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Starring in “The Second Wave”

On October 21, Deadline announced the creation of The Second Wave, a six-episode pandemic-themed drama from The Good Fight and Evil creators Robert & Michelle King.Starring Audra McDonald, Taylor Schilling (Orange is the New Black), and Steven Pasquale (The Comey Rule), the series follows neighbors, Rachel (McDonald) and Lily (Schilling), as they navigate life in quarantine during a deadly second wave outbreak of the Coronavirus pandemic in New York City. Co-produced by CBS and Spectrum Originals, The Second Wave is expected to debut on Spectrum on Demand later this year. Read more about the show on Deadline.

Guest Starring on Disney’s “Vampirina”

On October 23, Audra McDonald guest stars on Disney Junior’s Emmy and BAFTA Award-nominated animated series Vampirina. Stacked with a roster of stars from screen and stage, Vampirina follows the story of a vampire family adjusting to life after a move from Transylvania to Pennsylvania. In an episode titled “Vee and the Family Stone,” Audra portrays a world-famous fashion designer named Medusa. Taken by the family’s suburban flare, Medusa realizes in the end that the best fashion trend is simply being yourself. Described by Disney as, “a blend of spooky fun, heartfelt storytelling and Broadway-caliber music,” audiences can enjoy season 3 of Vampirina on DisneyNow.

Upcoming Streams Featuring Audra McDonald

Catch Audra McDonald in the following streams! Please continue to check back for the most updated schedule.

November 12
The Great Gutsby
53rd Annual Gala for the Greater New York chapter of the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation
Click here for tickets

October 7 7pm ET
Broadway Blowout! Voter Letter Writing Party
A virtual letter-writing party with VoteRiders
Click here or watch below

August 24 8pm ET
Covenant House Sleep Out
Virtual sleep out to benefit homeless youth
Click here to register

August 15 7 pm ET
HAM4CHANGE Fundraiser
Live-streamed benefit concert to support organizations focused on ending systematic racism
Click here to register

July 23 2 pm ET
Live with Carnegie Hall
Click here to watch

July 20 7 pm ET
Project Sing Out!
Live-streamed benefit concert supporting the Educational Theatre Foundation
Watch on Playbill’s YouTube Channel

July 16 7:30 pm ET
Broadway Barks Across America
Live-streamed benefit concert featuring adoptable animals
Stream on YouTube

July 15 7 pm ET
Lelt Foundation Virtual Gala
Live-stream with Bobby Cannavale
Click here for tickets

July 12 8 pm ET
The Seth Concert Series
Live-stream on July 12, with rebroadcast on July 13 at 3 pm ET
Click here for tickets

June 28 5 pm PT/ 8 pm ET
MTT25: An Online Tribute Event for Michael Tilson Thomas
Live-stream on the San Francisco Symphony YouTube Channel

June 26 8 pm ET
Stars in the House “Free To Be…You And Me” special
Live-stream on The Actors Fund’s YouTube Channel

June 19 7 pm ET
The Inaugural Antonyo Awards
Live-stream on Broadway Black’s website

June 13 7:30 pm ET
65th Annual Drama Desk Awards
Live-stream on

[POSTPONED] June 1 8 pm ET
“We Are One Public” Benefit for The Public Theater
Live-stream on the website, or YouTube

May 31 3 pm ET
Virtual Pride Parade
Live-stream on The Lavender Effect’s Website with donation made here

May 30 8pm ET
the [title of show] show Vineyard Theatre Virtual Variety Show show
Access to show available with $25 donation made here

Audra McDonald sits in front of a multi-colored stone wall, wearing a black top and faintly smiling while looking toward the camera.

Talking Racial Justice on CB​S This Morning

On September 11, Audra McDonald appeared on CBS This Morning to discuss a variety of topics including her upcoming role in the Aretha Franklin biopic Respect and Black Theatre United’s work to battle systemic racism in both the theater industry and the nation. Speaking with CBS’s Gayle King and Anthony Mason, Audra covered the importance of being counted in the census and Black and brown representation across the theater industry. Audra also discussed her upcoming role as Barbara Franklin in the upcoming movie Respect, and even sang a few lines from one of her favorite Aretha Franklin songs, “Until You Come Back to Me.”

Watch the full interview below!

In Conversation with Sherrilyn Ifill for Black Theatre United

On July 9, Audra McDonald joins Sherrilyn Ifill, President of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, in conversation for Black Theatre United‘s event “Activating Black Artists & Allies for Racial Justice.” BTU invites members and allies to participate in this Virtual Town Hall, which aims to harness the power of the collective voice in an effort to enact change. This live-streamed event begins at 6:30 pm ET, is free to attend. Click here to register.

Broadway Equality Initiatives on PBS NewsHour

On June 26, Audra appeared on PBS NewsHour in a segment calling for racial equality on Broadway.

Audra recently won “Best Actor in a Play on Broadway” in the inaugural Antonyo Awards for her role in Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune. Of the Awards Audra tells PBS that there’s a desire and want to “be together and celebrate in any way that we can…we can celebrate and we can rally to make change.”

PBS also highlighted Black Theatre United, an organization in which Audra is a founding member. Describing the mission of BTU, Audra notes, “there’s not a lot of black stage managers, in wardrobe, on the crew, in casting offices…so many of us are oftentimes the only one in the room… [we need] to give ourselves a greater voice and then at the same time concentrate on what we can do to change the theatrical landscape.”

To watch the full segment on PBS, click here.