July 21, 2020

EP. 171 — How Can We Give the Theater World a Revival? with Audra McDonald

This week’s Getting Curious is a show like no other, since Jonathan is joined by the iconic Tony, Grammy, and Emmy award winner Audra McDonald. She and Jonathan discuss the critical work she’s doing as the co-founder of Black Theatre United, an organization that is advocating for equity in the theater world and the nation. They also discuss how theatergoers can continue to support the performing arts community, during the Covid-19 pandemic and beyond. (And stick around for the third act to hear Audra’s recommendations for what to watch and listen to once you’re done with the episode!)

Follow Audra on Instagram @audramcdonald and Twitter @AudraEqualityMc, and learn more about Black Theatre United at www.blacktheatreunited.com.

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JVN [00:00:00] Welcome to Getting Curious. I’m Jonathan Van Ness and every week I sit down for a 40 minute conversation with a brilliant expert to learn all about something that makes me curious. On today’s episode, I’m joined by Tony, Grammy, and Emmy award winner, and not just any Tony award winner. She has won every single acting category Tony, she’s the only actor to ever win all four acting categories: Audra McDonald! I hope you didn’t just crash your car, hunnies, because she’s major. She’s an icon. She’s also the co- founder of Black Theatre United. Where I ask her: How can we support the theatre community during the pandemic and beyond?  Welcome to “Getting Curious.” This is Jonathan Van Ness. I’m so excited. So everyone, if you are a theatre queen. Pull your car over. Sit down. Because this is going to be quite a moment. Welcome to “Getting Curious,” Audra McDonald, who, if you do not know, is a record-breaking, six-time Tony Awar

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