Tuesday, October 10, 2006
Audra McDonald's Build a Bridge is as extraordinary as her previous solo efforts. Audra was born to sing Gershwin, Bernstein, Rodgers & Hammerstein and Sondheim, but she continues to ignore the clamouring of her fans for a more traditional Broadway album, instead choosing to showcase songs by contemporary songwriters. Not that I'm disappointed; Audra is one of those singers whose voice is so beautiful that even her rendition of the ABC's would be lauded. Audra's talent cannot be pidgeon-holed into one genre as evidenced by her forays into opera, television, straight plays and musical theatre. She continues to please audiences as evidenced by her four Tony Awards and sold out concert performances. Audra will be back on Broadway this spring at Roundabout in 110 in the Shade. But this week, Audra opens this season's American Songbook Series at Lincoln Center with two sold out performances at the Allen Room, the second of which will be telecast live on PBS on Live from Lincoln Center on Thursday night.