Broadway legend to preform intimate set in the Hamptons10 Jun 2013 3:25 PM
Every year, the Guild Hall rings in Independence Day with an intimate and much?-anticipated performance by one of the leading lights in drama or music followed by a lavish dinner. The event has become a staple of the region's summer season, and owners of Hamptons real estate look forward to it with great excitement. Recently, it was announced that this year's concert would be given by Audra McDonald, one of Broadway's most respected and admired stars. In front of a small crowd of devoted fans, McDonald will run through a set of show tune classics and contemporary Broadway favorites.
Over the course of her career, McDonald has earned a reputation as one of the most poised and powerful performers. Starring roles in enduring favorites like "Ragtime," "Porgy and Bess" and "A Raisin in the Sun" have helped her cement her legacy as well as earn a record-tying five Tony Awards. In recent years, McDonald has made a smooth transition from Broadway stalwart to small screen star as a regular character on ABC's "Private Practice."
Despite her much-heralded television career, however, McDonald remains most famous for her one-of-a-kind musical chops. In addition to treading the boards in dozens of musicals, she has recorded several albums covering everything from American standards to jazz. This will be the hat she is wearing when she returns to the Hamptons for her upcoming performance.
In the small space, McDonald's rich and precise voice will carry the show, as longtime fans and newcomers alike will get to see the Broadway legend in her preferred habitat. Backed by a seasoned jazz ensemble, McDonald will no doubt demonstrate her versatility and aplomb. For many of the fans in attendance of the upcoming performance, this will be a chance to reconnect with the singer who many of her most ardent supporters felt abandoned by when she left the stage for the television screen.
Upon her true return to the stage in 2011, critics and supporters were enthusiastic in their belief that McDonald's true place was in musical theater. In a review from one of McDonald's first comeback performances, Stephen Holden, a critic for The New York Times, remarked at how seamlessly and flawlessly McDonald made her much awaited return.
"[McDonald is] a one-of-a-kind musical super-talent whose temporary sabbatical robbed the world of her singular gift at a moment when her voice was in its prime," Holden wrote.
A couple of years into her return, Hamptons residents will have a chance to see this singular talent once again in its rightful place.