Third Street Music School Settlement to Honor Audra McDonald; Harold Prince Will Emcee

Five-time Tony Award winner Audra McDonald will be honored by the Third Street Music School Settlement during its Oct. 25 118th anniversary luncheon, which will be emceed by Tony-winning director-producer Harold Prince.

Audra McDonald
Audra McDonald (Photo by Joseph Marzullo/WENN)

McDonald, who recently concluded a heralded run in the Broadway revival of Porgy and Bess, is being honored with the Distinguished Achievement in the Arts Award. Grammy-nominated songwriter and Third Street alumnus Claude Kelly has been announced as the recipient of the Rising Star Award.

The noon event at Gotham Hall will be emceed by Prince ( Phantom of the Opera, Sweeney Todd, The Prince of Broadway), who was a former board member of the Third Street Music Settlement.

Proceeds benefit Third Street’s students in need, who receive financial aid or discounted or tuition-free instruction and honors enrichment programs.

Individual tickets are $1,000, $500 and $375. Tables are also available. For tickets, phone (212) 874-5457 or visit