Friday, February 3, 2017
Audra McDonald will finally bring her Tony Award–winning portrayal of Billie Holiday in Lanie Robertson's Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill to London's West End with a fourteen-week run at Wyndham's Theatre starting June 17, 2017. The performances were postponed due to the happy arrival of McDonald's newborn daughter last year. Written by Robertson and directed by Lonny Price, the musical play opened on Broadway in 2014 to great acclaim, earning McDonald a record sixth Tony Award, an Outer Circle Critics Award, and a Drama Desk Award.
Wednesday, December 14, 2016Audra McDonald Nominated for SAG Award, NAACP Image Award for "Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill" on HBO
Congratulations to Audra McDonald, who has been nominated for a Screen Actors Guild Award and an NAACP Image Award for her role as Billie Holiday in Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill on HBO. She made history and became Broadway's most decorated performer when she won her sixth Tony Award for Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill in 2014.
Wednesday, September 14, 2016
Congratulations to Audra McDonald and Philip Glass, who are among this year's National Medal of Arts recipients. President Barack Obama will present the awards in a ceremony at the White House on Thursday, September 22, 2016. "The National Medal of Arts recipients have helped to define our nation's cultural legacy through the artistic excellence of their creative traditions," says NEA Chairman Jane Chu, "and I join the President in congratulating and thanking them for their contributions." You can watch the ceremony here.
Thursday, July 14, 2016
Congratulations to Audra McDonald, who has been nominated for an Emmy Award for Lead Actress in a Limited Series/TV Movie for her role as Billie Holiday in Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill on HBO. McDonald made history and became Broadway's most decorated performer when she won her sixth Tony Award for Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill in 2014. The Emmy Awards will air live on ABC on Sunday, September 18.
Monday, June 20, 2016
Audra McDonald joined scores of fellow members of the Broadway community last week to record Burt Bacharach / Hal David's "What the World Needs Now Is Love" for a new charitable initiative, Broadway for Orlando. The song, released by Broadway Records, is available to purchase at the label's site. The recording was made to honor the victims of the Orlando shooting massacre at Pulse nightclub; 100% of the proceeds from sales of the song will benefit the GLBT Center of Central Florida. Playbill filmed a music video of the recording, which you can watch here.
Tuesday, June 7, 2016Watch: Audra McDonald Joins James Corden for Broadway Carpool Karaoke with Lin-Manuel Miranda, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Jane Krakowski
Audra McDonald, currently on Broadway in Shuffle Along, joined The Late Late Show host James Corden for a very special, all-Broadway Carpool Karaoke last night, along with Hamilton creator and star Lin-Manuel Miranda; Modern Family's Jesse Tyler Ferguson, now on Broadway in Fully Committed; and 30 Rock's Jane Krakowski, now in She Loves Me. Corden, who hosts the Tony Awards this Sunday, and crew rode through NYC singing out show tunes from Hamilton, Rent, Jersey Boys, and, Les Misérables. Watch it here.
Tuesday, March 8, 2016Audra McDonald in "Lady Day" Debuts on HBO; Featured in New York Magazine's Best of New York for "Shuffle Along"
Audra McDonald brings her acclaimed portrayal of Billie Holiday from Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill to HBO starting this Saturday, March 12. Filmed before a live audience at Café Brasil in New Orleans, the special features McDonald in her Tony-winning performance as Billie Holiday, telling the jazz icon’s life story through the songs that made her famous. Returning to Broadway in Shuffle Along, McDonald is the subject of a feature in New York magazine's Best of New York issue titled "Shocking As It Is to Believe, the Theater May Be in a New Golden Age" and subtitled "One reason: Audra McDonald, Broadway's greatest voice, is back."
Tuesday, February 23, 2016Watch: Audra McDonald Talks "Shuffle Along," Sings Yahoo! Answers on "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon"
Audra McDonald was a guest on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on NBC last night. She spoke with Fallon about her upcoming return to Broadway in Shuffle Along, and more. She also joined the host for a reunion of their duo, the Yahoo! Answers Lounge Singers, to give voice to some sage Yahoo! Answers in their own inimitable way. You can watch them here.
Friday, January 15, 2016
Audra McDonald will bring her Tony Award-winning portrayal of Billie Holiday in Lanie Robertson's musical play Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill to London, making her West End Debut with a nine-week run at Wyndham's Theatre starting June 25, 2016. "London is my second favourite city in the world, and I've always wanted to perform in the West End," McDonald tells the Daily Mail. "I'm just so tickled that it’s finally coming together; and I'm especially thrilled that it’s this particular project." HBO's own presentation of Audra McDonald in Lady Day will premiere on March 12. She performs two concerts in London this Sunday and returns to Broadway this spring in Shuffle Along.
Friday, January 8, 2016
A Celebration of American Creativity: In Performance at the White House, with President Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama, and performances from Audra McDonald and a host of fellow artists, premieres on PBS stations across the US tonight at 9 PM ET. The performances commemorate the 50th anniversary of the National Foundation on the Arts and the Humanities Act. McDonald's portrayal of Billie Holiday in Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill will premiere on HBO on March 12. She will take part in an all-star tribute to Lena Horne at Symphony Space in NYC this Tuesday and lead two shows at the Leicester Square Theatre in London on January 17. Audra McDonald returns to Broadway in Shuffle Along this spring; previews begin March 15.
Thursday, October 29, 2015
Audra McDonald makes her Australian debut with a one-night-only performance at Arts Centre Melbourne's Hamer Hall this Saturday, October 31, followed by three performances with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra at the Sydney Opera House from November 5 to 7. The six-time Tony Award winner has been performing for audiences across the US over the past several months, bringing what the Los Angeles Times calls her "downright inspirational" interpretations of American classics to stages from California to Connecticut.
Wednesday, October 14, 2015
Audra McDonald will take part in a very special performance, "A Celebration of American Creativity," at The White House tonight, as part of the series In Performance at the White House. They will join President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama and performers including Buddy Guy, Queen Latifah, Keb' Mo', Smokey Robinson, Esperanza Spalding, Brian Stokes Mitchell, James Taylor, and Usher, with special readings and remarks from Carol Burnett, in celebration of art and literature in unique American musical forms. The event will stream live at whitehouse.gov/live starting at 7:25 PM ET tonight. A Celebration of American Creativity: In Performance at the White House will premiere on PBS on Friday, January 8, 2016.