Audra McDonald has gone back home… And, that’s the title of her first solo record in seven years, “Go Back Home,” released at the end of May.
The five-time Tony winner features works by a wide range of musical theater composers and tips her hat to her roots on Broadway. For the past four years, she lived in Los Angeles, playing Dr. Naomi Bennett on ABC’s hit medical drama “Private Practice” and trying new creative ventures, but the Grammy Award-winning soprano wanted to return to New York full time — and record again.
Jeffrey Brown sat down with her recently in Washington to talk about her latest album, her varied career and her record-tying fifth Tony Award last year for her role in the Gershwins’ “Porgy and Bess,” re-imagined by director Diane Paulus and Pulitzer-winning playwright Suzan-Lori Parks The revived production was controversial and criticized by the likes of composer and lyricist Stephen Sondheim.
McDonald plays Bess in the revival of the opera that debuted on Broadway in 1935. It’s set in the fictional, poor, African-American fishing community named Catfish Row on the South Carolina coast. Tune in tonight to watch our profile of McDonald.