President Obama and NEA honor Audra with National Medal of Arts

September 14th 2016

Screen Shot 2016-09-14 at 6.22.30 PMThis September, Audra McDonald joins luminaries and patrons of the American arts as an honoree of the 2015 National Medal of Arts. Audra is recognized by the White House and National Endowment for the Arts for her singular achievements on the stage and screen. Fellow recipients of the distinguished honor include Mel Brooks, Sandra Cisneros, the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center, Morgan Freeman, Philip Glass, Berry Gordy, Santiago Jiménez, Jr., Moises Kaufman, Ralph Lemon, Luis Valdez, and Jack Whitten.

Established by the US Congress in 1984, the National Medal of Arts has been awarded to writers, dancers, choreographers, actors, painters, musicians, and dedicated supporters of the arts for their contributions to the field of arts and humanities in America. President Barack Obama will present the National Medal of Arts and the National Humanities Medal to the 2015 recipients in the East Room of the White House on September 22. The event will be streamed live at

View the full list of 2015 honorees.

Audra McDonald receives Emmy nomination for HBO’s Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill

July 14th 2016

Screen Shot 2014-04-23 at 5.05.41 PM copyAs announced this morning, Audra McDonald has been nominated for an Emmy Award in the category of Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie for portraying Billie Holiday in HBO’s Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill.

Lady Dat at Emerson’s Bar & Grill was filmed before a live audience at Cafe Brasil in New Orleans, recreating the atmosphere of the Broadway production that earned Audra her record-breaking sixth Tony Award in 2014.

Watch Lady Day on HBO and tune in to the 68th Primetime Emmy Awards, airing September 18, 2016, on ABC.

New York Times ‘Table for Three’ with Audra McDonald and Zachary Quinto

July 11th 2016

IMG_5052Audra McDonald met with Zachary Quinto and Philip Galanes in the Stanford White Studio at the Lambs Club earlier this summer to talk acting beginnings and how their experiences brought them closer to the stage. Check out this Sunday’s New York Times and learn more about their personal and professional journeys and how it led to their involvement with Covenant House and The Trevor Project, two organizations dedicated to helping young people in need.

Read the full article here.

Broadway unites for Orlando

June 20th 2016

AM.BwayforOrlando releaseIn response to the horrific shooting that took place at an Orlando nightclub, Broadway stars joined forces to honor the victims and their families with a recording of Hal David and Burt Bacharach’s “What the World Needs Now is Love.” Audra McDonald sings alongside friends and colleagues from the Broadway community including Carole King, Nathan Lane, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Bernadette Peters, Seth Rudetsky and Shuffle Along castmates Brian Stokes Mitchell and Billy Porter. Visit to watch an exclusive video from the recording studio.

Purchase the recording here on iTunes. All proceeds will benefit the GLBT Community Center of Central Florida.

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