PBS’ Finding Your Roots Spotlights Ancestry of Audra McDonald and Mandy Patinkin April 27

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Film & TV News   PBS’ Finding Your Roots Spotlights Ancestry of Audra McDonald and Mandy Patinkin April 27

Henry Louis Gates Jr. hosts the series, now in its seventh season.

PBS’ Finding Your Roots With Henry Louis Gates, Jr. focuses its attention on two Tony Award winners April 27. The host investigates the family histories of Broadway favorites Audra McDonald and Mandy Patinkin, discovering the ancestors whose struggles laid the groundwork for their success.

The episode from the seventh season of the series premieres at 8 PM ET; check local listings.

WATCH: Mandy Patinkin Likens Finding Your Roots Experience to Carousel Quote

McDonald has won a record-breaking six Tony Awards for her performances in Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill, Carousel, Master Class, Ragtime, A Raisin in the Sun, and The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess. She is currently nominated for her work in the revival of Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune.

Patinkin won his Tony for playing Che in the original Broadway production of Evita. He was also Tony-nominated for his work in Sunday in the Park with George and The Wild Party.

Celebrating 6-Time Tony Award Winner Audra McDonald

Celebrating 6-Time Tony Award Winner Audra McDonald

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Eddie Korbich and Audra McDonald in <i>Carousel</i>, 1994″ data-bsp-lazyimage=”” data-lazy=”https://bsp-static.playbill.com/dims4/default/b40a66f/2147483647/resize/800×450/quality/90/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fpb-asset-replication.s3.amazonaws.com%2F07%2F8b%2F744d116a4f7aac6917a76066aae1%2Fcarousel1.jpg” data-url=”2″ src=”data:image/gif;base64,R0lGODlhAQABAAAAACH5BAEKAAEALAAAAAABAAEAAAICTAEAOw==”></img><figcaption>             <span>                 Eddie Korbich and Audra McDonald in <i>Carousel</i>, 1994                                      <span>Joan Marcus</span>                              </span>         </figcaption></figure>
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<figure> 	      	     <img alt=Carousel, 1994″ data-bsp-lazyimage=”” data-lazy=”https://bsp-static.playbill.com/dims4/default/3b00247/2147483647/resize/800×450%3E/quality/90/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fpb-asset-replication.s3.amazonaws.com%2Fef%2F62%2F3dfef3dc4d1e994cfe9ca24cc8bf%2Feddie-korbich-audra-ann-mcdonald.jpg” data-url=”3″ src=”data:image/gif;base64,R0lGODlhAQABAAAAACH5BAEKAAEALAAAAAABAAEAAAICTAEAOw==”>
Eddie Korbich and Audra McDonald in Carousel, 1994 Joan Marcus

Audra McDonald and cast in <i>Carousel</i>, 1994″ data-bsp-lazyimage=”” data-lazy=”https://bsp-static.playbill.com/dims4/default/e88f772/2147483647/resize/800×450%3E/quality/90/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fpb-asset-replication.s3.amazonaws.com%2Fc3%2F2c%2F74315788452da7b1fa4503cb2c5a%2Fcarousel5.jpg” data-url=”4″ src=”data:image/gif;base64,R0lGODlhAQABAAAAACH5BAEKAAEALAAAAAABAAEAAAICTAEAOw==”></img><figcaption>             <span>                 Audra McDonald and cast in <i>Carousel</i>, 1994                                      <span>Joan Marcus</span>                              </span>         </figcaption></figure>
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<figure> 	      	     <img alt=Carousel, 1994″ data-bsp-lazyimage=”” data-lazy=”https://bsp-static.playbill.com/dims4/default/56b433f/2147483647/resize/800×450/quality/90/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fpb-asset-replication.s3.amazonaws.com%2F25%2Fa5%2Ffa10a93741e88a0768ad9f822d76%2Fcarousel6.jpg” data-url=”5″ src=”data:image/gif;base64,R0lGODlhAQABAAAAACH5BAEKAAEALAAAAAABAAEAAAICTAEAOw==”>
Audra McDonald and Fisher Stevens in Carousel, 1994 Joan Marcus

