All posts tagged: Audra McDonald

theatre disaster

This morning, a comment from yesterday’s post reminded me of one of my favorite songs from the Gershwin opera Porgy and Bess. So naturally, I turned on the soundtrack and played it on repeat for most of the morning. Then, I started sifting through some of my post-it notes for an idea of what to write about today and found: It’s referring to a concert I went to at Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts to see possibly my  favorite performer of all time Audra McDonald. Some of you might know her from the TV show Private Practice, the 1999 movie version of Annie (she played Grace, Mr. Warbucks’s assistant), or Mother Abbess from the NBC Sound of Music Live! program a few years ago. She also regularly sings Yahoo! Answers with Jimmy Fallon on The Tonight Show! But I am much more familiar with her Broadway credits as Sarah from Ragtime, Lizzie from 110 in the Shade, and Bess from the recent revival of Porgy and Bess. Simply put, she is an astounding person …

Year 22: the Retrospective

“Looking back on 2014” seems like a weird thing. My mental concept of a year has never divvied up quite so easily. If I think only about 2014, that leaves out a whole half of my 4th year in college, for one thing. I’m much more comfortable defining the arbitrary beginnings and endings by semesters, academic years, plays I’m involved in… But, yesterday (if we’re being honest, it’s probably two days ago by the time I actually finish this post) was my 23rd birthday, and I thought, Hey! That’s actually kind of a logical division to make: Let’s take a look back on the year I was 22. January 20, 2014: 22nd Birthday spent with dear friends. I seem to remember they attempted some sort of surprise at Adam’s apartment that was not all too successful 🙂 At some point in January, I guess I also submitted my TAPIF application! Moving on to February, it snowed and snowed and snowed and snowed. We had so many Monday classes cancelled, notable only because I had one class that only …