How do you become a Broadway legend before the age of 30? Winning an unprecedented three Tony Awards for best featured actress while still in your 20s puts you in the conversation. Later becoming one of only three actresses to earn a fourth Tony strengthens your case. Routinely bringing down the house with your gorgeous soprano and remarkable acting pretty much seals the deal.
Audra McDonald, who has garnered Tonys for her Broadway performances in the musicals Carousel and Ragtime and the plays Master Class and A Raisin in the Sun, makes her Penn State concert debut at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 29, in Eisenhower Auditorium. Joined by a jazz ensemble, the two-time Grammy Award winner performs an intimate evening of favorite show tunes, classic songs from the movies and original pieces written for her.
McDonald, who spent the last four seasons on the ABC television series Private Practice, returns to Broadway soon in The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess. The updated version of the classic folk opera is scheduled to open on Broadway in January.
Tickets are still available for McDonald's Nov. 29 concert.
Read my feature about the Broadway legend.