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In the Spotlight Series: LADY DAY AT EMERSON'S BAR AND GRILL's Audra McDonald

Audra McDonald made history this week, receiving her 6th Tony Award for Best Performance by and Actress in a Leading Role in a Play for her role as Billie Holiday in LADY DAY AT EMERSON'S BAR AND GRILL - in celebration, you can check out photos of McDonald in the BroadwayWorld.com series 'In The Spotlight' by acclaimed photographer Walter McBride below!

This year's Tony nomination marked McDonald's 8th. She now holds the record for most Tonys won by an actor, surpassing Julie Harris and Angela Lansbury with 5 Tony Awards each.

Winner of numerous Tony Awards® (Carousel, Master Class, Ragtime, A Raisin in the Sun,The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess), Audra McDonald has also appeared on Broadway inThe Secret Garden, Marie Christine (Tony® nomination), Henry IV, and 110 in the Shade (Tony® nomination). A two-time Grammy® Award-winner, she has released five solo albums on Nonesuch.

On television, she was recently seen as "Mother Abbess" in NBC's The Sound of Music Live! and played "Dr. Naomi Bennett" on ABC's Private Practice for four seasons. She has received Emmy® nominations for A Raisin in the Sun, Wit and her role as official host of PBS's Live From Lincoln Center.

The Juilliard-trained soprano has also appeared on opera stages in Houston and LA and regularly performs with leading orchestras and in concerts with her own ensemble. Her film credits include She Got Problems, Best Thief in the World, It Runs in the Family, The Object of My Affection, Seven Servants and Rampart.

Photos by Walter McBride

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In the Spotlight Series: LADY DAY AT EMERSON'S BAR AND GRILL's Audra McDonald
Audra McDonald photographed at The Liberty Theatre on June 1, 2014 in New York City.

In the Spotlight Series: LADY DAY AT EMERSON'S BAR AND GRILL's Audra McDonald
Audra McDonald photographed at The Liberty Theatre on June 1, 2014 in New York City.

In the Spotlight Series: LADY DAY AT EMERSON'S BAR AND GRILL's Audra McDonald
Audra McDonald photographed at The Liberty Theatre on June 1, 2014 in New York City.

In the Spotlight Series: LADY DAY AT EMERSON'S BAR AND GRILL's Audra McDonald
Audra McDonald photographed at The Liberty Theatre on June 1, 2014 in New York City.

In the Spotlight Series: LADY DAY AT EMERSON'S BAR AND GRILL's Audra McDonald
Audra McDonald photographed at The Liberty Theatre on June 1, 2014 in New York City.

In the Spotlight Series: LADY DAY AT EMERSON'S BAR AND GRILL's Audra McDonald
Audra McDonald photographed at The Liberty Theatre on June 1, 2014 in New York City.

In the Spotlight Series: LADY DAY AT EMERSON'S BAR AND GRILL's Audra McDonald
Audra McDonald photographed at The Liberty Theatre on June 1, 2014 in New York City.

In the Spotlight Series: LADY DAY AT EMERSON'S BAR AND GRILL's Audra McDonald
Audra McDonald photographed at The Liberty Theatre on June 1, 2014 in New York City.

In the Spotlight Series: LADY DAY AT EMERSON'S BAR AND GRILL's Audra McDonald
Audra McDonald photographed at The Liberty Theatre on June 1, 2014 in New York City.

In the Spotlight Series: LADY DAY AT EMERSON'S BAR AND GRILL's Audra McDonald
Audra McDonald photographed at The Liberty Theatre on June 1, 2014 in New York City.

In the Spotlight Series: LADY DAY AT EMERSON'S BAR AND GRILL's Audra McDonald
Audra McDonald photographed at The Liberty Theatre on June 1, 2014 in New York City.

In the Spotlight Series: LADY DAY AT EMERSON'S BAR AND GRILL's Audra McDonald
Audra McDonald photographed at The Liberty Theatre on June 1, 2014 in New York City.

In the Spotlight Series: LADY DAY AT EMERSON'S BAR AND GRILL's Audra McDonald
Audra McDonald photographed at The Liberty Theatre on June 1, 2014 in New York City.

In the Spotlight Series: LADY DAY AT EMERSON'S BAR AND GRILL's Audra McDonald
Audra McDonald photographed at The Liberty Theatre on June 1, 2014 in New York City.

In the Spotlight Series: LADY DAY AT EMERSON'S BAR AND GRILL's Audra McDonald
Audra McDonald photographed at The Liberty Theatre on June 1, 2014 in New York City.

In the Spotlight Series: LADY DAY AT EMERSON'S BAR AND GRILL's Audra McDonald
Audra McDonald photographed at The Liberty Theatre on June 1, 2014 in New York City.

In the Spotlight Series: LADY DAY AT EMERSON'S BAR AND GRILL's Audra McDonald

In the Spotlight Series: LADY DAY AT EMERSON'S BAR AND GRILL's Audra McDonald

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Walter McBride As a 14 year old youth, Walter was transfixed by his first Broadway Show, the original production of 'GREASE'. His Journey to celebrity photojournalism began that fateful night. Meeting, photographing and getting to know the cast inspired him to spend his professional life doing what he loved. Walter moved to Manhattan and for a leading role as a Photographer & Photo Researcher. Currently headlining in New Jersey with his partner Richard and family members Dali (Jack Russell) & Gala (Schnoodle). Recently he made his Broadway debut sharing the stage with Hugh Jackman in 'Hugh Jackman on Broadway' as well as receiving the Actors' Equity Association Gypsy Spirit Award. Walter McBride Photography is syndicated worldwide by Corbis/AP.


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