In case you missed it, Audra returned to The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon last night for another round of “Yahoo! Answers Lounge Singers.” What’s the best way to get rid of hiccups? Watch the below clip to find out. Audra kicks off her national concert tour next month; check the schedule page to see if Audra is coming to city near you.
“Yahoo! Answers Lounge Singers” returns to The Tonight Show
Audra kicks off 32-city concert tour Dec 2 in LA
Now a newly minted six-time Tony Award-winner, Audra kicks off her 2014-15 concert tour on December 2 with her return to LA’s Walt Disney Concert Hall. Stops along the 32-city tour include returns to NYC’s Carnegie Hall (Dec 12) and Boston’s Symphony Hall (Mar 1), as well as her Spanish debut at Madrid’s Teatro Real (Jan 31).
Click here for a full list of upcoming performances.
Want Audra to Be Your Voicemail Greeting? Donate to Covenant House, and She Can Be.
As she continues her Tony Award-winning Broadway performances as Billie Holiday in Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill—now extended through October 5—Audra McDonald will sleep outside in solidarity with homeless youth one night this summer as part of Sleep Out: Broadway Edition 2014.
The fundraising event is organized by Covenant House, the largest privately funded agency in the Americas providing shelter, food, immediate crisis care, and an array of other services to homeless and runaway youth. Audra will join the Covenant House International Board of Directors in September.
As part of Sleep Out: Broadway Edition 2014, Audra has embarked on a campaign to raise $10,000 or more for the organization. She is already well on her way to meeting her goal, but to encourage people to donate further, she is now offering an array of one-of-a-kind prizes in exchange for donations that are made between today and next Friday, August 15 at noon EDT.
- *For a $35 donation, Audra will recognize you in a “Cool People Hall of Fame” on her Facebook page
- *For a $100 donation, Audra will give you a shout-out on Twitter
- *For a $275 donation, Audra will send you a personalized, autographed copy of the Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill cast recording (courtesy of PS Classics)
- *For a $500 donation, Audra will record your voicemail greeting (sent as an MP3)
- *For a $1,000 donation, Audra will sing happy birthday on video to you or a special person of your choosing
Since its founding in 1972, Covenant House has helped over 1.2 million young people with immediate assistance and the support needed to a transition from a life on the streets to a life with a future. The largest privately funded nonprofit agency in the Americas, Covenant House provides food, shelter, clothing and immediate crisis care, medical care, educational and vocational programs, drug abuse treatment and prevention programs, legal aid services, recreation programs, mother/child programs, transitional living programs, life-skills training and street outreach. In 2013, they helped 56,110 youth at 22 locations across the United States, Canada, and Latin America; an average of 1,820 every night of the year.
While Sleep Out: Broadway Edition 2014 officially takes place on August 17 in New York City, Audra will sleep outside in solidarity with homeless youth on a different night this summer, as she will be traveling that evening.
Visit www.covenanthouse.org for information.
Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill cast recording tops four Billboard charts
PS Classics’ original Broadway cast recording of Audra McDonald in Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill has topped four Billboard charts in its first week of release, reaching #1 in Cast Albums, #1 in Jazz, #1 in Traditional Jazz, and #1 in Heatseekers. The album has already attracted a slew of rave reviews from the press. The New York Times wrote, “Onstage and in this two-disc cast album, Ms. McDonald ‘becomes’ Billie Holiday. Her performance transcends impersonation to become an indelible rite of spiritual communion between two great artists.” Entertainment Weekly agreed, stating, “It’s the performance everyone’s been talking about: six-time Tony winner Audra McDonald’s latest star turn. It’s a fully transportative experience for the audience, whose reactions help create the illusion carried by McDonald’s performance. The two-disc set offers an immersive translation of the show, a feat not reflected in several of this season’s recent cast albums.” Recorded live at the Circle in the Square Theatre during performances in late May, the album was produced by PS Classics co-founder Tommy Krasker and staff engineer Bart Migal. The album is available for purchase on Amazon and iTunes.