Acclaimed actress, singer Audra McDonald to perform in Stamford

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During the next two months, there will be little time for five-time Tony Award winner Audra McDonald to rest. A packed performance schedule, multiple appearances and honors are expected to keep her busy. She also is working to complete her latest album, “Go Back Home,” which is set to be released next month.

However, area audiences will have a chance to catch her before she is off and running during an April 6 performance presented by the Stamford Symphony. This actress and musical theater star will present an evening of songs and stories beginning at 8 p.m. at the Palace Theatre.

It has been about 20 years since McDonald had her first professional appearance on stage, while still a student at Juilliard. Since the early 1990s, McDonald has transitioned from stage to screen (and back again) successfully, showcasing her talents in musicals, Shakespeare and on television. She played, and won a Tony, for her role as Bess in “The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess,” has performed Shakespeare (“Twelfth Night” and “Henry IV”) and is known for her roles on “Private Practice” and “Grey’s Anatomy.”

About a week after she performs in Stamford, she will introduce “Josh Groban: All That Echos,” as host of “Live from Lincoln Center,” which will premiere on PBS’ Thirteen/WNET in New York on April 12. Later this month, on April 22, she will be honored by New York Women in Communications at a ceremony at the Waldorf Astoria.

On May 20, she will participate in the Washington, D.C.-based Shakespeare Theatre Company’s Classic Conversations series with its artistic director Michael Kahn (Weston resident Christopher Plummer has been invited to join Kahn on June 3). And later in the month, on May 24, she will perform in the final broadcast of this season’s “Live from Lincoln Center.”

If you are interested in attending the Stamford performance on April 6, visit the Palace’s website. Above, you can see her performance of the Arlen-Harburg song, “Down With Love.”

Christina Hennessy

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