Audra McDonald to Record Scottsboro Boys Song ‘Go Back Home’ for Her Upcoming Solo Album

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audra-mcdonald-2Audra McDonald is currently working on her fifth studio album for Nonesuch Records. No release date or track list has been announced, but we do have a title and song. McDonald’s album will be called “Go Back Home” and will feature the John Kander and Fred Ebb song of the same name. The tune was originally performed in the musical The Scottsboro Boys, performed by one of McDonald’s Porgy and Bess fellow cast-mates, Joshua Henry.

Audra McDonalds previous studio albums include “Way Back to Paradise,” “How Glory Goes,” “Happy Songs,” and “Build a Bridge.”

McDonald made her Broadway debut in The Secret Garden, while still a classical voice student at The Juilliard School. Before long, she earned her first of five Tony Awards for her role in Lincoln Center Theater’s 1994 production of Carousel. Her career quickly skyrocketed from Broadway, concert halls, and recording studios to film and television and she is currently host of a series of seven concerts, Live from Lincoln Center, which will conclude in the spring of 2013.

McDonald starred in ABC’s Private Practice from 2007-2011. In 2012, she returned to Broadway and won the Tony Award for Best Actress for her role in The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess.  With this honor, she became the youngest actor, and first African American, to earn five Tonys, joining Julie Harris and Angela Lansbury as the only performers in Tony history to win five Tony awards.