Performance Wednesday, April 29, 2015 | 8 PM

Audra McDonald

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
This concert was originally scheduled for December 12, 2014. All tickets for the original date will be honored. Ticket holders with any questions should contact CarnegieCharge at 212-247-7800.

Audra McDonald
Musical America’s 2014 Musician of the Year, winner of a record-setting six Tony Awards and two Grammy Awards, and an artist The New York Times called “… a one-of-a-kind musical super-talent”—lights up the Carnegie Hall stage.


  • Audra McDonald, Vocalist
  • Andy Einhorn, Music Director and Piano
  • Mark Vanderpoel, Bass
  • Gene Lewin, Drums


  • JOHN KANDER / EBB "Sing Happy" from Flora the Red Menace (arr. Einhorn)
  • RODGERS / HAMMERSTEIN "Mister Snow" from Carousel
  • JOHN KANDER / EBB "Chief Cook and Bottle Washer" from The Rink (arr. Einhorn)
  • KAHN / DONALDSON "My Buddy" (arr. Einhorn)
  • PORTER "Lets Not Talk About Love" from Let's Face It (arr. Einhorn, additional lyrics by Larry Dachslager)
  • MALLOY "No One Else" from Natasha, Pierre, and The Great Comet of 1812
  • SCHWARTZ "Proud Lady" from The Baker's Wife (arr. Einhorn)
  • WEILL / ANDERSON "It Never Was You" from Knickerbocker Holiday (arr. David Lee)
  • BOCK/HARNICK "Vanilla Ice Cream" from She Loves Me
  • SHAINA TAUB "The Tale of Bear and Otter"
  • KANDER JOHN KANDER / FRED EBB "Maybe This Time" from Cabaret (arr. Einhorn)
  • LUCY SIMON / MARSHA NORMAN "How Could I Ever Know" from The Secret Garden
  • KATE MILLER-HEIDKE "Facebook Song" (arr. Einhorn)
  • KANDER / EBB "Go Back Home," from The Scottsboro Boys
  • HOLMES "The Writing on the Wall" from The Mystery of Edwin Drood
  • STYNE / COMDEN / GREEN "Make Someone Happy" from Do Re Mi
  • RODGERS / HAMMERSTEIN "Climb Ev'ry Mountain" from The Sound of Music

  • Encore:
  • ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER / TIM RICE "Rainbow High" from Evita
  • ARLEN / HARBURG "Over the Rainbow" from The Wizard of Oz (arr. Einhorn)

Event Duration

The program will last approximately 90 minutes with no intermission.


  • Audra McDonald

    Audra McDonald is unparalleled in the breadth and versatility of her artistry as both a singer and an actress. With a record six Tony Awards, two Grammy Awards, and a long list of other accolades to her name, she is among today's most highly regarded performers. Blessed with a luminous soprano and an incomparable gift for dramatic truth telling, she is equally at home on Broadway and opera stages as she is in roles on film and television. In addition to her theatrical work, she maintains a major career as a concert and recording artist, regularly appearing on the great stages of the world.

    Born into a musical family, Ms. McDonald grew up in Fresno, California, and received her classical vocal training at The Juilliard School. A year after graduating, she won her first Tony Award for Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Musical for Carousel at Lincoln Center Theater. She received two additional Tony Awards in the featured actress category over the next four years for her performances in the Broadway premieres of Terrence McNally's Master Class (1996) and his musical Ragtime (1998), earning her an unprecedented three Tony Awards before the age of 30. In 2004, she won her fourth Tony, starring alongside Sean "Diddy" Combs in A Raisin in the Sun, and in 2012 she won her fifth--and her first in the leading actress category--for her role in The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess. 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. In addition to setting the record for most competitive wins by an actor, she also became the first person to receive awards in all four acting categories. Ms. McDonald's other theater credits include The Secret Garden (1993), Marie Christine (1999), Henry IV (2004), 110 in the Shade (2007), and her Shakespeare in the Park debut in Twelfth Night (2009).

