Audra McDonald will receive Signature Theatre's 10th annual Stephen Sondheim Award, presented at a black-tie gala at the Embassy of Italy in Washington DC on March 4th.
McDonald has won 6 Tony Awards for her performances in Carousel, Master Class, Ragtime, A Raisin in the Sun, The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess, and Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill. She is also a Emmy-Award winner and a recipient of the National Medal of Arts by President Barack Obama for 2015. The Award states, "for lighting up Broadway as one of its brightest stars.... In musicals, concerts, operas, and the recording studio, her rich, soulful voice continues to take her audiences to new heights."
The Stephan Sondheim Award was created in 2009 to recognize the importance of Sondheim's work to Signature and theatre in general. Signature’s annual Sondheim Award Gala honors those who have contributed to the works of Stephen Sondheim and the canon of American musical theater. The Sondheim Award Gala benefits Signature’s artistic, education, and community outreach programs. Past recipients include Angela Lansbury, Bernadette Peters, Patti LuPone, and more!