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Audra McDonald, a Living Legend

March 13, 2015 11:55 AM
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If there ever was a noted voice from heaven, I would have to say that this title belongs to Audra McDonald. Whenever you have the opportunity to witness an artist in a concert setting, you either fall deeper in love with them, or you are pushed away by their energy in this more intimate space. With McDonald, what you see on Broadway is what you get in person. The evening began with McDonald's grand entrance in a beautiful floor-length black gown and her own natural beauty. The first song on the bill was "Sing Happy," from FLORA AND THE RED MENACE. This melodious gem set the tone for the evening. Next up was a beautiful mash-up of "It Might as Well Be Spring," and "Hurry, It's Lovely Up Here."

As the evening progressed, there was no denying the dynamic relationship McDonald has with her music director and pianist Andy Einhorn. Their silly hand gestures used to segue from song to song gave us a glimpse into McDonald's sweet and charismatic sense of humor. This playfulness translated with w...

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