    Besides her six Tony wins, Ms. McDonald has received nominations for her performances in Marie Christine and 110 in the Shade. Her other accolades include five Drama Desk Awards, five Outer Critics Circle Awards, four NAACP Image Award nominations, an Ovation Award, a Theatre World Award, and the Drama League's 2000 Distinguished Achievement in Musical Theatre and 2012 Distinguished Performance awards. In 2013, she was named Musical America's Musician of the Year.

    Ms. McDonald made her opera debut in 2006 at Houston Grand Opera, where she starred in a double bill: Poulenc's monodrama La voix humaine and the world premiere of its companion piece, Send, written by one of Ms. McDonald's frequent collaborators, Michael John LaChiusa. She made her Los Angeles Opera debut in 2007, starring alongside Patti LuPone in John Doyle's production of Kurt Weill's Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny. The resulting recording won Ms. McDonald two Grammy Awards, one for Best Opera Recording and another for Best Classical Album.

    On the concert stage, Ms. McDonald has premiered music by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer John Adams and sung with virtually every major American orchestra. She made her Carnegie Hall debut in 1998 with the San Francisco Symphony under the baton of Michael Tilson Thomas in a season-opening concert that was broadcast live on PBS. Internationally, she returns to the BBC Proms in London--where she was only the second American in more than 100 years invited to appear as a guest soloist at the Last Night of the Proms--and to the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris, as well as to the London Symphony Orchestra and Berliner Philharmoniker.

    It was the Peabody Award-winning CBS program Having Our Say: The Delany Sisters' First 100 Years that first introduced Ms. McDonald to television audiences as a dramatic actress. After receiving her first Emmy nomination for her performance in the HBO film version of the Pulitzer Prize-winning play Wit, directed by Mike Nichols and starring Emma Thompson, Ms. McDonald returned to network television in 2003 in the political drama Mister Sterling. In 2008, she reprised her Tony-winning role in A Raisin in the Sun in a made-for-television movie adaptation, earning her a second Emmy nomination. From 2007 to 2011, she played Dr. Naomi Bennett on the hit ABC medical drama Private Practice. In 2013, her critically acclaimed performance as the Mother Abbess in NBC's live telecast of Rodgers and Hammerstein's The Sound of Music was watched by an estimated 18.5 million people across the US.

    As an exclusive Nonesuch recording artist, Ms. McDonald released her most recent album, Go Back Home, in 2013, marking her first solo disc in seven years. She has released four previous solo albums on the label, interpreting songs from the classic (Gershwin, Arlen, and Bernstein) to the contemporary (Michael John LaChiusa, Adam Guettel, and Ricky Ian Gordon). Her ensemble recordings include the acclaimed EMI version of Bernstein's Wonderful Town conducted by Sir Simon Rattle, the New York Philharmonic release of Sondheim's Sweeney Todd, and Dreamgirls in concert, as well as the first recording of Rodgers and Hammerstein's Allegro and Broadway cast albums of Carousel, Ragtime, Marie Christine, 110 in the Shade, The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess, and Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill.

    In addition to her professional obligations, Ms. McDonald is an ardent proponent of marriage equality. She sits on the advisory board of the advocacy organization Broadway Impact and has been featured in campaigns for Freedom to Marry, NOH8, and PFLAG NYC. A dog lover, she has two canine companions that she adopted from Eleventh Hour Rescue, a volunteer-based, non-profit organization that saves dogs from death row. In 2014, she joined the Covenant House International Board of Directors, which oversees programs for homeless youth in 27 cities in six countries across the United States, Canada, and Latin America.

    Of all her many roles, her favorites are the ones performed offstage: wife to her husband, actor Will Swenson, and mother to her daughter, Zoe Madeline.

