Saturday, Dec 14, 8-10 PM

Broadway legend Audra McDonald with Will Swenson & Seth Rudetsky

New Orleans Center for Creative Arts (NOCCA)

Mark Cortale proudly presents record-breaking six-time Tony Award-winner AUDRA MCDONALD in concert for one night only on March 31, 2020 at 8pm. During this Broadway @ NOCCA performance, she'll be joined by SETH RUDETSKY as pianist and host and by special guest WILL SWENSON. All proceeds from this evening of incredible songs and conversation will benefit The NOCCA Institute. Like most Broadway @ NOCCA events, the evening will be a seamless mix of intimate behind-the-scenes stories from one of Broadway's biggest stars, prompted by Rudetsky's probing, funny, revealing questions. And of course, Audra will sing some of the biggest hits from her musical theatre repertoire. It's a spontaneous evening of hilarity and show-stopping songs not to be missed. ABOUT THE ARTISTS AUDRA MCDONALD - the historic six-time Tony Award winner - just starred on-Broadway with Michael Shannon in the revival of Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune (NY TIMES Critics Pick). She holds the record for more Tony Best Performance wins than any other actor in history, and is the only person to win all four acting categories. In a four-star review of this show’s recent recent premiere at New York City’s famed Town Hall theatre, New York Stage Review said: “Each and every song was beyond wonderful; I mean, McDonald turned ‘Cornet Man’—a minor song from Funny Girl—into a veritable art song.” The performance will also include a special guest appearance by McDonald’s husband, Will Swenson, the Tony nominated star of “Hair” and “Pricilla, Queen of the Desert”. The couple married in 2012 and became parents together three years ago. SETH RUDETSKY is the afternoon host of Sirius/XM Satellite Radio's On Broadway, as well as the host of Seth Speaks on Sirius/XM Stars. As an author, he penned My Awesome/Awful Popularity Plan and the sequel, The Rise And Fall Of A Theater Geek (Random House), as well as three volumes of Seth's Broadway Diary featuring inside scoop and hilarious stories from all of the stars he's worked with. He co-wrote and co-starred in Disaster! (NY TIMES critics pick), which also premiered to rave reviews in London. In June 2016, Seth and his husband, James Wesley, co-produced a recording of "What The World Needs Now" with stars like Idina Menzel, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Carole King, and Audra McDonald which went to number one on iTunes and raised more than $100,000 for victims of the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando, Florida. (It's still raising money today. Buy it!). Seth and James have a foundation called Your Kids Our Kids that presented Concert For America, a coast-to-coast concert series featuring stars like Barry Manilow, Stephanie Mills, Vanessa Williams, Tina Fey, Randy Rainbow, and Audra McDonald that has raised money for five nonprofits working relentlessly since the 2016 presidential election. They also present Voices for The Voiceless, an annual, star-studded concert for You Gotta Believe, which helps older foster children find families, even if they've aged out of the system. If you want to hang out with Seth and James and a bunch of Broadway stars performing up a storm, join them on one of their cruises! In October 2020 their Transatlantic Crossing sails to England; in February 2020 they journey to the Caribbean; and in June 2020 they'll travel to The Adriatic and Greek Isles. There's more info at SethsBroadwayVacations.com.