NY City Center To Host 'An Evening With Audra McDonald' Benefit Performance

The New York City Center 2020 Gala is set! An Evening with Audra McDonald, filmed live on the City Center stage, will premiere December 9.

The 2020 Gala presentation will take place on Wednesday, December 9 at 7:30pm (pre-show events begin at 6:30pm). This special benefit will be presented digitally only at NYCityCenter.org and will be available on demand for one week only through Wednesday, December 16. Funds raised by all streamed performances will ensure City Center is able to continue its founding mission to provide access to the best in the performing arts to the widest possible audience and to support artists with new opportunities to create and perform.

“We are so excited and honored that the great Audra McDonald will be making her New York City Center debut as part of our annual gala presentation and our commitment to turning the lights back on at City Center,” said President & CEO Arlene Shuler in the press release. “While we may not be able to gather in celebration this year, I am delighted that we are able to capture Audra’s exceptional talent on our stage and bring the energy of this live performance directly to our audience.”

Longtime collaborator and music director Andy Einhorn will accompany the Tony, Grammy, and Emmy Award-winning McDonald for an intimate evening of songs showcasing her exceptional range from the golden age of Broadway and the Great American Songbook to today's new voices in musical theater.

Digital access for New York City Center’s 2020 Gala concert starts at $35 and goes on sale to the general public Monday, November 16, online at NYCityCenter.org.

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