Audra McDonald

Broadway Spotlight: Audra McDonald 

Now that the theater world is coming back to life, it’s a good time to take a look at some of the names and faces that we love to watch doing what they do best. 

Let’s take a closer look at some of Audra’s work on the stage and screen and see what she is up to next in the theater world. 

Audra McDonald

Who Is Audra McDonald? 

According to her site, Ms. McDonald has been bestowed many honors in her time on stage, screen and singing professionally. She is the “winner of a record-breaking six Tony Awards, two Grammy Awards and an Emmy Award, in 2015 she was named one of Time magazine’s 100 most influential people and received a National Medal of Arts—America’s highest honor for achievement in the field—from President Barack Obama.”

It’s no wonder McDonald became an acting and singing powerhouse, she was raised in a family of talented musicians. At age nine, she began taking voice and acting lessons. Her classical voice training for her incomparable soprano range was completed at New York’s Juilliard School. 

Just a short year after graduating she won her first Tony Award for Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Musical for Carousel at Lincoln Center Theater (1994). Since that time she has gone on to win 6 Tony Awards for Best Lead Actress and Featured Actress in 1994, 1996, 1998, 2004, 2012 and 2014!

Along with being an amazing Broadway actor, McDonald is well-known for her concert stage presence and opera skills. She has sung with every major American orchestra including the Boston Symphony, Chicago Symphony, Cleveland Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, National Symphony, New York Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra and San Francisco Symphony under such renowned conductors as Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Sir Simon Rattle and Esa-Pekka Salonen.

As if this was not enough, McDonald is also not a stranger to the small screen as well. You may recognize her from her remake of Annie, appearances on Law and Order Special Victims Unit, Mister Sterling, Kidnapped, The Good Wife and so much more.

Audra McDonald’s Broadway Credits 

Audra McDonald has an extensive list of credits from Broadway including: 

  • Frankie and Johnny in Clair De Lune 2019 
  • Last Day at Emerson Bar & Grill 2014
  • Porgy and Bess 2012
  • Chance and Chemistry 2009
  • 110 in the Shade 2007
  • Children and Art 2005
  • Raisin in the Sun 2004
  • Henry IV 2003
  • Dreamgirls 2001 
  • Marie Christine 1999
  • Ragtime 1998
  • Master Class 1995
  • Something Wonderful 1995
  • Carousel 1994
  • Secret Garden 1991

For more resources on Audra McDonald and what her next project may be, check out her calendar of upcoming events and charity projects.