American Songbook Series Kicks Off With Televised Audra McDonald Concert

News   American Songbook Series Kicks Off With Televised Audra McDonald Concert Four-time Tony Award winner Audra McDonald will kick off the 9th season of Lincoln Center's acclaimed American Songbook series, which is dedicated to celebrating the popular American songwriter.
Audra McDonald
Audra McDonald Photo by Aubrey Reuben

On Oct. 11 and 12 McDonald will perform in concert at the Frederick P. Rose Hall's Allen Room. Ted Sperling will lead an ensemble of musicians for the 8 PM concerts, and the second evening will be broadcast live on PBS' "Live from Lincoln Center" series. McDonald — whose latest album, "Build a Bridge," is due in stores in September — will perform many songs from that Nonesuch Records disc during her October concerts. Those in attendance can expect to hear tunes by Neil Young, Elvis Costello, Nellie McKay, Rufus Wainwright, Laura Nyro, Ricky Ian Gordon and Adam Guettel.

A four-time Tony Award winner for her work in A Raisin in the Sun, Master Class, Carousel and Ragtime, Audra McDonald was also seen on Broadway in Henry IV. The singer-actress made her solo Carnegie Hall concert debut in an evening of songs scored for big bands, performing several tunes from her Nonesuch CD "Happy Songs." McDonald's other solo recordings, "Way Back to Paradise" and "How Glory Goes," are also on the Nonesuch label. The acclaimed actress also co-starred in the NBC series "Mister Sterling” and was recently seen in the WB series "Bedford Diaries." McDonald also made her Houston Grand Opera with a double bill of Send (who are you? I love you) and La Voix Humaine.

Tickets for McDonald's concerts will go on sale to the general public on Sept. 5. Priced $60-$140, they will be available by calling (212) 721-6500 or by visiting www.lincolncenter.org.