Audra McDonald returns to Broadway next season in Shuffle Along

March 12th 2015

audra-mcdonald-2013-theater-autumn-de-wilde-2 copyNext spring, six-time Tony Award-winner Audra McDonald will return to Broadway to star in Shuffle Along, Or, The Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed. Produced by Scott Rudin, the piece tells the backstory of Shuffle Along, the 1921 musical comedy by Flournoy Miller and Aubrey Lyles with music and lyrics by Eubie Blake and Noble Sissle. Arriving on Broadway seemingly doomed to fail, the work bucked the odds to become a runaway success that helped to launch the careers of Lottie Gee — who will be portrayed on Broadway by Audra, Josephine Baker, and Paul Robeson, among others.

Opening on April 21, 2016 at the Music Box Theater, Shuffle Along is a collaboration between Audra, George C. Wolfe, and Savion Glover, with music supervision, arrangements, and orchestrations by Daryl Waters.

Audra McDonald and husband Will Swenson to star in Williamstown’s A Moon for the Misbegotten

February 23rd 2015

Screen Shot 2015-02-23 at 10.39.55 AMThis summer, Audra McDonald will star opposite her husband Will Swenson in a production of Eugene O’Neill’s drama A Moon for the Misbegotten (Aug 5- 23), directed by Gordon Edelstein, at the Williamstown Theater Festival in Massachusetts. Audra will play Josie, a farmer’s daughter who plots against their alcoholic landlord, James Tyrone Jr., who will be played by Will Swenson. Audra and Will Swenson first worked together in the Roundabout Theater Company’s 2007 award-winning revival of the Harvey Schmidt, Tom Jones, and N. Richard Nash musical 110 in the Shade.

Audra launches 2015 with debuts in Rochester and Spain

January 15th 2015

Audra McDonald2_credit Autumn de WildeFollowing performances in Los Angeles, San Luis Obispo, Palm Desert, Berkeley, and Santa Barbara,  Audra heads to the East Coast for her debut with the Rochester Philharmonic this Saturday (Jan 17). She follows her Rochester performance with a concert in Naples, Florida on January 24.

On January 31, Audra makes her highly anticipated Spanish debut at Madrid’s Teatro Real (Jan 31).

In each of these cities, the Grammy Award-winning singer will perform songs from her most recent solo recording, Go Back Home, as well as other personal favorites, popular standards, and Broadway classics.

JUST ANNOUNCED: Audra brings Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill to HBO

December 17th 2014

HBO-LOGO_thAudra McDonald will bring her acclaimed portrayal of Billie Holiday from Lanie Robertson’s musical play Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill to HBO. Filming before a live audience at Café Brasil in New Orleans this month, the special will feature Audra in her history-making performance as the jazz icon. Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill tells Billie Holiday’s life story through the songs that made her famous, including “God Bless the Child,” “What a Little Moonlight Can Do,” “Strange Fruit” and “Tain’t Nobody’s Biz-ness.”

“The great Audra McDonald’s brilliant performance as the legendary Billie Holiday was a Broadway landmark,” said Michael Lombardo, president of HBO Programming. “I’m thrilled that we will be able to bring this riveting show to viewers who weren’t able to experience it in person.”

“Playing Billie Holiday in Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill on Broadway was one of the most challenging and artistically rewarding experiences of my career, and it is an absolute honor to be able to bring Lanie’s incredible work about this extraordinary woman to film, thanks to HBO,” says Audra.

Audra made history and became Broadway’s most decorated performer when she won her sixth Tony Award for Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill earlier this year. In addition to setting the record for most competitive wins by an actor, she also became the first person to receive awards in all four acting categories. The show’s run at the Circle in the Square Theatre on Broadway was extended four times due to high demand.

Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill will be directed by Lonny Price, who also directed the Broadway production, and produced by Allen Newman and Two Hands Entertainment. It was originally produced on Broadway by Jeffrey Richards, Jerry Frankel, Jessica Genick, and Will Trice.

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