There are certain performers that people have a hard time taking their eyes off of. It isn’t about having a presence, it’s about facial expressions, movements and most importantly a voice. Audra McDonald is one of those people. The problem with many of her variety show and charity performances is that Producers are always combining her with other just as or almost as amazing performers. In the video below you’ll see her along side two amazing women, Marin Mazzie and Judy Kuhn, who can sing, but lack Audra’s ability to to create emotions from their faces that pull in an audience and make them feel whatever the Actor wants. However, when you get three voices and an actress like Audra McDonald on a stage together and have them belting out some of the most loved showtunes during a tribute to Andrew Lloyd Webber, you get a holy sh*t and OMG that was an amazing performance and something you won’t soon forget. Unlike the Oscars and the Grammys, broadway charity and tribute shows can combine songs, talents and also create mashups that traditional entertainment shows can never pull off.
The Grammy awards may have a ton of great singers, but unfortunately they do not have the ability to get people that can belt out and create blended voices (not harmonies) while taking three gorgeous songs and turning them into one incredible medley. This is something that is almost exclusively reserved for Broadway and theatre. That’s what makes the Tony Awards and tribute shows so amazing. Instead of just listening to a cast perform a song from their show, you get things like Avenue Jew, The cast of Spring Awakening Auditioning for Grease and even events like Bravo TV’s featured Best of Broadway that brought us incredible performances from Linda Eder, Adam Pascal and a ton of amazing talent from numerous other Broadway Veterans. I’ll post a few of those videos later this week. I don’t the Bravo show was for charity though, I think it was just for Bravo to bring a ton of talent onto their Network and make a ton of money. With that said, the music and performances were incredible and they really did an amazing job.
If you ever get a chance to go to a Broadway fundraiser or charity event, or even a tribute to a composer or Broadway legend, go. You’ll get to see so much talent performing things you’ve never heard of. It may be the only time you ever see numerous stars performing insane songs together, in one place and songs that are normally saved for soloists. You will more than likely also get to experience hearing showtunes from musicals that haven’t run or been on stage in decades making these events once in a lifetime experiences that may never come again. If you are planning a trip to NYC and haven’t figured out when you want to go, try to schedule it around one of these events. You’ll absolutely thrilled you got to see one. Audra’s performance singing “Love Changes Everything” is amazing and the other two performers Marin Mazzie and Judy Kuhn did an incredible job with their songs. The three really created an OMG and Holy Sh*t moment that we are lucky enough to have on film. Please feel free to leave a comment below if you like or didn’t like the performance and also feel free to share this post on Facebook and Twitter by using the buttons at the top of the post.