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Audra McDonald Receives First Olivier Award Nomination

On the heels of her 2017 West End debut, Audra McDonald receives her first nomination for an Olivier Award in the category of Best Actress. She is recognized for her portrayal of Billie Holiday in Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill—the same role that won her a record-breaking sixth Tony Award.

Alongside Audra, other nominees include:
Laura Donnelly for The Ferryman at Gielgud Theatre and Jerwood Theatre Downstairs at the Royal Court Theatre
Lesley Manville for Long Day’s Journey Into Night at Wyndham’s Theatre
Imelda Staunton for Who’s Afraid Of Virginia Woolf? at Harold Pinter Theatre

The annual awards ceremony, named after British actor Laurence Olivier, will be held at Royal Albert Hall on April 8.

‘The Good Fight’ Season 2 Premiere Streaming Now!

The season two premiere of “The Good Fight” is now available for streaming on CBS All Access. Audra McDonald joins the star cast, which includes Christine Baranski, Cush Jumbo, Rose Leslie, Delroy Lindo, Sarah Steele, and Justin Bartha, in the network’s first original drama series co-written by Robert and Michelle King.

Watch now exclusively on CBS All Access, the CBS Television Network’s subscription video-demand and live streaming service.

 

Audra McDonald Opens Caramoor’s 73rd Summer Season

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On June 16, the Caramoor Center for the Arts and Music will open its 90-acre estate for its 73rd summer season. In an evening of theater classics and contemporary songs, Audra kicks off the seven-week festival in a concert with music director Andy Einhorn and the Orchestra of St. Luke’s. Single tickets available on February 20. For those unable to attend in Westchester, the concert will be broadcast live on Classical 105.9 WQXR, Classical 90.3 FM Ossining, and streamed at www.wqxr.org.

Audra McDonald to receive the National Equality Award

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On Saturday, February 3, Audra McDonald will be recognized at the Human Rights Campaign’s Greater New York Gala. They will honor her with the National Equality Award in recognition of her outstanding efforts in standing up for LGBTQ rights. In 2011, she joined pro-equality marchers in Albany to lobby New York state senators in the days leading up to their groundbreaking vote for marriage equality, and in 2009, she joined Twitter to promote the cause, using the Twitter handle @AudraEqualityMc.

HRC President Chad Griffen said, “From the Broadway stage to the silver screen, Audra McDonald has captivated and inspired audiences around the globe in a truly profound way. Most importantly, she uses her incredible talent to help make the world a better place by speaking out for the vulnerable and the oppressed. We are proud to recognize such a vocal advocate for LGBTQ equality at this year’s Greater New York Gala.”

Audra is also the 2009 recipient of the Ally For Equality Award from the organization. You can watch her acceptance speech here.

Carnegie Hall’s Opening Night Gala Lineup Announced

Screen Shot 2018-02-08 at 3.20.24 PMOn October 3, Carnegie Hall opens its 2018-2019 season with Audra McDonald, Renée Fleming, Michael Tilson Thomas, and the San Francisco Symphony. An installment of Tilson Thomas’ Perspectives series, the gala will feature Ravel’s La valse, Gershwin’s Cuban Overture and An American in Paris,  as well as songs, arias, and duets from opera and musical theater.

Click here for more information and gala reservations.

Spend New Year’s Eve with Audra McDonald & the New York Philharmonic

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On December 31, Audra McDonald will host New York Philharmonic New Year’s Eve: Bernstein on Broadway, a centennial tribute to the iconic composer Leonard Bernstein on PBS. The program will feature songs from his hit shows including Candide, On the Town, West Side Story, and Wonderful Town. Under the direction of Bramwell Tovey, the storied orchestra will be joined by Annaleigh Ashford, Christopher Jackson, Laura Osnes, and Aaron Tveit.

Nationally televised as part of Live from Lincoln Center, the concert will begin at 9 PM ET. Click here to check local listings.