"When Audra McDonald is in full vocal command, as she was last Friday evening at Joe's Pub in the East Village, she conveys a transcendent dramatic authority that, depending on the selection, can carry a popular standard into a higher realm or lend an art song a pop accessibility," wrote Stephen Holden in the New York Times of May 3, 2001.
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Audra McDonald's compact disc Happy Songs, a collection of tunes from the 1930's and 1940's, was released on September 17, 2002, and can be ordered from amazon.com.

The songs include:

1. Ain't It De Truth?
2. Tess's Torch Song
3. I Must Have That Man!
4. Bambalele
5. I Wish I Were In Love Again
6. Supper Time
7. Ill Wind (You're Blowin' Me No Good
8. Beat My Dog
9. On A Turquoise Cloud
10. More Than You Know
11. See What I Wanna See
12. He Loves & She Loves
13. I Double Dare You
14. Lose That Long Face

Terry Teachout wrote in the
New York Times of October 27, 2002, "Her tangy soprano and powerfully evocative way with words are as effective on record as in concert. . . . 'Happy Songs' (Nonesuch), in fact, is as close to perfect as an album of standards performed by a theatrical singer can possibly be."
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"Audra McDonald made her long-overdue Carnegie Hall recital debut accompanied by a big band, singing material from "Happy Songs," her new Nonesuch CD, and proving for the umpteenth time that there is no smarter or more expressive theater singer to be heard anywhere," wrote Terry Teachout in the Washington Post of December 1, 2002.
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"Audra McDonald has been confirmed as the star of the Roundabout Theatre Company's upcoming revival of the Jones/Schmidt musical 110 in the Shade, one of the shows that has been announced as part of the theatre's starry 2006-2007 season."--broadwayworld.com
CD

Build a Bridge

1. God Give Me Strength
2. My Stupid Mouth
3. Build A Bridge
4. Cradle And All
5. I Wanna Get Married
6. Dividing Day
7. My Heart
8. Damned Ladies
9. Wonderful You
10. To a Child
11. Bein' Green
12. Tom Cat Goodbye
13. I Think It's Going To Rain Today

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