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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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McDonald returns to 'Porgy and Bess'

McDonald returns to 'Porgy and Bess'

NEW YORK, July 5 (UPI) -- Audra McDonald has returned to Broadway's "Porgy and Bess" after two weeks of doctor-ordered vocal rest, the musical's producers said.

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'Once,' 'Starcatcher,' 'Salesman,' 'Porgy' clean up at Tonys

'Once,' 'Starcatcher,' 'Salesman,' 'Porgy' clean up at Tonys

NEW YORK, June 11 (UPI) -- The Dublin-set romance "Once" won eight Tony Awards, including Best Musical, in New York Sunday night.
B. Clinton: GOP adopts European policies

B. Clinton: GOP adopts European policies

NEW YORK, June 4 (UPI) -- Former U.S. President Bill Clinton said Monday the Republican Party and presumptive presidential nominee Mitt Romney "have adopted Europe's economic policies."
Outer Critics honor 'Once,' 'Guvnors'

Outer Critics honor 'Once,' 'Guvnors'

NEW YORK, May 14 (UPI) -- The Irish musical "Once" and the British comedy "One Man, Two Guvnors" each won three Outer Critics Circle Awards in New York Monday.
Audra McDonald engaged to Will Swenson

Audra McDonald engaged to Will Swenson

NEW YORK, Jan. 4 (UPI) -- Actress Audra McDonald said via Twitter she is engaged to Will Swenson, with whom she worked on the 2011 Broadway production of "110 in the Shade."
Raccoon upstages Hathaway in play

Raccoon upstages Hathaway in play

NEW YORK, June 12 (UPI) -- A scene-stealing raccoon appeared on stage this week during a Central Park production of "Twelfth Night," starring Anne Hathaway and Audra McDonald.
'Practice' stars to appear on 'Grey's'

'Practice' stars to appear on 'Grey's'

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 27 (UPI) -- Several stars of the U.S. television drama "Private Practice" have agreed to appear on its sister show "Grey's Anatomy," ABC said Tuesday.
12.7M watched 'Raisin in the Sun' on ABC

12.7M watched 'Raisin in the Sun' on ABC

NEW YORK, Feb. 28 (UPI) -- An estimated 12.7 million viewers tuned in to see the U.S. television movie based on Lorraine Hansberry's classic play "A Raisin in the Sun."

Audra McDonald joins 'Private Practice'

NEW YORK, June 30 (UPI) -- Actress Audra McDonald has signed on to co-star opposite Kate Walsh in the new U.S. TV show "Private Practice."

'Utopia' wins big at Drama Desks

NEW YORK, May 21 (UPI) -- Tom Stoppard's trilogy "The Coast of Utopia" won seven honors, including outstanding drama, at the 2006-07 Drama Desk Awards at Lincoln Center in New York.
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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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