On March 26, Black Theatre United released a new video and song titled “Stand for Change” in partnership with The Republic Records Action Committee (R2AC). This powerful and emotional song is brought to life by the 13 award-winning veterans of the Broadway and founders of Black Theatre United: Audra McDonald, Vanessa Williams, Billy Porter, Darius de Haas, Norm Lewis, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Lillias White, Allyson Tucker, Michael McElroy, NaTasha Yvette Williams, LaChanze, Wendell Pierce, and Capathia Jenkins. “I just wanted this to be our legacy and I just didn’t want to do it alone,” Tony-nominated actress Vanessa Williams tells PEOPLE. “I wanted everyone to get together and unite.” The song was also made possible by songwriters and NYU professors Phil Galdston and Dave Schroeder, as well as the NYU orchestra and Musicians United for Social Equity (MUSE). 100% of the net proceeds from the sale of the single will support the ongoing social justice efforts of BTU. “Stand for Change” unites the shared racial equality and social justice missions of BTU and R2AC, aiming not only to challenge racial inequality, but to galvanize communities to stand up for them throughout the country.
Listen to “Stand for Change”: HERE
Watch “Stand for Change”: HERE
On March 10, Audra McDonald appeared on NBC’s “Late Night with Seth Meyers.” Audra and Seth discussed a variety of topics including her Tony nomination for her portrayal of Frankie in Terrence McNally’s “Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune;” her role in the upcoming Aretha Franklin biopic, RESPECT; and how Carol Channing unknowingly settled Audra’s nerves during her first Tony acceptance speech. Watch the full segment below!
Audra McDonald’s performance in Tennessee Williams’ A Streetcar Named Desire is now available to stream on Audible in partnership with the Williamstown Theatre Festival. Directed by Robert O’Hara, Audra stars as Blanche DuBois in this innovative exploration of the classic tale about the emotionally charged relationship between two iconic sisters. Stream now on Audible.
Audra McDonald will appear on Julian Fellowes’ new HBO period drama ‘The Guilded Age’ as a guest star. Audra joins an impressive cast, including her The Good Fight co-star Christine Baranski, in this epic drama that follows the millionaire titans of New York City in the 1880s. Audra portrays Dorothy Scott, the wife of a powerful man and the backbone of her family. After much time apart, her daughter finally pays a visit to their family home in Brooklyn, and Dorothy clings to the hope that the Scott family will heal and begin to form a new and stronger bond. However, she soon makes a discovery that throws her own beliefs into question. The Gilded Age will premiere on HBO in 2021. Read more here.
On October 21, Deadline announced the creation of The Second Wave, a six-episode pandemic-themed drama from The Good Fight and Evil creators Robert & Michelle King.Starring Audra McDonald, Taylor Schilling (Orange is the New Black), and Steven Pasquale (The Comey Rule), the series follows neighbors, Rachel (McDonald) and Lily (Schilling), as they navigate life in quarantine during a deadly second wave outbreak of the Coronavirus pandemic in New York City. Co-produced by CBS and Spectrum Originals, The Second Wave is expected to debut on Spectrum on Demand later this year. Read more about the show on Deadline.