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.

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.

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