Porgy and Bess
The outcast of Catfish Row, Bess is addicted to alcohol and cocaine. A virtual prisoner of the villainous Crown, she finally finds love with Porgy, the community’s cripple.
One of the most honored stage actresses of her generation, Audra McDonald has won Tony Awards for Carousel, Master Class, Ragtime and A Raisin in the Sun. On a break from Broadway, she spent four seasons as Dr. Naomi Bennett on Private Practice.
Other Honors for This Role:
—Broadway.com Audience Choice Award nomination for Favorite Actress in a Musical
—Broadway.com Audience Choice Award nomination for Favorite Onstage Pair (with Norm Lewis)
—Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actress in a Musical
—Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Actress in a Musical
—Drama League Distinguished Performance Award
1994: Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical, Carousel
1996: Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Play, Master Class
1998: Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical, Ragtime
2000: Tony Award nomination for Best Actress in a Musical, Marie Christine
2004: Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Play, A Raisin in the Sun
2007: Tony Award nomination for Best Actress in a Musical, 110 in the Shade
McDonald named her daughter Zoe after her Master Class co-star and fellow four-time Tony winner Zoe Caldwell.
“It’s a role I've been thinking about for a very, very long time. It’s certainly been in my mind for years. I remember being at Juilliard and being frustrated and not sure I wanted to sing operatically and listening to Porgy and Bess over and over and saying, 'Well, if I were to do opera, that would be the one I would do.'” —McDonald in an opening night interview with Broadway.com, 1/12/12