Audra McDonald


Anyone sore at Audra MacDonald for bailing on the now-embalmed Private Practice to focus on her singing career really should experience the electric magic that happens when this five-time Tony Award winner takes the stage and approaches a microphone. Simply put, she inhabits and embodies standards like “Over The Rainbow” and “Summertime” so fully and effortlessly that it’s as if every song she tackles was originally written with her in mind. MacDonald’s winning combination of virtuosity, tonal purity, and emotional vulnerability will leave you wondering why she would use her voice for any other purpose.

Sat., Oct. 5, 8 p.m., 2013