Born in West Berlin in 1970,
Audra McDonald was raised in Fresno, California
a Juilliard Grad (1993) in Voice...and then an explosion!
Above from Ragtime, with Brian Stokes-Mitchell, 1998.
Audra has won more Tonys than ANY OTHER ARTIST:
for Carousel, Master Work, Ragtime, Porgy and Bess, A Raisin In The Sun...
...and most recently for
Lady Day at the Emerson Grill.
A veteran of stage, film, television, the concert stage, and recordings,
she seems to be a prize winner at it all.
Brian Stokes-Mitchell, another Californian (!),
was born in 1957,
and since 1988 (when he starred in an all-black revival of Oh Kay!),
he's been Broadway's go-to leading man, starring in
Ragtime, Kiss of the Spider Woman, Kiss Me Kate,
Jelly's Last Jam, Do Re Mi, Carnival, Sweeney Todd, et. al.
Above as Petruchio to Marin Mazzie's Kate,
for which he received a Tony (1999).
And then in Man Of La Mancha (2002)
a Tony nomination for Brian,
whose career includes TV appearances,
a gazillion voice overs and concert appearances.