Audra McDonald's album, Go Back Home, was released in May. McDonald's is currently on tour promoting her album.
She can be seen on NBC television this December with Carrie Underwood in the NBC special "Sound of Music Live". She plays Reverend Mother, but there are many who'd rather see the star as Maria.
In a recent interview, McDonald credited executive producer Neil Meron for "thinking outside of the box" and including her in the production. Her character, Mother Abbess, is generally conceived to be a 70-year-old woman. Her role in the film inspires the main character Maria to pursue a secular life.
McDonald won her first Tony at 27, the youngest person to receive the award.
Read more on McDonald's visit to UCA, ticket prices, location and information here at UCA's website.
McDonald was born in Berlin and raised in Fresno, California.