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Thursday, May 14, 2015

Audra McDonald

Audra McDonald  is quickly becoming one of my favorite Broadway performers. 

If You haven't had the pleasure of seeing her on Broadway, you may remember her as Miss Farrell in the 1999 television version of Annie, or as the Mother Abbess in The Sound of Music Live in 2013. 

We had the pleasure of seeing her in Porgy and Bess on Broadway a few years ago, so when we heard she would be doing a concert at the Tilles Center, we had to get tickets.

She sang for almost two hours without an intermission.  She sang Cole Porter, Gershwin, Lerner and Lowe, Kander and Ebb, Sondheim.  She also likes to include songs from lesser-known Broadway composers and lyricists. 

Of course she included "Summertime" from Porgy and Bess. "I Could Have Danced All Night" from My Fair Lady  became an audience sing along.  Loved her rendition of "Over the Rainbow".

She talked about her causes -- Covenant House (for homeless teens) and marriage equality.

Here she is, singing one of the songs she performed the other night:


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