I reviewed Audra McDonald in concert for the Harriman-Jewell Series for The Kansas City Star.
For a brief time, read the review here.
Not mentioned in the review was her rendition of Sondheim’s “The Glamorous Life” from A Little Night Music, a song that she stated “scared her” because of its Sondheim-ness and its truth-to-life. As a mother who is also often away from her children, albeit not so glamorously, the piece resonated with me, too.
Later, she discussed her daughter’s reaction to her singing, her award-winning, technically and emotionally powerful singing. The then three-year-old was reported as saying, “Mommy, your singing makes me ears cry.”
From personal experience, I can attest that certain former three-year-olds have expressed similar sentiments about my own singing, if less poetically, with an abrupt, “stop. singing.” Difficult to not take personally, since, child, it is my duty as a mother to sing to you, but it is good to be in company with Ms McDonald.