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Audra McDonald Graces Essence Cover Before ‘Shuffle Along’ Opens >>

Six time Tony Award winner Audra McDonald, who is known to many as Dr. Naomi Bennett on ABC’s 'Private Practice,' graces the April 2016 cover of Essence magazine.Now, as her new play, 'Shuffle Along' is heading into Broadway previews, McDonald is talking about staying humble after winning so many honors. Check out the report below for a look at the April cover of Essence.

Audra McDonald & Plácido Domingo Among First Lincoln Center Hall of Fame Inductees

Audra McDonald & Plácido Domingo Among First Lincoln Center Hall of Fame Inductees >>

The first inductees into Lincoln Center's fledgling Hall of Fame arena have been announced. In the first round of names to make the cut are Louis Armstong, Plácido Domingo, Yo-Yo Ma, Audra McDonald, Leontyne Price and Harold Prince.

Audra McDonald & Plácido Domingo Among First Lincoln Center Hall of Fame Inductees

Audra McDonald & Plácido Domingo Among First Lincoln Center Hall of Fame Inductees >>

The first inductees into Lincoln Center's fledgling Hall of Fame arena have been announced. In the first round of names to make the cut are Louis Armstong, Plácido Domingo, Yo-Yo Ma, Audra McDonald, Leontyne Price and Harold Prince.

TimesTalks Presents Audra McDonald in Musical Revival of  'Shuffle Along'

TimesTalks Presents Audra McDonald in Musical Revival of 'Shuffle Along' >>

Audra McDonald has had a jam-packed year, what with a reprise role as Ms. Billie Holiday in the West End debut of "Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill" as well as a return to the critically acclaimed "Shuffle Along." For the latter, a TimesTalk will be held Friday, Feb. 19 to give audiences a deeper insight into the six-time Tony winner and her role in the 1921 musical.

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Audra McDonald Joins Lin-Manuel Miranda in #Ham4Ham 'Hamilton' Giveaway >>

For his next installation of #Ham4Ham, 'Hamilton' creator Lin-Manuel Miranda invited Ms. Audra McDonald to join him in singing a tune from the show entitled "Say No to This." While Mr. Miranda may have channeled his forefathers, Ms. McDonald went her own way and brought the spirit of Billie Holiday to the stage.

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Audra McDonald, Billie Holiday, West End, 'Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill' >>

A six-time Tony Award-winner, Audra McDonald is set to star as Billie Holiday in her upcoming West End debut in Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill. The production will begin performances June 25, preceding its official opening July 5 at Wyndham's Theatre, where it will run through September 3.

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Bryan Cranston, Neil Patrick Harris, Audra McDonald Among 2014 Tony Award Winners >>

But a bigger story out of the 2014 Broadway season didn't come so much from the winners' envelopes, but from the number of shows focussed on African-American culture or starring African-American performers.

Jefferson Mays and the cast of A Gentleman's Guide to Love & Murder

'Gentleman's Guide' Big Winner at 2014 Drama Desk Awards >>

But Off- or Off-Off Broadway shows were shut out in the Play and Musical categories.

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'Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder' Leads Tony Nominations >>

Rocky battles Hedwig in a wide-open field, but Harry Potter isn't even a contender.

Audra McDonald Contends Tony Legacy With a New Interpretation of the Late Billie Holiday in Price's 'Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill'

Audra McDonald Contends Tony Legacy with a New Interpretation of the Late Billie Holiday >>

Audra McDonald yearns to net a sixth for her portrayal of, none other, Billie Holiday. McDonald currently ties Angela Lansbury and the late Julie Harris for wins

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