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Audra Mcdonald To Make West End Debut In Billie Holiday Play


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The Private Practice star won a Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Play in 2014 for her portrayal of the singer in the Broadway production, which focuses on one of Holiday's last performances at a small Philadelphia bar shortly before her death in 1959.

She reprised the role for a one-off televised performance in New Orleans, Louisiana in 2014, and she will step into Holiday's shoes for a third time when the show moves to London in June (16).

"It's just never come together before for an actual play or musical," MCDonald tells Britain's Daily Mail newspaper. "London is my second favourite city in the world, and I've always wanted to perform in the West End... I'm just so tickled that it's finally coming together and I'm especially thrilled it's this particular project."

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Ricki And The Flash Review

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Meryl Streep is having so much fun playing an ageing rocker that the audience only barely registers that this film isn't nearly as deep as it's pretending to be. There are some very nice observations about the messy ties that hold families together, as well as the fragility of dreams, but the real draw here is seeing Streep tearing up the screen, whether she's singing rock-n-roll classics or indulging in some spirited on-screen drama with her real-life daughter Mamie Gummer.

Streep plays Ricki, who has ended up singing in a shady Los Angeles bar with her on-off boyfriend Greg (Rick Springfield) and their band The Flash. Then she gets a call from her ex-husband Pete (Kevin Kline) saying that their daughter Julie (Gummer) has fallen into a deep depression and needs her mom. So Ricki heads home to Indianapolis, where she also has to face her two sons (Nick Westrate and Sebastian Stan), both of whom feel like they've been ignored by their childish mother and don't want much to do with her. So as she helps Julie cheer up, she's dealing with her sons, clashing with Pete's wife Maureen (Audra McDonald) and wondering why she's so reluctant about settling down with Greg.

None of this is terribly complicated, but the script is by Diablo Cody, who won an Oscar for Juno and also wrote the similarly themed Young Adult. She packs the dialogue with barbed wit that slices right to the core of these characters, bringing out crisp insights and dark emotions. The character interaction is often magical, including Streep's reignited chemistry with Kline (they first sparked together more than 30 years ago in Sophie's Choice). Her scenes with Gummer have an effortless crackle of authenticity, as do her biting chats with McDonald. In fact, the only weak moments are her off-stage scenes with Springfield, who expresses himself better with a guitar in his hands.

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Ricki And The Flash - International Trailer


Ricki Rendazzo is a rock star who gave up everything to pursue her dream of stardom. But when her ex-husband Pete asks her to visit Chicago and help their estranged, divorced daughter Julie through a difficult time, she's given a chance to make amends with the family she abandoned for a life of fame and fortune. Taking her shot at redemption, Ricki faces the music and tries to make up for lost time. Meryl Streep stars opposite her real-life daughter Mamie Gummer for the third time. They previously starred in Heartburn (1986) and Evening (2007) together.

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Ricki And The Flash - Teaser Trailer


Ricki Rendazzo is a veteran rockstar as part of her band Ricki And The Flash. She's adored by so many people in the world apart from the people who matter the most; her family. While on tour (as usual) she gets a call from her ex-husband Pete telling her that her daughter Julie has been dumped by her partner Max for another woman. Realising finally that her presence is needed, she drops everything and rushes to her daughter's aid - though, as it turns out, Julie is far from grateful. She and her brother have been forced to spend their most cherished memories without Ricki there, with their stepmother Maureen taking on the role as a proper mother to them. Ricki's son doesn't want her at his forthcoming wedding either, so it seems Ricki has a lot of making up to do if she wants to have a hope of re-connecting with her loved ones.

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Hamilton Opening Night Arrivals

Audra McDonald - Opening night of the Alexander Hamilton bio-musical Hamilton, at the Public Theater - Arrivals. at Public Theater, - New York, New York, United States - Tuesday 17th February 2015

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Audra McDonald Backstage At Broadway's Aladdin

Clifton Davis, Adam Jacobs, Audra McDonald, Steel Burkhardt, Courtney Reed, James Monroe Iglehart and Cast - Six-time Tony award winner Audra McDonald visits the cast of the Broadway musical Aladdin at the New Amsterdam Theatre - Backstage. at New Amsterdam Theatre, - New York, New York, United States - Saturday 3rd January 2015

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Howard Stern Fought Back Tears At Joan Rivers' Funeral


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Howard Stern had tears in his eyes as he made his speech at Joan Rivers' funeral.

