I saw Audra McDonald live for the first time at Zellerbach Hall in 2005. My friend, an incredibly talented opera composer named Jake Heggie, had written a piece for her the year prior. He knew what a big fan of hers I was, so he brought me along.
At 20 years old I sat in that auditorium as she sang to all 2,089 of us and it felt like I was the only one in the room. She has a way of engaging audience members in such a personal and dynamic way. I was forever changed.
Knowing the way I felt listening to her sing stories and watching the way that others were affected truly resonated with me as an actress and performer. I count it a blessing that I was given that very lucky ticket to see that incredible performance.
The final performance of A Normal Heart
Nikki Renee Daniels
I saw The Normal Heart last year. I can't remember ever having a more visceral reaction to a play than that one. It blew me away.
Original Broadway cast of In the Heights
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