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2013 Tonys

Audra McDonald Closes The Tonys With A Jay-Z Song

It was such a pleasant surprise for the Tony Awards when the Queen of Broadway, 5 time Tony winner, Audra McDonald joined the host Neil Patrick Harris to close out the show. Harris and McDonald created a Broadway version of Jay-Z’s song “Empire State of Mind”. Audra sounded great and Harris… well, he tried. It was very entertaining and a creative way to end the show. He even slides in a joke that Audra has so many Tonys she can host her own show! Which is true. Check it out!

“New York! Singing all the lyrics we made up. There’s nothing we can’t do. Broadway in New York. These Tony winners are brand new. Their work will inspire you. Let’s hear it for NEW YORK!”

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Drew Shade is a theatre artist and enthusiast who fosters artistic diversity and excellence for the love of Black theatre artists. He is the Founder/Creative Director of Broadway Black, Off-Book Podcast & The Antonyo Awards. “Have a belief in yourself that is bigger than anyone’s disbelief.” – August Wilson


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