Tony Winner McDonald Cancels 2008 Philharmonic Concerts

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Tony Award winner Audra McDonald, who can currently be seen in the new ABC series "Private Practice," has canceled her March 5-8, 2008, concerts with the New York Philharmonic.
Audra McDonald
Audra McDonald

According to a press statement, Dawn Upshaw has "graciously agreed to replace soprano Audra McDonald, who has reluctantly had to withdraw due to scheduling conflicts with her television series, 'Private Practice.'"

Upshaw will perform Luciano Berio's Folksongs at the upcoming concerts, which will be directed by Alan Gilbert.

A four-time Tony Award winner for her work in A Raisin in the Sun, Master Class, Carousel and Ragtime, Audra McDonald was also seen on Broadway in 110 in the Shade, Henry IV and Marie Christine. The singer-actress made her solo Carnegie Hall concert debut in an evening of songs scored for big bands, performing several tunes from her Nonesuch CD "Happy Songs." McDonald's other solo recordings, "Way Back to Paradise" and "How Glory Goes," are also on the Nonesuch label. The acclaimed actress co-starred in the NBC series "Mister Sterling” and was recently seen in the WB series "Bedford Diaries." McDonald also made her Houston Grand Opera with a double bill of Send (who are you? I love you) and La Voix Humaine.

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