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Tony Award-Winner holds First Concert in Four Years

Audra McDonald

Audra McDonald

By Linda East Brady

Broadway star Audra McDonald, winner of a record-tying five Tony Awards, most recently for her breathtaking performance in the title role of “Porgy and Bess,” is returns to the concert stage in a national tour that brings her to Ogden for the very first time.

Even those who have not followed her stellar stage career may know her from her four seasons as Dr. Naomi Bennett on the ABC hit “Private Practice,” and her guest roles on other popular dramas.

Or maybe you know her as the gal who in 2012 married Utah actor/director Will Swenson (“The Singles Ward,” “Sons of Provo”). They performed together in “110 Degrees in the Shade,” a benefit for the Orem Hale Theatre, in 2010.

But long before the stage accolades, before the romance with her now-husband, came the incredible voice, a voice that was on display Saturday, Sept. 7, in Weber State University’s Austad Auditorium.

This marks McDonald’s first concert tour in four years. The performances ws centered around her new album, “Go Back Home,” said McDonald, calling from home in New York.

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