Audra McDonald Lights the Night

A belle was busy on Sunday y’all. We saw the Neely’s earlier that day and were invited to attend Audra McDonald’s show at the Leslie Stephen Wright Center, or Wright Center as we fondly call it. McDonald is a four-time Tony award winner and mega talented. A belle hadn’t heard of her before, but we’re sure happy we do now. We adore Broadway so this was the perfect 90 minute show for us being that McDonald sang many songs from American theater. McDonald not only has a beautiful voice but a wonderful personality. She is VERY funny and even sang a song you’d likely see on a SNL skit. Imagine someone telling you a funny/silly story while singing in a soprano voice. This is exactly what McDonald did.

A photo Tamika took of the ASO with her phone before the show started.

The gorgeous singer performed with the

Alabama Symphony Orchestra (ASO) and the show was mesmerizing. She performed songs from the 1920’s to present day such as “Go Back Home” from The Scottsboro Boys musical, “Stars and Moon,” “I Can’t Stop Talking About Him” (one of our favorite songs), “Ain’t it the Truth,” and many more. McDonald talked about her love for Lena Horne and many other legendary singers.

Overall, a belle enjoyed being exposed to yet another talented artist. Audra McDonald is a singer/actress you should know! We adore listening to live instruments and the ASO is a special group of individuals. Tamika and I love string instruments and I even played the violin in elementary school. There’s nothing like the arts and we don’t know where we would be if we weren’t exposed to these types of shows. If you have never seen an orchestra live, you should. There are some things you should never deprive yourself of and live shows are one of them! The Wright Center, located on Samford University’s campus, is the perfect venue for the arts and you should visit a show there real soon. B’ham Readers: Check out the rest of the Wright Center’s awesome lineup here. Photo via the world wide web


Shermika is a writer constantly in search of her next freelance gig and an ending to her short stories. She loves to plan trips, eat tasty delicacies, and tip toe in heels. She enjoys unique jewelry, good music, reading, and chic dresses.

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