Tuesday, June 19, 2018
Six-time Tony Award-winning Broadway legend Audra McDonald will grace the stage of Mercyhurst University’s Mary D’Angelo Performing Arts Center on Saturday, July 28, at 7:30 p.m. This performance, presented by the Mercyhurst Institute for Arts & Culture, is the centerpiece of the Institute’s annual 501 Summer Soirée.
Concert tickets were made available to members of The 501, MIAC’s society of loyal supporters, in early May. All remaining seats will be released to the general public on Wednesday, June 20, at noon. Patrons can purchase tickets online at miac.mercyhurst.edu, over the phone at 814-824-3000, or in person at the Mary D’Angelo Performing Arts Center box office.
McDonald is unparalleled in the breadth and versatility of her artistry as both a singer and an actress. The winner of a record-breaking six Tony Awards, two Grammys and an Emmy, she was named among Time magazine’s 100 most influential people of 2015 and received a National Medal of Arts—America’s highest honor for achievement in the arts—from President Barack Obama that same year.
In addition to her Tony-winning performances in Carousel, Master Class, Ragtime, A Raisin in the Sun, The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess and Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill — the role which also served as the vehicle for her 2017 debut on London’s West End — she has appeared on Broadway in The Secret Garden, Marie 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 humaine and Send at the Houston Grand Opera, and Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny at the 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 Wit, A 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, Ricki and the Flash, Disney’s live-action Beauty and the Beast and the movie-musical Hello Again.
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 stages around the world and with leading international orchestras.
More information about the performance can be found at miac.mercyhurst.edu.
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