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NEWS: Audra McDonald back in the West End

By PAUL COUCH

Six-time Tony Award winner Audra McDonald is to return to London’s West End in April for four concerts at Leicester Square Theatre, where she sold out shows last year, it’s been announced today [3 January 2017].

The Broadway legend will be joined on stage, this time by host and pianist Seth Rudetsky, who last month starred in the five-star London premiere of his Broadway musical Disaster!, from 12 – 15 April.

Will Swenson and Seth Rudetsky

L-R: Will Swenson and Seth Rudetsky

The performances will also include a special guest appearance by McDonald’s husband, Will Swenson (the Tony-nominated star of Hair and Pricilla, Queen of the Desert”), and are produced by Mark Cortale.

The format of the evening will be a mix of intimate behind-the-scenes stories from one of Broadway’s biggest stars – prompted by Rudetsky’s probing, funny, revealing questions – and Audra singing some of the biggest hits from her musical theatre repertoire.

McDonald holds the record for more Tony Best Performance wins than any other actor and is the only person to win all four acting categories. She became a three-time Tony Award winner by the age of 28 for her performances in Carousel, Master Class, and Ragtime, placing her alongside Shirley Booth, Gwen Verdon and Zero Mostel by accomplishing this feat within five years. She married Swenson in 2012.

Runs from 12 – 15 April 2017 | Main image: Michael Wilson

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