Audra McDonald Takes A Cabaret Break

Source: Los Angeles Times

On the cusp of her Broadway return, starring in the controversial re-imagined production of “Porgy and Bess” (renamed “The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess”), four-time Tony Award winner Audra McDonald, 41, comes to Orange County on Oct. 15 for a cabaret performance, midway through a two-month cross-country tour.


Your Oct. 15 concert at Segerstrom Center is scheduled for a break between “The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess'” out-of-town and Broadway runs?

Yes, we have a couple of months off. We start back up with previews Dec. 17.

What can the audience look forward to?

They can look forward to hearing from composers like Kander and Ebb and Jule Styne and Stephen Sondheim, new musical theater composers like Adam Guettel. And Sheldon Harnick and Jerry Bock and Cole Porter.

And are you singing anything from “Porgy and Bess”?

I don’t think so. I have sung “Summertime” in the past in concert, but I probably won’t be doing anything. Bess doesn’t have any solos in the show. To do anything I sing in the show, I would need all my duetting partners with me.

And they’re a little cumbersome, I would think. Is this a natural break or this is an artistic break for you?

Concertizing? Actually, the concerts were all scheduled way before “Porgy and Bess” became an opportunity or possibility for me. I already had these concerts in place when “Porgy and Bess” dropped into my lap, and it was, how do we make both work?

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