Monday, 30 November 2015

Audra McDonald returning to London for solo concert!

It has been announced that Broadway star Audra McDonald will play a London concert next year.

The Tony, Grammy and Emmy Award winning performer will take to the stage at the Leicester Square Theatre on 17th January 2016. Tickets are on sale from 10am on Wednesday 2nd December.

UPDATE: A matinee concert had been added at 3pm on 17th January.

McDonald will perform a wide range of songs both familiar and lesser known by the likes of Rodgers & Hammerstein, Irving Berlin, George Gershwin, Stephen Sondheim and Kate Miller-Heidke.

It has been more than a decade since McDonald has performed in London. She last appeared at the Royal Albert Hall in 2002 when she became only the second American in more than 100 years invited to appear as a guest soloist at the Last Night of the BBC Proms (she also performed at the Proms in 1999 under Simon Rattle with the concert production of Wonderful Town). In 1999, her concerts at the Donmar Warehouse were recorded for television and later released on video by Nonesuch.

Classically trained at the Juilliard School in New York, McDonald won her first Tony Award for Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Musical for Carousel at the Lincoln Center. She received two additional Tony Awards in the featured actress category over the next four years for her performances in the Broadway premieres of Terrence McNally’s Master Class (1996) and his musical Ragtime (1998), earning her an unprecedented three Tony Awards before the age of 30. 

In 2004 she won her fourth Tony, starring alongside Sean “Diddy” Combs in A Raisin in the Sun, and in 2012 she won her fifth—and her first in the leading actress category—for her role in The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess. In 2014 she made Broadway history and became the Tony Awards’ most decorated performer when she won her sixth award for her portrayal of Billie Holiday in Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill. In addition to setting the record for most competitive wins by an actor, she also became the first person to receive awards in all four acting categories. 

McDonald’s other theatre credits include The Secret Garden (1993), Marie Christine (1999), Henry IV (2004), 110 in the Shade (2007), and her Public Theater Shakespeare in the Park debut in Twelfth Night alongside Anne Hathaway and Raúl Esparza (2009). She returns to Broadway in the 2015-16 season as Lottie Gee in Shuffle Along.

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