Audra McDonald last appeared on Broadway in "Frankie and Johnny...

Audra McDonald last appeared on Broadway in "Frankie and Johnny at the Claire de Lune" in 2019. Credit: Allison Michael Orenstein

Audra McDonald is gearing up for her return to Broadway in a drama about racism by a 90-year-old playwright.

The six-time Tony Award winner will star in "Ohio State Murders," a drama that will mark the Broadway debut of playwright Adrienne Kennedy. "I am so thrilled. It’s only taken me 65 years to make it to Broadway!" said Kennedy, who was born in 1931, in a statement.

McDonald will star as a Black writer who returns to Ohio State University to discuss the violence in her books. As the play unfolds, she uncovers a sinister mystery at the school. Kenny Leon, who won a Tony for helming the 2014 production of "A Raisin in the Sun" starring Denzel Washington, will direct.

Dates for the production and the remaining cast and crew have yet to be announced.

"Ohio State Murders" will mark McDonald's first Broadway appearance since her Tony-nominated performance in "Frankie and Johnny at the Claire de Lune" in 2019.

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