Another song from this fascinating Opera/Musical by John Adams. This features not only Audra but MARIN MAZZIE. It also starts off with a heavenly a capella trio. ALSO Audra sings the phrase “And then there’s the curly hair, just below the belly button”. It’s the best part of your day.
Once upon a 2006 I went out with this guy from the briefest of weeks, during which he played an excerpt from some opera (sorta) with Audra McDonald about earthquakes with a very long title. The fact that it has taken me this long to track down the CD is ABHORRENT. It was worth the wait—it’s pretty great and this solo is lovely.
Tony award winning actress and singer Audra McDonald’s latest album is titled Go Back Home. Host Michel Martin speaks with McDonald about how being a mother, and losing her father in a plane crash, inspired her new songs.
As the woman who sang Irving Berlin’s lynching-themed ballad “Suppertime” on an album titled Happy Songs, Audra McDonald has always had a whimsical relationship with the concept of happiness. This lush and somewhat melancholy arrangement of the-only-song-from-Do-Re-Mi-that-anyone-has-heard-of is a welcome addition to the cannon of Audra’s bittersweet/joyous songs.
One of the things I love most about Audra McDonald’s new album (my copy of which arrived today before it hits stores on the 21st) is a return on her part to promoting emerging music theater writers. In this case, Adam Gwon. She also includes numbers by Adam Guettel and Michael John LaChiusa, whose work she featured on her first albums when they were “emerging” as well.