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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 06.13.2014 | 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 06.11.2014 | 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 06.10.2014 | 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 06.10.2014 | 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...

Audra McDonald Wins Her Sixth Tony Award For Portrayal Of Billie Holiday

AP | MARK KENNEDY | Posted 06.08.2014 | Arts

NEW YORK (AP) — Audra McDonald has become the Tony Awards' most decorated actress. The singer and actress on Sunday won her sixth Tony for portrayi...

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

David Finkle | Posted 06.05.2014 | 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 05.29.2014 | 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.

More Black Actors On Broadway Bring Black Audience With Them

AP | Mark Kennedy | Posted 04.28.2014 | Black Voices

NEW YORK (AP) — Early one Sunday this month, 56 people boarded a bus in a suburb of Washington, D.C., to make the trip to Broadway to see a play. ...

Lady Day: A Night to Remember

Danny Groner | Posted 06.24.2014 | New York
Danny Groner

Tony Award-winning Audra McDonald does such a fantastic job echoing the late Billie Holiday that you at times believe that you're being awarded one last performance from Holiday herself.

Theater: 'Lady Day' Sings; Steven Soderbergh Slips

Michael Giltz | Posted 06.17.2014 | Arts
Michael Giltz

Audra McDonald? Playing the role of Billie Holiday? Like the rest of the theater world, that struck me as the most bizarre, unlikely casting I'd heard of since Bernadette Peters was playing Annie Oakley.

"Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill" Breaks Broadway Barrier and Breathes New Life Into Cautionary Tale

Steve Schonberg | Posted 06.16.2014 | Arts
Steve Schonberg

If you stopped a theater director or producer on the street right now and asked them where to find innovation in theater today, they wouldn't direct you to Broadway. No, they'd point you downtown.

Audra McDonald Divinely Channels Lady Day

AP | MARK KENNEDY | Posted 04.21.2014 | Black Voices

NEW YORK (AP) — One of the supreme honors this Broadway season is to go to Circle in the Square, close your eyes and hear a ghost. Five-time Tony A...

First Nighter: Audra McDonald Dazzles as Billie Holiday

David Finkle | Posted 06.13.2014 | Arts
David Finkle

Perhaps the most complimentary remark to be made about Audra McDonald in Lady Day at the Emerson Bar & Grill is that in 90 minutes and under Lonny Price's fully empathetic direction, she nails that voice and she gets that whole life.

A Big Spring for Tony Classics

Cara Joy David | Posted 06.01.2014 | Arts
Cara Joy David

I write about the Tony Awards a lot. I admit it. A couple of weeks ago, The New York Post's Michael Riedel wrote about Cabaret's potential eligibility...

Aisle View: The Demon Barber of Lincoln Center

Steven Suskin | Posted 05.06.2014 | Arts
Steven Suskin

There is always a place for a production of Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler's Sweeney Todd, especially one that gives us an oversized orchestra filling the hall with Sondheim's masterful score.

Audra McDonald Lands New Broadway Gig

AP | MARK KENNEDY | Posted 02.28.2014 | Black Voices

NEW YORK (AP) — Audra McDonald will return to Broadway this spring singing the blues as Billie Holiday. Producers said Tuesday that the five-time T...

13 of My Favorite (and Least Favorite) Things About Sound of Music Live

Meghan Feeks | Posted 02.08.2014 | TV
Meghan Feeks

Determined to be open to this new take on an old favorite -- after all, "the wool of the black sheep is just as warm" -- I hunkered down with a homemade habit (not kidding), a bottle of Grüner Veltliner and an unlimited texting plan to exchange notes with my family.

Social Media Alive With The Sound of Music on NBC

Eden Lane | Posted 02.08.2014 | Entertainment
Eden Lane

Not everyone seemed to share my excitement.  At least not in a positive way.  Twitter and Facebook seemed to explode with negative comments before the first commercial break. 

The Sound of Music Live Starring Audra McDonald. Yes, AUDRA!

Peter Mac | Posted 02.05.2014 | TV
Peter Mac

Well, I just finished watching The Sound Of Music: LIVE. I'm on the West Coast and in summation: the hills are certainly still alive. (Unfortunately in one respect there is way too much "wood.") Sit back, please. This is not brief.

Carrie Underwood and Company Shine on the New Cast Album for NBC's Live Sound of Music

Susan Dormady Eisenberg | Posted 02.03.2014 | Media
Susan Dormady Eisenberg

I expect to enjoy the telecast because the cast album is not only promising, it's frequently stunning, thanks to Ms. Underwood's vocal grace and mezzo timbre -- the role was composed for a mezzo -- and superior support from Audra McDonald as the Mother Abbess.

Cast Of 'Porgy And Bess' Preps For National Tour

AP | MARK KENNEDY | Posted 11.13.2013 | Black Voices

NEW YORK (AP) — Nathaniel Stampley ached to make the role of Porgy his own in the celebrated 2012 Broadway revival of "Porgy and Bess." Instead, he ...

FIRST LOOK: Carrie Underwood Takes On Iconic Role

Posted 09.16.2013 | TV

"The Sound of Music" has added Audra McDonald, Laura Benanti and Christian Borle to its cast. Carrie Underwood and Stephen Moyer lead the NBC musical ...