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Audra Mcdonald

The Pregnant Diva Dilemma

Jennifer Rivera | Posted 07.13.2016 | Arts
Jennifer Rivera

It startled me because blaming the closing of a $12 million dollar Broadway musical featuring a star studded cast on one cast member's pregnancy seemed a little short-sighted and frankly sexist.

'Shuffle Along:' An Achievement And A Shame

Barry Singer | Posted 06.17.2016 | Arts
Barry Singer

Shuffle Along gives us a stageful of black artists finally seizing control of their own work from the maw of racism. That is the story. The subtext, unfortunately, is a bit more complicated.

The Tony Sparkles, But Black Theatre Shines

Lisa B. Thompson | Posted 06.13.2016 | Black Voices
Lisa B. Thompson

I spent the eve of the Tony Awards busily booking flights to New York City to see shows. This season, Broadway and off-Broadway is replete with brilli...

Baby On The Way For Will Swenson And Audra McDonald

People | Taryn Finley | Posted 05.11.2016 | Black Voices

Congratulations to mama-to-be Audra McDonald and her husband Will Swenson....

Aisle View: Broadway Musical Magic

Steven Suskin | Posted 04.28.2016 | Entertainment
Steven Suskin

Audra McDonald in Shuffle Along. Photo: Julieta Cervantes The 2015-2016 Broadway season started with a musical bang, from Lin-Manuel Miranda; thirt...

The Moment Audra McDonald Hit 'Bottom' And Almost Gave Up On Broadway

The Huffington Post | Lisa Capretto | Posted 04.07.2016 | OWN

Audra McDonald has made history as the star with the most Tony Awards under her belt, but there was a time when the actress truly believed she would h...

HBO and Audra McDonald Capture the Dark Nights of Lady Day

David Hinckley | Posted 03.10.2016 | Entertainment
David Hinckley

Like most great singers, Billie Holiday never had to explain what she was singing about. But that's a good part of what the splendid Audra McDonald does in Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill, which premieres Saturday at 9 p.m. on HBO

Will Diversity on Broadway Attract New Audiences?

Victor Legrá | Posted 10.22.2015 | Arts
Victor Legrá

Diversity on stage will give people of different backgrounds a reason to explore forms of entertainment new to them. Audiences want to relate to characters that look and sound like them.

Spring Broadway Entry Shuffle Along -- a Revival?

Cara Joy David | Posted 08.26.2015 | Arts
Cara Joy David

The new release does indeed make the show sound more like a revival with some bonus extras. There are three possible explanations I can think of for this change in slant.

First Nighter: McDonald, Swenson in O'Neill's 'Moon for the Misbegotten', Yasmina Reza's 'The Unexpected Man'

David Finkle | Posted 08.17.2015 | Arts
David Finkle

As far as I know, the most chillingly romantic scene in American dramatic literature occurs in the second half of Eugene O'Neill's A Moon for the Misbegotten, a revival of which is now in its final week at the Williamstown Theatre Festival.

Celebrity Couple Audra McDonald and Will Swenson Shine in A Moon for the Misbegotten

Steve Schonberg | Posted 08.08.2015 | Entertainment
Steve Schonberg

Now at Williamstown Theatre Festival, tucked away in the northwest corner of Massachusetts, Broadway royalty and celebrity couple, Audra McDonald and Will Swenson are exploring a new kind of relationship in Eugene O'Neill's final masterpiece--the sequel to Long Day's Journey Into Night--A Moon For The Misbegotten.

Broadway Star Audra McDonald Slams Indiana Governor Over Anti-Gay Bill

The Huffington Post | Cavan Sieczkowski | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

Broadway star Audra McDonald is not a fan of Indiana Governor Mike Pence and his anti-gay legislation, and she let him know it. Pence signed the c...

Benjamin Scheuer's The Lion at the Lynn Redgrave Theater and Williamstown Theater Festival Gala

Regina Weinreich | Posted 04.12.2015 | Entertainment
Regina Weinreich

When Benjamin Scheuer walks onto the Lynn Redgrave Theater stage, picking up an acoustic guitar, announcing he's 10 years old, you believe him. He is about to tell his story in song, accompanying himself with several guitars, instruments he mastered at his father's knee.

11 Unforgettable Black Entertainment Moments Of 2014

Posted 01.06.2015 | Black Voices

There is no doubt that 2014 had its share of exciting and heartbreaking entertainment news. From the good, like Lupita Nyong'o's first Oscar win, to t...

Aretha Franklin Gives Update On Long-Delayed Biopic

Posted 11.17.2014 | Black Voices

Following the success of Aretha Franklin's latest studio effort, which netted her highest debut charting album, "Aretha Franklin Sings the Great Diva ...

Good News For Broadway's 'Lady Day'!

Associated Press | MARK KENNEDY | Posted 08.04.2014 | Black Voices

NEW YORK (AP) -- Audra McDonald has propelled her new Broadway show into profitability. Producers of the play "Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill" s...

Audra McDonald Opens Up About Past Suicide Attempt

The Huffington Post | Stephanie Marcus | Posted 07.26.2014 | Entertainment

Audra McDonald is a successful singer and actress, yet the "Private Practice" star reveals there was a time in her life when she wanted to end it all....

Audra McDonald And Jimmy Fallon Answer Life's Biggest Questions

The Huffington Post | Bill Bradley | Posted 07.24.2014 | Comedy

Life is full of tough questions like, "How do I become the life of the party?" and "What do I do if I think an ice cube is stuck in my throat?" For...

Warming Into June: Cultural ^ Charitable Catch-Up

Jill Lynne | Posted 08.12.2014 | Arts
Jill Lynne

Warming Into June; Cultural & Charitable Catch-Up Central Parks Mini-Regatta, MFIT's Couture Council, Designer Ralph Rucci, The Lighthouse Gild's POS...

New York: What You Can't Miss This Summer

Lisa McElroy | Posted 08.11.2014 | Travel
Lisa McElroy

My teenage daughter and I took four days this week to explore the city and find the best lodging, dining, tours, and shows -- all the ones that aren't yet famous, but should be.

Behind-the-Scenes Quotes From This Year's Tony Winners

Jeryl Brunner | Posted 08.10.2014 | Entertainment
Jeryl Brunner

While many great moments occurred during the telecast, go to Parade to read about eight behind-the-scenes responses you may have missed.

Tony Night: Awards and After-Parties

Cara Joy David | Posted 08.10.2014 | Arts
Cara Joy David

It's the culmination of every New York theater industry professional's year. It's the time to put on nice clothes, watch an award show and then go celebrate the theater community.

Record Breaking Tony Award Winner Talks Suicide Attempt & More

Karu F. Daniels, NewYork.com | Posted 06.18.2014 | Black Voices

A force to be reckoned with on the Great White Way, Audra McDonald is one of the most celebrated Broadway performers of her generation. She just won a...

Easy Listener: 5 You-Gotta-Have CDS From Five You-Must-Know Women

David Finkle | Posted 08.05.2014 | Entertainment
David Finkle

If you like great songs -- not necessarily great songs you already know -- and you like women delivering them, here are CDs that you'd be extremely foolish to think you can live without:

Turning 65 with 'Crazy'

Michael Sigman | Posted 07.29.2014 | Fifty
Michael Sigman

Call her crazy, but my mom says that the second I heard the opening notes of Billie's recording, I leapt over the walls of my crib, landed squarely on the piano bench and welcomed my new sister into the world by playing along and harmonizing with every line.