Performance – Audra McDonald
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A record-breaking Six Tony Awards, two Grammy Awards, and an Emmy!
Audra 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 Grammy Awards, and an Emmy Award, she was named one of Time magazine's 100 most influential people of 2015 and received a 2015 National Medal of Arts – America's highest honor for achievement in the arts – from President Barack Obama.
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, 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 Houston Grand Opera, and "Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny" at Los Angeles Opera.
On television, she was seen by millions in NBC's "The Sound of Music" Live! and 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" and "Ricky and the Flash." She plays the Garderobe in the 2017 live-action remake of Disney's classic Beauty and the Beast.