Audra McDonald to Launch Multi-City Concert Tour in the Fall

News   Audra McDonald to Launch Multi-City Concert Tour in the Fall
 
Prior to her return to Broadway in the American Repertory Theater production of the George Gershwin-DuBose Heyward folk opera Porgy and Bess, which begins performances Dec. 17 at the Richard Rodgers Theatre, four-time Tony Award winner Audra McDonald will embark on a multi-city concert tour in October.

Audra McDonald
Audra McDonald Photo by Michael Wilson

McDonald, who sang at the first gay marriage ceremony in New York July 24, will kick off her concert tour Oct. 1 in Philadelphia at the Kimmel Center. She will play over 15 cities, including a stop at New York's Carnegie Hall.

McDonald's current concert itinerary follows:

Oct. 1 at the Kimmel Center, Philadelphia, PA
Oct. 2 at Symphony Hall, Boston, MA
Oct. 4 at the Kennedy Center Concert Hall, Washington, DC
Oct. 6 at the McCarter Theatre, Princeton, NJ
Oct. 11 at the Orpheum Theatre, Vancouver, BC
Oct. 15 at the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, Costa Mesa, CA
Oct. 22 at Stern Auditorium, Carnegie Hall, New York, NY
Oct. 29 at The Performing Arts Center, Purchase College, Purchase, NY
Nov. 4 at the Hill Auditorium, Ann Arbor, MI
Nov. 5 at the Hayes Hall, Philharmonic Center for the Arts, Naples, FL
Nov. 8 at the Phillips Center, Univ. of Florida, Gainesville, FL
Nov. 10 at the Gaillard Municipal Auditorium, Charleston, SC
Nov. 11 at the Peace Center, Greenville, SC
Nov. 12 at the Spivey Hall, Clayton State University, Morrow, GA
Nov. 13 at the Alys Stephens Center, Birmingham, AL
Nov. 29 at the Eisenhower Auditorium, Penn State, University Park, PA

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 110 in the Shade, Henry IV and Marie Christine. 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 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. McDonald was recently seen in the ABC series "Private Practice."

A.R.T. artistic director and Tony Award-nominated Hair director Diane Paulus will helm the American Repertory Theater production of Porgy and Bess, which will play an Aug. 17- Oct. 2 run (McDonald will not play the final two performances) at the Loeb Drama Center in Cambridge, MA, prior to Broadway. For more information visit www.nonesuch.com.

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