The reality of Broadway Theater is that most shows don't have the longevity of 'The Phantom of the Opera' or 'Wicked' - both successful and unsuccessful productions open and close in theaters on a monthly basis. 'Shuffle Along' and 'Fully Committed' are two such shows.
Unless you've been living under a rock this year, you're probably well aware that "Hamilton" has quickly become Broadway's biggest sensation since it opened last August. In the whirlwind, a handful of other shows, including the Sara Bareilles-scored "Waitress," have been turning heads this spring with big resale ticket prices and continued demand.
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.
With the 2016 Tony Awards right around the corner, the last of the new shows will be beginning previews or opening in the next few months to secure eligibility for the for the 2015-2016 Broadway season. Along with the opening of new and revival productions, some shows must close to give way for the new ones taking their place.
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.