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2019 Sleep Out Campaign

Audra McDonald lends her support to Covenant House International’s annual Sleep Out. On Monday, August 19, she and other members of the stage and screen community will sleep out on the streets of New York City as an act of solidarity with the 4.2 million youth who experience homelessness each year. A board member of the organization since 2014, Audra describes the Sleep Out as “a life-changing, life-affirming event” that genuinely touches the young people affected by homelessness.
In advance of the event, Audra is raising funds for the youth of Covenant House International. To learn more about the organization and how to contribute, click here.

Final Weeks of Frankie & Johnny

Hailed as “a modern classic and a testament to human connection” (Deadline), Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune announces its final performance on Broadway. The upcoming shows celebrate the artistic achievements of playwright Terrence McNally, recipient of the 2019 Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre, director Arin Arbus in her Broadway debut, and stars Audra McDonald and Michael Shannon in their first collaboration. McDonald and Shannon’s moving portrayal of the seemingly mismatched Frankie and Johnny, cheered as “two of the best performances on Broadway” by The Daily Beast, can be seen at the Broadhurst Theatre until Sunday, July 28. As the first production of Broadway’s 2019-2020 season, Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune will have played 70 regular and 26 preview performances upon closing. Click here for tickets.

Labor Day Weekend Concerts with Seth Rudetsky

Over Labor Day Weekend, Audra joins Sirius XM Radio Star and longtime friend Seth Rudetsky in Massachusetts for three evenings of sensational songs and conversation. Audra and Seth’s collaborations often center around philanthropic efforts: their recent Broadway @ Town Hall concert series raised funds for Sandy Hook Promise, Audra was featured on a recording co-produced by Seth and his husband James Wesley to raise money for the Orlando shooting victims (“What The World Needs Now”), and she also performed in a benefit entitled Concert For America presented by Seth and James’s foundation, Your Kids, Our Kids.

Click here for tickets and more details on these upcoming performances.

Audra on “Live with Kelly & Ryan”

Audra stopped by LIVE with Kelly and Ryan to discuss her role in “Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune” and the intimacy director they have on set—who doubles as their fight choreographer! In Ryan Seacrest’s absence, Audra and Kelly were joined by Kelly’s husband and guest co-host Mark Consuelos. Watch a clip below!

2019 Tony Awards

Audra McDonald attended the 2019 Tony Awards hosted by James Corden at New York’s Radio City Music Hall. Wearing a gown by Halston and shoes by Tamara Mellon, Audra was featured in the red carpet highlights by Vogue, People Magazine, Town & Country, among others. During the show, Audra and longtime friend and colleague Laura Linney engaged in a mock standoff (video below!). Audra also presented the Tony for Best Lead Actress in a Musical which was awarded to Stephanie J. Block for her portrayal of “Star,” one-third of the title character in the new bio-musical The Cher Show.

Photo: Bruce Glikas for Getty Entertainment
Styling: Ise White
Hair: Chioma Valcourt / Next Vanity
Makeup: Jill Oshry
Jewels: James Martin

A Night of Broadway Stars

On June 3, Audra performed at A Night of Broadway Stars in support of Covenant House International, an organization dedicated to providing services for homeless youth. Along with Caitlin Kinneun and Celia Kennan-Bolger, Audra sang “Dance With You” from The Prom. The organization’s annual fundraiser honored Rachel Brosnahan with the Beacon of Hope Award as well as Jim Burke and Doug Blagdon.

Audra has served on the organization’s board since 2014. The 2019 charity event raised over $1.9 million for Covenant House.