Audra McDonald's Lincoln Center Spotlight

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Heard on Creators at Carnegie

McDonald sings from her new song cycle "The Seven Deadly Sins"

Listen: 'The Christian Thing to Do'

McDonald on Broadway

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Listen: Your Daddy's Son

Listen: Wheels of a Dream

Broadway stage sensation Audra McDonald has been an incandescent presence in a range of stellar productions. McDonald has acting chops to spare, and also boasts a mellifluous soprano singing voice with a range and presence that's been compared to Barbara Streisand's.

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McDonald won her fourth Tony Award last year for her role in the revival of the play A Raisin in the Sun — a production made more prominent when hip-hop mogul Sean "Puffy" Combs stepped into the role of Walter Lee, a role first made famous by Sidney Poitier.

On Wednesday, McDonald will be honored again — she opens the seventh season of the Lincoln Center's American Songbook series. Reporter Allison Keyes caught up with McDonald just before a rehearsal to talk about a performance she calls "just sharing."

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