Audra McDonald born 1970
Born Berlin, Germany
Audra McDonald has captivated Broadway audiences since 1994 when, at the age of twentythree, she made her Tony Award–winning debut as Carrie Pipperidge in a critically acclaimed revival of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Carousel. Following that auspicious beginning, the Julliard-trained singer and actress has gone from strength to strength, collecting Tonys for her work in Master Class (1996), Ragtime (1998), A Raisin in the Sun (2004), and The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess (2012). In 2014 she earned a record-setting sixth Tony for her tour-de-force performance as Billie Holiday in Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill. With a repertoire ranging from jazz standards to opera, McDonald has achieved success beyond Broadway as a concert and recording artist. She delights in championing contemporary composers and has succeeded bringing their work to a wider audience. This dynamic portrait captures the energy and focus that McDonald brings to her performances.
Jesse Frohman (born 1958)
Inkjet print, 1999 (printed 2014)