Broadway mega star Audra McDonald recently went into the studio to record a new album, her first solo recording in seven years. NY1's Frank DiLella filed the following report.
Whether on stage or on film she's been giving off the "wow" factor for years and now five time Tony Award winner Audra McDonald is about to wow audiences once again with the release of her new solo album, "Go Back Home".
The new Broadway heavy recording gets its title from the song "Go Back Home" from the short-lived Kander and Ebb musical "The Scottsboro Boys". McDonald says she was touched by the show after seeing it a few years ago and feels like the song applies to her own life.
"It just spoke to me in the sense that I was finally coming back home. Literally, 'Porgy and Bess' had just finished its run in Boston was going to come to New York and I was going on tour and coming back to New York," recalls McDonald.
Kander and Ebb aside, on the album McDonald tackles music by Rodgers and Hammerstein, Michael John LaChiusa, and even songs by up and coming composers like Adam Gwon.
In addition, she finally recorded one of her concert staples: Stephen Sondheim's "The Glamorous Life" from the film version of "A Little Night Music". And that's another song McDonald says hits close to home.
"It scared me just sort of the subject matter. A daughter who is singing about a mommy who's too far away and away from home too often and I just immediately associated that with my daughter and felt immediately guilty and scared," says McDonald.
As for the overall message of the album, the Broadway leading lady again quoted a song, her final track.
"The last song on the album is 'Make Someone Happy'. It is about what home is. I want to get back there and this is what it is," says McDonald.
Audra's album will be available starting on May 21. You can catch her singing songs from "Go Back Home" in her television concert from Lincoln Center on PBS on Friday, May 24.