From the Broadway stage, to the small screen, to the silver screen, to Dell Hall- musical legend Audra McDonald is bringing her extravagant talent, and impressive resume, to the Long Center February 25.
Audra McDonald has made a name for herself as one of Broadway’s biggest stars, greatest legends, and most impressive actresses. This we know. Her incredible voice has taken audiences from the quintessential American experience at the turn of the 20th century in Ragtime, to the life and career of a larger-than-lie diva in Master Class, to 1930s South Carolina in the 2011 Broadway revival of The Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess. It’s no wonder this Broadway belle has garnered a record-breaking five Tony Awards, but her dynamic career is nowhere near confined to the New York stage. From the small screen to the silver screen, Audra can easily be considered one of the liveliest actresses of our time.
Many fans of Audra McDonald have the memory of first seeing her on television as the lovely, attentive Grace Farrell in the 1999 television remake of Annie. The actress brought her musical theatre talent to the small screen opposite Broadway vets Victor Garber, Kristin Chenoweth, and Alan Cumming.
Audra first appeared on TV 1999 in Homicide: Life on the Street, later making appearances in Law & Order Special Victims Unit and Having Our Stay: The Delany Sisters’ First 100 Years. In 2001, she garnered an Emmy Award nomination for the HBO film Wit, which she starred in opposite Emma Thompson. This triple threat went on to sing with the New York Philharmonic in their annual New Year’s Eve gala concert in December 2006, televised on PBS’ Live from Lincoln Center.
Not one to shy away from primetime, Audra is best known for her role as Dr. Naomi Bennett on the Grey’s Anatomy spinoff, Private Practice. She has also guest starred on television hit The Good Wife, dug back into her theatre roots to portray Ruth Younger in the 2008 television movie A Raisin in the Sun, and serenaded children with her remarkable pipes in Sesame Street.
Not one to only show her talent off in one place, Audra made herself known on the silver screen, as well. She appeared in films such as Best Thief in the World, It Runs in the Family, Cradle Will Rock, and The Object of My Affection.
Most recently, families across America welcomed Audra into their homes during the NBC televised production of The Sound of Music Live!. Audra portrayed Mother Abess opposite Carrie Underwood’s Maria, and was in good Broadway company alongside Tony Award winners Laura Benanti and Christian Borle.
Headed back to the stage (the Long Center stage, to be specific), Audra plans to take Dell Hall right here in Austin on February 25th. Come experience the stage and screen star as she belts out some favorites, shares her immense talent, and reminds us why she is one of the most incredible triple theatres of all time!