THE SCREENING ROOM: Our Favorite Audra McDonald Performances

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Within two years of making her Broadway debut in the ensemble of The Secret Garden, Audra McDonald landed the role of Carrie Pipperidge in the Broadway revival of Carousel and took home the first of four Tony Awards in the process.

Since then she's gone soprano-to-soprano with Zoe Caldwell's Maria Callas in Master Class, originated roles in the musicals Ragtime and Marie Christine, and brought new life to classics like 110 in the Shade and A Raisin in the Sun.

McDonald returns to Broadway this season as one half of the aching lovers in the classic American opera Porgy and Bess. She co-stars with Norm Lewis in the newly revised production that began previews Dec. 17 and will officially open Jan. 12, 2012, at the Richard Rodgers Theater.

Playbill has collected a handful of our favorite Audra moments from roles she's performed and her numerous concert appearances.

"Wheels of a Dream" from Ragtime. Audra joins her Tony-winning costar Brian Stokes Mitchell on the "Rosie "O'Donnell Show."

"I Won't Mind," Jeff Blumenkrantz's poignant and perfect song.

Recreating the Judy Garland/Barbra Streisand "Get Happy/Happy Days..." duet with Tony winner Patti LuPone on "Rosie."

A Boston Pops performance captures her Tony-winning interpretation of "Mr. Snow" from Carousel.

Do songs get any better than this Harold Arlen-Yip Harburg gem? "Happiness Is Just a Thing Called Joe."

One of Jason Robert Brown's best: "Stars and the Moon."

We won't get to hear her perform "My Man's Gone Now" in Porgy and Bess, but she makes it her own in this clip.

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