Wednesday, March 04, 2015

An Evening with Audra McDonald-March 1, 2015

An Evening with Audra McDonald

Sunday, March 1, 2015
Celebrity Series of Boston
Symphony Hall 

Andy Einhorn    music director and conductor 
Dave Phillips       bass
Gene Lewin         drums 

Despite another snow storm with hazardous driving conditions, it was well worth it to attend an absolutely thrilling performance by Audra McDonald, a 6-time Tony award star! What stage presence! What talent! What a lovely, warm person as she shares an anecdote before each song! She chatted with the audience and sang for 90 minutes without intermission, one beautiful rendition after the other. And if she had not already endeared herself, she would have won my heart with "I Could Have Danced All Night" when she invited us to join in on the second chorus; then she sang solo again.

Realizing how treacherous the weather was, Ms McDonald sang only one encore, "Somewhere Over the Rainbow," in tribute to Judy Garland. She had to catch a flight back to New York to be with her family. 

The post-performance cocktail hour/dinner was an anti-climax.

On Audra McDonald's Twitter feed the next day she wrote, "Worst part of last nt? Driving 2 NY from Boston cuz flight drama. Best part? Fun audience & hearing my "Buddy" still sings in Harvard Square!!"

She had recounted a story about a street singer in Harvard Square, and a member of the audience called out that he was still there singing for whoever cared to listen.

Don Aucoin writes for the Boston Globe in anticipation of Audra McDonald's performance at Symphony Hall. Click:

Rachel Sheldon reviews Sunday's performance for Tufts University's Jumbo Beat. Click:

Nancy Grossman reviews for BWW (broadway world.com). Click:

Robert Nesti reviews for EDGE National Arts & Entertainment. Click:

Audra on stage at Symphony Hall--March 1, 2015

Audra on stage

Mary at the post-performance cocktail hour/dinner

Mary at home after performance with center piece from dinner table

Audra McDonald sings "I Could Have Danced All Night." 

"Maybe This Time"


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