Audra Mcdonald

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Audra Mcdonald


Cox, Gordon, Variety


The most decorated star on Broadway regularly spends the night on the sidewalk. For the last few years, six-time Tony Award winner Audra McDonald has joined Sleep Out: Broadway Edition, which invites hundreds of members of the New York theater community to pass an entire night on the street, regardless of weather. The annual event is a fundraiser for Covenant House, the organization that helps homeless teens in 30 cities across six countries. ¶ McDonald first got to know Covenant House when she was working on "Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill," the 2014 Billie Holiday bio that earned her that sixth Tony She's since become a board member. Although she was initially spurred by Holiday's history (the blues singer was herself a homeless teen), McDonald's connection to the organization runs much deeper. "I'm trying to raise socially aware activists and feminists and citizens of the human race, and Covenant House really brought all of that more into focus," says the mother of two, whose youngest, Sally James, was born last year. …

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