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Ava Duvernay’s ORIGIN Opens in LA and NY

Audra McDonald is featured alongside Aunjanue Ellis, Jon Bernthal, Vera Farmiga, Niecy Nash-Betts, Nick Offerman, Blair Underwood in Ava DuVernay’s new film Origin. Written and directed by Academy Award nominee Ava DuVernay, Origin chronicles the cross-cultural journey of Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist Isabel Wilkerson as she investigates a global phenomenon of epic proportions. The film is based on Wilkerson’s best-selling book Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents. Like the book, the film explores the unspoken system that has shaped America and chronicles how lives today are defined by a hierarchy of human divisions.

Origin was selected to compete for the Golden Lion at the 80th Venice International Film Festival, where it premiered on September 6, 2023. It opens in NYC and LA for a week-long engagement on December 8, 2023, before expanding to select cities on January 19, 2024.

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Audra Named 2024 Tournament of Roses Grand Marshal

On December 1, Audra McDonald was announced as the 2024 Grand Marshal by the Pasadena Tournament of Roses President Alex Aghajanian. The theme of this year’s tournament is “Celebrating a World of Music,” and is being conceived as a tribute to the universal language that unites cultures worldwide.

The announcement was a celebratory event, attended by Tournament Members, local public figures and community members. Audra made the ceremonial walk down the front steps of Tournament House to the song, “On Broadway” and enthusiastic applause.

On January 1, 2024, Audra will ride in the 135th Rose Parade and join in the pre-game celebration of the CFP Semifinal at the 110th Rose Bowl Game.

Rodgers & Hammerstein 80th Anniversary in London

On December 12, Audra will perform as a part of My Favorite Things: The Rodgers & Hammerstein 80th Anniversary Concert at London’s Theatre Royal Drury Lane – the same venue that premiered the original West End productions of Oklahoma!, Carousel, South Pacific and The King and I.

Directed and staged by Tony Award–winning director and choreographer Christopher Gattelli, the celebration of the historic partnership of Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II will showcase original arrangements of the pair’s most iconic songs.

Audra will perform alongside Michael Ball, Daniel Dae Kim, Julian Ovenden, Ashley Park, Lucy St. Louis, Aaron Tveit, Marisha Wallace and Patrick Wilson, with a 40-piece orchestra conducted by Simon Lee.

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“Rustin” Premieres on Netflix

Audra McDonald plays the role of civil rights leader Ella Baker in the new movie Rustin, which is now available for streaming on Netflix. Directed by George C. Wolfe and featuring a screenplay by Julian Breece and Dustin Lance Black, Rustin tells the story of civil rights activist Bayard Rustin, who helped Martin Luther King Jr. and others organize the 1963 March on Washington.

The film was produced by Barack and Michelle Obama‘s production company Higher Ground. Audra performs as part of a cast that includes Colman Domingo as Rustin as well as Chris RockJeffrey Wright, Glynn Turman, Aml Ameen, CCH Pounder, Michael Potts, Da’Vine Joy Randolph, and Bill Irwin. 

Rustin premiered at the Telluride Film Festival on August 31, 2023, and was released in select theaters on November 3 before its Netflix release on November 17.

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“The Gilded Age” Season 2 Out Now on HBO

The Gilded Age returned for its second season on HBO on October 29, with Audra McDonald reprising her role as Dorothy Scott.

From Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes, The Gilded Age explores the social wars between old and new money in late-19th century New York City. The show also offers a rare depiction of New York’s Black elite of the time, including the Scott family of Brooklyn, of which Audra’s character Dorothy is the wife and mother.

In Season 2 of The Gilded Age, Dorthy’s daughter Peggy pursues her journalistic ambitions and travels South to document the creation of the Tuskegee Institute by Dr. Booker T. Washington, while the creation of the Metropolitan Opera brings tension to socialites back in Manhattan.

New episodes air every Sunday night through December 17.

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Audra on Tour in North America

This fall and winter, following sold-out shows at London’s Palladium and New York’s Carnegie Hall, she continues touring her “Evening with Audra McDonald” performances with orchestras around the country and in Canada, in cities including Chicago, Boston, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle and Toronto, a favorite location to which she returns after a prolonged absence.

Interspersed with her large-scale performances are a few more intimate concerts with piano only, including at New York’s 92NY. For two evenings at that venue, McDonald presents a career retrospective to celebrate the 30th anniversary of her professional debut in New York, incorporating conversation and storytelling with longtime music director and collaborator, leading Broadway conductor Andy Einhorn, as well as clips from past performances. Einhorn will be on the podium for orchestral performances throughout the tour, and will accompany on piano for all but one of the solo evenings.

Go to the full schedule.