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  • Andy Einhorn

    Andy Einhorn's Broadway credits include Rodgers + Hammerstein's Cinderella, Evita, Brief Encounter, The Light in the Piazza, and Sondheim on Sondheim. He most recently served as the music director and conductor for the Broadway production of Woody Allen's Bullets Over Broadway. His work on tour includes Sweeney Todd, The Light in the Piazza, Mamma Mia!, and The Lion King. He has additionally worked at Goodspeed Opera House, Signature Theatre, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, and Paper Mill Playhouse.

    Mr. Einhorn served as music director for HBO's Peabody Award-winning documentary Six by Sondheim and music supervisor for PBS's Great Performances Peabody Award-winning special "Broadway Musicals: A Jewish Legacy."

    Mr. Einhorn was principal vocal coach and pianist for Houston Grand Opera's An Evening with Audra McDonald, a double-bill of Poulenc's La voix humaine and Michael John LaChiusa's Send. He has served as music director and pianist for Ms. McDonald since the fall of 2011, performing with her at many venues, including Avery Fisher Hall and Carnegie Hall. Highlights of his 2014-2015 season engagements with Ms. McDonald include concerts at Walt Disney Concert Hall, Carnegie Hall, and Teatro Real in Madrid. He has also music directed for Barbara Cook at Feinstein's and Toronto's Royal Conservatory of Music.

    Mr. Einhorn's work can be heard on the original Broadway cast recording of Rodgers + Hammerstein's Cinderella, Evita, Bullets Over Broadway, and the Grammy nominated Sondheim on Sondheim. Other albums include Stage Door Canteen and Ms. McDonald's newest release, Go Back Home.

    Andy Einhorn is an honors graduate of Rice University.

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  • Mark Vanderpoel

    Mark Vanderpoel is a native of San Diego. He holds a bachelor's degree from the University of California, San Diego, where he studied with Bertram Turetzky, and a master's degree from the California Institute of the Arts. Mr. Vanderpoel is a former member of the San Diego Symphony, as well as various other chamber groups from the area, in addition to ensembles based in the Baja California region of Mexico. His extensive theater credits include Legally Blonde, Rodgers + Hammerstein's Cinderella, See What I Wanna See, Guys and Dolls, the PBS special A Broadway Celebration: In Performance at the White House, Jane Eyre, Bullets Over Broadway, and the current production of An American in Paris, among many others. Mr. Vanderpoel's stage and sideman credits include Audra McDonald, Kristin Chenoweth, Kelli O'Hara, Nancy Sinatra, Victoria Clark, Shirley Jones, Sir Cliff Richard, Deborah Voigt, Sandra Bernhard, Clay Aiken, Taylor Hicks, David Johansen, Sigur Rós, Jeff Beck, and Andrea Bocelli. Apart from music, his passions include surfing and using his Vitamix.

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  • Gene Lewin

    Gene Lewin appears on 34 CDs, with several more soon to be released. His eclectic discography ranges from the modern jazz of Fundementia to the electric-violin pop of GrooveLily. Several straight-ahead jazz projects and singer-songwriter efforts round out the list.

    Mr. Lewin drums, sings, and composes for GrooveLily, a trio that has been together for 16 years and has toured extensively in the US and Canada. While they have morphed through many different musical scenes (and hairstyles), they are now focused on creating hybrid musical theater--performances that feel both like concert and story. The trio's credits in this area include a production of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream (directed by Tina Landau), Striking 12, and the autobiographical show Wheelhouse.

    Mr. Lewin is also active in New York City's jazz scene, performing and recording with many well-respected singers and instrumentalists. He has appeared on CDs with bassists John Patitucci and Scott Colley, guitarists Ben Monder and Steve Cardenas, legendary tenor saxophonist George Coleman, bassist-vocalist Jay Leonhart, and many others.

    Originally an engineering major at Princeton University, Mr. Lewin soon changed paths and returned to school to receive a master's degree from the Manhattan School of Music in 1991. He sends love to his wife, Suzanne, and sons Elias and Jacob.

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"First You Dream" by Kander and Ebb
Audra McDonald, Vocalist

This performance is part of The Originals.