2020 Gala

An Evening with Audra McDonald


Gala premieres Dec 9, 2020 at 7:30pm ET

View on demand through Dec 16

Concert-only $35 digital access and

Gala packages on sale now



“A one-of-a-kind musical super-talent”
—The New York Times

Experience the magnificent voice and luminous stage presence of Audra McDonald—winner of a record-breaking six Tony Awards and the first performer to win all four acting categories—as she makes her debut at City Center in this intimate digital Gala presentation filmed live on our stage.

Longtime collaborator and music director Andy Einhorn accompanies the Tony, Grammy, and Emmy award-winning McDonald on piano for an evening of songs that showcase her extraordinary vocal range in popular standards from the Great American Songbook and classics from the golden age of Broadway.

McDonald is a passionate advocate for equal rights, LGBTQ causes, and underprivileged youth; and a founding member of Black Theatre United, whose mission is to inspire reform and combat systemic racism within the theater community and throughout the nation.

Your generous support of all streamed performances of the 2020 Gala | An Evening with Audra McDonald will ensure City Center is able to continue its founding mission to provide access to the best in the performing arts to the widest possible audience and to support artists with new opportunities to create and perform.

All programming subject to change.

Safety for our artists, staff, and crew is our first priority. All rehearsals and performances are executed in strict adherence to rigorous health and safety protocols under guidance from medical consultants and in accordance with all government and union guidelines.

The 2020 Gala | An Evening with Audra McDonald is produced by New York City Center and Nel Shelby Productions.

Top photo: Audra McDonald; photo by Allison Michael Orenstein

How to Buy & Watch

How to Buy & Watch

Secure your $35 front row digital seat to City Center’s 2020 Gala | An Evening with Audra McDonald. The Gala concert premieres Wednesday, December 9 at 7:30pm ET and will be available on demand for one week only through Wednesday, December 16. Share the experience with friends and loved ones this holiday season by sending as a gift. You can include a personalized note and choose when you would like your gift delivered via email.


To purchase and watch this event you will need to create a New York City Center Digital account—if you do not already have one from purchasing digital access to Fall for Dance. You will not be able to log in using your existing NYCityCenter.org account. For more information about how to watch, click here.

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Take part in the total 2020 Gala experience on December 9 by joining the pre-show festivities with City Center artists beginning at 6:30pm or raising a glass at an intimate digital gathering with Audra post-show. Gala packages start at $2,500.

For additional details, email SpecialEvents@NYCityCenter.org or call 212.763.1205.


A Theater for All New Yorkers

As you enjoy the magic of Audra McDonald—filmed live on our stage—we hope you will consider making a gift of any size to help provide direct, meaningful support to the artists, programs, and staff that make City Center a theater for all New Yorkers.

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