McDonald's concert will feature an evening of songs scored for big bands and is set to include tunes from such composers as Harold Arlen, Duke Ellington and George Gershwin. The multi-talented, three-time Tony-winning soprano has appeared at Carnegie before, but this engagement marks her solo debut at the famed hall. Previously, she performed selections from Porgy and Bess opposite Brian Stokes Mitchell in San Francisco Symphony: Gershwin at 100!, a concert televised internationally and recorded for BMG Classics. She also appeared there in December 1999 in My Favorite Broadway: The Leading Ladies, which was broadcast on PBS stations across the country. She will play Julie Jordan June 6 at Carnegie Hall in a concert version of Rodgers and Hammerstein's Carousel, opposite Hugh Jackman as Billy.
McDonald earned Tony Awards for her work in Carousel (playing Carrie), Master Class and Ragtime and earned another Tony nomination for her performance in the title role of Marie Christine. She starred in the recent concert version of Dreamgirls, which was just released on Nonesuch Records, and Variety recently reported that the actress-singer has joined the cast of "Mister Sterling," a pilot for NBC-TV. Produced by Studios USA and NBC Studios, the project stars Josh Brolin as a young U.S. congressman. McDonald will portray his press secretary in the series, which is being written and produced by Lawrence O'Donnell of "The West Wing" fame. McDonald's solo recordings, "Way Back to Paradise" and "How Glory Goes" are both available from Nonesuch Records.
Carnegie Hall ticket prices and availability have not been set at this time.
—By Andrew Gans