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Audra Receives the Stephen Sondheim Award

On March 4, Audra McDonald was honored by the Signature Theater with the 10th Stephen Sondheim Award for her achievements in music theatre works by the prolific composer and lyricist. The black-tie gala took place at the Embassy of Italy and featured tribute performances by Heidi Blickenstaff, Cynthia Erivo, Norm Lewis, Tracy Lynn Olivera, and Nova Y. Payton. The annual gala benefits the theater’s artistic, education, and community programs.

Photo by Margot Schulman

“Frankie & Johnny…” tickets now on sale!

The producers of Terrence McNally’s “Frankie & Johnny in the Clair de Lune” have announced that the 16-week limited engagement will have its home at the Broadhurst Theatre on Broadway.

Previews of the new production will begin on May 4, 2019 and officially open on May 30, 2019. The final performance will be on August 25, 2019.

Tickets are available now via FrankieAndJohnnyBroadway.com or Telecharge.com (212-239-6200). You can also follow the show on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube at @FandJBway.

The Good Fight Season 3 premiers March 14

Season 3 of The Good Fight begins on March 14 on CBS All Access. Audra McDonald plays Liz Lawrence—a character she reprised from The Good Wife—in her second season on the show. The legal drama is centered around the fictional law firm, Reddick Boseman & Lockhart, and tackles current political events.

The show’s core cast, including Christine Baranski, Justin Bartha, Cush Jumbo, Rose Leslie, Delroy Lindo, and Sarah Steele, is joined this season by Michael Sheen who plays Ronald Blum.

Click here to create a CBS All Access account and stream season 2.

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.