Audra McDonald didn’t get to Carnegie Corridor till she was at Juilliard, when she noticed Ella Fitzgerald sing there. “A buddy of mine calls it an upside-down wedding ceremony cake,” she remembers of that fabled corridor she first entered 27 years in the past. Six Tonys, two Grammys and a Nationwide Medal of Arts later, McDonald, 48, will be a part of Renée Fleming and the San Francisco Symphony on Wednesday to kick off Carnegie’s new season. From the “higher Higher West Aspect,” the place she lives with husband Will Swenson and their 4 kids, she tells BARBARA HOFFMAN how she spends her weekends.
We often go for a late brunch at the Indian Highway Cafe in Inwood. Actually, I went into labor there! They’ve superb meals, but it surely’s their plain outdated breakfast I really like most: eggs, applewood-smoked bacon and toast with avocado and scorching sauce. I used to be so excited to dive in [that day], after which I went into labor and didn’t get to complete!
These days, with our toddler [Sally, nearly 2], we spend numerous time at the Bronx Zoo. If you happen to’re in search of a spot to take a toddler the place she will run round and be stimulated, it’s excellent. We’ll experience the Bug Carousel — like, six or seven occasions — and we spend numerous time at the petting zoo. She will run round and also you don’t have to fret: It’s a protected, enclosed place, and alongside the best way, there’s a gorilla or a bear or a buffalo.
At any time when I can get to a fitness center — which isn’t fairly often! — I’m a giant fan of Equinox. It’s a second once I’m not having to be Mommy, and I can go and do a exercise. My deal with is to take a seat in that sauna. Folks will come and go, and I’ll be nonetheless there for, like, an hour, shriveled up.
My husband and I not often get to go on dates, however after we do, we attempt to get to a Broadway present. Normally we’re in them, so that forestalls you from seeing your buddies of their reveals. We prefer to go to Victor’s [Café, on 52nd Street], then maintain palms and stroll down the road and really feel like a pair.
I don’t go to brick-and-mortar shops for garments anymore. I hate procuring with a white-hot ardour, so the truth that we are able to store on-line is a pleasure. The one factor I’ll go to is a child retailer. Albee Child, on the Higher West Aspect, has the whole lot you want, from strollers to seaside toys to plates which are rubber suctioned at the underside so the youngsters can’t throw them off the desk.
My life shouldn’t be the fabulous, glamorous one it was once. It’s rather more “home goddess” now!