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“Sing Happy” Coming This May

Audra McDonald announces her forthcoming album, Sing Happy, with the New York Philharmonic conducted by her longtime music director Andy Einhorn. Her first collaboration with Decca Gold and first solo album with full orchestra was recorded live on May 1 at the Philharmonic’s Spring Gala and features Ms. McDonald’s new repertoire and works she has not yet recorded. On Twitter, she commented, “So excited to share this album. Getting to sing with the @nyphil is such a dream come true!”

Sing Happy is slated for a digital release on May 11 and physical release on May 25. To read the full press release, click here. (Photo courtesy of New York Philharmonic / Chris Lee)

Guest Judge on “RuPaul’s Drag Race”

Last night, Audra McDonald appeared on “RuPaul’s Drag Race” as a guest judge for the legendary Snatch Game. The show’s milestone 10th season has featured a starry line-up of guest judges including Christina Aguilera, Shania, Twain, Lena Dunham, and Andrew Rannells.

Audra’s episode on the Emmy Award-winning show can be viewed on VH1. For up-to-date news, visit rupaulsdragrace.com and follow @rupaulsdragrace on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

Audra McDonald Receives First Olivier Award Nomination

On the heels of her 2017 West End debut, Audra McDonald receives her first nomination for an Olivier Award in the category of Best Actress. She is recognized for her portrayal of Billie Holiday in Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill—the same role that won her a record-breaking sixth Tony Award.

Alongside Audra, other nominees include:
Laura Donnelly for The Ferryman at Gielgud Theatre and Jerwood Theatre Downstairs at the Royal Court Theatre
Lesley Manville for Long Day’s Journey Into Night at Wyndham’s Theatre
Imelda Staunton for Who’s Afraid Of Virginia Woolf? at Harold Pinter Theatre

The annual awards ceremony, named after British actor Laurence Olivier, will be held at Royal Albert Hall on April 8.

‘The Good Fight’ Season 2 Premiere Streaming Now!

The season two premiere of “The Good Fight” is now available for streaming on CBS All Access. Audra McDonald joins the star cast, which includes Christine Baranski, Cush Jumbo, Rose Leslie, Delroy Lindo, Sarah Steele, and Justin Bartha, in the network’s first original drama series co-written by Robert and Michelle King.

Watch now exclusively on CBS All Access, the CBS Television Network’s subscription video-demand and live streaming service.

 

Audra McDonald Opens Caramoor’s 73rd Summer Season

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On June 16, the Caramoor Center for the Arts and Music will open its 90-acre estate for its 73rd summer season. In an evening of theater classics and contemporary songs, Audra kicks off the seven-week festival in a concert with music director Andy Einhorn and the Orchestra of St. Luke’s. Single tickets available on February 20. For those unable to attend in Westchester, the concert will be broadcast live on Classical 105.9 WQXR, Classical 90.3 FM Ossining, and streamed at www.wqxr.org.

Audra McDonald to receive the National Equality Award

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On Saturday, February 3, Audra McDonald will be recognized at the Human Rights Campaign’s Greater New York Gala. They will honor her with the National Equality Award in recognition of her outstanding efforts in standing up for LGBTQ rights. In 2011, she joined pro-equality marchers in Albany to lobby New York state senators in the days leading up to their groundbreaking vote for marriage equality, and in 2009, she joined Twitter to promote the cause, using the Twitter handle @AudraEqualityMc.

HRC President Chad Griffen said, “From the Broadway stage to the silver screen, Audra McDonald has captivated and inspired audiences around the globe in a truly profound way. Most importantly, she uses her incredible talent to help make the world a better place by speaking out for the vulnerable and the oppressed. We are proud to recognize such a vocal advocate for LGBTQ equality at this year’s Greater New York Gala.”

Audra is also the 2009 recipient of the Ally For Equality Award from the organization. You can watch her acceptance speech here.