An Intimate Evening With Audra McDonald
Thursday, April 6, 2017, 7 p.m.
Hotel ZaZa, 5701 Main Street
On Thursday, April 6, 2017, Houston Arts Alliance (HAA) welcomed six-time Tony Award winning actress and singer, Audra McDonald to its annual fundraising dinner, An Intimate Evening with…. McDonald, who currently plays Madame Guaderobe in the live-action remake of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, captivated the audience with her performance, which included a number of her personal favorites, including two lullabies, several songs from the Great American Songbook, and an introduction to the work of several of her favorite new songwriters and composers.
Led by Chairman of the Board, Philamena Baird, Event-Co Chairs Regina Garcia and George Lancaster and Honorary Chairs Phoebe and Bobby Tudor, this special evening honored Minnettte Boesel, former assistant for Cultural Affairs to Mayors Annise Parker and Bill White, and the late Stephanie Smither, a self-taught art collector, philanthropist and Smither Park namesake.
Funds raised during An Intimate Evening with Audra McDonald will be used to support Capacity Building services which provide programming to help arts organizations and individual artists be effective stewards of their resources. Capacity Building focuses on strengthening the business acumen of the creative sector and helping organizations expand their audiences. Services range from professional development workshops for the creative sector to database management, customer relationship management and crowdsource funding.
Chairman of the Board
Pheobe and Bobby Tudor
ABOUT AUDRA MCDONALD
Audra McDonald is unparalleled in the breadth and versatility of her artistry, as both a singer and an actress. In 2014, she made Broadway history and became the Tony Awards’ most decorated performer when she won her sixth award for her portrayal of Billie Holiday in Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill. Her first award was for her role as Carrie Pipperidge in the 1994 revival of Carousel. In addition to setting the record for most competitive wins by an actor, McDonald is the first and only person to receive awards in all four acting categories. McDonald was last seen on Broadway as Lottie Gee in Shuffle Along, Or, The Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed.
In addition to her Tony Awards, McDonald also has two Grammy Awards, an Emmy Award, and a long list of other accolades including five Drama Desk Awards, five Outer Critics Circle Awards, four NAACP Image Awards nominations, an Ovation Award, a Theatre World Award, the Drama League’s 2000 Distinguished Achievement in Musical Theatre and 2012 Distinguished Performance Award, and the 2015 Rockefeller Award for Creativity. In 2015, she was named to the Time 100—Time magazine’s list of the most influential people in the world.
Gifted with a luminous soprano and an incomparable gift for dramatic truth telling, she is equally at home on Broadway and opera stages. McDonald made her opera debut in 2006 at Houston Grand Opera!