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BWW Spotlights LADY DAY Star Audra McDonald's Soaring Career

BWW Spotlights LADY DAY Star Audra McDonald's Soaring Career

In honor of Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill's opening on Broadway tonight, BroadwayWorld decided to highlight Tony- and Drama Desk Award-winning actress Audra McDonald's body of work.

From her romantic and at times tragic roles in Rodgers and Hammerstein's CAROUSEL, as well as MARIE CHRISTINE, and 110 IN THE SHADE, to her operatic turn in MASTER CLASS, Audra's versatility is stunning. She continues to take on challenging and socially relevant parts, among them 'Sarah' in RAGTIME, 'Ruth Younger' in A RAISIN IN THE SUN, and 'Bess' in THE GERSHWIN'S PORGY AND BESS.

Now a five-time Tony-winning legend, Audra is stepping into the heels of another luminary as Billie Holiday in LADY DAY AT EMERSON'S BAR AND GRILL.

Get a look at Audra onstage in LADY DAY here, scroll down to learn more about her career, watch songs and highlights, and be sure to let us know your favorite of her performances!


BWW Spotlights LADY DAY Star Audra McDonald's Soaring Career

THE SECRET GARDEN
1991

Her Role: Ayah (replacement), Mary's Indian nurse.








BWW Spotlights LADY DAY Star Audra McDonald's Soaring Career


CAROUSEL
1994

Her role: Carrie Pipperidge, A millworker and friend of Julie's, in love with Enoch Snow

Accolades: Tony Award (Best Featured Actress in a Musical), Drama Desk Award (Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Musical), Theatre World Award.



BWW Spotlights LADY DAY Star Audra McDonald's Soaring Career

MASTER CLASS
1995

Her role: Sharon, a precocious Juilliard student who sudies with opera diva Maria Callas.

Accolades: Tony Award (Best Featured Actress in a Play)


BWW Spotlights LADY DAY Star Audra McDonald's Soaring Career

RAGTIME
1998

Her role: Sarah, the mother of Coalhouse's child, who dies attempting to fight for his cause.

Accolades: Tony Award (Best Featured Actress in a Musical)


BWW Spotlights LADY DAY Star Audra McDonald's Soaring Career


MARIE CHRISTINE
1999

Her role: Marie Christine L'Adrese, A New Orleans woman of the 1890s, who falls madly in love with a white ship captain, Dante, and becomes pregnant.

Accolades: Tony nomination (Best Actress in a Musical), Drama Desk nomination (Outstanding Actress in a Musical)


BWW Spotlights LADY DAY Star Audra McDonald's Soaring Career









HENRY IV
2003

Her role: Lady Percy or Kate, Hotspur's wife and Mortimer's sister



BWW Spotlights LADY DAY Star Audra McDonald's Soaring Career
A RAISIN IN THE SUN
2004

Her role: Ruth Younger, Walter's wife and Travis's mother. Her marriage to Walter has problems, but she hopes to rekindle their love.

Accolades: Tony Award (Best Featured Actress in a Play), Drama Desk Award (Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play)


BWW Spotlights LADY DAY Star Audra McDonald's Soaring Career
110 IN THE SHADE
2007

Her role: Lizzie Curry, a lonely girl in search of a husband in 1936 Texas.

Accolades: Tony nomination (Best Actress in a Musical), Drama Desk Award (Outstanding Actress in a Musical)



BWW Spotlights LADY DAY Star Audra McDonald's Soaring Career
THE GERSHWINS' PORGY AND BESS
2012

Her role: Bess, an itinerant woman who is under the thrall of the dangerous Crown, and the sinewy drug dealer Sportin' Life.

Accolades: Tony Award (Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical), Drama Desk Award (Outstanding Actress in a Musical)

BWW Spotlights LADY DAY Star Audra McDonald's Soaring Career
LADY DAY AT EMERSON'S BAR & GRILL
2014

Her role: BIllie Holiday, the music legend giving one of the last performances of her life.

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