Audra McDonald Sets Her New Year's Eve Plans

By Andrew Gans
09 Feb 2006

Audra McDonald
Audra McDonald
Photo by Aubrey Reuben

Want to spend New Year's Eve with four-time Tony Award winner Audra McDonald?

Fans of the celebrated singing actress can do so when McDonald offers a concert Dec. 31, 2006, with the New York Philharmonic. Ted Sperling, who won a Tony Award for his orchestrations for Adam Guettel's Light in the Piazza score, will conduct the acclaimed orchestra. Show time is 8 PM.

The repertoire for the evening has yet to be announced, although McDonald will likely draw upon material from her several recordings, which mix standards by Harold Arlen and Duke Ellington and Broadway classics with new works by such composers as Guettel, Ricky Ian Gordon and Michael John LaChiusa.

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.

Avery Fisher Hall is located at 10 Lincoln Center Plaza. For more information visit www.nyphil.org.