Three-time Tony winner Audra McDonald will return to the intimate stage of Joe's Pub for a week of concert performances next month. McDonald, who scored Tonys for her work in Carousel, Master Class and Ragtime, will offer 7:30 PM shows on May 20, 21, 24, 25 and 26 at the cabaret space within the Public Theater. McDonald opened the Pub's Songbook Series a few years back, and she will focus her upcoming show on new music as she did at her premiere engagement. Attendees can expect to hear McDonald interpret the works of Jim Legg, John Bucchino, Lawrence O'Keefe, David Yazbek, Gary Fagin and Elise Thoron. Musical director Ted Sperling will lead a quartet of piano, bass, drums and guitar.
The young actress, who was most recently on Broadway in the title role of Marie Christine, appears on the new Nonesuch Records release of the benefit concert of Dreamgirls. It was also recently reported that the actress/singer has joined the cast of "Mister Sterling," a pilot for NBC TV. McDonald will make her solo Carnegie Hall concert debut on November 2 in an evening of songs scored for big bands, performing several tunes from her upcoming CD for Nonesuch. McDonald's available solo recordings include "Way Back to Paradise" and "How Glory Goes," both on the Nonesuch label.
Joe's Pub — named for the late Joseph Papp, who founded The Public Theater/New York Shakespeare Festival — is located within the Public Theater at 425 Lafayette Street. Tickets are available at the theatre's box office or by calling Telecharge at (212) 239-6200.