Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Videos Of Vocal Performances By Audra McDonald

Edited by Azizi Powell

This post showcases seven videos of award winning vocalist and actress Audra McDonald.

The content of this post is presented for historical, entertainment, and aesthetic purposes. The copyrights remain with their owners.

My thanks to the Audra McDonald and vocalist/actor Norm Lewis for sharing their tremendous talents with the world. Thanks also to the composers for creating the music, and the musicians for performing it. My thanks also to the producers of these videos and the video uploaders.


"Audra Ann McDonald (born July 3, 1970) is an American actress and singer.She starred in the ABC television drama Private Practice as Dr. Naomi Bennett. She has appeared on the stage in both musicals and dramas, such as Ragtime, A Raisin in the Sun, and Porgy and Bess. She maintains an active concert and recording career, performing song cycles and operas as well as performing in concert throughout the US. She has won five Tony Awards for acting, tying the record held by Angela Lansbury and Julie Harris."

[These videos are presented in no particular order of preference.]

Video #1: Audra McDonald Performs "Summertime" - The Rosie Show - Oprah Winfrey Network

Published on Mar 2, 2012 by OWN

Broadway star Audra McDonald performs "Summertime" from the Gershwin classic Porgy and Bess.

Video #2: Audra McDonald & Norm Lewis perform "You Is My Woman Now" from Porgy & Bess

uploaded by wnycradio on Jan 18, 2012

Audra McDonald and Norm Lewis perform "You Is My Woman Now" from Porgy and Bess during a taping of Soundcheck Live in The Jerome L. Greene Performance Space.
Here's a comment from this video's viewer comment thread:
"What truly talented people can do with a brilliant score and concept, and in a studio-type setting! Singing and acting as you rarely find it. I'm an Audra fan, but she never fails to surprise me with the range of her overall talent."
-sealove36; May 2012;

Video #3: The Wizard of Oz - Over The Rainbow

Uploaded by pianodude on Jan 1, 2007

Audra McDonald Sings the Movies for New Year's Eve

Video #4: Stars and Moon - Audra McDonald

Uploaded by AudraMcDonaldFan on Mar 24, 2009

Audra McDonald in Concert

Video #5: The Glamorous Life- Audra McDonald

Uploaded by AudraMcDonaldFan on Mar 27, 2009

Here's a comment from this video's viewer comment thread:
"Some performances just bring a smile to my face. This is one of them. I absolutely ADORE this song AND this woman. Especially at 2:31.
-AtLastOnTheGround; 2010

Video #6: I Won't Mind- Audra McDonald

Uploaded by AudraMcDonaldFan on Mar 14, 2009
"She is the master at acting through song."
-lurvelysooz; 2010

"If we're really lucky, someone with this kind of talent emerges every generation or so."
-ers586; 2010

Video #7: A Little Bit in Love - Audra McDonald

Uploaded by castodivo on Apr 16, 2011

From the musical "Wonderful Town"
Music by Leonard Bernstein
Lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green
Recorded in 1999
Conducted by Sir Simon Rattle

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