Andy Einhorn ( Cinderella) musical directs and conducts the 7 PM benefit concert that celebrates a selection of composers who figure into McDonald's career, including Adam Guettel, Michael John LaChiusa, Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II, and Stephen Sondheim.
McDonald will also bring her voice to the work of new songwriters including Adam Gwon, Marcy Heisler and Zina Goldrich, and Will Reynolds.
Directed by Lonny Price ( Merrily We Roll Along, Sweeney Todd), the 75-minute concert is based on McDonald's fifth Nonesuch Records studio album "Go Back Home," which will be released May 21. The album takes its title from the Kander and Ebb song from The Scottsboro Boys. A 33-piece orchestra will accompany McDonald.
PBS will film the concert for broadcast on May 24 as part of "Live From Lincoln Center." The evening honors Lincoln Center president Reynold Levy.
McDonald earned Tony Awards for her work in The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess, Carousel, Master Class, Ragtime and A Raisin in the Sun. Her work on stage also includes Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny with Patti LuPone, as well as Tony-nominated performances in 110 in the Shade and Marie Christine. On screen she has appeared in the television adaptations of "A Raisin in the Sun," "Wit" and " Annie." She is known to television audiences for "Private Practice" and "Grey's Anatomy."
Her solo releases also include "Way Back to Paradise" (1998), "How Glory Goes" (2000), "Happy Songs" (2002) and "Build a Bridge" (2006).
Listen to an exclusive track from "Go Back Home" below: