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Audra McDonald at Strathmore May 26

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Between a film premiere and a West End debut, there’s Strathmore. Unparalleled in her breadth and versatility, Audra McDonald brings the music that has shaped her career to the Music Center at Strathmoreon Friday, May 26, 2017 at 8 p.m. The concert follows the premiere of her latest film, a live action remake of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, and just before her West End debut in Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill. An icon of Broadway, McDonald is the winner of a record-breaking six Tony Awards, two Grammy Awards, and an Emmy Award. For more information or to purchase tickets, call (301) 581-5100 or visit www.strathmore.org.


Tickets to this show go on sale to the general public on Friday, March 10, 2017 at 10 a.m.

In addition to her Tony-winning performances in CarouselMaster ClassRagtime, A Raisin in the SunThe Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess, and Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill, she has appeared on Broadway in The Secret GardenMarie Christine (Tony nomination), Henry IV, 110 in the Shade (Tony nomination), and Shuffle Along, or, the Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed. The Juilliard-trained soprano’s opera credits include La voix humaineand Send at Houston Grand Opera, and Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny at Los Angeles Opera.

On television, she was seen by millions as the Mother Abbess in NBC’s The Sound of Music Live! and played Dr. Naomi Bennett on ABC’s Private Practice. She won an Emmy Award for her role as host of PBS’s Live from Lincoln Center and has received nominations for WitA Raisin in the Sun, and Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill.

On film, she has appeared in Seven Servants, The Object of My Affection, Cradle Will Rock, It Runs in the Family, The Best Thief in the World, She Got Problems, Rampart, and Ricky and the Flash. She plays the Garderobe in the 2017 live-action remake of Disney’s classic Beauty and the Beast.

An exclusive recording artist for Nonesuch Records, she has released five solo albums for the label. McDonald also maintains a major career as a concert artist, regularly appearing on the great stages of the world and with leading international orchestras.

She was named one of Time’s 100 most influential people of 2015 and received a 2015 National Medal of Arts, America’s highest honor for achievement in the arts, from President Barack Obama.

Of all her many roles, her favorites are the ones performed offstage—passionate advocate for equal rights and homeless youth, wife to actor Will Swenson, and mother to her children.

Strathmore Presents
Audra McDonald
Friday, May 26, 2017
8 p.m.

Tickets $45-$105

Music Center at Strathmore – North Bethesda, MD 20852

For additional information or to purchase tickets, visit www.strathmore.org or call (301) 581-5100.