LISTEN: Audra McDonald Talks About Doing Evita at 16, Zoe Caldwell’s Dinner-Related Snafu on Stage, More | Playbill

Podcasts LISTEN: Audra McDonald Talks About Doing Evita at 16, Zoe Caldwell’s Dinner-Related Snafu on Stage, More
 
Plus, the six-time Tony winner plays Burger King trivia on NPR's Wait, Wait, Don't Tell Me!.
Audra McDonald in <i>The Kennedy Center at 50</i>
Audra McDonald in The Kennedy Center at 50 Scott Suchman

Performing Evita at the age of 16 might be a little unconventional—but that didn’t stop the Fresno, California dinner theatre that hired a teenage Audra McDonald to play Eva Perón. The six-time Tony winner dropped by Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me! on NPR this week to share some pretty eye-opening stories before playing a Burger King-themed game.

In addition to the Andrew Lloyd Webber-Tim Rice musical, McDonald talked about her years at Julliard—including drug dealers in her dormitory!—and the one time her Master Class co-star Zoe Caldwell blanked on a line in the middle of a show.

Zoe Caldwell and Audra McDonald in <i>Master Class</i>, 1995
Zoe Caldwell and Audra McDonald in Master Class, 1995 Jay Thompson

Later on, the performer asked what had happened, and Caldwell replied “Darling, I was thinking that I’m going to have pasta when I go home.”

Finally, McDonald played “Hey McDonald, Try Whopper!” in which the star tries to guess the correct answer to three Burger King-related questions.

Check out the full episode here. McDonald’s segment begins around the 19:10 minute mark.

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