Audra McDonald Due Back on Broadway in Fall

News   Audra McDonald Due Back on Broadway in Fall Three-time Tony Award winner Audra McDonald, who was last on Broadway in Lincoln Center’s Marie Christine, will return to Broadway in the fall.

So says the actress, who picked up Tonys for her work in Carousel, Master Class and Ragtime. In a May 27 interview for the Boston Globe, McDonald says, “I can tell you I am in discussion right now about doing one of two projects on Broadway. I can't tell you anything about either one of them, but I will definitely be on Broadway in the fall.” McDonald spoke to the Globe about her upcoming concert on May 30 at Boston’s Sanders Theatre. It’s been a busy year for the singer-actress, who starred in the NBC drama “Mister Sterling,” which received good reviews but was recently canceled. She also filmed a new pilot “Partners in Crime,” which was not picked up for the fall but may appear midseason. Says the actress, “You have no idea what a crapshoot a TV pilot is. This new show is a kind of remake of ‘Cagney and Lacey.’ No, I don't sing at all — I'm too busy carrying a gun and being a mother!”

McDonald also plans to return to the recording studio for another solo recording. “I'm getting ready to start on a new album,” McDonald tells the Boston paper, “and once again it is quite different from anything I've done before. I'm not at liberty to say anything more, but it's not going to be as intellectual a piece as some of my others, and it will show a completely different part of me.” Earlier this year, McDonald 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.

McDonald will also star this summer with Patti LuPone in a concert version of Stephen Sondheim’s Passion at Chicago’s Ravinia Festival.