Enjoy a pre-concert reception with open bar and one of the best silent auctions of the year. Followed by Audra McDonald LIVE IN CONCERT, presented by Broward Center & Mark Cortale. After the concert, enjoy a three-course meal in the Mary N. Porter Riverview Ballroom as we honor Paul Fasana and others at the museum’s largest fundraiser of the year.
4:30 – 9:00 pm
6 pm Performance
VIP Tickets include premier concert and dinner seating, plus a complimentary copy of Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill Original Broadway Cast Recording – Experience on disc the performance that won Audra McDonald her unprecedented sixth Tony Award.
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Audra McDonald is unparalleled in the breadth and versatility of her artistry as both singer and actress. The winner of a record-breaking six Tony Awards, two Grammy Awards and an Emmy Award, she was named one of Timemagazine’s 100 Most Influential People of 2015 and received a 2015 National Medal of Arts. With a luminous soprano voice and an incomparable gift for dramatic truth-telling, she is cherished on Broadway, opera and concert stages, film and television.
In addition to her professional obligations, McDonald is a passionate advocate for equal rights, LGBTQ causes, and underprivileged youth. McDonald’s outspoken activism for marriage equality helped put the issue on the national agenda. In 2009, she joined Twitter to promote the cause, using the Twitter handle @AudraEqualityMc, and in 2011 she joined Mario Batali and other pro-equality marchers in Albany to lobby New York state senators in the days leading up their groundbreaking vote for legalization. McDonald was featured in marriage equality and anti-bullying campaigns for Freedom to Marry, NOH8, and PFLAG NYC. In 2012, she and her now husband, actor Will Swenson, received PFLAG National’s Straight for Equality Award.