Audra McDonald

Audra McDonald, born july 3rd, 1970 in West Berlin, Germany, is an American singer and actress.  She is a classically trained Soprano, and earning a Bachelor of Music from the Julliard School of Music in 1993.  She is largely known for her work on the Broadway stage, portraying Bess in George Gershiwn’s “Porgy and Bess”, Sarah in “Ragtime,” and various other roles. She is the only person to earn a Tony award in all four acting categories. In addition to her work on Broadway, McDonald has performed in many roles in television and movies, including Grey’s Anatomy, Private Practice, Sesame Street, and The Good Fight. She has performed and recorded various concert albums in conjunction with many famous symphony orchestras. McDonald’s most recent role is in Broadway’s “Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune”, where she play Frankie.

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Audra McDonald earned a Grammy Award (Best Classical Album, Best Opera Recording) in 2008 for her performance of Kurt Weill’s “Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny” with the LA Opera.

Awards

1994: Tony Award, Drama Desk Award, Outer Critics Circle Award, Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Musical, Carousel

1996: Tony Award, Ovation Award, Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Play, Master Class

1998: Tony Award, Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Musical, Ragtime

2004:Tony Award, Drama Desk Award, Outer Critics Circle Award, Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play, A Raisin in the Sun

2007: Drama Desk Award, outer Critics Circle Award, Outstanding Actress in a Musical, 110 in the Shade

2008: Online Film & Television Association Award, Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture, A Raisin in the Sun; Grammy Award, Best Opera Recording, Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny

2012: Tony Award, Drama Desk Award, Dream League Award, Outer Critics Circle Award, Porgy and Bess

2014: Tony Award, Drama Desk Award, Outer Critics Circle Award, Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill

2015: Primetime Emmy Award, Outstanding Special Class Program, Sweeney Todd (Live from Lincoln Center)

Discography

Solo Work

  • Way Back to Paradise (1998)
  • How Glory Goes (2000)
  • Happy Songs (2002)
  • Build A Bridge (2006)
  • Go Back Home (2013)
  • Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill (2014)
  • Sing Happy (2018)

Featured On

  •  Ragtime: The Musical (Original Broadway Cast Recording) [1998]
  • Gershwin: 100th Birthday Celebration (1998)
  •  Cradle Will Rock (1999)
  • Broadway in Love (1999)
  • The Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess: New Broadway Cast Recording (2012)
  • Michael Tilson Thomas Conducts Gershwin (2016)
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