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Audra welcomes the summer with Wolf Trap concert

June 17th 2015

Screen Shot 2015-06-17 at 4.19.23 PMThis Monday, Audra kicks off the summer with a concert with the National Symphony Orchestra and her music director Andy Einhorn at Wolf Trap. The concert will feature favorite showtunes, songs from the American songbook, and original pieces written especially for Audra. She then performs in Indianapolis (Jun 30), Tanglewood (July 19) and Sun Valley (Aug 2).

On August 5, Audra will return to the stage to star opposite her husband Will Swenson in a production of Eugene O’Neill’s A Moon for the Misbegotten at the Williamstown Theatre Festival. Directed by Gordon Edelstein, Audra will play Josie, a farmer’s daughter who plots against their alcoholic landlord, James Tyrone Jr., who will be played by Will Swenson.

Bid on a chance to meet Audra at Covenant Houses’s A Night of Broadway Stars Gala

May 27th 2015

Screen Shot 2015-05-27 at 10.11.51 AM copyFrom now until Thursday, June 4, visit Charitybuzz.com to bid on the opportunity to meet Audra at the Covenant House’s A Night of Broadway Stars Gala at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Frederick P. Rose Hall. The event, directed by lyricist and composer Neil Berg, will feature performances from Broadway’s biggest stars as they join Covenant House in celebrating the homeless kids who are now independent young adults and those who are still trying to find their way.  In a statement about the event, Audra said, “The more I’ve learned about what Covenant House is doing for homeless all over the country and around the world, the more excited I’ve become to join this powerful movement on behalf of homeless kids.

Last year’s gala raised more than $1.14 million and made a significant impact on the kids staying at the Covenant House. Since last year’s event, over 57,000 youth have been served through the Covenant House’s outreach and residential programs across the United States, Canada, and Latin America. Of those 57,000, 3,555 found their fresh start at the Covenant House’s Crisis Shelter in New York.

Audra named to Time Magazine’s 2015 TIME 100

April 16th 2015

Time logo copyToday, TIME named Audra to the 2015 TIME 100, its annual list of the hundred most influential people in the world. The list recognizes the activism, innovation, and achievement of the world’s most influential individuals. Grammy Award-winner Carrie Underwood, who co-starred with Audra in NBC’s The Sound of Music LIVE!, writes about Audra in the current issue of the magazine.

Bradley Cooper, Kanye West, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Christopher Nolan, Ina Garten and Misty Copeland are just a few of the influential names featured on this year’s list. The full list can be seen here, and in the April 27th issue of TIME, available on newsstands and tablets on Friday, April 17.

Audiences can next see Audra tonight when she performs at Kutztown University in Kutztown, PA. Her tour will then make stops  at the McCarter Theatre in Princeton, NJ (Apr 17),  the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark, NJ (Apr 19), the Peace Center for the Performing Arts in Greenville, SC (Apr 23), and the Hilbert Circle Theater in Indianapolis, IN (Apr 25) before arriving at New York’s Carnegie Hall on April 29. Click here for a full list of upcoming performance dates.

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.

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