Five Reasons to See Audra McDonald on Saturday Night
The Kansas City Star
The acclaimed and multi-talented performer is appearing this weekend, Saturday, Nov. 16, at The Kauffman Center for Performing Arts. Here are five good reasons to see her show:
McDonald, who also starred as Dr. Naomi Bennett in Private Practice, is absurdly talented. She has won an armload of Tony Awards for roles in ‘A Raisin in the Son,’ ‘Carousel,’ and Ragtime, among others. Though best known for singing showtunes and jazz, McDonald’s versatility is astounding. She has operatic range and power, being recently named Musician of the Year by the classical music journal, ‘Musical America,’ yet has brilliantly covered pop songs by the likes of Neil Young and Elvis Costello.
You will get to see her in person before you see her on TV in ‘The Sound of Music Live!’ set for December 5 on NBC. In fact, you will likely see her sing “Edelweiss” from that musical, which she also performed for her latest record “Go Back Home.”
The show is a benefit for Kansas City Young Audiences, a non-profit group that helps connect local young people to the arts, meaning you can feel good about buying tickets.
You get to be inside Helzberg Hall with its almost bizarrely intimate acoustics. Arguably the finest venue for the performance of live music on the planet, Helzberg is such a fantastic space it could make an all-kazoo orchestra sound good.
McDonald, however, who takes the stage at 8:00 pm, will performing with the Kansas City Symphony and guest conductor Constantine Kitsopolou. The symphony, mercifully, does not include a single kazoo.