Fans were disappointed last year when an unexpected pregnancy forced Broadway star Audra McDonald to cancel her planned West End debut in the transfer of her New York hit playing Billie Holiday in Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill. But they now have something else to look forward to…
Record-breaking six-time Tony Award winner Audra McDonald is to return to London’s West End in April for four concerts at Leicester Square Theatre, where she completely sold out her shows last year.
The Broadway legend will be joined on stage this time by host and pianist Seth Rudetsky, who last month starred in the 5-star London premiere of his Broadway musical Disaster! The performances will also include a special guest appearance by McDonald’s husband, Will Swenson (the Tony nominated star of Hair and Pricilla, Queen of the Desert) and are produced by Mark Cortale.
Audra McDonald in Concert will run at Leicester Square Theatre on 12, 13, 14 & 15 April 2017 only. Press night is Wednesday 12 April at 8.45pm.
The format of the evening will be a seamless mix of intimate behind-the-scenes stories from one of Broadway’s biggest stars – prompted by Rudetsky’s probing, funny, revealing questions – and Audra singing some of the biggest hits from her musical theatre repertoire. This is a spontaneous evening of hilarity and show-stopping songs not to be missed.
Audra McDonald’s last series of Leicester Square Theatre concerts were this week named one of 2016’s “Best Gigs of the Year” by reviewer Clive Davis of The Times and were among LiveTheatreUK’s Top 10 West End Musicals of the year.
Audra McDonald holds the record for more Tony Best Performance wins than any other actor in history, and is the only person to win all four acting categories. She married Will Swenson in 2012 and this past October they became new parents to a baby girl.
Producer Mark Cortale previously presented the acclaimed Patti LuPone in concert with Seth Rudetsky in the same concert format at Leicester Square Theatre in 2013.