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Tune-In: Streamed Performances to Benefit The Actors Fund

This weekend, Audra McDonald performs in two streamed concerts that benefit The Actors Fund, a charitable organization that supports actors and theater professionals. Broadway’s biggest stars are coming together to help financially support actors and industry workers amid the coronavirus pandemic, which has led to the cancellation of all Broadway shows until April 13th.

On Saturday, Audra and Will Swenson perform on “Stars in the House,” a YouTube series created by Seth Rudetsky and James Wesley that features streamed concerts performed by Broadway stars in their own homes. Following “Stars in the House,” Audra joins many of her Broadway colleagues to perform in a one-night revival of The Rosie O’Donnell Show. A dedicated theatre-goer, O’Donnell hosts this special event to support Broadway, which she calls, “lifeblood of New York City.

Saturday, March 21 at 2 pm ET: Watch Audra perform with Will Swenson for “Stars in the House” on The Actor’s Fund’s website or their YouTube channel.

Sunday, March 22 at 7pm ET: Tune in via or their YouTube channel for a one-night revival of The Rosie O’Donnell Show with Kelli O’Hara, Idina Menzel, Ben Platt, and many more!

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Season 4 of the “The Good Fight”

CBS All Access has announced that the season 4 premiere of “The Good Fight” will air on April 9.

In the new season, Reddick (Audra McDonald), Boseman (Delroy Lindo), and Lockhart (Christine Baranski) are forced to accept an offer to become a subsidiary of a huge firm after their founding partner’s name was tarnished. Under the crushing fist of the new administration, Diane Lockhart and her colleagues struggle to deal with their sudden loss of independence and wonder if it’s possible to resist against this controlling overlord.

Watch season 4 of “The Good Fight” this April, with new episodes airing every Thursday on CBS All Access.

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A Streetcar Named Desire at Williamstown Theatre Festival

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.

Audra Hosts Met Opera Live in HD of Porgy & Bess

On February 1, Audra McDonald hosted the Metropolitan Opera’s Live in HD transmission of Porgy & Bess. Having won the Tony Award for her portrayal of Bess in the 2012 Broadway revival, Audra drew from her firsthand knowledge as she spoke with the cast and creators of the production. Bass-baritone Eric Owens and soprano April Blue starred as the title characters in James Robinson’s new production of the beloved American opera.

Encore screenings of the production can be seen on February 5, 8, and 15 in the United States; March 28 and 30 and April 1 and 5 in Canada; and on July 17 on PBS.

For tickets, please visit Live in HD Encores, and check local listings for the PBS broadcast.

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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.