Want Audra to Be Your Voicemail Greeting? Donate to Covenant House, and She Can Be.

August 8th 2014

SO-BEAs 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


Click here to visit Audra’s fundraising page and make a donation. Supporters will be contacted with details on how to redeem their prize.

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 for information.

Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill cast recording tops four Billboard charts

July 25th 2014

Billboard logoPS 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.

Audra McDonald reunites with Fallon for “Yahoo! Answers”

July 24th 2014

The Tonight Show logo“Does vodka really kill bees and wasps?” This is one of several colorful questions that Audra and Jimmy Fallon answered last night in a reprise of their now signature segment for The Tonight Show, “Yahoo! Answers: Lounge Singers.” This time Audra and Jimmy were joined by actor Josh Charles, who was on hand to lend his vocals and surprisingly virtuosic pianism. You can watch the segment here:

The original Broadway cast recording of Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill available today in stores and digitally

July 15th 2014

Audra Lady Day websiteToday PS Classics released the original Broadway cast recording of Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill. The two-disc set, which was recorded live at the Circle in the Square Theatre during performances in late May 2014, includes a complete rendering of the show.

Lanie Robertson’s musical play recounts Billie Holiday’s life story through the songs that made her famous. Among the songs featured on the recording are “God Bless the Child,” “What a Little Moonlight Can Do,” “Strange Fruit,” and “Tain’t Nobody’s Business If I Do.”

Buy the album from Amazon or iTunes.

Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill runs through September 21 at the Circle in the Square Theatre.

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