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May 10, 2007 | By Howard Shapiro INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
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December 21, 2001 | By David Patrick Stearns INQUIRER MUSIC CRITIC
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)
ENTERTAINMENT
October 27, 2011 | By Mark Kennedy, Associated Press
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.
NEWS
July 27, 2014 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 28, 2012 | By LYNN ELBER, Associated Press
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.
NEWS
August 9, 2006 | By David Patrick Stearns INQUIRER MUSIC CRITIC
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.
NEWS
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
ENTERTAINMENT
October 9, 2012 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 22, 2001 | by Tom Di Nardo Daily News Classical Music Writer
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 28, 2004 | New York Daily News
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.
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October 2, 2015
IT MAY NOT be the same as thrilling audiences on Broadway, but Audra McDonald nonetheless loves participating in the kind of program she'll be doing Wednesday night. McDonald, who, in 2014, became the first performer to win six acting Tony Awards, will be at the Merriam Theater to kick off the Kimmel Center's Seth Rudetsky Broadway Concert Series, a quartet of Merriam programs that will feature Rudetsky - a musical theater vet and high-profile host on SiriusXM's Broadway channel - conducting conversations with McDonald, Kelli O'Hara (Jan.
NEWS
July 27, 2014 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
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
ENTERTAINMENT
November 28, 2012 | By LYNN ELBER, Associated Press
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.
SPORTS
October 11, 2012
AFTER THEY SIGN their national letter of intent, most top college recruits celebrate with teammates and coaches, or with a girlfriend, or with family. They go to a restaurant and they gorge on meats and on cheeses and on sycophancy. When Mychal Kendricks signed to play and study at the prestigious Berkeley campus of the University of California, he wanted to celebrate at someplace special, too. His school. His grade school. He looked at Yvonne Thagon, and he said, "Mom?
ENTERTAINMENT
October 9, 2012 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
September 7, 2012 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
Aretha Franklin 's biopic is on. Repeat: It's a go. Franklin, 70, has approved the story treatment for what her PR rep calls "an epic tale with probably the most starring and supporting roles since Roots . " And she has started casting. Already cast: Dorothy Norwood , Karen Clark , and La Shun Pace as Franklin's friend (and sometimes backing vocalist), Philly's Clara Ward , and her group, the Clara Ward Singers. So who'll play the Queen of Soul? Franklin says she has a wish list for the supporting cast: Audra McDonald , Nia Long , Kerry Washington , and Blair Underwood . And who'll play Her Soulfulness?
NEWS
December 2, 2011 | By Howard Shapiro, Inquirer Staff Writer
Ten years ago, golden-voiced Broadway favorite Audra McDonald helped open the Kimmel Center; on Wednesday night she returned to help celebrate its first decade. Elegant in an asymmetrical gown, she delivered a concert largely drawn from the songbook of American musicals. Her appearance was the last stop on a 20-city tour. It was to have been the first, but her Oct. 1 appearance was postponed due to a short-lived labor dispute between the Kimmal and union workers. "It wasn't me - I was ready to come!"
NEWS
November 27, 2011
Sunday Broadway on Walnut It's time to get to know them all over again: Rodgers and Hammerstein's magnificent musical The King and I goes on at 2 and 7 p.m. Sunday at the Walnut Street Theatre , 825 Walnut St., and continues on a Tuesday- through-Sunday schedule to Jan. 8. Tickets are $10 to $95. Call 215-574-3550. Monday Spoils of war In his tragedy Ajax , Sophocles examined the aftermath of battle, as the eponymous Greek warrior, in a rage over being deprived of the dead Achilles' armor and humiliated by the gods' trickery at the end of the Trojan War, falls into a suicidal depression.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 25, 2011
In Concert Broad & Locust Sts.; 215-893-1999. www.academyofmusic.org . Tori Amos. $39.50-$59.50. 12/1. 7:30 pm. 43 S. Broadway, Pitman; 856-384-8381. www.thebroadwaytheatre.org . Lorrie Morgan. $39-$49. 11/26. 7:30 pm. 421 N. Seventh St.; 215-569-9400. www.livenation.com . Wolfgang Gartner. $40. 11/25. 8 pm. GWAR. $19.50. 11/26. 8:30 pm. Simple Plan. $23. 11/27. 6 pm. 2125 Chestnut St.; 267-765-5210. www.r5productions.com . Algernon Cadwallader.
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