Picks and Pans Review: Audra Mcdonald in Concert

UPDATED 03/13/2000 at 01:00 AM EST Originally published 03/13/2000 at 01:00 AM EST

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Vocal and stylistic range, breath control, emotive power, a sense of play—three-time Tony Award winner Audra McDonald (Ragtime, Carousel, Master Class) has everything a singer needs to become a superstar, and it's all on exhibit in this concert taped last August in London. As a solo artist, McDonald proves to be a masterly mood changer—from the jazzy (and slightly raunchy) "Beat My Dog" to the pure and simple longing of "Someone to "Watch Over Me" to a nuanced version of "The Man That Got Away," which honors Judy Garland without imitating her. This PBS special will leave you wanting more—much more. Take out the fund-raising breaks and it lasts less than three-quarters of an hour.

Bottom Line: Encore!

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