Having won a 2014 Tony Award for her performance as singer Billie Holiday in the Broadway show Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill, Audra McDonald is preparing to honor another great jazz performer, Ella Fitzgerald, in an April 26 concert at Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York.
Ella at 100: Forever The First Lady of Song will feature the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra performing with McDonald and a roster of guests including Wynton Marsalis, Renée Fleming, Sullivan Fortner, Roberta Gambarini, Diana Krall, Alison Krauss, Marilyn Maye, Cécile McLorin Salvant, Camille Thurman, and Kenny Washington. Harry Connick Jr. will host.
The 7PM concert will be held at Frederick P. Rose Hall, located at Broadway at 60th Street in Manhattan. A limited number of concert-only tickets are being sold at $150 and $200 and can be purchased on jazz.org or by calling (212) 721-6500. Gala tickets begin at $1,500 and table prices begin at $35,000. Gala tickets can be ordered at (212) 245-6570 or [email protected].
A six-time Tony winner, McDonald wrapped up a four-night concert appearance at London's Leicester Square Theatre on April 15. She will return to the U.S. for a series of appearances across the country before returning to the U.K. in June for the West End premiere of Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill. The show had been scheduled for London in summer 2016, but was postponed due to her pregnancy.
Here is McDonald’s upcoming concert schedule:
April 26: Ella at 100: Forever The First Lady of Song, Lincoln Center, New York. Click here for details.
May 11: Audra McDonald in Concert, Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts - Beverly Hills, California. (with Seth Rudetsky.) Click here for details.
May 13: State Theatre New Jersey Benefit Gala, New Brunswick, New Jersey. Click here for details.
May 22: Audra McDonald in Concert, Steppenwolf Theatre, Chicago, Illinois (performances at 6:30 and 9 PM with guests Will Swenson and Seth Rudetsky). Click here for details.
May 26: An Evening with Audra McDonald, Music Center at Strathmore. North Bethesda, Maryland. Click here for details.
May 27: An Evening with Audra McDonald, Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center, Westhampton Beach, New York. Click here for details.
June 17–September 9: Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill, Wyndham’s Theatre, London. Visit LadyDayWestEnd.com for details.
January 25, 2018: Audra McDonald in Concert, Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre, Rochester, New York. Click here for details.
February 9–10, 2018: Audra McDonald with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, Hilbert Circle Theatre, Indianapolis, Indiana (single tickets go on sale August 7). Click here for details.
February 25, 2018: Audra McDonald with the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra, Music Hall, Cincinnati, Ohio. Click here for details.
May 28, 2018: Audra McDonald in Concert, Los Angeles Opera, Los Angeles, California. Click here for details.
Seth Rudetsky has been a special guest performer on seven of Playbill’s Broadway on the High Seas cruises. Playbill’s inaugural river cruise along the Rhône River in May 2017 is sold out, but cabins are available for the Rhine River cruise in August 2017, featuring Rudetsky, Andréa Burns, Faith Prince, Terrence Mann, Charlotte d’Amboise, and Santino Fontana. Playbill Travel is now also booking Broadway on the Danube River for November 2017, with celebrity guests to be announced. Visit PlaybillTravel.com for booking and information.