Actress and soprano Audra McDonald, winner of five Tony Awards and two Grammys, is the new host of Live from Lincoln Center. McDonald will appear on seven broadcasts from December 2012 through spring 2013, including the New York Philharmonic’s New Year’s Eve gala, One Singular Sensation: Celebrating Marvin Hamlisch.
The WNET icon performance series has not had a regular host since opera legend Beverly Sills, who died in 2007.
“Audra’s Lincoln Center roots run deep and wide,” said Elizabeth Scott, executive in charge of the series, in the announcement. “She’s performed on every major Lincoln Center stage.”
McDonald earned her first Tony for her role in Lincoln Center Theater’s 1994 production of Carousel. Over the years she’s appeared on Live from Lincoln Center numerous times, in Stephen Sondheim’s Passion with Patti Lupone; Audra McDonald and Friends: Build a Bridge with Elvis Costello and Rufus Wainwright; and Audra McDonald Sings the Movies with the New York Philharmonic. Most recently, she hosted The Philharmonic Opening Night Gala with Itzhak Perlman.
McDonald also co-starred in the ABC television drama Private Practice.