Audra McDonald

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  • Birth Name: Audra Ann McDonald
  • Birth Place: Berlin, Germany
  • Date of Birth / Zodiac Sign: 07/03/1970, Cancer
  • Profession: Actor; singer
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Monday Review: Six by Sondheim

Few love words as passionately as Broadway's master composer-lyricist Stephen Sondheim, but there's one word that makes him cringe: "Hummable," a quality some (erroneously) find lacking in his challenging, rewarding scores. "Drives me up the wall," he growls.

Which is why it's such an ironic delight when Sondheim performs as part of a new staging of his autobiographical "Opening Doors" production number (from the initially flop musical Merrily We Roll Along), playing a producer who bullies a team of young songwriters to conjure a "humm-umm-able melody."

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Review: NBC's Live The Sound of Music

When The Sound of Music sang, it soared. And scored, attracting an astounding 18.5 million viewers Thursday during NBC's ambitious three-hour live broadcast of the enduring Rodgers & Hammerstein classic. Climb every ratings mountain, indeed.

With stunning sets and backdrops, generally gorgeous and enjoyable singing — Those nuns! Those kids! — and fluid direction that attempted to minimize the vacuum effect of people performing to an otherwise empty and hollow-sounding soundstage, this was a pleasurable one-night-only stunt that felt like a major TV event. Trust me, there will be more where this came from. (Let's start casting The King and I now.)

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Watch the Performances From The Sound of Music Live!

Were the hills actually alive with the Sound of Music Thursday?

Carrie Underwood and Stephen Moyer were tasked with filling the shoes of Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer in the three-hour live production for NBC. Unfortunately, the pair lacked any semblance of chemistry and Underwood's acting chops weren't nearly as strong as her vocals.

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It Runs In the Family
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It Runs In The Family (2003)
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It Runs In The Family (2003)
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Cradle Will Rock

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Halloween Scary Combinations
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Celebration! Stephanie Blythe Meets Kate Smith
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Kristin Chenoweth: The Dames of Broadway... All of 'Em!!!!
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The Good Wife: Runnin' With the Devil

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Credits

Year Title Description
2013 The Sound of Music Live! TV Show Series, Actor - Mother Abbess
2013 Broadway Profiles TV Show Series, Appearing
2011 Kennedy Center Honors TV Show Series, Appearing
2009 The Music Instinct TV Show Series, Narrator
2009 Tony Awards TV Show Series, Appearing

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News

Wednesday Review: Mob City, Kristie, Arrow's Flash-y Newbie

A deluxe if derivative wallow in crime awaits viewers of TNT's Mob City (Wednesday, 9/8c) a six-hour primer in film noir attitude from The Walking Dead's Frank Darabont that's as sleek as the brilliantine in "fixer" Milo Ventimiglia's impeccably styled hair. Saturated in neon hues and evocative shadows, this limited-run series (airing in two-hour blocks over three Wednesdays) is gorgeous to behold even when it lays on the noir trappings awfully thick.

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Carrie Underwood Responds to Hate Tweets About Sound of Music Live

The Sound of Music Live doesn't air until Dec. 5, but Carrie Underwood is already taking heat from fans of the beloved 1965 movie musical starring Julie Andrews.

"I get hate tweets and stuff like... read more

Carrie Underwood and Stephen Moyer Prepare for The Sound of Music Live

Imagine for a moment that it's Thursday at 8pm. You innocently turn on your TV and flip to NBC, thinking maybe you'll catch an episode of Parks and Recreation. Instead, you encounter what is surely destined to be one of the most curious, ambitious and generally nutso undertakings in recent media history: A live (!), three-hour (!!) production of The Sound of Music, featuring country superstar Carrie Underwood (!!!) as Maria von Trapp.

Rest assured, you haven't been smoking edelweiss. This reimagining of the beloved classic about a plucky nun-turned-governess, her irresistible charges and their widower ­father in Nazi-occupied Austria is actually happening on network television... read more

VIDEO: Get a First Look at NBC's The Sound of Music

The hills are alive!

NBC is airing a one-time-only live version of The Sound of Music on Dec. 5, starring Carrie UnderwoodStephen MoyerAudra McDonald and Laura Benanti

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VIDEO: Carrie Underwood Sings and Stephen Moyer Dances in Sound of Music Live! Promo

There's less than a month to go until The Sound of Music Live! premieres on NBC on Thursday, Dec. 5. Fortunately, the production's cast already looks hard at work in rehearsals for the famed Rogers & Hammerstein musical.

In this new promo for the three-hour special, fans get to hear star Carrie Underwood perform not one but... read more

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