Web Extra: Hear an Extended Version of Audra McDonald's Conversation with Allison Keyes
McDonald sings from her new song cycle "The Seven Deadly Sins"
'The Christian Thing to Do'
Hear samples from songs performed by McDonald featured on the original cast recordings:
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.
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."