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looks like audra will be a part of the next "live from lincoln center" broadcast - tomorrow night! check listings! Broadcast of Gala Concert Marks Temporary Closing of Famed Alice Tully Hall for Renovation; Tom Brokaw, Audra McDonald, Wynton Marsalis, Laurie Anderson, Philip Glass and Others Salute the Storied New York Concert Hall -
In late April, Lincoln Center will produce a star-studded gala concert saluting one of the countryâs most storied venues, Alice Tully Hall. The performance will be the last in the hall before the lights go out to complete renovations as part of Lincoln Center's multi-year transformation. LIVE FROM LINCOLN CENTER "Lincoln Center Special: A Gala Night at Alice Tully Hall" will incorporate segments from this concert with narrative feature clips that pay tribute to the legendary hall and footage of what's in store when Alice Tully Hall re-opens in fall 2008 at the start of Lincoln Center's 50th-anniversary season. "A Gala Night at Alice Tully Hall" airs Thursday, May 3, 2007, 8:00-9:30 p.m. ET on PBS. Former NBC news anchor Tom Brokaw, one of America's most recognized broadcast journalists, emcees.
Musicians and singers who have made frequent appearances at Alice Tully Hall will perform. Trumpeter and Jazz at Lincoln Center Artistic Director Wynton Marsalis and vocalist Audra McDonald join the Juilliard Orchestra, under the baton of David Robertson, to perform music from Leonard Bernstein's beloved West Side Story, which was set in the tenement neighborhood razed in the late 1950s to build Lincoln Center. Composer Philip Glass will make a rare appearance to play one of his solo piano etudes. Musician and performance artist Laurie Anderson will perform once again on the hall's stage. Members of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Alice Tully Hall's resident company, will play music of Mendelssohn.
Since it opened in 1969, Alice Tully Hall has been the setting for thousands of exciting events, from debuts and world premieres to star-studded openings and galas, including the New York Film Festival. Named for its principal benefactor, arts patron Alice Tully, the elegant 1,100-seat hall is considered one of New York City's premier theaters. After nearly 40 years of year-round use, the hall will undergo much-needed upgrades. Aesthetic transformations, designed by architects Diller Scofidio + Renfro in association with FX Fowle Architects, will create a soaring, three-story, all-glass outer lobby and an auditorium with innovative lighting that features translucent walls.
LIVE FROM LINCOLN CENTER has made the world's greatest artists accessible to home viewers in virtually every corner of the United States and remains the only series of live telecast performances on American television today. LIVE FROM LINCOLN CENTER, hosted by Beverly Sills, has received 12 Emmy Awards.
Underwriters: MetLife, Thomas H. Lee and Ann Tenenbaum, Robert Wood Johnson Jr. Charitable Trust, Fan Fox and Leslie R. Samuels Foundation, Inc., Irene Diamond Fund, Robert and Renee Belfer Family Foundation and National Endowment for the Arts.
Does anyone have a DVD of Audra's New Years Eve concert?I have lots to trade and would also be more than willing to pay! If you don't want to comment here you can always email me at ktrent(at)gmail.comTHANK YOU!
I am moving away from the city April 1, therefore sadly, I have to sell my 110 in the shade ticket for the first show April 13th.110 IN THE SHADEStudio 54New York, NYUSAFriday , 4/13/07 , 8:00PMRear Mezzanine CenterSection Row Seat Price RMZC LL 201 $51.25Total Convenience Fee for 1 seat $5.00Price for 1 seat $56.25Face Value. Anyone interested?- phyllis
EIGHT TO WATCH: Audra McDonaldBy BEN SISARIOPublished: February 25, 2007It took more than music to bring Audra McDonald back to Broadway.Though in the last seven years she has done just about everything else imaginable for a singer and actress — performed leading opera roles, given classical and pop concerts, won a Tony (her fourth) for “A Raisin in the Sun” and been nominated for an Emmy for “Wit” — she has not appeared in a Broadway musical since “Marie Christine” closed in 2000.On April 13 she begins performances of the Roundabout Theater Company’s revival of “110 in the Shade,” the 1963 show by N. Richard Nash with songs by Harvey Schmidt and Tom Jones (“The Fantasticks”).There have been plenty of opportunities to return, Ms. McDonald explained in a telephone interview the day before she was to open in Brecht and Weill’s “Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny” at the Los Angeles Opera. But nothing seemed quite right. Even when her friend and frequent collaborator, the director Lonny Price, approached her about “110 in the Shade,” it did not appeal.“I thought, ‘110 in the Shade,’ yeah, I kind of remember that,” she said. “The music is beautiful, but it’s kind of old-fashioned.”The change of mind came as she studied her character, Lizzie Curry, a plain-Jane spinster in a Depression-era Texas town parched by drought. When a loud confidence man, Bill Starbuck, comes around promising to bring rain, he also awakens powerful, tangled feelings in her about her sexuality and identity.“I began to fall in love with her,” Ms. McDonald said. “There is a universal feeling, a paradox of wanting to connect with someone but not wanting to give up who you are. She’s saying, ‘I’m plain, I’m big, I’m not your typical pretty girl, but that doesn’t mean I’m not vulnerable and don’t want and need someone in my life.’ Everybody has that little insecurity in them somewhere.”Overshadowed in the 1963-64 season by “Hello, Dolly!” and “Funny Girl,” the show became something of a cult favorite for its Coplandesque score, and like a certain other musical about a charismatic con man who blows through a Norman Rockwell town, it is a staple of amateur theater.For Ms. McDonald it is an unequivocal return to Broadway after a year of typically whirlwind, typically multidisciplinary activity. Last spring she starred in a double bill of Poulenc’s “Voix Humaine” and Michael John LaChiusa’s “send (who are you? I love you)” at the Houston Grand Opera.Then came an album, “Build a Bridge” (Nonesuch), with songs by pop songwriters like Randy Newman and Nellie McKay, and a tour. And a television movie of “A Raisin in the Sun.” And concerts with Lincoln Center’s American Songbook series and the New York Philharmonic. And “Mahagonny.”“This whole year ‘110’ has kind of been the carrot,” she said. “It’s going to bring me home in so many ways. Back home to New York, home to my house and my family, and home to Broadway.”
The City of Mahoganny (featuring: Audra McDonald, Patti LuPone, Anthony Dean Griffey) (it's not a broadway production but it's featuring broadway stars)A Peep Show: ( do what you want )ResourcesNote: Some of the text / ideas for text from these icons came from the LA OPERA synopsis found here
Well, in just a couple days, Audra opens in "The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahogany" with the LA Opera. In the meantime, if you head on over to their website, laopera.com, you are able to listen to a couple behind-the-scenes podcasts (one with Audra), and as of today, you can also view a rehearsal video clip. How cool is that?
So... who all caught Audra's New Year's Eve concert on PBS? Wasn't it wonderful?I think it was one of the best concerts... I loved her renditions of some of my favorite movie songs, especially "Pure Imagination" from Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. Question, however... towards the end, she sang a song called "May You Always". Does anyone know what movie this is from, if at all? All I could find on it was that the McGuire Sisters recorded it. I thought it was a beautiful song, especially when paired with "Auld Lang Syne" as Audra did.