From Broadway to Nashville at The Gallo Center
An Evening with Audra McDonald – Sept. 5, 8 p.m. $39 -89
With six Tony Awards to her name, unprecedentedly awarded in all four acting categories, Audra McDonald is one of the greatest stars Broadway has ever seen. She’s renowned for her enchanting soprano, and for her dramatic performances in plays such as “Carousel,” “Ragtime,” “A Raisin in the Sun,” and “Porgy and Bess.”
This Fresno native will appear at Modesto’s Gallo Center for the Arts in September, one of just two California appearances on her upcoming tour. McDonald’s other California performance will be at the Hollywood Bowl, with the Los Angeles Philharmonic.
Fans of the small screen might recognize McDonald from her starring role in the ABC television drama “Private Practice,” or from NBC’s “The Sound of Music LIVE.” Or they may recognize McDonald’s voice from her Grammy Award-winning albums, or from a guest appearance on the Disney series “Doc McStuffins.”
McDonald was recently named to “TIME” magazine’s 2015 TIME 100, a list of the 100 most influential people in the world. She performed at Joan Rivers’ funeral and the BCS National Championship. And, yes, she will perform in Modesto, on Sept. 5, at a performance that should not be missed.
It was no surprise, then, when Rosanne Cash hit in big in 1981 with her breakthrough hit “Seven Year Ache.” With eleven top 10 hits to her name and two No. 1 albums, Rosanne Cash has established herself as a premiere country and folk musician, producing the sort of Americana that would make her father proud.
Unlike most artists, Rosanne Cash has only improved and evolved as she has aged. Her early ‘90s albums “Interiors” and “The Wheel” marked a more emotional move away from radio-friendly country-pop.
Cash’s most recent album “The River & the Thread,” co-written with her husband, Grammy Award-wining musician John Leventhal, earned universal acclaim upon its 2014 release. Cash and Leventhal will perform as a duo at the Gallo Center on Oct. 17, playing songs both new and old as they interweave personal stories in a touchingly personal performance.