Audra McDonald, 1994 Tony Win for Best Featured Actress in a Musical, <i>Carousel</i>” data-bsp-lazyimage=”” data-lazy=”https://bsp-static.playbill.com/dims4/default/7340064/2147483647/resize/800×450/quality/90/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fpb-asset-replication.s3.amazonaws.com%2Fcd%2Fe1%2Fd4e89b7443378c224fc3ec0e2abb%2Faudrafirsttony1_1404197787.jpg” data-url=”6″ src=”data:image/gif;base64,R0lGODlhAQABAAAAACH5BAEKAAEALAAAAAABAAEAAAICTAEAOw==”></img><figcaption>             <span>                 Audra McDonald, 1994 Tony Win for Best Featured Actress in a Musical, <i>Carousel</i>                                      <span>Joseph Marzullo/WENN</span>                              </span>         </figcaption></figure>
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<figure> 	      	     <img alt=Master Class, 1995″ data-bsp-lazyimage=”” data-lazy=”https://bsp-static.playbill.com/dims4/default/15b1354/2147483647/resize/800×450/quality/90/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fpb-asset-replication.s3.amazonaws.com%2F9b%2F0a%2F43411d0a4a36a0b64c01120a7090%2Fmasterzoe7.jpg” data-url=”7″ src=”data:image/gif;base64,R0lGODlhAQABAAAAACH5BAEKAAEALAAAAAABAAEAAAICTAEAOw==”>
Zoe Caldwell and Audra McDonald in Master Class, 1995 Jay Thompson

Audra McDonald, 1996 Tony Win for Best Featured Actress in a Play, <i>Master Class</i>” data-bsp-lazyimage=”” data-lazy=”https://bsp-static.playbill.com/dims4/default/d839673/2147483647/resize/800×450/quality/90/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fpb-asset-replication.s3.amazonaws.com%2F52%2Fb1%2F331de62247bf87bb2465e0edc2ba%2Faudrasecondtonywin1_1404197983.jpg” data-url=”8″ src=”data:image/gif;base64,R0lGODlhAQABAAAAACH5BAEKAAEALAAAAAABAAEAAAICTAEAOw==”></img><figcaption>             <span>                 Audra McDonald, 1996 Tony Win for Best Featured Actress in a Play, <i>Master Class</i>                                      <span>Joseph Marzullo/WENN</span>                              </span>         </figcaption></figure>
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<figure> 	      	     <img alt=Ragtime, 1998″ data-bsp-lazyimage=”” data-lazy=”https://bsp-static.playbill.com/dims4/default/cf8a0e3/2147483647/resize/800×450/quality/90/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fpb-asset-replication.s3.amazonaws.com%2Fe6%2Fb6%2F30ae5dbd48f8a14296a19ce80762%2Fragtime2.jpg” data-url=”9″ src=”data:image/gif;base64,R0lGODlhAQABAAAAACH5BAEKAAEALAAAAAABAAEAAAICTAEAOw==”>
Audra McDonald and Brian Stokes Mitchell in Ragtime, 1998 Catherine Ashmore

Audra McDonald and Brian Stokes Mitchell in <i>Ragtime</i>, 1998″ data-bsp-lazyimage=”” data-lazy=”https://bsp-static.playbill.com/dims4/default/8a3b13b/2147483647/resize/800×450/quality/90/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fpb-asset-replication.s3.amazonaws.com%2Fa9%2Fa9%2F864c9bae4247a034390bbba0d2e1%2Fragtime3.jpg” data-url=”10″ src=”data:image/gif;base64,R0lGODlhAQABAAAAACH5BAEKAAEALAAAAAABAAEAAAICTAEAOw==”></img><figcaption>             <span>                 Audra McDonald and Brian Stokes Mitchell in <i>Ragtime</i>, 1998                                      <span>Catherine Ashmore</span>                              </span>         </figcaption></figure>
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<figure> 	      	     <img alt=Ragtime, 1998″ data-bsp-lazyimage=”” data-lazy=”https://bsp-static.playbill.com/dims4/default/b8db720/2147483647/resize/800×450%3E/quality/90/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fpb-asset-replication.s3.amazonaws.com%2Fb3%2F7f%2Fdfde41334750b1d5ab82578d2d20%2Fragtime4.jpg” data-url=”11″ src=”data:image/gif;base64,R0lGODlhAQABAAAAACH5BAEKAAEALAAAAAABAAEAAAICTAEAOw==”>
Audra McDonald and Brian Stokes Mitchell in Ragtime, 1998

(Updated April 27, 2021)

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