The comedian and television and radio personality - who delivered the eulogy at the memorial service at the Temple Emanu-El in Manhattan, New York - is said to have struggled to fight back tears as he stood in front of the legendary comedienne's friends and family.

TV host Hoda Kotb told USA Today: ''He was such a surprise when he got up and spoke. He was teary.''

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Broadway Barks 16 - Arrivals

Audra McDonald - Broadway Barks 16, a star-studded animal adoption event held in Shubert Alley - Arrivals. - New York, New York, United States - Saturday 12th July 2014

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Time Magazine Editor Takes Issue With Audra Mcdonald's Tony Awards Speech


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Record-breaking Tony Award winner Audra McDonald has come under fire from Time magazine editor Belinda Luscombe for thanking her parents for not medicating their hyperactive daughter in her acceptance speech.

The Broadway legend became the first actor to pick up six Tonys on Sunday night (08Jun14), but her emotional speech, during which she gushed over her husband and their kids, has drawn criticism.

And one parent of a hyperactive child, Luscombe, has taken issue at what MCDonald suggested when she said, "I want to thank my mom and my dad up in heaven for disobeying the doctors orders and not medicating their hyperactive daughter, and finding out what she was into instead, and pushing her into the theatre."

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Late Show With David Letterman

Audra McDonald - Celebrities outside the Ed Sullivan Theater for their taping on the Late Show with David Letterman - New York City, New York, United States - Wednesday 11th June 2014

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Audra Mcdonald and Tony Award Winner Six Times In A Row
Audra Mcdonald and Tony Award Winner Six Times In A Row
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Audra McDonald Thanks Parents, NOT Hyperactivity Meds For Record Tony Win


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Audra McDonald made news at Sunday night’s Tony awards, not just with her record, sixth win, but with her emotional speech as well. When she won  the award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play for her role as Billie Holiday in "Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill", the Broadway legend had this to say (quoted via ABC News): “Thanks mom and dad up in heaven for disobeying doctors' orders and not medicating their hyperactive girl, and find[ing] out what she was into and, instead, pushing her into the theater.”

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The actress' sixth Tony tops Angela Lansbury and Julie Harris' record.

While the medication comment has since stirred up some old debates about ADHD and hyperactivity medication, her speech clearly struck a chord with the in-house crowd.

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The 68th Annual Tony Awards - Press Room

Audra McDonald - The 68th Annual Tony Awards - Press Room - New York City, New York, United States - Sunday 8th June 2014

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Bryan Cranston Wins First Tony Award


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Bryan Cranston has won a Tony Award for his Broadway debut.

The 'Breaking Bad' star picked up Best Lead Actor in a Play for his role as former President Lyndon B. Johnson in Robert Schenkkan's 'All The Way', beating the likes of Chris O'Dowd in 'Of Mice and Men' to the title.

The multiple Emmy award winner, best known for playing chemistry teacher-turned-drug lord Walter White, scored his first ever theatre prize as 'All The Way' was also crowned Best Play.

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Audra Mcdonald Makes Tony Awards History, Hedwig Triumphs


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Broadway star Audra McDonald made history at the Tony Awards on Sunday night (08Jun14) when she became the most decorated actress on the New York stage.

MCDonald picked up her sixth Tony for portraying jazz and blues legend Billie Holiday in Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill, putting her ahead of five-time winners Angela Lansbury and the late Julie Harris for the most competitive wins by a Broadway star.

The Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play win also gave MCDonald the first Tony Awards grand slam - she has previously won gold as a best featured actress in a play (A Raisin in the Sun and Master Class), a best lead actress in a musical (The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess) and a best featured actress in a musical (Ragtime and Carousel).

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Audra Mcdonald Makes Tony Awards History With Sixth Win


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Broadway star Audra McDonald made history at the Tony Awards on Sunday night (08Jun14) when she became the most decorated actress on the New York stage.

MCDonald picked up her sixth Tony for portraying jazz and blues legend Billie Holiday in Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill, putting her ahead of five-time winners Angela Lansbury and the late Julie Harris for the most competitive wins by a Broadway star.

The Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play win also gave MCDonald the first Tony Awards grand slam - she has previously won gold as a best featured actress in a play (A Raisin in the Sun and Master Class), a best lead actress in a musical (The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess) and a best featured actress in a musical (Ragtime and Carousel).

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3rd July, 1970

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