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Audra Returns to Broadway this May!

Audra McDonald returns to Broadway this spring opposite Michael Shannon in the revival of Terrence McNally’s “Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune.” The two-person play was last seen on Broadway in 2002 with Edie Falco and Stanley Tucci.

Audra has worked with Mr. McNally several times (“Master Class,” “Ragtime,” and “Kiss of the Spider Woman”), and this engagement helps celebrate the iconic playwright’s 80th birthday. This is her first collaboration with Mr. Shannon.

The new production, directed by Arin Arbus, will begin its limited 16-week run will begin in May as part of the 2019-20 Broadway season.

Let Freedom Ring! – A tribute to MLK

On January 21, Audra McDonald and Brian Stokes Mitchell will headline Let Freedom Ring!, the Kennedy Center and Georgetown University’s annual Martin Luther King Jr. tribute concert. The duo will join the Let Freedom Ring Choir and music director Rev. Nolan Williams Jr. for an evening of music and spoken tributes. Thanks to the Millenium Stage performance series, free tickets will be offered to the performance. If you are in the D.C. area, general admission tickets will be distributed in the Hall of Nations beginning at 4:30 p.m.

For those unable to attend, the performance will be streamed live at 6:00 PM Eastern on the Kennedy Center’s website as well as their Facebook and YouTube pages.

The Bernstein Centennial Celebration on PBS

On December 28, PBS will broadcast Great Performances: Leonard Bernstein Centennial Celebration at Tanglewood, the culminating event of Tanglewood’s Bernstein-themed season. Hosted by Audra McDonald, the program features appearances by Andris Nelsons, Michael Tilson Thomas, Isabel Leonard, and Yo-Yo Ma performing some of the most beloved works of Leonard Bernstein’s oeuvre such as Candide, and West Side Story, in a program filled with Bernstein and other great American artists.

Pre-recorded on August 25, 2018, the program will be broadcast as part of the Great Performances series on PBS nationwide at 9PM. It will also be available for streaming the next day on the Great Performances website, and all PBS apps. For more information, check your local listings.

Concert with Seth Rudetsky at NYC’s Town Hall

On November 12, Audra McDonald returns to the New York concert stage with longtime friend and collaborator Seth Rudetsky. As part of his his popular Broadway @ series in New York City’s Town Hall, the duo will showcase a special program including singing and an intimate conversation. The audience can also expect to hear behind-the-scenes stories from their long friendship together!

The two have been collaborating in many different projects since the early ‘90s. Click here to read Seth Rudetsky’s recap on his most memorable moments with Audra.

Click here to get tickets to the special evening.

“Singing You Home” – Now Available

Audra McDonald joins forces with some of the biggest names on Broadway in a very special new album called Singing You Home. Spearheaded by Laura Benanti, the album’s proceeds will go directly into non-profit organizations  The Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services (RAICES) and Artists Striving to End Poverty (ASTEP), which work to reunite and support families separated at the border.

Audra can be heard singing “Singing You Home” a new song written by Jason Robert Brown for the album. Other star appearances include Tony winners Lin-Manuel Miranda, Idina Menzel, Jason Robert Brown, Kristin Chenoweth, Cynthia Erivo, and Laura Benanti, along with Mandy Gonzalez, Josh Groban, Isabella Preston, Ingrid Michaelson, and Ana Villafañe.

Released on October 26, the album is now available to stream and buy here. More details about the project here.

Audra Receives the Beacon of Hope Award

On June 18, Covenant House International presented Audra with their prestigious Beacon of Hope Award for her dedication to raising awareness and advocating for homeless youth. The award was presented at the annual Night of Broadway Stars benefit gala at Jazz at Lincoln Center by special guests Christine Baranski, Rosie O’Donnell, Lonny Price, and Kate Walsh. Audra’s husband, Will Swenson, and her daughter, Zoe Donovan, also gave special tributes. Hosted by The Late Show’s Stephen Colbert, the event featured the shelter’s youth performing on a program alongside Broadway stars including co-honoree Capathia Jenkins, Jeremy Jordan, and Laura Osnes.

Audra was first captivated by the work of Covenant House in 2014 and joined the Board of Directors later that year. The Covenant House serves 80,000 youth each year across 31 cities and six countries in the fight against youth homelessness. To make a donation, click here.