Equity (MUSE). 100% of the net proceeds from the sale of the single will support the ongoing social justice efforts of BTU. “Stand for Change” unites the shared racial equality and social justice missions of BTU and R2AC, aiming not only to challenge racial inequality, but to galvanize communities to stand up for them throughout the country.
Listen to “Stand for Change”: HERE
Watch “Stand for Change”: HERE
On March 10, Audra McDonald appeared on NBC’s “Late Night with Seth Meyers.” Audra and Seth discussed a variety of topics including her Tony nomination for her portrayal of Frankie in Terrence McNally’s “Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune;” her role in the upcoming Aretha Franklin biopic, RESPECT; and how Carol Channing unknowingly settled Audra’s nerves during her first Tony acceptance speech. Watch the full segment below!
Audra McDonald’s performance in Tennessee Williams’ A Streetcar Named Desire is now available to stream on Audible in partnership with the Williamstown Theatre Festival. Directed by Robert O’Hara, Audra stars as Blanche DuBois in this innovative exploration of the classic tale about the emotionally charged relationship between two iconic sisters. Stream now on Audible.