Audra McDonald's Lincoln Center Spotlight Four-time Tony winner Audra McDonald has starred on Broadway with a soprano voice that draws comparisons to Barbara Streisand. As she opens the seventh season of Lincoln Center's American Songbook series, she talks about the joys of being onstage.

Audra McDonald's Lincoln Center Spotlight

Audra McDonald's Lincoln Center Spotlight

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Web Extra: Hear an Extended Version of Audra McDonald's Conversation with Allison Keyes

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Heard on Creators at Carnegie

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

'The Christian Thing to Do'

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McDonald on Broadway

Hear samples from songs performed by McDonald featured on the original cast recordings:

'Beautiful' from the 1999 production of Marie Christie

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'Your Daddy's Son' from the 1998 production of Ragtime

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'Wheels of a Dream' from Ragtime

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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."