Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” opens in theaters March 17

March 9th 2017

BATBlogoAudra McDonald brings Disney to life in the live-action adaptation of the classic film “Beauty and the Beast,” in theaters March 17. Audra joins Emma Watson as Belle, Dan Stevens as the Beast and the “illustrious cast” of household objects as the gregarious singing Garderobe (Indiewire).

“To hear McDonald’s glorious voice on the big screen is just one of this film’s many pleasures,” writes Deadline, rounding out the film that “marries visual spectacle and sumptuous design…casting a spell on old fans and newcomers alike” (USA Today). “This Beauty is its own resplendent creature,” commends Time, “loaded with feeling” and “wild, vivid and crazy-beautiful.”

“Beauty and the Beast” is directed by Bill Condon, written by Stephen Chbosky and Evan Spiliotopoulos, and features music from the original film and three new songs by Alan Menken and Tim Rice. 

Meet Audra at the premiere of Beauty and the Beast in LA!

February 27th 2017

AM.BATBposterWin a chance to attend the world premiere of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast and do a world of good by supporting the work of Covenant House. Audra is auctioning off two tickets to the screening and pre-party in Los Angeles on March 2 and donating the proceeds to help homeless youth across America.

Learn more about Covenant House here, and make a bid on

Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill London dates announced!

February 3rd 2017

Audra Lady DayAfter postponing performances of Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Gill because of the bundle of joy that is Sally James McDonald-Swenson (evidenced herehere, and here), Audra McDonald is finally bringing her award-winning performance of Billie Holiday to Wyndham’s Theatre in London for a 14-week run this summer.

Written by Lanie Robertson and directed by Lonny Price, Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill opened at the Circle in the Square theater in 2014 to great acclaim, earning Audra her sixth Tony Award, an Outer Circle Critics Award and a Drama Desk Award.

In addition to her stage performance, Audra can also be seen in the HBO special, filmed live at Cafe Brasil in New Orleans.

Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill opens at Wyndham’s Theatre on June 17, and tickets go on sale February 3. Visit for more information.

SAG-AFTRA Conversation with Audra McDonald

January 24th 2017

sagaftraWatch live on January 24 at 7 PM as Audra McDonald talks to’s Richard Ridge. Enjoy the special episode of “Backstage With Richard Ridge” and hear from Audra on her SAG Award nomination for Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill, a role she also portrayed on Broadway in her Tony-winning performance in 2014.

Visit the SAG-AFTRA YouTube page, watch on Audra’s Facebook, or stream the interview below.


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