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Audra McDonald to play Billie Holiday on Broadway

Audra McDonald to play Billie Holiday on Broadway

NEW YORK, Feb. 25 (UPI) -- Five-time Tony-winner Audra McDonald is to play jazz great Billie Holiday in the Broadway premiere of Lanie Robertson's "Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill."
Oprah Winfrey in talks to make Broadway debut

Oprah Winfrey in talks to make Broadway debut

NEW YORK, Feb. 6 (UPI) -- Media mogul Oprah Winfrey is in talks to make her Broadway debut opposite Audra McDonald in a revival of "'Night, Mother," the New York Times reported.
'Sound of Music' to be released on DVD and Blu-ray

'Sound of Music' to be released on DVD and Blu-ray

UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif., Dec. 9 (UPI) -- The U.S. television special "The Sound of Music Live!" is to be released on DVD Dec. 17, Universal Studios Home Entertainment announced Monday.
Carrie Underwood says, 'I know I'm not Julie Andrews'

Carrie Underwood says, 'I know I'm not Julie Andrews'

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 28 (UPI) -- U.S. country music artist Carrie Underwood says she has been getting hate tweets from online critics unhappy she is starring in a "Sound of Music" remake.
'Sound of Music' casts seven young actors as the von Trapps

'Sound of Music' casts seven young actors as the von Trapps

UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif., Nov. 1 (UPI) -- Seven young actors have been cast as the von Trapp children in the musical production of "The Sound of Music Live!," U.S. network NBC announced.

Michelle Obama entertains other first ladies at Harlem museum

NEW YORK, Sept. 24 (UPI) -- Michelle Obama entertained first ladies from around the world Tuesday at the Studio Museum in New York's Harlem neighborhood.
Audra McDonald, Laura Benanti join 'Sound of Music' cast

Audra McDonald, Laura Benanti join 'Sound of Music' cast

NEW YORK, Sept. 17 (UPI) -- Broadway titans Audra McDonald, Laura Benanti and Christian Borle have joined the cast for the live TV production of "The Sound of Music," NBC said Tuesday.

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'Matilda,' 'Pippin' stars to perform at Tony Awards

'Matilda,' 'Pippin' stars to perform at Tony Awards

NEW YORK, June 6 (UPI) -- This weekend's Tony Awards show will feature performances by the casts of the Broadway musicals "Annie," "Bring It On," "Kinky Boots," "Matilda" and "Pippin."
Sally Field, Mike Tyson to be Tony Awards presenters

Sally Field, Mike Tyson to be Tony Awards presenters

NEW YORK, June 5 (UPI) -- Sally Field, Jake Gyllenhaal, Mike Tyson, Sigourney Weaver and Steven Van Zandt are to be presenters at Sunday's Tony Awards show in New York, CBS announced.
Audra McDonald marries fellow theater star

Audra McDonald marries fellow theater star

CROTON-ON-HUDSON, N.Y., Oct. 7 (UPI) -- Former "Private Practice" actress Audra McDonald married fellow Broadway actor Will Swenson at their New York home, People magazine reported.
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Drama League to honor Audra McDonald

Drama League to honor Audra McDonald

NEW YORK, Oct. 2 (UPI) -- The Drama League in New York announced Tuesday it plans to honor five-time Tony Award-winner Audra McDonald at a February gala.
'Porgy and Bess' set to close Sept. 23

'Porgy and Bess' set to close Sept. 23

NEW YORK, July 18 (UPI) -- The Tony Award-winning revival of "The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess" is to end its limited engagement Sept. 23, the show's producers said Wednesday.
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Audra Ann McDonald (born July 3, 1970) is an American four-time Tony Award-winning actress and singer. She currently stars in the ABC television drama Private Practice as Dr. Naomi Bennett.

Born in Berlin, Germany and raised in Fresno, California, the elder of two daughters, she began to study acting at a young age to counteract her diagnosis as "hyperactive". McDonald graduated from the Roosevelt School of the Arts program within Theodore Roosevelt High School in Fresno. She got her start in acting with Dan Pessano and Good Company Players, beginning in their Junior Company. "I knew I wanted to be involved in theater when: I had my first chance to perform with the Good Company Players Junior Company.", "The people who have had the most impact on my life: Good Company director Dan Pessano and my mother." She studied classical voice as an undergraduate under Ellen Faull at the Juilliard School, graduating in 1993.

McDonald became a three-time Tony Award winner by the age of 28 — for her performances in Carousel, Master Class, and Ragtime — placing her alongside Shirley Booth, Gwen Verdon and Zero Mostel by accomplishing this feat within five years. She was nominated for another Tony Award for her performance in Marie Christine before she won her fourth in 2004 for her role in A Raisin in the Sun, placing her in the company of other four-time winning actresses Angela Lansbury, Gwen Verdon and Mary Martin. She reprised her Raisin role for a 2008 television adaptation, earning her a second Emmy Award nomination.

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