May 10, 2007 |
If it takes a four-time Tony winner to make sense of the sentimental musical 110 in the Shade, then go after her for the leading role. That's what the Roundabout Theatre did, snaring the riveting Audra McDonald to play Lizzie in the revival that opened on Broadway last night. McDonald, as a love-starved woman in 1930s Texas, brings a passion and nuance to the role that makes you shrug off the musical's soppy sensibility. She gives the work new heft, and new life - a revival in the real sense.
December 21, 2001 |
The voice-loving public has long known that Audra McDonald's combination of dramatic acuity and mezzo-soprano splendor makes her almost too good to be true. One pleasure of her Wednesday return to Philadelphia at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts is that so much around her - the robust 15-piece band, the orchestrations, Verizon Hall's ambience - was similarly marvelous. There's a specific reason for this: She recently finished her third solo album (to be released in two or three months)
October 27, 2011 |
NEW YORK - As deliberate as Audra McDonald is about picking songs for her concerts, what she says in between singing them is anything but considered. "I just talk, which sometimes is good, and sometimes is not good at all," she says, laughing. "I find that keeps me at my most honest, which then keeps me in the right frame of mind for each song. " The four-time Tony Award winner has even surprised herself by suddenly talking about shoes or what she ate for lunch. "For some people, it's like, 'Oh, dear.
July 27, 2014 |
McDonald on depression Audra McDonald , 44, who plays Billie Holiday in the Broadway show Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill , says she has some insight into the troubled Holiday's psyche, having suffered from depression. She even made a suicide attempt "while I was at Juilliard," McDonald told ABC News' Peter Travers . "I tried to slit my wrist. " The actor said Juilliard's "incredibly supportive" attitude and mental-health facilities helped. The arts school encouraged her to work her way to health by joining the national tour of The Secret Garden . Possibly maybe engaged Royal in-law babe Pippa Middleton is "on the brink of getting engaged," to bf of two years stockbroker Nico Jackson , Unnamed Royal Insider tells Life & Style Weekly.
November 28, 2012 |
LOS ANGELES - Broadway superstar Audra McDonald is adding a new chapter to her long history with Lincoln Center. The singer-actress is the new host of "Live From Lincoln Center," Lincoln Center said Tuesday. McDonald will emcee seven broadcasts from December through spring 2013, starting Dec. 13 with "The Richard Tucker Opera Gala" and Dec. 31 with the New York Philharmonic's New Year's Eve gala. "It's a great honor. I'm thrilled that they came to me and trusted me to do it," said McDonald, 42, whose five Tony Awards include a trophy this year for "The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess.
August 9, 2006 |
Ever since Audra McDonald won her first Tony Award, in the Broadway revival of Carousel in 1994, the showbiz world has tended to worry about her. Talent that big, so fresh and unspoiled, couldn't possibly stay that way. And yet here she is, in Normalville, U.S.A., vacationing with her family and Bucks County-based in-laws on the beach, before concerts at the Lenape Regional Performing Arts Center in Marlton on Friday and Saturday. Sitting in a waterfront steak house, McDonald, 36, apologizes for not wearing makeup, but not for the conventionality of the setting.
May 20, 2013
In Stores Tuesday Beth Hart and Joe Bonamassa, Seesaw ; Audra McDonald, Go Back Home ; Clairy Browne & the Bangin' Rackettes, Baby Caught the Bus ; John Zorn and Pat Metheny, Tap: The Book of Angels, Vol. 20
October 9, 2012 |
Critics don't like Taken 2 , but Liam Neeson's action sequel has proved twice the hit among fans as the original movie. Taken 2 led the box office with $50 million domestically over opening weekend. That's double the haul for Neeson's Taken , which took in $24.7 million in its U.S. debut in 2009. The previous weekend's No. 1 movie at the U.S. box office, Adam Sandler's animated hit Hotel Transylvania , dropped to second place with $26.3 million. Expanding into nationwide release after a limited debut a week earlier, Universal's music tale Pitch Perfect moved up to third place with $14.7 million.
March 22, 2001 |
Now that the dates for the Sid's resident companies are inked in, here comes the first wave of long-awaited surprises. The Regional Performing Arts Center, acting as presenter, has filled in many of the blank dates with many shows making rare - or debut - local appearances. After the Dec. 17 inaugural gala, the center will offer 11 nights of something for everybody. Broadway star Audra McDonald, the dueling saxophonists Branford Marsalis and Joshua Redman, the Vienna Boys Choir, the Klezmer Conservatory Band, the Canadian Brass, a gospel celebration, salsa trombonist Jimmy Bosch, songsters Betty Buckley and Michael Feinstein and three nights of Sleeping Beauty on Ice will jump-start the facility into the new year.
April 28, 2004 |
Hip-hop mogul Sean "P. Diddy" Combs made his Broadway debut in a revival of "Raisin in the Sun" Monday night and wowed the star-studded crowd. The 33-year-old rapper, music impressario and clothing entrepreneur launched yet another career playing a dreaming young black man struggling to maintain his family and dignity. "Magnificent, absolutely magnificent," said Wren Brown, 39, of Combs' performance. Brown, an actor who plays Whoopi Goldberg's brother in her television series, was one of many entertainment figures on hand - a group that included Spike Lee, Beyonce, Russell Simmons, Oprah Winfrey and Brooke Shields.