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Audra McDonald



Biography

Audra McDonald earned an unprecedented three Tony Awards before the age of 30 (Carousel, Master Class, and Ragtime) and a fourth in 2004 (A Raisin in the Sun). McDonald is frequently compared to legendary performers such as Judy Garland and Barbra Streisand. But like all great artists, she is a unique force, blending a luscious, classically-trained soprano with an incomparable gift for dramatic truth-telling. In addition to her theatrical work she maintains a major career as a concert and recording artist appearing regularly on many of the great stages of the world.

Audra McDonald opens the 2008-2009 season of the Los Angeles Philharmonic with a gala concert at Disney Hall, celebrating Esa-Pekka Salonen's final season as music director. Returning to ABC in the fall of 2008, Ms. McDonald can be seen as Dr. Naomi Bennett in the second season of the hit television series Private Practice. Earlier in the year she earned an Emmy nomination for her role in the made-for-television movie version of A Raisin in the Sun on ABC, alongside hip-hop mogul Sean "Diddy" Combs. Her most recent recordings are Kurt Weill's The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny, nominated for two 2009 Grammy Awards, and a new studio recording of Rodgers & Hammerstein's Allegro, released on the Sony MasterWorks Broadway label in February 2009.
Audra McDonald