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The Moment Audra McDonald Hit ‘Bottom’ And Almost Gave Up On Broadway

Audra McDonald has made historical past as beneath her belt, however there was a time when the actress really believed she must surrender her goals on ever setting foot on Broadway’s massive stage.

As McDonald tells “Oprah: Where Are They Now?” on this weekend’s , she envisioned her time on the prestigious Juilliard School as a strong leaping off level for making her lengthy-held Broadway objectives a actuality. However, McDonald’s preliminary expertise there took her in a totally totally different path.

“I entered into the classical vocal program, so, hastily, I was on this totally different path,” she explains. “I was learning with a instructor whose … aim was to make my voice an operatic voice.”

Not solely that, however McDonald was to focus solely on her classical coaching and nothing else.&#one hundred sixty;

“I was not allowed to sing Broadway,” she says. “And I wasn’t allowed to audition for musicals or something like that.”

I simply actually hit backside. Just determined, ‘Maybe I simply do not must be right here anymore.’

For a California woman who had all the time dreamed of singing on Broadway, the expertise was devastating.

“Here I was, lastly in New York, actually dwelling on Broadway — my condo was on Broadway! — and I’d by no means been additional away from my goals,” McDonald says.&#one hundred sixty;

Away from home, away from her household and buddies, and feeling her future slipping by means of her fingers, McDonald says she felt misplaced.

“I simply actually hit backside,” she says. “Just determined, ‘Maybe I simply do not have to be right here anymore.’ It was a spot of actual ache.”

McDonald opens up about her battle with melancholy and subsequent suicide try on this weekend’s airing of , Saturday, April N, at N p.m. ET on OWN.

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