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Thursday, October 28, 2021

Audra McDonald Stars as Broadway Cares’ Holiday Legends Ornament

Audra McDonald Stars
as Broadway CaresHoliday Legends Ornament 
Tony Award-winning Performance as Billie Holiday Immortalized by Artist Glen Hanson


The holiday season is just weeks away but it’s time to think about your decorations and if you are a theater lover — like me — you will join me as I clap my hands with joy because six-time Tony Award winner Audra McDonald joins the ranks of Broadway legends immortalized as holiday ornaments benefiting Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. 

Captured as Billie Holiday in Lady Day at Emersons Bar and Grill, the 6” glass ornament features McDonald in the jewel-adorned gown she wore onstage at Circle in the Square in New York and Wyndham's Theatre in London.


McDonald joins Julie AndrewsCarol BurnettCarol ChanningGlenn CloseHarvey FiersteinAngela LansburyPatti LuPoneLiza MinnelliBernadette PetersChita RiveraBarbra Streisand, and Gwen Verdon as part of the Broadway Legends series. In addition to McDonalds ornament, an extremely limited supply of Burnett, Close, Fierstein, and Lansbury ornaments remain available at


Im thrilled to be part of such a beloved holiday tradition,” McDonald said. Lady Day adorning the trees of theater lovers will hopefully bring an extra bit of Broadway magic to their holiday seasons. It is made only more special knowing that proceeds benefit Broadway Cares, an organization that is a beacon of compassion in our community.”


McDonald is the winner of a record-breaking six Tony Awards for her roles in CarouselMaster Class, RagtimeA Raisin in the Sun, The Gershwins Porgy and Bess,

 and Lady Day at Emersons Bar and Grill. She is also the recipient of two Grammy Awards, an Emmy Award, and a National Medal of Arts from President Barack Obama.


The ornament was designed exclusively for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS by artist Glen Hanson for Christopher Radko. Hanson has designed the Broadway Legends ornaments for the last seven years.

Add even more razzle-dazzle to your holiday season with other gifts from the Broadway Cares online store. The 10th set of the collectible ornament collaboration with Playbill features famous covers from six long-running Broadway musicals. This years edition includes Billy Elliot, Funny Girl, Hellzapoppin, The Music Man, Oh, Calcutta! and School of Rock - The Musical. The 2021 holiday shop also includes updated versions of Broadway Carestote bag, mug, ornament, pillow, and T-shirts, each emblazoned with classic musical theater logos


To purchase the limited edition ornament and all your other holiday gifts, go to



For more information, please visit Broadway Cares online at, at, at, at, and at

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