Megan Mullally, Audra McDonald & More to Play NOCCA This Spring
Megan Mullally is a two-time Emmy-winning star of TV's Will & Grace, and recent star of Broadway's Young Frankenstein. On April 6, she makes her New Orleans debut in the acclaimed Broadway @ NOCCA series for two shows only, at 7:30PM and 9:30PM, joined by Seth Rudetsky at piano. For tickets please visit http://www.broadwaynola.com/. Megan will also attend a special Meet and Greet reception directly following her 9:30 show that will benefit The NOCCA Institute. Tickets to the reception, which will take place at Reilly Hall at NOCCA, are also available at the above link. The Broadway @ NOCCA series is also announcing that it will initiate a new, $2,500 per-year scholarship.
The scholarship will be awarded annually to one graduating NOCCA senior who will be going on to a conservatory or college and specializing in Musical Theater performance. Each annual award recipient will be selected by the school's faculty, based on merit and need. The first recipient of the Broadway @ NOCCA scholarship will be awarded onstage by 5-time Tony-Award winning star Audra McDonald immediately after her performance at Broadway at NOCCA on May 18th, 2013.
Audra McDonald, the five-time Tony Award winner and recent star of Porgy and Bess on Broadway and TV's Private Practice, makes her New Orleans debut with two shows only on May 18 at 7:30 and 9:30. The series' season closes with Betty Buckley, the Tony winning legendary star of Cats and Sunset Boulevard, with two shows only on June 1 at 7:30 and 9:30. Preceding them in the star-studded series were Patti LuPone in January and Sutton Foster in March.
Tickets for all remaining concerts can be purchased at www.broadwaynola.com or by calling 800-838-3006. The visiting Broadway artists will all be giving master classes for the NOCCA Institute's high school-aged musical theatre students. All concerts are produced by Mark Cortale, long time producer/manager of Jeffery Roberson aka Varla Jean Merman, and will be hosted by Sirius/XM radio star Seth Rudetsky at the piano. The series is sponsored exclusively by the New Orleans Hotel Collection and Gambit.
Megan Mullally is best known for playing the iconic role of Karen Walker on the groundbreaking hit TV series Will & Grace for which she won two Emmy Awards, from a total of seven consecutive nominations between 2000 and 2006. She is also a three-time winner of the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series, a winner with her cast-mates of the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series, is one of only two actresses to win a SAG Award three years in a row, and was nominated four years in a row for the Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress. She made her Broadway debut as Marty in the 1994 revival of Grease with Rosie O'Donnell and subsequently appeared as Rosemary in the hit 1995 revival of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying opposite Matthew Broderick. In 2007, Mullally starred as Elizabeth in Mel Brooks' original Broadway musical, Young Frankenstein. She can be heard on the cast albums of all three productions.
In addition to her breakout role on Will & Grace, Megan Mullally made her television debut in 1986 in The Ellen Burstyn Show. Since that time she has appeared on Seinfeld, Frasier, Wings, Ned and Stacey, Mad About You, Caroline in the City, and Just Shoot Me!, and Murder, She Wrote. Following Will & Grace, she hosted her own talk show titled The Megan Mullally Show, and has hosted Saturday Night Live, the TV Land Awards, and guest-hosted The Late Show with David Letterman. Most recently she's been seen on 30 Rock, Kathy Griffin: My Life on The D-List, Campus Ladies, Parks and Recreation, the Starz series Party Down, Adult Swim's Children's Hospital, ABC's Happy Endings, and Fox TV's Breaking In. Her film work includes Anywhere But Here with Susan Sarandon and Natalie Portman, About Last Night with Demi Moore and Rob Lowe, Speaking of Sex with James Spader, Stealing Harvard with Tom Green and Jason Lee, and the 2009 remake of Fame. Broadway @ NOCCA is proud to present star of Broadway, TV and film star, Megan Mullally on April 6.