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  Audra McDonald

Many young girls dream of stardom on the Broadway stage. The few who achieve it share talent, dedication, and a consuming passion for their art, but for one of that rare company to stand out among all the others requires something more. More than a luminous stage presence, more than a luscious voice and impeccable musicianship, Audra McDonald brings to every song and every role, old or new, the deeper insight that finds the human being inside the character, and pierces the heart of all who hear her.

As a little girl in Fresno, California, her parents encouraged her to join a theater group to channel her hyperactive energy. She became a local favorite and went on to study classical singing at New York's Juilliard School. She made her Broadway debut before graduating, and had won three Tony Awards before the age of 30.

Equally at home in dramas and musicals, she has won six Tonys to date -- an all-time record -- for her performances in the musicals Carousel, Ragtime, and Porgy and Bess, and in the dramatic plays Master Class, A Raisin in the Sun and Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill. In addition to dominating the Broadway stage, Audra McDonald has made successful forays into grand opera. She enjoys a successful career in film and television, and as a recording artist, and regularly appears in concert with America's greatest orchestras.

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